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About Us


The Museum of the San Ramon Valley exists to connect the community to the history of the San Ramon Valley.  It provides the context for that history, helps residents understand how that history is important to them, and brings that history alive for them.  The museum will collect and preserve important artifacts and stories that represent the history of the Valley. It will recognize and represent the growing diversity in our community and ensure the story of all residents is collected and preserved for future generations.

The Museum at the Depot provides a unique tribute to the rich history of California's San Ramon Valley. Volunteers and donations are always welcome.

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley was founded as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1985. The Museum is housed in the restored 1891 Southern Pacific Depot in Danville on Railroad Avenue at Prospect. Docents are on duty when the museum is open. School and other tours can be scheduled ahead by calling (925) 837-3750. The Depot is wheel chair accessible.

Meet the Staff

The staff addresses the administrative needs of the Museum.

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Dan Dunn

Executive Director


Donna Grier

Administrative Director

Board of Directors

Karen Sakata


Retired County Superintendent of Schools, Contra Costa County Office of Education; Board Member John Muir Land Trust; Educator and Speech Language Pathologist for 44 years. 

Bill Clarkson


Past Mayor of San Ramon; Former SRVUSD board member; Past Chairman San Ramon Chamber of Commerce; Member San Ramon Housing Advisory Committee; San Ramon Rotarian

Mary Frandsen

Treasurer & Secretary

Retired software architect, Andersen Consulting/Accenture; Treasurer for multiple non-profit organizations.

Lani Aurelius

Owner, Lani Studio, LLC; Past Executive Director, Discover Danville; Past SRVHS PTSA member; Retired Information Systems Manager

Newell Arnerich

Member, Danville Town Council; Past Mayor, Town of Danville; Contra Costa County Mayors Conference, Past Chair; Tri-Valley Transportation Council, Past Chair; Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Director; TRAFFIX Co-founder; Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, Director

Blair Barry

Partner, Barry & Wynne Architects

Jan Berckefeldt

Executive Director of the Maybeck Foundation who just completed restoration of the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts; Former Director of Development for the Oakland      Museum; Immediate Past President of the California Historical Society; A Baldwin family descendent.

Chuck Fereira

Retired Associate Superintendent of Schools Martinez Unified School District; A Fereira family descendant.

Terry Koehne

Communications Consultant; Board member San Ramon Chamber of Commerce; Former Chief Communications Officer, Contra Costa County Office of Education; Past Communications and Community Relations Director for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

John Kubas

Past Co-President MSRV; Member, College of Idaho National Alumni Board; Retired Marketing Executive.

Beverly Lane

Curator, Museum of the San Ramon Valley; Board of Directors for East Bay Regional Park District, local historian and author of Vintage Danville, 150 Years of Memories and San Ramon Chronicles, Stories of Bygone Days, former Danville Councilmember and Mayor.

Roxanne Lindsay

Former SRV Fire Protection District Director; Chair, Wreaths Across America , Alamo Cemetery; MSRV Docent; a Wiedemann family descendant.

Become a Volunteer!
Here's how volunteers help:

  • Greeter, regularly scheduled, 3 hours per month
  • Docent, regularly scheduled, 3 hours per month
  • Greeter substitute
  • Museum Store Committee
  • Curator assistance - data entry and research
  • Building maintenance as needed
  • Exhibits - creating and staffing
  • Graphic Design
  • Educational Programs
    • Alamo Cemetery Tour
    • Indian Life Program (Fall)
    • One Room School House (Spring)
    • Whistle Stop Lectures
    • Downtown Walking Tours
    • Other Programs
  • Event planning and staffing
  • Membership development
  • Publicity

For more information about the volunteer positions, visit the museum Volunteer Opportunities page. If you have questions, please call the museum at (925) 837-3750 or send an email to