In 1873, Dr. John Cushing, a physician from San Francisco, who was “done to death” with his hectic medical practice, moved with his family onto a homestead at the foot of Mount Tamalpais. He founded Blithedale, a rural resort where he and guests could relax and restore health in a stunning outdoor setting. Over the…

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Phil Rhodes shares natural and historic places that make Mill Valley truly special, such as a still-unpaved road dating back to Gold Rush-era logging, old growth redwoods saved by Samuel Throckmorton, a nearly 200 year old remnant of an engineering marvel, and places where wild hazelnuts and huckleberries grow. He will also talk about the…

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Laurel Collins is a fluvial geomorphologist with 40 years of experience studying western rivers, streams, and tidal marshes. Raised in Marin, she studied geology and received her degree from UC Berkeley. She has worked as a geomorphologist for organizations including the CA Dept. of Forestry, USGS, US Dept. of Justice, SF Estuary Institute, and Marin…

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Join us for a night of hair-raising aeronautical adventure as Betty Goerke shares the story of America’s first transcontinental air race from her new book: A Broken Propeller. In Oct 1919, fifty-nine pilots flying in open cockpits and with no parachutes, competed in a long distance round trip air race that began simultaneously in San…

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Watch Brian Crawford’s enlightening talk on the long history of the Bolinas-Fairfax Road. Learn about the fascinating history of one of Marin’s earliest roads, built in 1878 to provide Marin with a crucial transportation link across the county. Intimately tied to the history of Marin County and its water wars, the road was rerouted many…

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