Friday, May. 06, 2016
Joseph Mailliard when a junior at the University of California, 1878

Recollections of Joseph Mailliard

By Laurie Thompson

The California Room is grateful to bookseller Michael Good and philanthropist Jeff Craemer for the recent donation of a rare autobiography of Joseph Maillard,...

Queen of the May Zeila Heydenfeldt, 1910

May Day 1910

By Laurie Thompson

The elaborate May Day Festival held at Kentfield in the early 1900s always included a Queen of the May followed by her "ladies in waiting" who were selected from schools across Southern Marin. At the onset of the event, they would parade from the Albert & Adaline Kent estate to the grounds of the Tamalpais Centre.


Maypole dancing at Kentfield, 1909

Kentfield Festival Will Draw Thousands

By Laurie Thompson

On May 1, 1909 an elaborate May Day festival and ground breaking ceremony took place in Kentfield on 29 acres of land that had been recently donated by Mrs. Adaline E. Kent and her son William Kent to the people of Marin...

L-R: Jeff Craemer; Laurie Thompson; Phil Gazzano; Richard Torney; Joe Breeze; Jimmy Dunn; Fred Runner

1911 Shay Locomotive Model now on display at the Civic Center Library

By Laurie Thompson

Last week, the exquisite Shay locomotive model created by Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railway workers at their shops in Mill Valley in 1911, made its first public...

Botanists Alice Eastwood & John Thomas Howell, Washington State, 1936

Alice Eastwood & the Cross Country Boys Club

By Laurie Thompson

Famed botanist Alice Eastwood was a frequent visitor to the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. Her hiking prowess gained her entry into an exclusive hiking group known as the Cross Country Boys Club. She was one of the...



Dr. Alfred W. Taliaferro

Dr. Alfred W. Taliaferro: A Good Samaritan

Dr. Alfred W. Taliaferro is memorialized in a stained glass window over the organ of San Rafael’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The window depicts the scene of "The Good Samaritan". This...

Tale of a Sausalito Home erected in 1849
Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railroad coming soon to the Civic Center Library!


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


Looking down D Street, San Rafael, from Wolf Grade, circa 1875

The William S. Hughes Family: San Rafael Pioneers, 1855-1914

William Slater Hughes, born in 1814, was a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He left home as a young man, first travelling to Hagerstown, Maryland, then to New Orleans and later to Texas....

The Ancestry of San Rafael Pioneer Elisha DuBois
Stephen Hamnet Shakespeare: Professor of Elocution at the Mt. Tamalpais Military Academy


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