Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
Swedish immigrants playing baseball in Mill Valley on the Fourth of July, 1905

Baseball: A Local and National Pastime

By Robert L. Harrison

Baseball is nearly as old as America.  A version of the game was played in the early 1800s. Not only has baseball grown up with the country, in...

Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 1909, George M. Dodge, Surveyor

E Street Public Graveyard & Mount Tamalpais Cemetery

By Carol Acquaviva

Before Mount Tamalpais Cemetery

Prior to the establishment of Mount Tamalpais Cemetery in 1879, San Rafael employed a public cemetery located on the west side of E Street, between Third and Fourth Streets. In 1850, a Mr. Poindexter purchased...

Women representing Marin as part of promotion of Greyhound commuter service, San Francisco, November 27, 1940

Photo Mystery Solved: Booster Day and a Fleet of Greyhound Busses

By Carol Acquaviva

Two recently acquired photographs in the Anne T. Kent California Room collection presented a mystery: Who was this group of women, where were they standing, and when...

Marin Journal, October 3, 1918

Try This One Weird Trick to Repeat History

By Carol Acquaviva

We’ve all seen those online advertisements. Worded and designed to look like an impartial news article, they are disguised, sandwiched among legitimate news items on mainstream news outlets. These "articles"...

Yacht Ivaneo on SF Bay

Four Captains Can’t Command a Ship

By Laurie Thompson

Among the most widely used of our California Room special collections is the Dr. Leo Stanley Collection, documenting his life and times, and, in particular, his tenure at San Quentin State Prison, 1913-1951, where he was the...



Bayside Acres, San Rafael. Pastel by George Demont Otis.

October 15th: Visions of Marin: George Demont Otis, American Impressionist

We invite you to join us on Monday evening, October 15th at 6:30 pm to enjoy a film artist & historian Mary Gilardi made with her colleague Rebecca Sylia. It documents the life and work of...

The Hard Life of a Point Reyes Lighthouse Keeper
A Boulevard from Tiburon to San Rafael


September 24, 1938 ribbon cutting of SFD Blvd. after realignment

Realignment of White's Hill Brings Food From Farm-to-Table

We use the phrase farm-to-table to describe the trend of eating locally-sourced food, connected directly back to its farmer or producer.

Similarly, in the 1920s and 1930s, a farm-to-market...

Life-long San Rafael residents Teresa and Olivia Dalessi Treasured Their Swiss and Italian Roots
San Rafael Improvement Club Waged Mosquito War


Sketch of Angellotti's San Rafael Hotel

San Rafael Pioneer Guiseppe Angellotti

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...

Rudy Bettoli: From Winemaker to Toy Maker
The William S. Hughes Family: San Rafael Pioneers, 1855-1914


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