The Kelley House Museum and Research Center
In 1969, retired accountant Beth Stebbins and retired librarian Dorothy Bear, both from Palm Springs, settled in Mendocino. Bear was a fine photographer and soon became interested in the architecture and old buildings around town. Both women were surprised to discover that no one had taken an interest in the town’s unique history, so they began researching Mendocino’s pioneer families and historic structures.
Beth and Dorothy established Mendocino Historical Research, Inc. in 1973, publishing books and collecting photographs of the town, stories from the residents, and a wide variety of cultural artifacts.