Saturday, May. 30, 2015
 1965 Fair at Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross

The Happiest Place on Earth: A History of the Marin County Fair

By Laurie Thompson

Mark your calendars for June 11 at 12 noon when long-time Cultural Services Director Jim Farley will...

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Dixie School House 2013

1891 Article on the Dixie Schoolhouse reveals Early North San Rafael History

By Laurie Thompson

Reported in the June 4, 1891 Marin Journal:

The flag over the Dixie School House was placed at half mast on Memorial Day. Through the courtesy of Mr. Bain, our reporter was allowed a glimpse of...

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78 Years Ago: Golden Gate Bridge links San Francisco & Marin

By Laurie Thompson

When the Golden Gate Bridge opened on May 27, 1937, Marin County was forever linked with the San Francisco Peninsula, accelerating its residential growth and facilitating access...

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San Rafael residents Beatrice Howitt and Alice Oge at the San Rafael Canal September 1913

San Rafael Canal: Community's Lifeline

By Laurie Thompson

The December 12, 1907 Marin Journal highlights the dredging of the San Rafael Canal as vital to the community's transportation, commerce and recreation needs:

San Rafael Canal which is being Dredged by State &...

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May 16: Printing Museum on Wheels stops at the Marin Civic Center

By Laurie Thompson

Ben Franklin’s Colonial Printing Shop will be stopping at the Marin Civic Center on Saturday, May 16th, from 10 am to 12 noon. Join us in the upper parking lot...

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News

Train near Escalle Station, King Mountain in the background, Larkspur, circa 1890s

Gold Discovered in Larkspur

On February 2, 1899 The Marin Journal reported the discovery of gold in Larkspur by Jean Escalle, proprietor of the Escalle Winery:

A GOLD MINE NOT A GOLD BRICK

Reported Discovery in the Hills near...

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May 2: Marin City Community Photo Album Day
1906 Earthquake Strikes Marin

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...

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

Genealogy

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...

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

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