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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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February 2019

February First Wed. Talk: The Return of the Heisler No. 9 Locomotive

February 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railroad historian Fred Runner will update us about the restoration and return to Mill Valley of the Heisler No. 9 locomotive.

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Marin History Museum: San Rafael Through Time: As Illustraded and Described In 1884 – Presented by Michelle Sarjeant Kaufman

February 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
San Rafael Elks Club, 1312 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901 United States
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$10.00
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March 2019

March 2019 First Wed. Lecture: The Grateful Dead and Marin County with Dennis McNally

March 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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April 2019

April 2019 First Wed. Talk – Tilden Daken: The Mill Valley Years

April 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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May 2019

May First Wed Presentation – Cool Gray City of Love – Gary Kamiya

May 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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Getting under San Francisco's skin: A deep dive into the strangest neighborhood in the cool, gray city of love Most American cities used to have skid rows in the heart of downtown. They've all been developed and gentrified out of existence -- but not in San Francisco. Bestselling author Gary Kamiya explores why. Gary Kamiya is the author of the bestselling book Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, which was awarded the 2013 Northern California Book…

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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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$10.00
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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 @ 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 @ 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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