Megan Coddington Smith, Board Member

“Many of you may know me from my past years associated with the Kelley House Museum, also known as Megan Coddington. I was executive director from 1990 to 1996 and again from 2005 to 2007. I had the privilege of knowing Dorothy Bear, one of the founders of the Mendocino Historical Research, Inc and Kelley House Museum. I started visiting Mendocino in the early 1960s and moved to Fort Bragg in 1990. Over the years I have developed an appreciation learn more…

Jane Tillis, Board Member

“I’m here because I love the history of the area. Joining the Kelley House Museum gave me the opportunity to learn local history and impart it to our visitors. We have a number of books, periodicals and articles available at the museum, and they make it so much fun to learn (and it’s easy as well). Originally from Brooklyn, NY, I moved to California in 1985 and spent several years in San Diego, Sacramento and Oakland before moving to the learn more…

Karen McGrath, Curator

“I have been a fan of the Kelley House Museum, its archives, and its dedicated staff and volunteers since my first days visiting, then living, on the Mendocino Coast. It provides a friendly and comfortable way to understand the who, what, when, where and why of this special place. My educational and professional training have consistently centered on the relationship of people to the earth we live on. Starting with a degree in geography, I went on to do graduate learn more…

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

Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Kelley House! BBQ bash with burgers, hot dogs and veggie fare: 10:30AM – 3PM Dance to the Mixed Nuts Watch the Parade Enjoy beer, wine, margaritas and more For information call 707-937-5791 Mendocino is full of characters marching to their own tune, and you’ll see them all on parade! Our small town loves to celebrate the 4th of July! The grounds of the Kelley House Museum are the best place in town to learn more…

Holiday Open House

Celebrate the Holidays December 2nd Kick off the holiday season at the Kelley House Museum’s Holiday Party Friday, December 2, 4:30-6:30 PM. This event, featuring festive small plate food and libations, is for members only. However, we welcome new members, if you wish to join at the door. We will offer an optional tasting of five single malt scotches for $10/person. The house will be decorated in keeping with the Victorian era. Our home will stay decorated for the holidays learn more…

The Appeal of Apples Part II

By Martha Davis Wagner And, now on to Caspar; supposedly among the most historic apples in that area were those planted by the Canadian, John Simpson Ross who became well known as a traveling North Coast minister.  Reverend Ross served frequently in Eliza Kelley’s Baptist Church in Mendocino. He purchased acreage in Caspar in 1870 north of town on the west side of the then Coast Road.  After laborious land clearing, a family home was built and an orchard was learn more…

When Farm to Table was Everyday

Products & Producers of the Mendocino Coast Friday August 26 through Monday November 21, 2016 Members Preview Reception, Thursday, August 25, 4:30-6:00PM The museum is open Friday through Monday, 11AM – 3PM There are few things as delicious, and generally healthful, as something you grew yourself, cared for and labored over, and then brought to the table to enjoy with family and friends!  If it was a good year there was abundance, and if it wasn’t you made do with what learn more…

Mendocino’s Mirror: Reflections on Immigration

Members Preview Reception: Thurs., May 5, 5:00-7:00PM PM Opens Friday, May 6 and continues through Monday, August 8, 2016 The museum is open Friday through Monday, 11:00AM – 3:00PM Sun., June 12: Sunday Afternoon With Dr. Elmano Costa, Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies at CSU Stanislaus, on Portuguese Immigration. 4:00-5:00PM Sun., June 26: Sunday Afternoon With Lorraine Hee-Chorley, author of The Chinese in Mendocino County, on Chinese Immigration. 4:00-5:00PM We are all immigrants.  Seems like a self-evident statement, but learn more…

The Frolic Shipwreck

The Frolic Shipwreck: Birth of Pioneer Mendocino Sunday, February 28, 2016 Location Escola Room of the Museum Time: 4:00-5:00PM Cost: $7 non-members; $5 members Robert Becker discusses the wreck of the Frolic in 1850 and how that led to the birth of pioneer Mendocino. Robert discusses the relative mayhem of those days in California; and how pioneers made sense of unexpected opportunities. Robert Becker is a veteran docent at the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. He has taught at Northwestern University and learn more…

The Bossy Groom’s Ring

This story was the winning entry in the student category Short Story Contest: “Diamond in the Drink -or- How Did the Wedding Ring End up in the Kelley Pond?” Aftan is a 5th grade student. by Aftan Ashford Fifty years ago in Mendocino town a beautiful young lady was getting married. Two big white, strong, gorgeous horses were pulling the special carriage they had hired. Thump, thump, thump was the sound that the hooves made on the road. “Are we learn more…