Annual Membership Meeting 2020

Due to current COVID-19 State and County mandates, the Benicia Historical Museum Board of Directors is unable to hold their Annual Membership Meeting previously scheduled for September 27, 2020.

Below are the BHM 2019 Annual Meeting minutes plus the 2020 reports from the President, Treasurer, Executive Director, and Archives Director. There are no Board member changes at this time; as with many nonprofit organizations during this pandemic, the Board will be held over until next year.

We hope we will be meeting in person in September of 2021, and we thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.


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Scroll through for information on the images used in our Annual Meeting Notification postcard

Museum Research Historian Dr. Jim Lessenger talks about the Benicia State Capitol during the “A Capital Capitol” reception and book signing on November 7, 2019. Photo by Allan Gandy

B8 Theatre Company from Concord presents Strange Ladies, a play highlighting the struggles of suffragists who picketed the White House in 1917 demanding the right to vote. Photo by Beverly Phelan

A portion of the Matthew Turner exhibit during installation in July, 2020. Photo by Elizabeth d’Huart

Recreation of the view from the bow of the “Galilee”, as she sails into Papeete Harbor circa 1891 – part of the Matthew Turner exhibit in the “Railways and Waterways” gallery. Photo by Elizabeth d’Huart

Carlos Reyes (left) and Peppino D’Agostino in concert on October 5, 2019. Photo by Beverly Phelan

Artifacts and storyboard in our “Birth of Benicia” gallery, which opened with a reception on November 15, 2019. Photo by Maureen Williams

Artwork for the COVID Quarantine Camelcast, BHM’s new podcast which premiered on July 14, 2020. Graphic by Maureen Williams

The Greg Rahn Band with Fat Tuesday Brass and surprise guest Carlos Reyes play at the Mardi Gras Party on February 8 2020. The event was co-hosted by the Benicia Performing Arts Foundation. Photo by Beverly Phelan

A new display of Native Californian baskets was installed in the orientation area in March 2020. Photo by Maureen Williams

The Black Irish Band returned to Stone Hall in January 2020. Photo by Beverly Phelan

The Museum’s Education Outreach Program hosted several school tours in the Fall of 2019 but had to cancel all 2020 tours to date due to the Pandemic. Photographer unknown

Summer Intern Dean Putong, now a senior at Yale, hosted multiple episodes of the COVID Quarantine Camelcast. Photo by Elizabeth d’Huart

Information and Reports

BHM 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes

BENICIA HISTORICAL MUSEUM AT THE CAMEL BARNS 2019 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2019 BENICIA HISTORICAL MUSEUM   CALL TO ORDER: Bob Rozett, BHM Board President, called the meeting to order at 4:00 PM. ROLL CALL: The President asked the...

President’s Report 2020

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 BHM ANNUAL MEETING – REPORT BY PRESIDENT MIKE CAPLIN I think it's hard to say how 2020 will be described in history books decades from now but I'm sure we all know that people will look back on this time as one of unprecedented challenges that faced...

Executive Director’s Report 2020

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 ANNUAL MEETING REPORT – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ELIZABETH D'HUART This report falls into two different time frames: certainly, the period encompassing September 2019 through September 2020, but also B.C. and A.D. - before COVID-19 and after the (virtual)...

Financial Report 2020

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 BHM ANNUAL MEETING – FINANCIAL REPORT Prior to COVID-19, the Museum was on an upward funding trajectory in terms of donations, sponsorships, rental income, and other earned revenue from fundraising and ticket events.  However, since mid-March, State...

Archives Director’s Report 2020

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 ANNUAL MEETING REPORT – ARCHIVES DIRECTOR BEVERLY PHELAN Although this has been a challenging 8 months, work has gone forward on a limited basis at the museum.  Our collection department has worked on a different schedule with volunteers working...



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