Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2016
Celebratory Banquet at the Marconi Hotel; Ruth Sayers stands towards the center on the lower step, with a broad white collar and black hat; her new husband, Adolph Rau, stands next to her

Romance Inaugurates TransPacific Radio in West Marin

By Richard Nielsen

Starting on September 24, 1914, the Bolinas and Marshall Marconi radio stations were officially on the air.  Among the...

Tavern of Tamalpais under Construction, Sept. 1896

Women’s Suffrage championed from the summit of Mt. Tamalpais

By Fred Runner, Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railway Historian

As we near an important moment for the United States, with the first female presidential nominee in a tight race for president, it’s worth noting that 120 years ago –on September 16, 1896- one of America’s...

Mt. Tamalpais from Kent Estate by George Demont Otis

Visions of Marin: George Demont Otis at College of Marin

By Mary Gilardi

The beauty of Marin County landscapes, depicted in the plein air artistry of renowned American artist, George Demont Otis (1879-1962), will be on display at the College of Marin Fine...


When Marin Arks Took to the Hilltops

By Laurie Thompson

A December 15, 1907 San Francisco Call piece by Woodbury S. Brintnall, tells us how some residents of Larkspur’s “Arkville” community were affected by the dredging of the Corte Madera Creek for a resort to...

Sciallo Family. Joe Sciallo is seated on his father's lap.

Joe Sciallo: From Fisherman to RCA Rigger

By Richard Nielsen

Joe Sciallo was raised in a Miwok fishing village on the eastern shore of Tomales Bay. In the early 1900s his village was a stop on the Northwestern Pacific Railroad called “Fishermans.” When the...



Kent Family at Muir Woods. William Kent is on the far right,

Gigantic Redwoods Saved for Posterity by William Kent

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016.

In honor of their centennial, we'd like to shine a spotlight on a local Marin County hero: William Kent.

Among William Kent's many...

The other "Marin City"
The Legendary Owl of Bolinas


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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