Programs and Events

UPDATE: Due to the necessary and mandated shelter-at-home restriction, the NCHS staff will indefinitely have restricted access to our collections. We are happy to accept your research requests, and our research staff are on standby to help you with your queries. Please note, some research requests and all photo requests will be put on hold, and all new memberships will be processed once it is safe for our communities to return to work.


Dear NCHS Members and Supporters,

Due to increased precautions in preventing community spread of COVID-19, the Napa County Historical Society is closed to the public at the Goodman Library and Tulocay location, until further notice. Staff will continue working and be available to answer questions, receive research requests through

In addition, we have asked all of our volunteers who are 65 years and older or who have underlying health conditions to follow the Governors calling for home isolation. We wish you all well and hope to see you soon.

Sending our best,
Liz Alessio
Executive Director


Bach Cello Suites by Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson

When: Friday, March 13

Time: 5-6:30pm
Where: Goodman Library, 1219 First Street
Cost: Free, suggested $5 donation
For questions please contact or 707.224.1739


Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson, cellist, has deep ties to the Napa area, where he settled in 1988 and began teaching middle-school students while delighting audiences in appearances with the Napa Valley Symphony and chamber music ensembles throughout the Napa Valley.  Since retiring from public school instruction in 2010, he has devoted himself to performing the six solo cello suites by J.S. Bach, which he has recently recorded. 

Having studied the cello for more than 50 years, he wrote Tonic to Chromatic, a four-volume series illustrating the harmonic blueprint of string instruments tuned in fourths and fifths.  McFarland-Johnson also authored The Perfect ABC Songbook, a collection of 26 one-minute songs for children, ages four through eight.  Jeffrey lives in Napa with Cynthia, his wife. 

Storytelling Echoes of Women

Dates: Friday, March 20
Time: 6-7:30pm
Where: Goodman Library, 1219 First St.
Free, suggested $5 donation

Register online:

WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE THIS EVENT, please check back on our website or social media channels for an update on future Spring events. Join the Napa County Historical Society and the League of Women Voters in a special edition of Friday Night Storytelling: Echoes of Women.

This event takes place during Women’s History Month and both the Historical Society and the League will highlight Napa Valley women and the history of the old Napa League of Women Voters.

Our collaboration has been made possible by research conducted in the NCHS archives on the Napa League from 1947 to 1993 and the resources and staff in pulling together the story of the old Napa League.


Volunteer Open House

Dates: Saturday, March 21
Time: 10-11am
Where: Goodman Library, 1219 First St.

Are you interested in learning more about the projects we are currently researching and preserving in our library? Please join us for more information on how you can get involved and sign up for your first volunteer shift.

Volunteers work an average of 12 hours per month, with one 3 hour shift a week. Our mission at the NCHS is to keep history alive, and your continued help is the only way we can keep our historic Goodman Library functioning and a one-stop shop for historic resources in our county!


April Tulocay Cemetery History Tour

Dates: Saturday, April 4
Tulocay Cemetery (old office building), 411 Coombsville Road


For questions please contact or 707.224.1739

Join us on the first Saturday of every month for our historic walking tours. This year on February, April, and July we will be hosting Tulocay Cemetery tours at 10am at the old Juarez stone building. Bring your comfortable walking shoes and learn about old Napans as our docents lead you through the cemetery. 

May Downtown Historic Walking Tour

Dates: Saturday, March 2
Goodman Library, 1219 First Street
$15 members, $20 non-members

Event postponed until further notice


Current Exhibit  | Above the Valley

Date: January – April 2020
Time: Wednesday – Saturday, 10-3
Where: Goodman Library, 1219 First St.
Cost: Free admittance

The Napa County Historical Society is pleased to present Above the Valley. Our new exhibit showcases a portion of our over sized aerial photography collection. Join us as we explore the borders and boundaries of the land, while uncovering stories and places outside of our city center.

Exhibit opening presentation January 10, 4-6pm, on view through April 30, 2020 at the Goodman Library.


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