For thousands of years the Coast Miwok lived rich lives infused with tradition in what we now know as Marin and southern Sonoma Counties. In the winter months villagers gathered to hear elders share sacred stories of creation and power.
Join us Tuesday, January 9th, for an opening reception for the Lucretia Little History Room's latest historical photo exhibition.
This past year, Bay Area institutions hosted events to celebrate the free-spirited ebullience of the 1967 Summer of Love. But as author and Mill Valley Oral History Program interviewee David Talbot notes in Season of the Witch, one summer of love led to several winters of discontent, and the San Francisco of yore was “(re)born howling, in blood and strife.” As we shift into the new year and reflect back, it’s worth asking: When San Francisco’s soul was howling in agony, what did it mean for Mill Valley’s inner psyche? A dive into the archives of the Mill Valley Oral History Program reveals the unique pastiche of individual experiences that set the pulse of a once-sleepy satellite town.
Dewey Livingston introduces the Anne T. Kent California Room’s Unrecorded Marin County Map & Survey Collection with an illustrated talk, highlighting Marin’s many layers of history through rephotography, aerial photos, and maps.
How were the sick taken care of in the days before health insurance? Is there anything we can learn from this earlier model?
On Saturday, November 4th, meet the Mill Valley Library on Miller! Stop by the Mill Valley Library/Mill Valley Historical Society booth at MillerFest, a community celebration of the new Miller Avenue. Don’t miss a Historical Society-led tour at 12:30pm to explore the history of Mill Valley’s oldest thoroughfare.
Historian Cameron Binkley will talk about Laura Lyon White’s life and legacy, her central role in the late nineteenth-century women’s civic movement, and the organizations she created or led, including Mill Valley’s Outdoor Art Club. White was a leading citizen of San Francisco during the Progressive era, and one of the founders of Mill Valley.
It’s film festival season in Mill Valley! The Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) officially kicked off last night, and this year marks a very special occasion – the Festival’s 40th anniversary. In celebration of this milestone, the Mill Valley Public Library collaborated with the California Film Institute, the nonprofit which produces the MVFF, to add more than 600 photographs, posters, souvenir guidebooks, and other ephemera to our collection.
On Wednesday, September 6th, join Homestead Valley historian Chuck Oldenburg for a talk on Camp Tamalpais, an early 1900s retreat in Tamalpais Canyon that attracted San Francisco dwellers away for a bucolic escape in Marin.
Please join us for an illustrated presentation focusing on the railroad tunnels in Marin given by one of MVHS’s favorite speakers, local historian Richard Torney. A lifelong resident of Marin County and fourth generation California native, Richard has long been interested in railroads, and his talks have been popular all over Marin.
Join UC Berkeley Earth and Planetary Science Professor B. Lynn Ingram and Dr. Frances Malamud-Roam, currently Senior Environmental Planner at the Army Corps of Engineers, as they discuss the long-term history of climate change in California and the West.
Summer is the perfect time to find hidden treasures of Mill Valley. Whether natural phenomenon or local historical landmarks, there is much to discover. Visit the Mill Valley Public Library’s lower level gallery space to photos of significant places and historical artifacts that exist right here in our own backyard and take part in our Historical Treasure Hunt.
Did you know that the California coast was swarming with Japanese submarines in the weeks immediately following the Pearl Harbor attack? Writer John Geoghegan discusses his book Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II .
Unlike those in Washington, the people who shape Mill Valley are close enough for a handshake and a conversation. Four oral histories - Jean Barnard, Don Hunter, Dick Spotswood and Anne Solem - tackle the intricacies of local government behind the walls of City Hall. What were the motivations behind the landscape we see today? Read on for a taste of local political life, along with links to the full recordings and transcripts for these four richly detailed, honest and empowering interviews.
This year, the Mill Valley Historical Society honors the history of community action that has “fueled” this town. Learn the history of the Fire Department, make your way around the center of town and meet some amazing people who helped to make Mill Valley what it is today through their creative and generous actions. The walk begins at the famous Outdoor Art Club and ends at the Depot Clock Tower.
Join us for a panel discussion with Jenny Fulle, who at 9 years old fought to play baseball in Mill Valley; former Mill Valley Parks and Recreation Commissioner Ed Addeo; and award-winning mediation attorney Lee Hunt, as we revisit the events that almost shut down Little League across the country.
Join us Wednesday, March 1st for an invigorating ride through Mill Valley’s unique past as author, historian, archivist, and scenic railroad enthusiast Fred Runner talks about the railroad and Howard Folker’s carefully hand crafted model of a Tamalpais (Shay) engine, now on display in the Mill Valley Library’s Lucretia Little History Room.
Rita Abrams' "Mill Valley" song spans decades and oceans. A chance encounter with the song transports one library staffer right back to "the little place where life feels very fine and free." Join us as we revisit the spirit of Mill Valley through Rita's classic, 1970 oral history interview. Does Rita's idyllic picture of Mill Valley still hold true? Click through for the story, audio excerpts and a link to the full interview and transcript.
On Wednesday, January 4th, writer and publisher Steve McNamara discusses the impact of the Pacific Sun on the political culture of Mill Valley and Marin, and why one of the best jobs at San Quentin State Prison is writing for the inmate-produced newspaper.
From December 9th through the month of May, the Lucretia Little History Room of the Mill Valley Public Library will display a one-of-a-kind handcrafted steam engine model that was built 105 years ago by the once-world-famous Mill Valley and Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railway.
Join Alexandra Kenin Wednesday, December 7th in the Creekside Room as she discuss some of the major changes to San Francisco’s natural areas and who drove these changes.
The History Room is excited to introduce Mill Valley History Online, our new online collections database! Mill Valley History Online is a digital sampling of the History Room’s collection of photographs, oral histories, and other materials.