The Legacy of Jean Jones: Preserving Pleasanton's History
In her will, Jean left her home to the City of Pleasanton, expressing the hope that it might be converted into a museum in order to help preserve the city's history. Unfortunately, an extensive historic structures report, as well as consultation with the Museum and with the Pleasanton Heritage Association, determined that the idea was not a feasible one.
In order to fulfill the spirit of Jean's wishes, however, the City Council decided to sell the property as a historic home, obliging the purchaser to restore and preserve the house's historic exterior. The proceeds from the sale were donated to Museum on Main, which has used the money to establish an endowment fund. The income from this fund has already allowed the Museum to expand its educational programs and begin redesigning its Local History Room exhibit (now the Jean P. Jones Gallery).
In addition, the Museum was able to acquire numerous artifacts, documents and photographs that Jean, her parents, and her grandparents had saved over the family's history, from the old Pleasanton Hospital sign to Wanda and Jean's doll collections to family letters and vacation snapshots. This collection extensively documents life in twentieth-century Pleasanton as it grew from a small farm town to an affluent Bay Area suburb.
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