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.

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

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

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

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


  • I. C. Adams, Memoirs and Anecdotes of Early Calistoga (Calistoga, 1946).
  • Lin Weber, Under the Vine and the Fig Tree: The Jews of Napa Valley (Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley, 2003).
  • Henry Michalski and Donna Mendelsohn, Napa Valley’s Jewish Heritage (Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2012).
  • Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley,

Lauren Chevlen is curator of this Frank Family exhibit.