The Frank Family, Early Jewish Pioneers of Calistoga, California

Frank Family

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The Frank family is thought to be the first Jewish family to settle in Calistoga, California – around 1860.

The Frank’s home, a modest Victorian cottage, built in the 1870s, now houses the Sharpsteen Museum at 1317 Washington Street.

Jacob Frank's home in Calistoga, currently the Sharpsteen Museum.

The Frank’s home in Calistoga, currently the Sharpsteen Museum.


Jacob Frank operated a mercantile store on the ground floor of the Odd Fellows building in Calistoga.


For more information, see:

Memoirs and Anecdotes of Early Calistoga, by I. C. Adams

Under the Vine and the Fig Tree: The Jews of Napa Valley, by Lin Weber, ISBN 0-9667014-4-5, 2003

Napa Valley’s Jewish Heritage, by Henry Michalski and Donna Mendelsohn, ISBN 978-0-7385-8898-8 Arcadia Publishers

Contact the Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley,



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Lauren Chevlen is curator of this Frank Family Exhibit.