Mother’s Day Proclamation

Mother’s Day originated in the late 1800’s by women’s peace groups following the Civil War. In 1868, Anna Jarvis started  “Mother’s Friendship Day” “to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War.” In 1872, Julia Ward Howe led a “Mother’s Day For Peace” observance and wrote this “Mother’s Day Proclamation” posted below:

Julia Ward Howe, one of the Mothers of Mother's Day

Julia Ward Howe, one of the Mothers of Mother’s Day

Appeal to womanhood throughout the world

Arise, then, women of this day!Arise, all women who have hearts, Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.” Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war, Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means Whereby the great human family can live in peace, Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask That a general congress of women without limit of nationality May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient And at the earliest period consistent with its objects, To promote the alliance of the different nationalities, The amicable settlement of international questions,

The great and general interests of peace.

—Julia Ward Howe

Mother wants PIE!!!!

Hey Everybody,

Mothers Day is coming right up! Did you know you can order Petaluma Pie to ship? Hurry, it is

Of course, we will be open on Sunday for Mother. You can also get her a gift card! You can get a physical one in the store, or an electronic gift card here

If you want to order a special pie for that special lady, you can call 707-766-6743 or order online at

Winner Winner Pie For Dinner

Hey Everybody,

We had a record number of entries this year so it was hard to choose, but we now have WINNERS in our annual Pi(e)Ku poetry contest!

First Prize:
This poem captures ethos of haiku – fleeting moment, sadness.

still warm from the tree
in the embrace of a slice
nothing left over

John Bertucci

Second Prize (two winners):
This poem has one a second prize in our Pi(e)ku contest. It captures the zeitgeist of our times, a spirit of resistance and power to the people. Make pie not war!

Joe Hill sang it best.
There is no pie in the sky.
So let’s eat it now!

Christopher Faiss

Another second prize!
This poem expertly combines pi and pie into a delicious haiku.

Radius and pi,
Circle area to find,
Sans a slice for me!

Rene Foppe

Third prize (three winners):

March! Three! Point! One! Four!
–   I could go on forever –
Let’s have pie instead

Ted MacConaghy

Apple pie, Damn fine.
Gone in three-point-one-four bites
Absolute Delight.

Maggie Stader Oesting

Many moons ago,
Filling married gentle Crust
And sweet Pie was born!

Yemilee Alvarey

Pi Day is just around the corner!

Hey Everybody, it is going to be March 14th AKA 3-14 AKA PI DAY soon! Of course you need to memorize pi and eat pie (don’t forget to order ahead!) and enter the pi-ku contest! You can do it online or in person. There are prizes and everything. Check out our online form for details!

Black History Month

Did you ever wonder why Black History Month is in February? No, it is not because it is the shortest month of the year. In 1926 historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History created “Negro History Week” in the second week of February because of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass‘s birthdays on the 12th and the 14th. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State University in 1970 and has since spread across the country. While February does contain many other birthdays of notable African Americans, you will find that important and influential people were born throughout the year. Some say that Black history is American history and should be taught and recognized all year long. That is definitely true, but no reason not to celebrate this month.

Here in Petaluma, the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum has an exhibit called, “Petaluma Blacks for Community Development 40 Years of Celebrating Black History Month- Reflections”, which tells the story of Petaluma’s black population since the 1800’s and highlights major local and national events during the last 40 years.

Did you know?

We now have egift cards! For that last minute gift or when you want to send someone in Petaluma a pie but you are too far away. You can buy them online here

Also, if you want to order our Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Pie for Valentine’s Day (or any day) you can do that right here

Cheesecake Is Pie

Petaluma Pie Company commemorates National Pie
Month and takes back cheesecake, which is a actually
a pie. A new cheese“cake” pie flavor will be introduced
every week during the month of February.
Crust + Filling = Pie. Do the math.