The Mill Valley Historical Society proudly presents what has come to be affectionately known as the “First Wednesday” program. On the first Wednesday of each month, we invite a guest speaker to present to MVHS members. Generally, the talks focus on Mill Valley or Bay Area history.

Past speakers and topics have included: Local historian Barry Spitz on the history of the Dipsea Race; railroad historian Richard Torney on the many ways railroads have touched Mill Valley; historian Betty Goerke sharing her expertise on the coastal Miwoks and Chief Marin; beat poets/authors Locke McCorkle and Al Young on their early days of living and writing in Mill Valley with counter-culture icons Jack Kerouac, Alan Watts, Jack Cassady, and Allen Ginsburg.

The First Wednesday talks begin at 7pm and are held in the Mill Valley public library.

These events are free of charge.

Upcoming Speakers

March 2021 First Wednesday Talk – Japanese Gardens with Steve Pitsenbarger

Japanese Gardens with Steve Pitsenbarger - 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 ...

April 2021 First Wednesday Talk – The Return of Engine #9 with Fred Runner

The Return of Engine #9 with Fred Runner This talk is scheduled to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of Engine #9 coming to MV. More event details will be added here in early March.

First Wednesday Guest Speaker Program Director
Debra Schwartz

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