Downtown Pleasanton 150 years ago was by no means the same as it looks during a stroll down Main Street in the 21st century.
But even so, remnants of the small-town life and local culture are still seen in the historic monuments and buildings scattered throughout the corridor today.
"History is so much more than dates and facts; it is about the people who have come before us and shaped our communities -- their struggles, their triumphs and their legacies," said Sarah Schaefer, Museum on Main's education director. "That community can be as expansive as the world or as local as your city, neighborhood or family."
"By learning about Pleasanton's history and historic buildings, people can gain a sense of place, which can add depth to everyday experiences. They can also gain a better understanding of why Pleasanton is such a unique Bay Area community," Schaefer added.
For a glimpse at how downtown Pleasanton has evolved over the last 150 years, visit the Museum on Main and check out historic artifacts, documents and photographs on display there in a "Then and Now" exhibit.
Or better yet, take a walk through downtown yourself to see these historic buildings and monuments in real life. You can grab a walking-tour pamphlet at the museum or wait for a guided tour with a trusty, knowledgeable museum docent guide to show you around.
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