Anne Semans, Director

“I moved to the Mendocino Coast along with my two young daughters Roxanne and Lily in 2005. We were introduced to the Kelley House through the Mendocino Grammar School as part of their work teaching kids about California history. All the projects—building Pomo shelters, model dairy farms, water towers—they brought history to life and helped all of us learn to love and respect the land, our history, and diverse cultures. I have so much respect for all the work those learn more…

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.”

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 learn more…

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 learn more…

Jane Tillis

“History! 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 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…