The Pinole Historical Society promotes awareness and appreciation of history through preservation and education, and chronicles the city’s heritage for current and future generations.

The Pinole Historical Society is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Tax ID: 23-7441316

Veterans Day
ceremony returns
November 11

After a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Pinole Historical Society will present the 13th Veterans Day Memorial and Flag Retirement Ceremony on Thursday, November 11, from 11 a.m. to noon in Fernandez Park.

We hope you can attend as the society and the City of Pinole honor the brave men and women who have served — and continue to serve — to protect the freedoms we treasure.

Songs, speeches, remembrances, tributes, and the retirement of worn U.S. flags by the Boy Scout Troop 86 will highlight the hour-long ceremony.

West Contra Costa Girl Scouts, St. Joseph School students, Pinole Valley High School Marching Band, Pinole Valley High School Concert Choir, and elected officials including Pinole Mayor Norma Martínez-Rubin and Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia, and Pinole Police Chief Neil Gang and Pinole Fire Chief Chris Wynkoop, will participate.

Please bring your worn and tattered American flags to the ceremony, where they will be retired with proper respect. There is no charge to retire a flag.

For more information, call (510) 724-9507 or e-mail

PVHS students produce illuminating
profiles on Pinole minority-owned business
for Diversifying Pinole History project

On July 31, three Pinole Valley High School student journalists shared the outcomes of their Diversifying Pinole History projects. Justin Trujillo, Devin Dinh, and Lizzy Duarte each selected a minority business in Pinole to research and produce a story about. Lizzy selected two businesses.

The businesses profiled were Sue’s Place (Justin), Sequoia Real Estate (Devin), and Valley Produce Market and Top Notch Barbershop (Lizzy).

These students cultivated their creativity and communication skills. Small businesses got a spotlight on their business within a cultural and historical context. Not only did their work enrich the Pinole Historical Society’’s digital archives by highlighting new voices which reflect our city’s cultural diversity, but it also brought our community closer together through the journey of storytelling. Pinole benefitted from positive civic engagement and history-making.

It was a win-win for all involved.


Diversifying Pinole History is a visual storytelling project for 9th-12th-grade high school students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District interested in history, civic engagement, journalism, and diversity topics. It will be an ongoing project.

The Pinole Historical Society is committed to diversifying its historical archives and invited these students to engage in the documentation of narratives of Pinole’s long-time residents, specifically its minority business owners.

The project kicked off June 19 on the lawn of the historic Fernandez Mansion, where owner Melinda Mariotti welcomed the students, took them on a tour of her home, and opened up the well-known Southern Pacific Railroad caboose on her property for the students to explore.

The program concluded July 31 with a live presentation of the students’ work in the Pinole Valley High School library.


The students received guidance, preparation, and production support from:

Dyana Wing So, a 2012 PVHS grad and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.) and Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (M.A), and creative strategist for Gold Front, a category design studio in San Francisco.

Mitzi Pérez-Caro, a UC-Berkeley graduate and lead digital arts and web design teacher at Kennedy High School in Richmond.

The students’ work is part of the Pinole Historical Society's archives. It may be viewed on the Pinole Historical Society YouTube channel:

Photo (left to right): Jeff Rubin (PHS president), Justin Trujillo, Mitzi Perez-Caro (Mentor), Devin Dinh, Lizzy Duarte, Dyana Wing So (Mentor & Program Coordinator), Norma Martinez-Rubin (Mayor of Pinole).

Watch Pinole Historical Society
programs on PHS YouTube channel

Looking for a good local history program to watch? Look no further than the Pinole Historical Society ’s s YouTube channel, created by Pinole History Museum board member Alec Jason.

Alec reformatted more than a decade ’s worth of PHS programs and uploaded them to the society ’s s YouTube channel.

To view these videos go to YouTube and enter PINOLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY in the search bar, or CLICK HERE

Among the most recent additions is the very popular Zoom program architect Mike Woldemar did for the society last July. Mike designed many buildings in Pinole during his long career, including the Pinole Youth Center, Del Monte Shopping Center, Pinole Depot Plaza, Crocketts Premier Auto Body and the Contra Costa County Animal Shelter, Pear Street Bistro, and Herit-age Park, including site improvements and the rose garden for the Faria House.

Among the 40-plus videos include:

GEORGE VINCENT’S two walking tours of historic downtown Pinole.
THE PINOLE MURAL: Wells Fargo Bank produced this video about the history of Pinole. The mural hangs on a rear wall in the bank ’s s Pinole office on Fitzgerald Drive.
FIESTA DEL PINOLE 1962, 1963, 1964, and 1965 parades, courtesy of PHS member Jim Payne
AN INTERVIEW WITH TWO MAYORS: Former mayors Jack Meehan and Tom Cutino spin political tales and how they saved Fitzgerald Drive —and the sales-tax dollars its shopping centers produce — for Pinole.
WHAT’S IN A NAME? : How Pinole streets got their names, and the characters behind those names.
THE LOST CITIES OF THE EAST BAY, presented by author, historian, and college professor John Robinson.
THE HISTORY OF 610 QUINAN STREET, presented by Linda Lopes Rosedahl, the third generation of her family to live on Quinan Street.
THE PRESIDENTIAL ROSIES: Former Rosie the Riveters recount their World War II experiences at the Kaiser Shipyards and their 2014 visit to then-Vice President Joe Biden at the White House to get national recognition for the women who worked in the World War II ship-yards and factories.
VETERANS DAY Memorial and Flag Retirement Ceremonies from 2008 to 2019.

We’d be grateful if you give our videos a THUMBS UP! Thank you.

The PHS looks forward to resuming group presentations once it is safe to do so. We miss seeing our members and friends, and miss bringing history to them in person. In the meantime, we are doing our best to fulfill our mission to promote awareness and appreciation of Pinole’s history.

PHS photo archives now online via
our collections management system

Some of the nearly 1,500 photos in the Pinole Historical Society archives are now available for online public viewing and purchase via CatalogIt,