August 2015 First Wednesday Program – History of Tamalpais Valley

Tam Valley brochure cover-2Presented by Lissa McKee
Lissa McKeeA fifth generation Californian with an MA in History, I have worked for 35 years as an environmental planner and public historian.  I have lived in Tamalpais Valley since 1991.  Thanks to the input from various neighbors, acquaintances and local historians as well as investigations of archival material I will present an overview of the varied layers of Tamalpais Valley history, from Miwok homeland to  hunting preserve, cattle range, dairy ranch, real estate development, and neighbor to the Golden gate recreation Area. [click photos to enlarge] Click HERE for event details.
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2015 “Walk into History” was a huge success!

Some of the 2015 38th Annual  Mill Valley Historical Society's "Back into History" Tour guides - click to enlarge

Some of the 2015 38th Annual  Mill Valley Historical Society’s “Back into History” Tour guides – click to enlarge


What a Super group of Guides! Thanks to each and every one of you who worked so hard to make this a wonderful and memorable experience for our Walkers.

Growing up on the West Peak of Mt. Tamalpais: Interview with Lisa and Madelyn Byrne

MTAFS Six Sisters
Thank you very much to the very talented and generous photographer and filmmaker Gary Yost for sharing his short film interview of two of the six Byrne sisters who lived at the Air Force Station on Mt. Tamalpais’s East Peak from 1957 to 1959. These daughters of the station commander, Commander Byrne, allow a glimpse into this slice of Cold War history, and the inclusion of their 16mm home movies brings to life the sometimes surreal irony of childhood in the shadow of the radome overlooking the entire Bay Area. The wonderful photo here beautifully illustrates this in the form of six darling girls in their Easter dresses and bonnets, hands in prayer, with the radome in the background. Please enjoy the video HERE and feel free to share! 

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]