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The Archives Crawl will return in the Fall 2023  Thank you!

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 


Cost:  Free



Martinez History Museum (1005 Escobar St)

Contra Costa County History Center (724 Escobar St)

Martinez Public Library (740 Court St)

County Clerk Recorder's Office (555 Escobar St)


The Martinez Historical Society and the Contra Costa County Historical Society are co-hosting the first Martinez Archives Crawl in celebration of American Archives Month (in October).


Attendees or “Crawlers” tour among four host archives in Martinez, gathering stamps in their passports as they learn to research, find cool things found only in an archive, visit with archivists, and go on special behind-the-scenes tours.


All locations are within walking distance from one another, making this an easy and fun day for all ages!  


Registration and starting point

Veterans Memorial Building, 930 Ward St, Martinez

Veterans Memorial Building is where you will pick up your map, passport and instructions.  Registration begins at 10a.m. and Crawlers will want to return with their passports by 3p.m.


In addition, several area archives will exhibit at Veterans Memorial from 12p.m. - 3p.m. where you can talk to  local representatives and earn extra "stamps" in your passport. 

Participating Archive Locations

Martinez History Museum, 1005 Escobar St.

Contra Costa County History Center, 724 Escobar St.

Martinez Public Library, 740 Court

County Clerk Recorder's Office, 555 Escobar St.

Each archive is open to raise awareness about local resources and give you the opportunity to talk to local archivists about your interests and questions about research. You can get a taste of what is possible so you can plan future research visits.

How to get around

This an easy-to-get-around walking tour.  

Walking… walking is the best way for crawlers to get around downtown Martinez.

Bikes… bike racks are located on Court Street.  Archive locations do not offer bike racks so please ride and park your bike at your own discretion.

Parking…  there is free street parking near each archive location although there will not be designated parking for the event.  A dedicated parking lot is available at the County Clerk Recorder’s Office if you’d like to park and walk from there.

The Scavenger Hunt

The Crawl will be offering a scavenger hunt for students grades K-6 and 7-12 as well as adults. Scavenger hunt participants will answer archive and history related questions for their age group at each location.  Each participant with the correct answers will be entered into a drawing with a chance to win an i-Pad or i-Pad Mini. 


Be sure to return your passport to Veterans Hall for the drawing and a commemorative gift!

Have questions?

Send an email to

Participating exhibitors:

Alhambra Cemetery, Contra Costa County Genealogical Society, National Park Svc-John Muir Site,

Historical Societies from Clayton, Concord, Crockett,

Pt. Richmond, and the Richmond Museum of History.

A Special thank you to Vernon Sanders with Alder Grove Studios for creating our Sherlock Mascot.

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The Martinez Archives Crawl is made possible through a $2000 grant from the Martinez Community Foundation, a $500 donation from each co-sponsor (CCCHS & MHS), and in-kind donations from Chevron Federal Credit Union and several downtown Martinez businesses as well as the many hours of the Crawl Committee and partners.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018
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