October 2021 First Wednesday Talk – Landscape Transformations in the Corte Madera Wetlands, with Dewey Livingston and Richard Torney
October 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Using historic maps and aerial photos, Dewey and Richard offer a unique before-and-after visual history of the Corte Madera Creek marshes, including the long-lost Richardson’s Island and the once-threatened and still-thriving Greenbrae Boardwalk. The geography & landscape of the area will transform before your eyes, through comparisons and overlays of historic maps, aerial photographs and current satellite images. The program will also focus on changes to Corte Madera Creek between 1871 and 1971, and will include a short all-new look at landscape changes in the lower Mill Valley area.
This program is a partnership between the Mill Valley Historical Society and the Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library.
Dewey Livingston, map archivist for the survey map collection, has been studying and writing about Marin County history for almost 50 years. He is an historian/curator at the Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History, and has authored major studies with the National Park Service. His books include: Nicasio: The Historic Valley at the Center of Marin, In the Heart of Marin: The History of Kentfield and Greenbrae, California and Discovering Historic Ranches at Point Reyes.
Richard Torney is an historian for the Jose Moya del Pino Library and Ross Historical Society. He’s on the Board of the Kentfield/Greenbrae Historical Society. He’s the program Coordinator for the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society and helps organize their Quarterly Programs at the Elk’s Club in San Rafael. He’s also a docent for the Mt. Tamalpais Gravity Car Barn.