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

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

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 Wednesday Guest Speaker Program Director
Debra Schwartz

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