May 16 Members’ Spring Exhibit Preview Party 4:30 PM.

On Thursday, May 16, Kelley House members are invited to a preview of the spring exhibit, “Non-Inclusion: The Story of Look Tin Eli.” Funded through a grant from the California State Library’s Civil Liberties Public Education Program, this one-of-a-kind exhibit explores the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act and the legacy of Mendocino-born businessman Look Tin Eli. The party begins at 4:30 p.m. with light hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks. New members are welcome to join at the learn more…

May 16 Annual Member Meeting & Estate Planning presentation

THIS YEAR’S ANNUAL MEETING for members will be held just ahead of the members’ preview party for the spring exhibit, on Thursday, May 16. Beginning at 3 p.m., the meeting will also feature a presentation about Estate Planning. The Kelley House Board of Directors will review and discuss the status of the non-profit history organization, including budget and upcoming events. Primary expenses include salaries, utilities, maintaining the vault, insurance, lawn and garden care, and computer costs. Income is derived from learn more…

3/3 Sunday Afternoon With PAPA: Costume Design by the Decade, 1910-1940

            Costume designer Susan Collins is the featured speaker on Sunday, March 3, at Mendocino’s Kelley House Museum beginning at 4 PM. The long-time member and co-manager of the Performing Arts Production Alliance will host “Sunday Afternoon With PAPA:  Costume Design by the Decade, 1910-1940.”             Susan Collins has been costuming for Mendocino Theatre Company productions and the Gloriana Musical Theater for a number of years, designing and creating costumes for both children and adults.  She will discuss the “how learn more…

February 10 “Sunday Afternoon With the Cobbler: Old Soles and Happy Feet”

Mendocino shoemaker Jason Clapp will demonstrate the age-old art of making shoes from scratch, Sunday afternoon, February 10 from 4-5PM. He will also offer tips and tricks for maintaining a healthy relationship between your feet and footwear. Some of the common repair services are new soles and heels, rip and seam repairs, stretching and therapeutic alterations. Shoe spa service including deep cleaning, conditioning, and polishing with natural shoe care products. Mendocino Shoeworks is located at 45040 Albion Street, just down learn more…

January 18 – March 18 Form & Function of Fashion: The Way We Wore

Kelley House Winter “Fashion” Exhibit, Fridays-Mondays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.             What was hanging in the closets of Coast residents before there were polyester leisure suits? The Kelley House Museum will explore that question with its new winter exhibit featuring the fabrics, the forms, and the function of clothing worn by the people of Mendocino during the period 1860 to 1960.             Curated from the museum’s extensive collection of period photographs and archival clothing and with special items loaned learn more…

MORE NEW PHOTOS Oct. 6 Emporium & Speakeasy Cocktail Party

Saturday, October 6 was a night to remember at Mendocino’s Crown Hall. The Kelley House Emporium & Speakeasy Cocktail Party featured lavish food, custom cocktails, live music from the Dorian May Quartet, and both silent and live auctions. Here are some photos from the event.                                                                       learn more…

Second Saturday Holiday Open House & Scotch Tasting 12/8

Make Merry at Mendocino’s Kelley House Museum! This holiday season, you can experience a Victorian Christma and the five whisky regions of Scotland — all at the Kelley House in Mendocino. On Saturday, December 8, the Kelley House Museum will hold special evening hours during the annual Candlelit Shopping Night in downtown Mendocino. From 5-7 p.m. you can explore the beautiful period home and museum while sipping single malt whisky from Scotland’s Campbeltown, Lowlands, Islay, Highlands and Speyside regions. The learn more…

“Outlaws of the 20th Century: Rum Runners and Pot Farmers” Autumn Exhibit

“Outlaws” Exhibit extended through November 27 The remote and rugged Mendocino Coast made it an ideal place to smuggle alcohol during the 1920s. The 1970s saw the growth of the cannabis industry, despite it not being a legally produced and marketed product. There are obvious parallels between the economic and social outcomes of the prohibition of alcohol, brought about by the Volstead Act of 1919 (repealed in 1933), and the legislation against the use and sale of marijuana, specifically its learn more…

Oct. 21 Sunday Afternoon With the Brewmasters

Sunday Afternoon With the Brewmasters October 21 Love beer? Then you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about modern beer making from two local experts. Stephen Duerr, co-founder of Fort Bragg’s Overtime Brewing, and beer maker Drew Jackson, Blue Ribbon winner at the 2018 Sonoma Harvest Fair for his Frolic Wee Heavy, will share their love of beer Sunday, October 21, from 4-5 p.m. at the Kelley House. You will see a demonstration of a magnetic stirplate, used to learn more…

9/23 Sunday Afternoon With Pioneers of Pot

Local medical marijuana legend Pebbles Trippet and cannabis heritage expert Brian Applegarth will trace the history of cannabis, its roles, and those who trailblazed what is estimated to be an $8.5 Billion dollar economy in California alone. “Sunday Afternoon With Pioneers of Pot” will be presented September 23  from 4-5PM in the Escola Room of the Kelley House Museum.