The Napa County Historical Society will be holding a week-long celebration of history events, food, and wine we have dubbed Reoccupy the Goodman.  As you well know, the August 2014 Napa Earthquake had a profound impact on the Napa County Historical Society.  So it is with great relief and pride that we invite you to celebrate our return to the historic Goodman Library. Though the precise date is yet unknown, the work on the building is completed and we have begun working closely with the city on the final repairs. We are pleased to report news of a very generous grant from the Gasser Foundation – just received –  for the final repairs and move-in costs.   

Preliminary planning has progressed over the last few weeks and the week-long series of events showcasing our valley’s history and involving Napa’s celebrity chefs and others community supporters is taking shape.   The building will be open to the public the entire week.

Program planning includes the following highlights (Dates TBD):

  • Gala opening: Keynote speaker will be Mike Thompson; featuring Chef Kostow creations; honoring the major private donors, especially the Gasser Foundation; and exhibit opening detailing the work done to restore the historic National Landmark building to its original glory and hosting the artisans who completed the painstaking work. Other community support will come from the Archer Hotel.
  • Culture Day: featuring the valley’s culture organizations including the St. Helena Historical Society, the Napa Valley Genealogical Society, the Sharpsteen Museum, the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, the Napa Police Historical Society etc. displays and talks
  • Family Day: hands-on demonstrations, exhibit lectures, building tours, and volunteer, Intern,  and docent sign-ups
  • History talks and tours: slated to include visual presentations, local historians Nancy Brennan and Tom Spaulding, among others.
  • History tour of downtown Napa

If you would like to help us move back into the Goodman or would like to be a docent please sign up by clicking here or contact us at or 707.224.1739.