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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.

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
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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.

May’s First Wednesday event was a great success!

Steve Potts - May 7, 2014 Mill Valley Historical Society

Steve Potts – May 7, 2014
Mill Valley Historical Society


May’s First Wednesday event was a great success. Mountain biking pioneer and Mill Valley native Steve Potts delivered a very thoughtful and engaging presentation to a full house.

In addition to talking about the development of mountain biking he covered much more. Using entertaining stories he talked about growing up in Mill Valley, his travels and discovering his passion for creating and building things – in particular bicycles. That passion steeled him to build a business over the last 40 years that he obviously loves.

Steve Potts
Throughout the discussion he offered many life lessons about work, raising a family and giving back to the community. And perhaps most importantly he reminded us of how lucky we are to live where we do.

“The Swiss Connection” First Wednesday Program

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The second talk of the 2014 First Wednesday Series was another sellout crowd. Tourism in Ticino, Switzerland will probably show a sharp increase as a result of Marilyn Geary’s photos of the Valle Maggio.  Marilyn traced the roots of many West Marin families to Valle Maggio, and she discussed how these families have made an impact on agriculture in West Marin – many of them in cheese making like their ancestors.
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