Making History

One of the most fun things about the Kelley House is that you never know who or what might come in the door next. A couple of weeks ago an elderly couple from Lakeport stopped by to give the Kelley House a photo of his great-grandparents wedding portrait and a copy of their marriage license. Wed on December 7, 1895, Emil Kynell and Sofie Johnson were both natives of Finland and lived in Albion. The Bradleys took the time to learn more…

June 6 Volunteer Appreciation Party 4:30 PM

            WITH JUST ONE and a half staff positions, the Kelley House could not exist without its valued volunteers. From the Board of Directors, to docents, writers, gardeners and the events team, volunteers are celebrated each year at an annual appreciation party.            This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, June 6, from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.. If you have suggestions for the menu theme, please drop us a line. Last year’s chili cook-off and 2017’s Mexican feast were big learn more…

Sunday, May 26 Mendocino’s Historic Rose Walk with David Tahja 11 AM

Enjoy this exclusive guided tour of the historic roses in the town of Mendocino. Roses were a particular passion of Daisy Kelley MacCallum, eldest daughter of pioneers William and Eliza Kelley, and many of the roses she planted throughout Mendocino still bloom. Reservations are suggested for this special tour, led by docent David Tahja. Advance tickets are available at the Kelley House Museum and office for $10. The Rose Walk begins at 11 a.m. and will last about 90 minutes. learn more…

May 17–July 22 Kelley House Museum Spring Exhibit

The Look Tin Eli Story: Exclusion & Citizenship on the Mendocino Coast This is one exhibit you won’t want to miss! Funded by the California State Library’s Civil Liberties Public Education Program, “The Story of Look Tin Eli: Exclusion & Citizenship on the Mendocino Coast” examines local historic ties to a topic that is still very much with us today. Mendocino-born businessman Look Tin Eli led the reconstruction of San Francisco’s Chinatown after the earthquake of 1906. Mr. Look hired learn more…

May 16 Members’ Spring Exhibit Preview Party 4:30 PM.

On Thursday, May 16, Kelley House members are invited to a preview of the spring exhibit, “Non-Inclusion: The Story of Look Tin Eli.” Funded through a grant from the California State Library’s Civil Liberties Public Education Program, this one-of-a-kind exhibit explores the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act and the legacy of Mendocino-born businessman Look Tin Eli. The party begins at 4:30 p.m. with light hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks. New members are welcome to join at the learn more…

May 16 Annual Member Meeting & Estate Planning presentation

THIS YEAR’S ANNUAL MEETING for members will be held just ahead of the members’ preview party for the spring exhibit, on Thursday, May 16. Beginning at 3 p.m., the meeting will also feature a presentation about Estate Planning. The Kelley House Board of Directors will review and discuss the status of the non-profit history organization, including budget and upcoming events. Primary expenses include salaries, utilities, maintaining the vault, insurance, lawn and garden care, and computer costs. Income is derived from learn more…

3/3 Sunday Afternoon With PAPA: Costume Design by the Decade, 1910-1940

            Costume designer Susan Collins is the featured speaker on Sunday, March 3, at Mendocino’s Kelley House Museum beginning at 4 PM. The long-time member and co-manager of the Performing Arts Production Alliance will host “Sunday Afternoon With PAPA:  Costume Design by the Decade, 1910-1940.”             Susan Collins has been costuming for Mendocino Theatre Company productions and the Gloriana Musical Theater for a number of years, designing and creating costumes for both children and adults.  She will discuss the “how learn more…

February 10 “Sunday Afternoon With the Cobbler: Old Soles and Happy Feet”

Mendocino shoemaker Jason Clapp will demonstrate the age-old art of making shoes from scratch, Sunday afternoon, February 10 from 4-5PM. He will also offer tips and tricks for maintaining a healthy relationship between your feet and footwear. Some of the common repair services are new soles and heels, rip and seam repairs, stretching and therapeutic alterations. Shoe spa service including deep cleaning, conditioning, and polishing with natural shoe care products. Mendocino Shoeworks is located at 45040 Albion Street, just down learn more…

January 18 – March 18 Form & Function of Fashion: The Way We Wore

Kelley House Winter “Fashion” Exhibit, Fridays-Mondays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.             What was hanging in the closets of Coast residents before there were polyester leisure suits? The Kelley House Museum will explore that question with its new winter exhibit featuring the fabrics, the forms, and the function of clothing worn by the people of Mendocino during the period 1860 to 1960.             Curated from the museum’s extensive collection of period photographs and archival clothing and with special items loaned learn more…

MORE NEW PHOTOS Oct. 6 Emporium & Speakeasy Cocktail Party

Saturday, October 6 was a night to remember at Mendocino’s Crown Hall. The Kelley House Emporium & Speakeasy Cocktail Party featured lavish food, custom cocktails, live music from the Dorian May Quartet, and both silent and live auctions. Here are some photos from the event.                                                                       learn more…