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July 2015

The History of the Mill Valley Library

July 1, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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September 2015

Reed Grist Mill Stones Dedication at OAC

September 9, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Outdoor Art Club, 1 West Blithedale Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Who knew? The gristmill stones in the garden of the Outdoor Art Club are probably the oldest historical artifacts in Mill Valley, dating from mid-19th century rancho life in the Mexican territory of Alta California! Found on the property of Irish-born “Californio” John T. Reed’s adobe home site near what is now Locke and LaGoma in 1906, the basalt gristmill stones and a circular saw had been obtained by Reed in a trade with the Russians at Fort Ross on…

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October 2015

October’s 1st Wednesday Talk: The History of Homestead Valley

October 7, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Chuck Oldenburg reflects on his life in Homestead Valley.

THE HISTORY OF HOMESTEAD VALLEY VIS À VIS MILL VALLEY by CHUCK OLDENBURG Homestead Valley in 1907 October’s First Wednesday talk will cover the history of Homestead Valley.  Former Mill Valley Historical Society board member Chuck Oldenburg researched and wrote ten guidebooks for the annual history walks. Included were the 2003 walk in Upper Homestead Valley and the 2010 walk in Lower Homestead Valley. Eight walks were in Mill Valley, the last one in Cascade Canyon two years ago. Chuck…

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Mill Valley Historical Society Annual Dinner Meeting

October 22, 2015
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Mill Valley Historical Society Annual Dinner Meeting guest speaker Laura Ackley    

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December 2015

Blithedale Canyon: Rest, Recreation and ‘Roos

December 2, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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January 2016

Jan 2016 First Wed Program: The Cushing and Eldridge Families in Marin

January 6, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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CABIN AT THE BLITHEDALE HOTEL, MILL VALLEY, 1880s Join Tim Wood, a great-great grandson of John Jenckes Cushing & John Oscar Eldridge, for an illustrated presentation, as he brings to life the legacies of these men and their families. The surnames Cushing & Eldridge are deeply woven in the fabric of Marin history. In the mid-1870s, Dr. John Jenckes Cushing established Blithedale, initially a health retreat, in what is now Mill Valley. His son Sidney Barlow Cushing became founding president of…

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March 2016

March 2016 – First Wednesday Program – The Geologic History of Ring Mountain with David Bero

March 2, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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After more than 20 years of research, Sonoma State University Geology Professor David Bero has produced detailed maps of Ring Mountain and the Tiburon Peninsula, which have been recently published by the California Geological Society. Ring Mountain is well known by geologists from around the world for the number and variety of metamorphic rocks that contain unusual minerals such as Lawsonite, first discovered in 1895. Bero, a Mill Valley resident and avid hiker, has been mapping the geology of various…

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April 2016

April First Wednesday: Where’s Waldo?

April 6, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Join Larry Clinton, past President of the Sausalito Historical Society, and Mike Moyle, SHS member and Chair of the IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center History Committee, who will take us on a fascinating au-dio-visual tour through Sausalito’s history from the early days through World War II. They will focus on sig-nificant parts of the community that no longer exist, including the Northwestern Pacific railroad line, Pine Point (dynamited during World War II), the American Distilling Company (destroyed by fire in…

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Ivan Poutiatine: My Volunteering Life in Mill Valley

April 6, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Join Ivan Poutiatine as he speaks about his experiences in city government in the 1970’s, and later as a member of the Board of Directors of Marin Theatre Company. Ivan Poutiatine has been a volunteer in Mill Valley since he moved here in 1965, as a young architect. He followed his parents’ admonition that “one must always give back to his/her community.” In addition to serving on the Planning Commission, City Council and MTC Board, Ivan was involved in the…

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May 2016

The Annual MVHS 2016 “Walk into History”

May 22, 2016
Outdoor Art Club, 1 West Blithedale Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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The annual Walk into History celebrates the stories of one particular area of Mill Valley each year. This year the walk route will be on Sunnyside, Boyle Park, and Buena Vista. The Thirty-ninth Walk will be on Sunday, May 22th, 2016. We are still planning this popular event so check back later for more information.

