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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. The Model T was purchased in the fall of 1925 by members of the Anderson family and has been in Templeton its entire life.
Model T

In addition to the Model T, in recent years, the society's courting buggy as been driven through the parade by Barbara Meeks, pulled by her national show horse, Donisto. The buggy, originally owned by Charles and Selma Anderson of rural Templeton, was restored and donated to the Templeton Historical Museum Society by Mrs. Lois Rozet.

The museum's booth in the park on July 4th provides an opportunity to purchase shirts, visors, coffee mugs, cookbooks and other merchandise.

Fall: Founder's Day

November 20, 1886 is the day the first Southern Pacific passenger arrived in the new town of Templeton.  Templeton Historical Museum Society 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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