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Let’s have a historical museum in downtown Fairfield

By From page A8 | January 13, 2014

Valuable time spent together and memories built among family members, grandparents, grandchildren and friends in an historical museum can never be taken away. In addition, learning about the history of a city develops a deeper sense of the traces of a community.

In Solano County, the Mare Island Museum on Seawind Drive in Vallejo exhibits many artifacts of history about the shipyard. In addition, there is the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve with loads of history in the building and on the trail. I suggest you walk the trail at dusk with a flashlight to see that part of the history. In Vallejo, the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum on Marin Street displays loads of pictures and books of historical interest.

Vacaville showcases the Peña Adobe/Mowers Goheen Museum and the Vacaville Museum. Rio Vista has a museum on Front Street and the Railroad Museum on Highway 12. The Solano History Exploration Center is located in the Lawler House Art Museum on Main Street in Suisun City. Benicia maintains four museums: the Benicia Historical Museum at the Camel Barns which were used by the military in the 1850s and 1860s, Benicia Fire Museum, Benicia State Historical Park  and the Fischer-Hanlon House. Travis Air Force Base proudly exhibits the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum (known as the Heritage Center Aviation History) and the new Jimmy Doolittle Center at the Nut Tree. I believe Dixon has a motorcycle museum of historical nature.

Fairfield has no historical or art museum that captures the essence of our culture. My suggestion is to renovate the corner building at Texas and Jefferson Streets to become Fairfield’s historical museum. The second level can be reached by stairs in the front of the building and an elevator in the back of the building, so it is ADA ready. What a great way to attract tourists to downtown Fairfield. I hope you will enjoy the museums as you explore your community and others in Solano County.

Alvina Sheeley




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  • The MisterJanuary 13, 2014 - 6:50 am

    What Alvina is really saying is this, "I want something AND I want you to pay for it." If it's such a great way to attract tourists downtown (meaning increased economic activity), then Alvina, you need to risk your capital and start this museum business, comply with all the ADA regulations and costs, environmental regulations and costs, employment regulations and costs, reporting regulations and costs, debt services costs, taxes and fees and payroll, and then have enough money left over (profit) to pay yourself. Do all that, Alvina, and you can have your museum. Just don't take my money (taxes) and don't further indebt me (bonds) to pay for your wants.

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  • Mr. PracticalJanuary 13, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    The Mister, actually she didn't say anything regarding who should pay for it.

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  • StRJanuary 13, 2014 - 12:13 pm

    Mr. Practical...just curious where do you get your flu shots?

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  • Legend1949January 13, 2014 - 7:22 am

    It is important to have "draws" to our area, Travis has the Travis Heritage Center, which at the present time is combined with the Dolittle Air And Space Museum. Negotiations are underway to establish the Dolittle Air and Space Museum at the Nut tree Airport, where the first exibit is in place, a flying B-25. If you are retired or just looking for something to volunteer for check out our web site, you could work on planes, (restoration), become a Docent, (give tours), or just welcome guests

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  • The MisterJanuary 13, 2014 - 8:33 am

    Doesn't Fairfield already have draws? It's got a lovely illegal drug trade; it's got the hoods; it's got the Norteno gang injunction zone (a huge draw for a bit of excitement!); it's got the shootings and homicides; it's a short drive from Vallejo. Also, for those from Richmond and Oakland where pumpin' up like a playa' can get you killed, you can come to Fairfield and strut about with much less risk. Yes, Fairfield does have a draw.

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  • LoveleeJanuary 13, 2014 - 7:47 am

    Sounds great Alvina! That would be a great thing for Fairfield to have.

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 13, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    Yes, im for it too. Although, in this forum, that's the kiss of death. Suisun has a nice little museum staffed by volunteers. There's a lot of Fairfield stuff there, probably because there's no Fairfield museum.

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  • It could be...January 13, 2014 - 2:57 pm

    A combination Museum and Cheese Emporium with a Disco Ball and dance floor in one corner.....oh yes and The Mister says to include a Hooters next door to it.

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  • Mr. SmithJanuary 13, 2014 - 9:02 am

    TM: Good post. But don't forget the homeless lady out on N. Texas street, who has slowly but surely turned the area she frequents into a garbage dump. For travelers exiting I-80, she is our unofficial but very visible, "Welcome to Fairfield" ambassador. Hopefully, she can get a job at the Chevron Station when it opens.

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