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May 2018

You’re Invited! Dedication of Cypress Knoll Plaque

May 17, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Cypress Knoll Plaque Dedication, 10 Manor Terrace
Mill Valley, California 94941
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Mill Valley Historical Society Dedication of Cypress Knoll Plaque 10 Manor Terrace Thursday, May 17, 5:30 PM Please join the MVHS, Boyle Family descendants, and Mill Valley dignitaries for the dedication of this interpretive plaque marking the site of the oldest standing home in Mill Valley.   No parking on Manor Terrace.  We suggest parking across street near Park School.

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2018 MVHS Walk Into History – Mill Valley Grows Up

May 27, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mill Valley Lumber Yard, 129 Miller Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
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   RESERVE YOUR SPOTS NOW THEN PAY FOR YOUR TICKETS AT THE LUMBER YARD BEFORE YOUR TOUR REGISTER HERE

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June 2018

June First Wednesday Program – Jack London: Man of Adventure, Fame, and Controversy with Lou Leal

June 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Jack London, known most for writing The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and the short story, “To Build a Fire,” actually lived a life that was as interesting as his published works. Lou Leal takes a look at London’s life of adventure, his struggles to become a writer, and his life beyond writing. Lou will cover the myths and controversies that surrounded London during his life and after his death, including his drinking, the Wolf House fire, and his early death.…

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September 2018

September 2018 First Wednesday Talk – Of Marsh and Men

September 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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October 2018

October First Wednesday Talk: Mill Valley’s Golden Age of Rock and Roll

October 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Richie Unterberger has been writing about little-known and well-known rock and popular music of all kinds for more than 25 years. He regularly presents events featuring rare rock films in the San Francisco Bay area and elsewhere, at public libraries and other venues. These include the main public libraries of San Francisco, Seattle, Portland Oregon, and San Jose, as well as the Andy Warhol Museum and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Organizations interested in having him present such…

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Mill Valley Historical Society’s 41st Annual Members’ Meeting & Potluck Dinner

October 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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The Mill Valley Historical Society’s 41st Annual Members’ Meeting & Potluck Dinner featuring Guest Speaker, Betty Goerke “Paradise Lost:  When Indians Lived in Mill Valley” Thursday, October 18, 2018 Mill Valley Community Center Social Hour—6:00 pm (complimentary wine and beer) Dinner—6:45 pm Members’ Meeting—7:30pm Guest speaker—7:45 p.m. We appreciate the following contributions: A-Q:  Main Dish, Side, or Salad R-Z:  Dessert E-mail RSVP by October 15 to info@mvhistory.org or call (415) 388-1953 Please bring your friends and neighbors.  They can join…

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Public Dedication of a Historic Painted Mt. Tamalpais Hikers Trail Map

October 20, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
34 Miller Avenue, 34 Miller Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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A PIECE OF HISTORIC MILL VALLEY RETURNS Announcing a Public Dedication of a Historic Painted Mt. Tamalpais Hikers Trail Map in Downtown Mill Valley on October 20, 2018, 4:00pm The Mill Valley Historical Society, Mill Valley Mayor Stephanie Moulton-Peters and Councilmember Jessica Sloan will unveil the public installation of this 70 year old oversized hiking map. > click to enlarge < The Mill Valley Historical Society announced today that a public dedication of a nearly 70 year old billboard-size historic…

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November 2018

Nov. First Wed. Event – Ross: A Rich History

November 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Registration recommended. Click here to register.

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December 2018

December First Wednesday Lecture: Druid Heights – Interpreting an Alternative Lifestyle

December 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Chuck Oldenburg reflects on his life in Homestead Valley.

Mill Valley Historical Society Talk and Book-signing!

December 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Please join local historian and former MVHS Board Member Chuck Oldenburg as he discusses information from his newly-released book, Mill Valley History Vignettes.  This collection of 150 vignettes is the perfect present for the holiday season.  Refreshments will be served. Copies of the book will be available for sale at this free event. OR you can order the book online HERE $10 for MVHS members / $15 for non-members (cash or checks only - no credit cards please) December 12, 2018…

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