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May 2019

Ross Historical Society – Mt. Tamalpais: Three Peaks / Old Trails

May 3, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Ross, CA 94957 United States
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MVHS’s Annual Walk into History: Exploring Family Ties

May 26, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Register HERE for Walk into History: Exploring Family Ties This year's Walk into History takes place on Sunday, May 26.  We've titled it "Exploring Family Ties", telling stories about the residents and business operators in the "Eastland area," the earliest subdivision in Mill Valley bordering on Old Mill Park, especially their connections with other families. The tour route includes the Japanese "colony" on Bernard, historic homes and families on Lovell, and the earliest schools. The Walk starts in the Mill Valley Library's SmartGarden,…

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Games We Used to Play: A Special Event for Children

May 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Old Mill Park, Throckmorton Avenue and Old Mill Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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June 2019

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June 2019 First Wednesday Lecture – Women of the Dipsea Race by Barry Spitz

June 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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July 2019

July First Wednesday Talk: Shipwrecks of Marin with Brian Crawford

July 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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August 2019

August First Wednesday Talk: The Barbary Coast Trail by Daniel Bacon

August 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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September 2019

Sept 2019 First Wednesday Talk: Mill Valley’s Secret Places with Historian Phil Rhodes

September 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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October 2019

October First Wed. Talk: Uncharted Waters: A look back at the development of drinking water access for Marin County and the construction of Alpine Dam in 1919 with MMWD historian, Jack Gibson.

October 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Alpine Dam Downstream Face - Aug. 19, 1918 Mt Tamalpais has remained surprisingly undeveloped since the 19th century. Armed with the power of eminent domain, in 1912 the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) started the conversion of the vast watershed areas from private to community ownership, a process that ultimately saved the mountain and left in its formidable shadow the beloved and beautifully preserved natural land of the Mount Tamalpais Watershed. Join us as historian Jack Gibson talks about the…

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Mill Valley Historical Society’s 42nd Annual Members’ Meeting & Potluck Dinner

October 24, 2019 @ 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 42nd Annual Members’ Meeting & Potluck Dinner Guest Speaker: Fred Runner "Engine 9 Comes Home" November 2018 - No. 9 arrives in Sonoma County HISTORIC PAST, BRIGHT FUTURE In the spring of 1921, the Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway of Mill Valley took delivery of a brand new, Heisler locomotive from its manufacturer back in Erie, Pennsylvania.  This steam powered locomotive was designated “Number 9” and put to work taking tourists up and down Mt.…

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November 2019

November 2019 First Wednesday Talk – Blithedale: The Cushing’s Place in Marin

November 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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December 2019

December 2019 First Wednesday Talk: The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California, with author Mark Arax 

December 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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REGISTER HERE The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California, with author Mark Arax  A vivid, searching journey into California’s capture of water and soil—an epic story of a people’s defiance of nature and the wonders, and ruin, it has wrought. MARK ARAX is an author and journalist whose writings on California and the West have received numerous awards for literary nonfiction. A former staffer at the   Los Angeles Times, his work has appeared in   The New York Times and the  …

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February 2020

The Last Tie of the Transcontinental Railroad – Patrick Goggins

February 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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In 1869, the last tie used for the ceremonial completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad was harvested from a California Laurel Tree on Mt. Tamalpais. Goggins will talk about the tie and the ceremonial spikes which were exhibited in Sacramento, Utah and SF, along with a Gold Spike provided by capitalist financiers. Destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, the tie was resurrected in memory by descendants of Chinese and Irish railroad workers at the 150th Anniversary (2019) of the railroad’s completion.…

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March 2020

March 2020 First Wednesday Talk – Marincello Revisited with Huey Johnson

March 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Marincello Revisited with Huey Johnson, Doug Ferguson, Bob Praetzel and Dr. Martin Griffin *** It is recommended you register for this event HERE:

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October 2020

October “First Wednesday” (Thursday) Talk – Fire on the Mountain by Mike Swezy

October 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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43rd Annual Members’ Meeting

October 29, 2020 @ 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Join us on Thursday, October 29, 2020 where we’ll gather on Zoom! We value your participation in the Annual Meeting to elect new Directors and update our Bylaws, so we hope you’ll join us. Sign on early to our Zoom meeting (after 6:45 pm) to ensure you’re connected in time for the Annual Meeting. Bring Your Own (beverage and/or appetizer/meal) to enjoy while the meeting and presentation proceed. 7:00 pm Member Meeting Elections, Acknowledgments and Bylaws changes 7:20 pm Presentation…

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January 2021

January 2021 First Wednesday Talk – Spirits of San Francisco, Voyages through the Unknown City

January 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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February 2021

February First Wednesday Talk – Flying High with Big Brother and the Holding Company & Janis Joplin with David Getz

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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March 2021

March 2021 First Wednesday Talk – Japanese Gardens with Steven Pitsenbarger

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Japanese Gardens with Steven Pitsenbarger - You must register in advance for this event HERE Steven has worked as a gardener at the Japanese Tea Garden in SF since 2007. He has presented on Japanese gardens and history in the garden and at conferences and workshops around the country. He is currently on the board of directors for the North American Garden Association, and was published in the NAJGA Journal in 2019.  

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April 2021

April 2021 First Wednesday Talk – Tamalpais Engine No. 9 Turns 100 with Historian Fred Runner

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tamalpais Engine No. 9 Turns 100 with Historian Fred Runner Registration required. Click here to register online. Registrants will be sent a Zoom Link with registration confirmation. For more information, call (415) 389-4292 or visit millvalleylibrary.org

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May 2021

May 2021 First Wednesday Talk – Indigenous Peoples of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, with David Stuart 

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Register in advance for this event (required) HERE Join the Mill Valley Historical Society for a night of illumination as anthropologist and museum director David Stuart provides an overview of California’s unique Delta region and the lifeways and history of the many Native nations that lived there for thousands of years. The heart of the Delta was not populated because it was underwater twice daily at high tide and the west edge of the Delta was sparsely inhabited by California…

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