Making History Blog

Many of these articles have been published in the Mendocino Beacon’s Kelley House Calendar.

Mendo High School Yearbooks Need New Homes

Mendo High School Yearbooks Need New Homes
Following hot on the heels of our wonderfully fun and successful “History and More” book sale, here's another chance to capture a bit of Mendocino history. And if you're a local from a long-time family, you might find your ancestors.  Three of the twenty-six volumes of the Mendocino High School Yearbooks that Kelley House Museum would like to find new homes for. These covers reflect the varying names that were used since the first yearbook was published in 1907. Kelley House Museum[... see full page]

Flong but not Forgotten

Flong but not Forgotten
The Kelley House has two postcards with photographs of the now gone Southside Hotel in Albion. Until recently, that’s about all we had to remember the once popular complex of buildings that Bob Kerr and Joe Rushing started in 1903.  The Southside Hotel on the south side of the Albion River in 1904, with its dance hall under construction behind it. (Kelley House Museum Photo Archives) The hotel was located on the Coast Road near the draw bridge which once carried traffic[... see full page]

History & More Book Sale

History & More Book Sale
Fundraisers are always appropriate for a small museum when coming out of tough times. So, Kelley House will host a HISTORY & MORE book sale on Saturday, May 29th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the east porch of the museum.  Find unusual books this Saturday at the Kelley House Book Sale, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on our East Porch. Parking on Main or Albion Streets. Visit the Museum, too! Open 11:00 – 3:00 Saturdays and Sundays. Curated[... see full page]

The Jasperson House

The Jasperson House
Everett Racine’s photograph of the Mendocino Grammar School and its neighborhood, taken between 1921 and 1929 before it burned down. According to reports, the building was situated on the lot's center so as to separate the boys/girls play yards. The first Mendocino High School is the large building at the top with a rounded cupola, replaced with the present building in 1949. The first Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church and its bell tower is to the right – it burned in[... see full page]

Mendocino Rockhounds

Mendocino Rockhounds
Kelley House docents David and Katy Tahja are rockhounds. Their idea of a perfect day is being out in the middle of no place with interesting rock samples peeking out of an easily accessible creek bed. Sliced Coprolite, or paleo feces. The Tahjas have coprolites from their collection on view at the Kelley House (Attribution 2.0 Generic CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Their explorations have taken them to the empty back country of California, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado, and Wyoming, following leads they gleaned[... see full page]

Two History Mysteries

Two History Mysteries
Hello All! Here are a couple of intriguing photos we want to know more about. Help us identify the ladies in these portraits, taken at Mendocino coast photographic studios – one at Hazeltine’s in Mendocino and the other at Frederick’s Studio in Fort Bragg. If you can provide any information, please email us at curator@kelleyhousemuseum.org<[... see full page]