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.

These events are free of charge. The First Wednesday talks are held in the Mill Valley public library usually starting at 6 or 6:30 pm.

 

Group photo from left to right front row is on the far left, slightly bent over is musician David Getz , Debra Schwartz and Doug Ferguson. Back row from left to right Huey Johnson, Martin Griffen, Robert Preatzel, musician/singer Darby Gould and musician Chris Smith. ©2020 Mill Valley Historical Society

Upcoming Speakers

May 2024 First Wednesday Talk: Sausalito ‘Houseboat Wars’ – What Really Happened? with John Byrne Barry

Registration in advance is required HERE starting April 15. In 1942, the Bechtel Corporation opened Marinship in Sausalito, where workers built 93 cargo ships and oil tankers in three years. After the war, Bechtel abandoned ...

 

 

First Wednesday Speaker Program Director Stella Perone

 

A member of the MVHS Board of Directors from 2013-2018, Stella Perone coordinates the First Wednesday Speaker Series. She looks for great speakers and compelling topics for each month's program. Upcoming topics in 2024 include the Kent family conservation legacy, the Flying Y Ranch, the history of Richardson Bay and the Dipsea Race.

 


 

Prior to Stella, Debra Schwarz led our First Wednesday program. Debra built up our monthly speaker program over eight years to the star program that we all enjoy now.  She continues in her work for the MVHS as director for our oral history program with the Mill Valley library history room. Thank you Debra for all you have done and continue to do for MVHS and preserving the history of Mill Valley.  

 

 

Explore Past First Wednesday Lectures

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  • Past 1st Wed Talks 2017
  • Past 1st Wed Talks 2018
  • Past 1st Wed Talks 2019
  • Past 1st Wed Talks 2020
  • Past 1st Wed Talks 2021
  • Past 1st Wed Talks 2022
  • Past 1st Wed Talks 2023
  • Past 1st Wed Talks 2024