Sunday, Mar. 29, 2015
Dedication Brochure

Site of John Reed's Adobe marked with a Plaque

By Laurie Thompson

This morning the Mill Valley Historical Society formally dedicated a plaque marking the location of John Reed's adobe at...

DuBois Family Coat of Arms

The Ancestry of San Rafael Pioneer Elisha DuBois

By Catherine L. Gowdy

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 genealogy of the DuBois family.

 Elisha DuBois left...

Mapping the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition

Historypin and the California Room are Mapping the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition

By Carol Acquaviva

For the past year, the California Room has partnered with Historypin – a website which brings...

Portrait of Inka Benton by Emme Gilman 1974

Inka Aronson Benton (1918-2015): Polymath and Activist

By Kay Noguchi

Inka was born in Warsaw, Poland, and her parents divorced when she was an infant. Her father traveled the world and eventually settled in London. Her mother married an Italian aristocrat...

Ledgers belonging to Elisha DuBois, c.1861-1881

Early San Rafael History captured in the recently-discovered Ledgers of Elisha DuBois

By Laurie Thompson

Our knowledge of local history has been greatly enriched thanks to the generosity of Jeff Craemer who recently discovered and...



White Star Restaurant on Treasure Island in 1939 and Starlite Club, Terra Linda, circa 1947

Terra Linda's Starlite Club

In her 2012 oral history, the late Catherine Munson told us that in the early 1950s, you knew where to turn for Terra Linda when you saw " old, beat-up nightclub...called The Starlight...

The Amusement Zone at San Francisco's 1915 World's Fair
1915 World's Fair: Symbol of San Francisco's Renaissance from the 1906 Earthquake


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


Mt. Tamalpais Military Academy, Mounted Artillery, San Rafael, c.1902

Stephen Hamnet Shakespeare: Professor of Elocution at the Mt. Tamalpais Military Academy

Stephen Shakespeare died in San Rafael on Saturday morning, March 22nd, 1902, of pneumonia at age 67. A military service was held for him at the First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael on Monday...

Eleanor Gerhardt of Mill Valley
Robert James Kehoe: His Story


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