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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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Free

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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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June 2021

June 2021 First Wednesday Talk – Stairways of San Francisco, with Alexandra Kenin

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Registration in Advance is Required - Register HERE Stairways of San Francisco, with Alexandra KeninWhen a pandemic hits and far-off travel is no longer possible, what is one to do? San Francisco resident and avid urban hiker Alexandra Kenin asked herself this question and decided to explore the wonders of her own backyard on foot. Starting out with walks just outside her Mission District home, her neighborhood expeditions morphed into a quest to document all of San Francisco’s 1,000+ public…

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July 2021

July 2021 First Wednesday Talk – Following Alan Watts with Mark Watts

July 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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August 2021

August 2021 First Wednesday Talk with David and Margaret Talbot: By the Light of Burning Dreams: The Triumph and Tragedies of the Second American Revolution

August 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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First Wednesday: By the Light of Burning Dreams With David Talbot and Margaret Talbot Wednesday, August 4th | 7:00pmVirtual event on Zoom. Registrants will be sent a Zoom link upon registration. Click here to register. The first American Revolution was fought to secure representation and freedom from an unwanted empire, a monarchy stretching its tentacles across the ocean. But that revolution didn’t win rights for everyone. That would take a series of smaller but nonetheless crucial movements, including the series of…

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September 2021

September 1st Wednesday Talk – To Build a Trail with Brian Crawford

September 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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October 2021

Art Project – Help return Engine No. 9 to Mill Valley

October 2 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

ART PROJECT Register in advance HERE What is Engine No. 9? It’s the only surviving piece of our historic Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway, the “crookedest railroad in the world.” The engine, built in 1921, was one of nine engines that took passengers from the Mill Valley Depot to the top of Mt. Tam from 1896 to 1929.                         After the railroad was dismantled in 1930, Engine No. 9 served in various California logging operations. In 2018, local history…

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CANCELED – This event will be rescheduled! – 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
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Register in advance HERE 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…

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Rally for Engine No. 9

October 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Mill Valley Plaza, 87 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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