Board & Staff

Why I love the Kelley House Museum:

Sarah Nathe

Sarah Nathe
"The Kelley House offers a window into the past on the Mendocino coast and an open door to the rest of the world. Each day I work as a docent I meet people interested in our history who also have fascinating stories of their own, some from nearby and others from far-flung parts of the globe. As Faulkner said, The past is never dead; it’s not even past.”

Carol Dominy

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Ian Roth

Ian Roth
"When my wife and I purchased the Seagull Inn Bed and Breakfast in July 2018, one of the first things we did was to visit the Kelley House Museum to learn about the history of the Switzer House that was built in 1883 originally as a residence. We were greeted with open arms, a wealth of information and tools to research on our own. After our first meeting, we immediately joined as a Business Member. A few months later, I was asked to replace the outgoing Treasurer and because of my love for the Kelley House Museum, the answer was an easy "YES"

Megan Coddington Smith

Megan Coddington Smith
“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 for the importance of our history and how important that history is to the community. We must protect and preserve that history so this amazing community continues to be what we know and love as Mendocino."

Jane Tillis

Jane Tillis
“HISTORY! I am here because I love the history of the area! Joining the Kelley House Museum gave me the opportunity to learn about the area and to impart it to people who are visiting. We have many books and periodicals that make it so much fun to learn (and it’s easy as well). I moved to California in 1985 and to the coast in 2009. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, I spent several years in San Diego, Sacramento and Oakland before moving here. All big cities — until I moved here! I much prefer small towns and the rural life.”

Karen McGrath, Director-Curator

Karen McGrath, Director-Curator
Kelley House Museum Director-Curator Karen McGrath Karen is responsible for the development, management and operation of the museum and archives. She also plans and executes the exhibits and assists with donor development, marketing efforts, community outreach and general operations.

Mimi Figlin

Mimi Figlin
Mimi is the Kelley House Museum Outreach and Membership Manager. This is a special place, helping to connect the dots of many families who are looking for a clue to their connection to the Mendocino Coast. Finding a lost loved one, a beloved home, or exactly where the well was located takes a certain kind of passion that we here at the Kelley House Museum are proud to provide.