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Annual Events




The museum provides tours to third grade children to help fulfill their social studies requirement on the history of the Templeton community.

The children get a glimpse of what life was like in the old days through historic real-life dis- plays, photographs and memor- abilia.


For several years the museum's Model T has chugged through Templeton's annual Fourth of July parade.
Model T

In addition to the Model T, in recent years, the 1932 Templeton School bus has also been in the parade. The bus was restored over a 5-year period thanks to hundreds of hours of the museum’s volunteers. 

1932 School Bus
The bus was purchased new in 1933 by the Templeton School District and used as a bus until 1949. The bus body was removed and converted to a flatbed truck to haul irrigation pipe from the Stockdale ranch to the football field sometime after 1949.

The bus was eventually returned to the school auto shop where Roy Radke, Curt Olson, Gary Knoeppel rejoined body with the chassis.  The bus was sold to a private party and was moved to a number of locations before finding a final home in the blacksmith’s shop and was donated to the museum with the purchase of the blacksmith’s shop.

Restored 1932 School Bus
Volunteers donated hundreds of hours of labor over 5 years to fully restore the bus.

The museum's booth in the park on July 4th provides an opportunity to purchase merchandise.

Fall: Founder's Day

Founder’s Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of November as November 20, 1886 is the day the first Southern Pacific passenger arrived in the new town of Templeton.  Templeton Historical Museum has been remembering that historic date since 2006.  Events include:   short lectures relative to Templeton’s history, tours of the museum buildings, including a demonstration by a working blacksmith, and (weather permitting) a guided walking tour discovering the old buildings in Templeton.

Founders Day Antique Automobiles
Antique Automobiles on Display

Musical Entertainment at Founders Day
Live Music

Founders Day Blacksmith Shop
Blacksmithing Demonstration

Founders Day Central Coast Vintage Machinery Association
The Central Coast Vintage Machinery Association


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