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.

MVHS Annual Membership Dinner

MVHS 39th Annual Members’ Meeting
and Potluck Dinner

Featuring Guest Speaker Barry Spitz


We are pleased to once again welcome Barry Spitz as the evening’s speaker.  His topic will be “How We Got to Own the Mountain,” based on his 2012 book on the subject.  “It is the story of how Mt. Tamalpais was changed from 100% private ownership in 1900 to essentially all public land during the 20th century”, says Barry.

Thursday Oct. 20, 2016

Mill Valley Community Center

Social Hour- 6:00 PM
Meeting- 7:15 PM
Presentation – 7:30 PM

We appreciate your contributions (by last name) as follows:
A-H Dessert
I-Z Salad, Side, or Main Dish 

RSVP by Oct 13 to:
info@mvhistory.org or 415-388-1953

1st Wednesday Speaker: “A Homestead Tale” by Chuck Odenburg


Chuck Oldenburg reflects on his life in Homestead Valley.

Chuck Oldenburg – [click to enlarge]

by Chuck Oldenburg

The Tale focuses on a 100-year old mansion on a 2.2-acre estate and the families that lived there.  Starting with neighborhood folklore It took three years of research and three lucky breaks to discover the true history.

Former Mill Valley Historical Society board member Chuck Oldenburg researched and wrote ten guidebooks for the annual history walks. Chuck has lived in Homestead Valley for 53 years. He has been president the Homestead Valley Community Association and cofounder and president of the Homestead Valley Land Trust. He is currently on the board of the Homestead Valley Sanitary District. Since 2000, his column on the history of Homestead Valley has appeared monthly in the Homestead Headlines, a newsletter sent to all Homestead Valley residents.  He is the author of the Mill Valley History Vignettes that are sent every two weeks to over 700 recipients including all members of the Mill Valley Historical Society They also appear in the Mill Valley Herald. The 85th Vignette came out last week. All Homestead History articles and Mill Valley History Vignettes are archived on the Mill Valley Historical Society website, mvhistory.org. This evening he will recount a tale about Homestead Valley that took him three years to unravel.

>>  Registration highly recommended. Click here to register.  <<

Sept First Wed Event: Tom Killion presents the History of the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival

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Mill Valley artist and writer Tom Killion will discuss the history of Mill Valley’s Fall Arts Festival, now celebrating its 60th Anniversary. Killion grew up in Mill Valley during the 1950s/60s when the town had a lively artistic culture that influenced his appreciation of the northern California landscape and his interest in East Asian landscape art. 

The Mill Valley Fall Art Festival was a touchstone for early interest in making and selling art, beginning in his early teens, when Mill Valley’s wonderfully supportive community encouraged Killion’s first forays into landscape printmaking.

Today Killion produces Japanese-style woodcut prints of the Western landscape and books that integrate the visual and written poetry of California’s landscape, including California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry and History, which recently received a Gold Medal from the prestigious California Book Awards. His art studio is located on Inverness Ridge in West Marin.
It is highly recommended that you preregister for this event HERE!