Historical Geography of Mendocino County

Here is another fascinating look into county history left to us by the late Dr. Richard White’s “Mendocino Medicine and Gazetteer.” In the 1990s, White published this small magazine of rural health information for medical practitioners and always made space for writings about his science and nature interests. Deborah White of Ukiah loaned bound volumes of his writings to the Kelley House Museum so that we could share them thirty years later. White discovered a 1948 master’s thesis called The learn more…

Mendo High School Yearbooks Need New Homes

Following hot on the heels of our wonderfully fun and successful “History and More” book sale, here’s another chance to capture a bit of Mendocino history. And if you’re a local from a long-time family, you might find your ancestors.  Kelley House Museum wants to find new homes for twenty-six Mendocino High School yearbooks, published in the years between 1921 to 1993. We’re asking for a $10 donation, which goes toward our educational programs at the museum. They’re all surplus learn more…

History & More Book Sale

Fundraisers are always appropriate for a small museum when coming out of tough times. So, Kelley House will host a HISTORY & MORE book sale on Saturday, May 29th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the east porch of the museum.  Curated by retired librarian and Kelley House docent Katy Tahja, she emphasizes you won’t find everything, but you’ll like what you do find. Look for history, travel, how-to, crafts, gardening, and other nonfiction. Don’t expect fiction or kids’ books. learn more…

Prehistory at Albion Head

An archaeology dig of a Native American camp site on Albion Head? Yes! Of course, it was 40 years ago, but the late Dr. Richard White wrote about it in a short feature story called Prehistory of Albion, found in issue 42 of his “Mendocino Medicine and Gazetteer.” A publication of medical news for rural practitioners, with added bits of history, biology or geography that attracted his attention, White’s periodical is an interesting read. Bound volumes are on loan to learn more…

Floral Tributes and Funeral Cards

So, I walk into the Comptche Store and owner Belinda Pollack hands me a sheet of paper with a list of names and says, ”Look what someone gave me! And who was Amanda Newman?” Another local history exploration begins. Belinda and my husband are both multi-generational descendants of old-time Comptche families, so we knew the names on the list. It was titled, “Comptche Friends Floral Tribute to the Memory of Mrs. Amanda Newman,” but there was no date. Of the learn more…

Discovering Albion’s Seashells

Did you know you can find more than 50 different kinds of seashells on the Mendocino Coast? Thanks to the late Dr. Richard White’s publication, “Mendocino Medicine and Gazetteer,” his interest in seashells can be shared 30 years later. “Seashells of Albion: The Gastropods” was a fascicle (printed installment) in “Coastal Life of Albion.” These were from Dr. White’s personal research, and the collected reports of the Pacific Union College’s Mendocino Biological Field Station, which was located on the south learn more…

Become a Kelley House Museum Docent

With the world re-opening after difficult times, the Kelley House Museum is making its own plans to open its doors again…but we could use some help. The doors can’t be open if a friendly docent isn’t available to answer questions. Could this person be you? First response to this question we usually hear is, “Oh, I couldn’t volunteer to do that. I don’t know enough about local history.” Let us reassure you…we are not looking for people who are mental learn more…

Schools Contribute Historic Trivia

“What Became of the Little Red Schoolhouse” is a five-volume compilation of information on more than 200 schools that once existed in Mendocino County. Sponsored by the now long-gone Mendocino Coast Genealogical Society, its researchers tried to assemble the who, what, when, where, why and how of every school’s history. One thing the compilers looked for was anything unique about an individual school. We’ll start with this story from 1929. On December 3rd, a runaway horse from a nearby ranch learn more…

Playing Cards at Little River

Stopping by to visit the Little River Improvement Club and Museum these days, visitors may not realize the small white structure was once the social center of town.  The building itself, located 1.5 miles south of Mendocino on the east side of Highway 1, was built in 1885 for the Good Templars social improvement order. It served as the local gathering place for weddings, funerals, church services, town meetings, voting, painting and craft classes, a temporary school, and all kinds learn more…

Mendocino Medicine and Gazetteer

Ever hear of the Mendocino Medicine and Gazetteer? It was created by Dr. Richard White, who practiced medicine on the coast 45 years ago. A man of many interests, White started it in 1976 as a journal of rural medicine, and it grew to encompass a world of topics. White’s intent was a publication that would serve as a means of communication between Mendocino Coast District Hospital, Sherwood Oaks Health Center, and local specialized health agencies to exchange philosophies about learn more…