Quarterly Newsletter – February 2024

We love our MVHS members!

Welcome to our new quarterly newsletter! Our goal is to provide more regular communication about MVHS activities and engage your creative ideas in our efforts. Have a photo, history story, or an idea for the newsletter? Email our editor here: newsletter@mvhistory.org

Annual Membership Drive

If you renew or sign up for your 2024 membership now, you’ll receive your complimentary copy of the MVHS “Review” magazine after its Spring 2024 release. 

Tell your neighbors and friends about MVHS!

Sign up!

We want your ideas! We’re updating the 2016 membership survey and welcome your ideas for questions to poll. Submit your suggestions to newsletter@mvhistory.org and keep your eyes out for the 2024 MVHS Survey in your email in-box this summer!  

Our sample survey at the October 2023 MVHS Annual Meeting provided helpful feedback, including that most people thought it worthwhile do an updated membership survey. Thanks to all who contributed! Highlights included: 

·     Speaker series was very popular

·     More history walks

·     More social mixers

·     More communication, more personal contact, more engagement

·     Preservation of MV history comes with a responsibility to communicate it, engage the community over it, and connect it to current day.

We love our Mill Valley Women!

Mark your calendar for International Women’s Day on March 8 because we’ll be displaying our “Six Women Who Changed Mill Valley” presentation at City Hall.  Come celebrate generations of amazing women of our town!

A Mill Valley Legacy of Love

MVHS received a generous donation in 2023 from Mary Ellen Shelton Brucker.  Mary Ellen moved with her husband to St. Louis and raised her family there, but she inculcated her deep love of Mill Valley in her children.  We interviewed Mrs. Brucker’s children and you can read their interesting story about their mother HERE

2024 Annual “Walk Into History”

We’ve got a community-building theme for our walk this year, so mark May 26 on your calendar. The walk will end at the wonderful History Room at the Library. More news coming soon!

We love our Trail Map

But our recent harsh winter storms haven’t loved our favorite downtown mural since we renovated it in 2017. The MVHS Board spent 2023 researching several options to address the weathering damage. We’ll keep working on the best way to save our beloved Mill Valley landmark and keep you informed. Your input is valued so please let us know if you have suggestions for how best to revitalize or reconstruct the map. 

In Loving Memory

MVHS and the Mill Valley community lost a dear member in the passing of Peter Litwack. He was a loyal and extremely supportive MVHS member who was very impressed by our work. He attended all of our events and took many of the photos for the First Wednesday talks. Peter loved history and would post our videos and talks on Facebook to share with others. He enjoyed meeting others who shared his interests. Peter was a healthy and happy man and his sudden death was a shock. We will miss him terribly. 


Our Fall 2023 newsletter neglected to highlight the contributions of Franklin Walther and Gary Yost to the May 2023 Walk Into History. Both were critical to the production of the interview video.  If you haven’t seen it, you can see it HEREMany thanks, Gary and Franklin. 

The Fall 2023 newsletter also incorrectly reported the number of years that Debra Schwartz has 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 on our oral history program in partnership 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.