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OUR STORY

The Brannan Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Brannan Center's vision is to be the venue where our community gathers to not only learn, explore, and create but also serve others. 

Attracted by the thermal hot springs and bucolic settings of the upper Napa Valley, Sam Brannan founded the town of Calistoga in 1859 to build the "Saratoga of California." In 1874 he deeded land at the intersection of Washington and Berry Street (the "heart" of Calistoga) for the construction of the Calistoga Community Presbyterian Church. ​

Built in 1876, the Community Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Calistoga’s Berry and Washington Streets, has served as an important site for church congregants as well as non-religious community services, arts and educational offerings -- including the Calistoga Food Pantry, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, and several multi-cultural programs.

After multiple decades of use not only nurturing the families of the congregation but also providing a home for Calistoga’s nonprofit organizations the building is now in need of our help. 

To continue its legacy of service to the community, the Church has partnered with the newly formed nonprofit organization, the Brannan Center. 


Established by a dedicated group of local philanthropic, civic and community leaders, the Brannan Center envisions re-purposing the building as a location to fulfill its vision as a vibrant community hub for local civic and nonprofit organizations and a unique regional performing arts and private event venue. 


Core to the Brannan Center’s mission is to serve as a model of fiscal and civic responsibility, promoting education for youth in the arts, cross-cultural integration and a healthy community.

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