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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.

Calling all Historians and Lovers of History!

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Do You Enjoy Walking?
Do You Enjoy Learning about Mill Valley History?
Do You Enjoy Talking about Mill Valley History?
Would You Like to “Give Back?
Are You Available on Sunday, May 24th?


If You Answered “Yes” to the Above, then Be a Volunteer
2015 Walk into History Guide for the Mill Valley Historical Society!

WHO: Any Member of the Mill Valley Historical Society

WHAT: Attend an Orientation on Saturday, April 25th from 10:30 to 11:30 am
Attend Two Guided Practice Walks during between May 2nd and May 22nd
Lead an Historical Walking Tour of Blithedale Canyon on Sunday May 24th

WHY: To Meet New People, Contribute to Your Community,
Share Your Interests in Local History and Mill Valley, and Have a Great Time!


Each year approximately 30 individuals volunteer as Guides for our fun and educational Walk into History. Guides receive all the information needed in advance, and then work together in groups and individually to become familiar with the stories that are shared on the Walk. Guides enjoy meeting new people, interacting with others, being out of doors, giving back and sharing
the wonderful stories that bring Mill Valley’s history to life

Guides receive a one-hour orientation, a detailed, written Guidebook, and copies of historical photos. Seven “Practice Walks” are scheduled during the weeks leading up to the actual Walk into History. Guides attend at least two of these opportunities to observe an experienced Guide demonstrate how the Walk is presented. All Guides receive as much support as desired from other experienced Guides. While many Guides prefer to lead their Walk groups on their own, other Guides partner with a second Guide to lead their Walk group as a team.

This year’s Walk, “Blithedale Canyon: Rest, Recreation and `Roos,” is already generating a great deal of interest and excitement, and includes such high-interest sites as “The Redwood Lodge,” the former Blithedale Hotel properties, and historic Klyce homes.

Guide Recruitment is Underway and there are still openings –
even if you’ve never done it before!

To become a 2015 Walk into History Guide or to ask us any queations 
please complete this form.

 

MVHS Dedication of Reed Adobe Plaque

Mill Valley Historical Society Board of Directors and Members, descendants of John Thomas Reed, and City of Mill Valley dignitaries gathered for the dedication of this interpretive plaque which marks the site of the adobe home of John Reed and his family. [click to enlarge ]

Mill Valley Historical Society Board of Directors and Members, descendants of John Thomas Reed, and City of Mill Valley dignitaries gathered for the dedication of this interpretive plaque which marks the site of the adobe home of John Reed and his family. [click to enlarge ]


03 28 2015 Reed Plaque DedicationThanks to all who attended and spoke at the lovely event on Saturday March 28th for the installation of the plaque marking the spot of John Thomas Reed’s 1843 adobe home. Great weather, great speakers, the participation of Reed family members and Miwok descendants, all contributed a moving tribute to the intrepid spirit of those who preceded us. Deep appreciation is due to Betty Goerke whose relentless efforts to mark this aspect of local history have come to fruition! [click first photo below]

 

The March 2015 MVHS First Wednesday Presentation Report

Paul Liberatore - 1The March 2015 Mill Valley Historical Society First Wednesday presentation featured Paul Liberatore. Paul was joined by musician and Mill Valley resident Jimmy Dillon.

Liberatore has worked at the Marin Independent Journal since 1989 and been on the pulse of local and national cultural events. In addition to writing features and columns about the arts, he is considered the foremost historian on Marin County rock ‘n’ roll and pop music history and been among the leaders of a movement to create a museum that honors Marin’s musical contributions. As a guitarist and singer, Liberatore fronted his own band, the Liberators, for many years and performed at the Marin County Fair several times.

Jimmy Dillon is a highly accomplished guitarist who has worked with many of the top names in the music business. He is also a music teacher and started the Blue Star music camp to reach out to a greater number of budding musicians.

Together, Paul and Jimmy charted the evolution of rock music in Mill Valley and beyond in the greater Bay Area. The also played some fantastic music together at the end of the presentation.
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MVHS 1st Wed Speaker: Environmentalist Huey Johnson

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MILL VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS:
Environmentalist Huey Johnson
Wednesday, April 1st
Creekside Room – 7:30pm


Drawing on lessons learned from five decades of environmental leadership and preservation, Johnson will offer his views on the next wave of environmental protection, and the need for a new generation of advocates to help shape that wave. Johnson served as California Secretary of Resources under the first Brown Administration and founded the Resource Renewal Institute.

As President of the Nature Conservancy, he was instrumental in conservation victories including the Bolinas Lagoon and Marincello. He founded the Trust for Public Land and The Grand Canyon Trust. His pioneering policies and land acquisitions helped define much of the land trust movement that has flourished over the last three decades.  

Registration highly recommended. Click here to register.