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 work in environmental design and landscape architecture. I spent my 40-plus working life researching, planning, and designing both public and private landscapes in Georgia, Washington State, and California. History has been a keen interest since childhood and has always informed my work, giving it meaning and depth. I could not be happier to be the Curator of the Kelley House Museum, where I am able to share its remarkable resources and help people find their place in history.”