Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Benicia Historical Museum is composed by members of the museum elected for terms of three years. The elections are held during the Annual Membership meeting every September.
Board President – Lou Alfeld
Board Vice President – Robert Rozett
Board Secretary – Susan Sullivan
Board Treasurer – Sam Chohan
A message from the BHM Board of Directors
In the early 1980s a group of dedicated Benicias were determined to preserve the history of this historic town. It was through their efforts that the City of Benicia recognized the value of preserving the original Benicia Arsenal buildings that house the Museum complex. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was placed on the list of California Historical Landmarks. On December 7, 1982, the Benicia City Council dedicated the “Camel Barn” complex to the Benicia Historical Museum. The Museum opened to the public on May 19, 1985.
Since its opening the Museum has undergone several recasts and updates. This includes: creation of interactive displays, a dedicated space for rotating exhibits, including the Powder Magazine as part of the Museum galleries, the Industrial Exhibit in Building 7, switching all of the lighting to sustainable LEDs, the building Spenger Garden behind the main Museum, and most recently the Benicia Arsenal exhibit. Each new addition has added to the value of the Museum and the community.
The Museum continues to host concerts and events to fundraise for new programs and update gallery space. The Museum offers several free community events such as lectures about local history, author discussions and book signings, and archaeological events for children throughout the year. We also offer guided tours for adult and senior groups as well as educational tours with hands-on reenactment activities for school groups. See the website or our Facebook page for a calendar of upcoming events.
We could not provide such programs and quality exhibits without the community’s help. We invite you to visit. We hope that everyone visiting will recognize the value of membership in our organization. We thank you for your support.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Board of Directors