Welcome to the Mill Valley Historical Society

The Old Mill, built by John Thomas Reed around 1836. MVN1328 – Courtesy of the Lucretia Little History Room, Mill Valley Public Library

This website serves to keep our members and visitors informed about the many activities as well as the extensive historical archives pertaining to and related to the history of Mill Valley, California.  If you are not already a member of the Mill Valley Historical Society, whether you live in the area or not we warmly encourage you to go to the BECOME A MEMBER page and see what a yearly bargain it is to join.
We invite all those with an affection for Mill Valley to join and learn about the charming history of this little historic town at the base of Mount Tamalpais. Check the CALENDAR for past and upcoming events and programs. See the news posts below for the latest historical news about Mill Valley and Southern Marin. You can search the posts by the keywords that are listed on the sidebar. And please consider making a DONATION in support of our mission. We hope you enjoy your stay at www.mvhistory.org.

Fat-Tire Flyer

The Mill Valley Historical Society presents
One of the founding fathers of mountain biking and author of just released.
Come hear Charlie speak about the
history of mountain biking in Marin.
Mill Valley Public Library
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
7 PM

Charlie Kelly, co-founder of the MountainBikes company and organizer of the Repack races, recounts the complete and often unbelievable history of the rise of mountain biking and its lasting culture in his new book. “Fat Tire Flyer: Repack and the Birth of Mountain Biking.”

Charlie is a Mill Valley native and an alumni of Park, Edna Maguire, and Tam High. He’s written for VeloNews and Bicycling, and is currently the U.S. mountain bike correspondent for Rouleur and Privateer magazines. He and Gary Fisher founded MountainBikes, selling Tom Ritchey’s first mountain bike frames as complete bikes. Charlie was also the founder and reigning official of the Repack mountain bike races in Marin, California. He was founder, editor and publisher of Fat Tire Flyer, the first mountain bike magazine. He is the supreme archivist of the origin of the sport of mountain biking.

“Fat TIre Flyer” is the perfect holiday present. Charlie will sign books following his talk.

There is no charge, but non-MVHS members are encouraged to join. Memberships will be available at the door.

37th Annual Members Meeting & Potluck Dinner

MVHS 2014 Dinner PosterPlease join us on Thursday, October 30th for the Mill Valley Historical Society’s 37th Annual Member Meeting and Potluck Dinner. This yearly event provides a wonderful opportunity to see old friends and to meet those who share our own interest in the rich history of Mill Valley. The Annual Meeting includes the election of six new directors and officers for the coming year.
RSVP ASAP for this evening’s special guest speaker and slide show will likely make this an event that will fill quickly. As always, the Annual Members’ Meeting and Dinner is held for our current paid membership, and we warmly welcome those who wish to join at the door.
This year’s guest speaker will be local photographer and
garyyost_mugshot-1filmmaker, Gary Yost. A long time hiker, Gary has been interested in
the history of Mt. Tam and the surrounding areas of Mill Valley. He will be sharing a slide show and talking about his most recent movie, “The Invisible Peak”. “The Invisible Peak” focuses on the Cold War missile targeting radar station on Mt. Tamalpais which was abandoned by the military 30 years ago. Considered sacred by the Coast Miwok Indians for thousands of years, the West Yost Inv Peak for BlogPeak of Mt. Tam was bulldozed in 1950 in order to build an Air Force station. “The Invisible Peak” uses
breathtaking time-lapse cinematography, historical footage, interviews and moving narration by Peter Coyote to tell the story of the “missing” West Peak and the engaged citizens who have fought for over 30 years to return the mountain to its natural state.

Gary’s slide show will show a behind the scenes view of the making of his movie and be followed by a brief Q&A.