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Historical Organizations and Resources

Proud of their city's heritage, Benicia residents spend countless hours helping to maintain and restore Benicia's historic sites, serving as volunteer docents, and coordinating seminars on local history. Among the organizations involved in preserving and highlighting the history of Benicia is the Benicia Historical Society, formed in 1973, and the Benicia Historical Museum, founded in 1985.

Here are some additional resources that offer information about Benicia's history and historical sites:

Upcoming History Events
6 Apr 2017 (All day) - 30 Sep 2017 (All day)
We Were There, WWI Pop-up Exhibit

The special, temporary exhibit opened on April 6, the anniversary of America’s entry into World War I (1914-1918), commemorating those Benicians who lost their lives in the “Great War”. It's an opportunity to learn about the horrors of trench warfare affecting millions of soldiers in Europe. The exhibit also incorporates material on the flu epidemic of 1918, which played a deadly role during World War I.

Exhibit artifacts include helmets, uniforms, weaponry, and items used by soldiers in the trenches. All military personnel, current or retired, always have free entry to Museum exhibits; regularly scheduled hours are 1-4 PM, Wednesday - Sunday.

20 Aug 2017 - 2:00pm
Vigilante Committees in 1850s California

Steve Beck, Chief Historian of Sutter's Fort State Historic Park will unravel stories of the private citizens that joined together to form "vigilante committees" to bring order to the chaos of the the lawlessness as a result of the discovery of gold in California. To add to the historic feel, the Falkner's California Trio will perform early California music & songs. Event is FREE with refreshments.

27 Oct 2017 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Ghost Walk

The paranormal history of downtown Benicia is discovered on this fun, interactive tour led by a paranormal expert. Tours are on the first and third Friday of each month with more occuring in October. Space is limited. Prepaid reservations are required by calling 707.745.9791. More info at