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Posted: 09/16/2011 in all marine news

Pirates

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The Petaluma Museum pays tribute to the golden age of piracy and its colorful characters in a new exhibit, “Pirates, Legends and Lore,” opening Friday, Sept. 16.

“Piracy is an ever-popular subject that never ceases to capture people’s imagination,” said Joe Noriel, president of the Petaluma Museum. “What many people don’t know is that piracy was interwoven into the development of this country.”

“Pirates, Legends and Lore” will offers residents the opportunity to learn the stories of real-life pirates and examine the social end economic forces that compelled their career choice, their daily lives and even the myths pirates created themselves to help them achieve their goals.

While there won’t be any “walkin’ the plank,” the exhibit will feature a host of pirate artifacts, including flintlocks, swords, a grappling hook, cannon balls, plates from the Sir Francis Drake and money plundered by pirates. Also on display wil be pieces of eight, gold doubloons, Spanish reales and an original first-edition copy of “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson.

There will also be several hand-on elements of the exhibit, such as learning to tie a sailor’s knot, making a pirate flag, prizes for answering taking a pirate quiz, learning pirate expressions and what they mean and the opportunity to have a photo taken at a ship’s wheel.

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