Category Archives: Richmond History

No Controversy About This Once Missing Arnautoff Mural

No Controversy About This Once Missing Arnautoff Mural

While controversy continues about one famous artist?s mural at a San Francisco high school, an East Bay museum is determined to restore another valuable work by the same person.

The Richmond Museum of History unearthed the mural, ?Richmond an Industrial City? by artist Victor Arnautoff in 2014.? It had hung in the Richmond Post office from 1941 until 1976 when mural was taken down due to remodeling. ?Decades passed, the crate went missing, and mural was eventually declared lost.

Now the Museum has scheduled a gala for September 12 with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. at the Rockefeller Lodge, 2650 Market Ave. in San Pablo. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to restore the mural.

?This is a compelling work that captures the diversity of Richmond, a blue collar community,? says Melinda McCrary, the Museum?s Executive Director. ?A wide range of occupations, ethnicities and scenery demonstrate what life was like in those days. Richmond was working class American community.?

When Arnautoff painted the mural, he was one of the most prominent and influential members of San Francisco?s ?arts community. Between 1932 and 1942, he completed 11public murals, the best known of which is City Life (1934) at Coit Tower in San Francisco. The Richmond Post Office mural was Arnautoff’s last mural of this size and the first time since Coit Tower that he chose to depict a mix of city people going about their daily tasks.. His mural presents life in Richmond as of 1941?when war was on the horizon.? An image of the mural is on the Museum?s website.

?We are looking at this event not only as a way to raise funds to restore the mural but also a celebration of a work of art that was created especially for Richmond.? It is an extraordinary honor and we hope the community will help,? says McCrary.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at


Call for Submissions–Photography Exhibit at the Richmond Museum of History


Photography Exhibit at the Richmond Museum of History

Artists and community members are invited to submit original photographs for potential inclusion in an exhibit at the Richmond Museum of History.?

?DEADLINE: Saturday, 6/1/19 by 5:00 p.m. PST

Subject matter of photography must be somehow related to Richmond California. Open to all members of the Bay Area community as well as established and emerging artists of various mediums, schools, and community organizations. Family-friendly content is kindly requested.

The photographs will be on display for the public in the Seaver Gallery at the Richmond Museum of History between July and December 2019. Artists will be provided a modest stipend for their time and talent at the completion of the exhibition. The Museum will incur all costs related to printing and hanging all accepted photographs. Submission does not guarantee inclusion in the exhibit. Artist agrees to a one-time use for exhibition purposes only. Accepted submissions will be notified via email by June 30, 2019. Submission materials will not be returned and will be deleted by the museum. Preference will be given to images that illustrate life in the City of Richmond.


1) Create a submission with the following information:

  1. A) Artist?s Name: First name, Last name
  2. B) Contact Info: Mailing Address; Contact Phone Number; E-Mail Address
  3. C) Label submitted artwork with: Title(s) of Work(s); Year(s) Executed; Media; Dimensions
  4. D) Artist Statement
  5. E) Connection to Richmond, Calif.
  6. F) Send images as attachment (Jpeg only), longest dimension of 10 inches at 300PPI resolution

2) EMAIL SUBMISSIONS to: with subject line ?2019 Photography Exhibit?

Download the Call for submissions: RMH Call for Photos Summer 2019

Bubbe Reads Story Time with a Jewish Granny (2/18/19)

Fun was had by all at the story time with a Jewish granny event!

This special out of school time event took place on President’s Day as part of the Pioneers to the Present: Jews of Richmond and Contra Costa County exhibit series.

Pioneers to the Present opening events are wildly successful!

Thanks to all who attending the recent opening reception!

Pioneers to the Present: Jews of Richmond & Contra Costa County opened to record crowds on January 13, 2019. Local dignitaries including Mayor Tom Butt and Rabbi Dean Kertesz were in attendance along with 200 or so additional community members. Richmond Temple Beth Hillel was strongly represented by congregants, current President Neil Zarchin and former Rabbis Bernie Freedman and Judy Shanks. National Council of Jewish Women-Contra Costa Division provided a lovely oneg that was a veritable Jewish food exhibit!

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The second of the event series was equally exciting! Rabbi Dean Kertesz of Temple Beth Hillel spoke about Sam Genirberg a holocaust survivor and member of Temple Beth Hillel. Richmond resident and Jewish scholar Dr. Oliver Pollak discussed his family’s experience fleeing Vienna.

We were again honored by Mayor Tom Butt joining us and he brought something very special. The Office of the Mayor and the Richmond City Council passed a proclamation declaring Janury 27, 2019 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the City of Richmond.

Didn’t have a chance to attend but still interested? We have many more events scheduled through June 30, 2019! Check out our calendar the full schedule.

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