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]

 

READ! – Bohemian Magazine Article on Huey Johnson


Huey Speaks for the Trees
. . . And fish, animals and people too
BY NICOLAS GRIZZLE

Copyright © 2015 Metro Newspapers. All rights reserved.

Copyright © 2015 Metro Newspapers. All rights reserved.

 

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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