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Good Mourning Mendocino: Funeral Rites and Customs

Exhibit runs through 11/27/2022 Members only reception and viewing Friday, October 21 at 5:00 PM “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes." Dr. James Milliken’s casket in the parlor of the Milliken house, in 1909 The Kelley House Museum invites you to explore one of life's certainties—death—through a new exhibit on funeral customs followed throughout Mendocino’s history. Far from [...]

By |2022-09-12T09:25:06-07:00September 12, 2022|

Sunday Afternoon with Illustrators

August 14, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM $5 members/$7 non-members Illustrators have long been a vibrant part of the Mendocino art community. The Kelley House is excited to interview several whose work in the ‘70s and ‘80s appears as part of the Cat Mother exhibit currently on display in the museum. Mervin Gilbert, author of the comic collection Life in the Northwest Nowhere will talk about [...]

By |2022-07-27T09:07:38-07:00July 27, 2022|

New Tours for Every Body

Walking or sitting, you will pick up some fascinating facts in two new tours for history lovers at the Kelley House Museum. David and Katy Tahja, a team of Kelley House docents from Comptche, have developed tours about the areas of Mendocino history that interest each of them most. Beginning on July 10th, David will lead a two-hour walking tour called “Stump to Ship: Logging in [...]

By |2022-07-07T01:03:00-07:00July 7, 2022|

Cat Mother: Mendocino Coast Music

The Kelley House pays tribute to legendary local ‘70s band Cat Mother and their impact on the Mendocino Coast with a collection of ephemera, albums, artwork, and articles. Cat Mother was an eclectic rock band formed in Greenwich Village, New York in 1967. They toured with Jimi Hendrix who co-produced their first album which featured the hit "Good Old Rock N Roll" in 1969. By 1970 Cat [...]

By |2022-05-05T16:04:33-07:00May 5, 2022|

July 4th Picnic & Lawn Party with the BEST Parade Viewing!

Monday, July 4th. HOURS: 11AM - 3PM Celebrate the Fourth of July on the Kelley House Lawn! Our biggest fundraiser is back after a two year hiatus. Dance to live music from the Mixed Nuts and watch the parade. Food will be courtesy of Miss KJ’s Bangin’ Bites food truck, serving street tacos, corn, fruit and churros. We’ll be selling margaritas, sangria, beer from North Coast [...]

By |2022-04-26T15:15:00-07:00April 26, 2022|

Pipes and Bottles at Kelley House Exhibit

On display at the Kelley House Museum’s current exhibit are several clay pipes. Most are incomplete – missing a stem or the bowl – but are nonetheless intriguing – as are the old glass bottles and other remnants of an earlier times that we have dug out of our archives for this show, “Neighbors Across The Pond.”   A white clay smoking pipe with copper banding [...]

By |2022-04-21T01:41:00-07:00April 21, 2022|

Neighbors Across the Pond

This exhibit runs through May 1, 2022. It displays vintage photographs from two of Mendocino’s founding families, the Kelleys and the Fords, who lived across the Main Street from each other. The exhibit includes glass bottles, dolls and clay pipes excavated from the historic Kelley Pond. Kelley House Museum, 45007 Albion Street, Mendocino (707) 937-5791 Thurs-Sun 11AM to 3PM

By |2022-02-15T16:31:41-08:00February 15, 2022|

Kelley House Announces New Look Tin Eli Book

The Kelley House Museum in Mendocino is pleased to announce the publication of its latest book, Look Tin Eli – The Mendocino-Born Visionary Who Helped Shape the Chinese-American Experience.  New Publication Explores the remarkable life of Mendocino-born Look Tin Eli, now available for purchase online and in bookstores. With almost fifty historic images, the 114-page publication is the first to present a comprehensive life history of [...]

By |2022-01-20T01:13:00-08:00January 20, 2022|

Rediscovering the Kelleys

The Kelleys were in the town of Mendocino at its founding in 1852. And over these last many years, we thought we had come to know a lot about them.  A compelling image of Lloyd Drexler Kelley, William and Eliza Kelley’s grandson, recently received by the Kelley House Museum from  family descendants. This was Lloyd’s official Army portrait taken when he was about 22 years old. [...]

By |2021-12-02T01:52:00-08:00December 2, 2021|

A Kelley House Holiday Celebration

December 4, 2021 Family fun with Santa and a toast to William Kelley’s 200th Birthday! VISIT SANTA 3:30-4:30 PM Bring your family and your holiday good cheer to snap a perfect picture standing next to Santa on our porch! Cookies and cider provided. Suggested donation: $5 HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE 5-7 PM After Santa leaves for the North Pole, join us as we toast the bicentennial birthday [...]

By |2022-11-15T14:15:31-08:00November 17, 2021|


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