Monday, Dec. 05, 2016
Double Point in the distance on the left. The hermit's encampment was on the beach in the center, below Double Point's southern peak.

A Vagrant at Double Point

By Richard Nielsen

In the late 1930s, Double Point -just north of Bolinas- became the summer residence for a hermit who spent winters at Big Sur.  A vagrant at the seashore, the hermit had...

Frank Nelson (left) & Friends in Corte Madera

It's a Wonderful Life in Corte Madera

By Laurie Thompson

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, December 6, for a special audio-visual presentation by Corte Madera native Thomas Nelson Forster as we wind up our celebration of Corte Madera's Centennial, 1916-2016.

Tom's grandfather, Franklin Lars Nelson, spent his whole life in...

Gen. Llewellyn F. Haskell

Valuable New Resource on Civil War Veterans of Marin County

By Catherine L. Gowdy

I have just “completed,” if that is possible, a compilation of Civil War veterans who lived for part of their lives in Marin County, or at least are buried here. It is...

Sketch of Angellotti's San Rafael Hotel

San Rafael Pioneer Guiseppe Angellotti

By Catherine L. Gowdy & Jocelyn Moss

Guiseppi Angellotti was a true pioneer of San Rafael. He came to San Rafael in 1850 and saw the San Rafael Mission before it was torn down. At that time, California had just become a state and San Rafael was named the...

Frank Lloyd Wright at work, circa 1958

Frank Lloyd Wright & San Francisco

By Laurie Thompson & Libby Garrison

We invite you to join us for a talk and book-signing by Paul V. Turner, author of Frank Lloyd Wright and San Francisco, a ground-breaking work on Mr. Wright's designs for the San Francisco Bay Area, just published by the...



NWP Railroad Brakeman Elmer Pimm, 1956

A Tiburon Railroad Ghost Story

This is a ghost story.  But it is not a scary story.  Rather, it is the story of a railroad man who was killed by a train in the Tiburon rail yard and whose spirit has chosen to remain in...

Ghost Disturbs Marin County Prisoners
Taliesin Fellows Carl & Elaine Book: In Memoriam


Anita Dolcini Googins Spoke "Swiss"

Anita Dolcini Googins (1916-2015) grew up in West Marin speaking the Swiss-Italian dialect. Her great-grandfather Carlo Martinoia (Charles Martin) was one of many Swiss-Italian immigrants who left their small villages in the Vallemaggia, Switzerland to seek opportunity in the golden hills of California. In the 1850s, Martin found it in Chileno...

Photo Mystery Solved: Dedication of the Jepson Memorial, Tomales Bay State Park
Olivia Dalessi Leaves Legacy


Rudolph Betolli's patented design for a whimsical "bunny rabbit" baby bottle, 1927

Rudy Bettoli: From Winemaker to Toy Maker

Rudolph William Bettoli was born in San Francisco on December 16, 1889, the son of immigrants Stephen Bettoli and Frances Plistil. Stephen Bettoli was born in Switzerland on April 3, 1865 and...

The William S. Hughes Family: San Rafael Pioneers, 1855-1914
The Ancestry of San Rafael Pioneer Elisha DuBois


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