Making History Blog

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

Talking With … Richie Silvera in 2000

Talking With … Richie Silvera in 2000
We want to share once again some excerpts from the oral history project that was created back in 2000 by the students of Ryan Olson Day’s Options Class at the Mendocino Middle School. With the help of Steven Jordan and a grant obtained by Deena Zarlin, they made audio recordings of their interviews with 12 “Old Timers,” who told the kids what it was like living here on the Coast in the first part of the 20th century. Richie’s interview was[... see full page]

Finding Heeser's Math Book

Finding Heeser's Math Book
The staff at the Kelley House Museum never cease to be amazed by the material the public presents to us as gifts. Take Auggie Heeser’s book, “First Lessons in Arithmetic” by William J. Milne, Ph. D., LL D. given to us by former Mendocino resident Deborah White. A twelve-year old Auggie Heeser in 1889 and his math textbook. (Kelley House Museum, from the collection of Robert J. Lee, Ukiah, CA) As a former College of the Redwoods math instructor, somebody bought it[... see full page]

A Christmas of Longing

A Christmas of Longing
Christmas is going to be different this year. 2020 has been a difficult year of anxiety, separation, and loss and with the holidays, we should be looking forward to getting together with friends and loved ones to celebrate the season.  Tintype image of Richard T. Bourns, a civil war soldier, dressed in a Union Army uniform posing against a painted backdrop of a Civil War camp, c1865.  Instead of gathering, we will be isolating as we are reminded of the pandemic that[... see full page]

South Coast Libraries

South Coast Libraries
Over the past few weeks or so the history of libraries on the Mendocino Coast has been explored in this Kelley House column. Here is the last segment on library growth on the South Coast. How do you move a Library? One book at a time in a human chain from one location to another in Pt. Arena as the Coast Community Library book collection moved into its new home. (Courtesy of Coast Community Library) Given that there were reading rooms before[... see full page]

Mendocino's Community Library

Mendocino's Community Library
The latest chapter in the library history of Mendocino began back in 1974, when the Mendocino Study Club, keeper of the community’s lending library, was faced once again with the task of finding a new home for its club rooms, and also for its ever-growing collection of books. As we covered in an earlier column, the Club rooms in the much loved Kellieowen Hall, on the corner of Lansing and Ukiah Street, had to be vacated when Daisy MacCallum’s heirs sold[... see full page]

The Study Club Library

The Study Club Library
Our previous column bookmarked the story of Mendocino’s many libraries at the part where the venerable Mendocino Study Club has become the patron for the town’s bibliophiles.  Daisy Kelley MacCallum in 1952, the year before she died, sitting on the sun porch of her home on Albion Street in Mendocino. In 1938, the Club unexpectedly needed another place to hold their meetings. Since 1924, they had convened for business and pleasure on the second floor of the old Templar’s Hall – coincidentally[... see full page]