Wednesday, Jul. 01, 2015
Sausalitans participating in the Folk Dance Festival at Marin Junior College, July, 1946

Marin Folk Dance Festival Draws 5000

By Laurie Thompson

Seventy years ago at College of Marin as reported in the Sausalito News, 18 July 1946:

An estimated 5,000 Bay Area and Northern California people arrived...

Bon Air Hotel, 1907, as published in the Northwestern Pacific Railroad's "Vacation" Guide

Two-Day Independence Day Celebration at the Hotel Bon Air, Larkspur

By Laurie Thompson

Turn-of-the-century Larkspur was home to the Hotel Bon Air, a resort along the Corte Madera Creek and site of today's Marin General Hospital. The 1907 Vacation guide published by the Northwestern Pacific Railroad...

Concept Drawing for the Church of the Assumption, Tomales

Tomales Church: A Symphony of Stone

By Laurie Thompson

In 1899 the cornerstone was laid for the "new" Church of the Assumption in Tomales. According to Ginny Magan of the Tomales Regional History Center:

Toward the end of the 19th century the Catholic population of Tomales Township...

Practicing for the Ballet Aquacade at the Kent pool, 1950s

Ballet Aquacade once a Popular Marin Tradition

By Laurie Thompson

During the 1950s the Ballet Aquacade, a popular Marin event sponsored by the Ross-Kentfield-Greenbrae unit of the Junior Theatre, was held at the Kent family pool on the estate which was then home to the...

1914 Concept for Santa Venetia as envisioned by developer Mabry McMahon

Venice on San Pablo Bay

By Laurie Thompson

In August of 1914, real estate developer Mabry McMahan filed his plans for a luxury development on San Pablo Bay styled after the Italian city of Venice. He envisioned, a “Newport of the West” built along canals and tree-lined boulevards...



Clubhouse in Divide Meadow for Country Club members, circa 1892

Bear Valley: Once Home to Elite Sportsman's Club

The beautiful Bear Valley trail in Point Reyes once led to a private resort belonging to members of San Francisco's exclusive Pacific Union Club.

Their luxurious clubhouse stood in today's "Divide...

The Happiest Place on Earth: A History of the Marin County Fair
1891 Article on the Dixie Schoolhouse reveals Early North San Rafael History


November 8, 1952: Dedication of the Willis Linn Jepson memorial at Tomales Bay State Park

Photo Mystery Solved: Dedication of the Jepson Memorial, Tomales Bay State Park

The California Room recently acquired a photograph depicting an event in what looked like a clearing in a forest.  With no other information at hand, such as a caption or other related...

Olivia Dalessi Leaves Legacy
Quisisana: The Charles H. Bach Estate in Kentfield


DuBois Family Coat of Arms

The Ancestry of San Rafael Pioneer Elisha DuBois

On a recent trip to the Anne T. Kent California Room, I had the opportunity to study Elisha DuBois’ 19th-Century business ledgers where I gleaned some new information on the history and...

Stephen Hamnet Shakespeare: Professor of Elocution at the Mt. Tamalpais Military Academy
Eleanor Gerhardt of Mill Valley


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