Making History Blog

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

Talking with Dolly Efishoff in 2001

Talking with Dolly Efishoff in 2001
Dolly Efishoff in 2001 with Middle School Interviewers Kyle Houghton, Charlie Carter, and Travis Bell. “Today is Friday, February 2, 2001 and I’m Charlie Carter. And I’m Kyle Houghton from the Mendocino Middle School Oral History Project. Our technical recorder is Travis Bell. Okay, we’re talking today with Eugenie Efishoff also known as Dolly, and her niece Carol Rallinshomes on Cummings Lane about a mile east of Mendocino. Joining in this conversation is Steve Jordan, a community member who is assisting us[... see full page]

Become a Kelley House Museum Docent

Become a Kelley House Museum Docent
With the world re-opening after difficult times, the Kelley House Museum is making its own plans to open its doors again…but we could use some help. The doors can’t be open if a friendly docent isn’t available to answer questions. Could this person be you? Veteran docent Judy Chapman greets visitors at the Kelley House Museum. First response to this question we usually hear is, “Oh, I couldn’t volunteer to do that. I don’t know enough about local history.” Let us reassure[... see full page]

Schools Contribute Historic Trivia

Schools Contribute Historic Trivia
Fire destroys the Mendocino Grammar School, Tuesday, December 3, 1929. The tall structure left standing in the center is the bell tower. The school was replaced the following year with the building that currently houses the Mendocino Community Center. (Original photos from Kelley House Museum Archives and the Nannie Escola Collection) “What Became of the Little Red Schoolhouse” is a five-volume compilation of information on more than 200 schools that once existed in Mendocino County. Sponsored by the now long-gone Mendocino[... see full page]

New Director at Kelley House Museum

New Director at Kelley House Museum
The Kelley House welcomes Anne Semans as its new Director. Anne brings 30 years’ experience from the for-profit world, with a background in marketing, small business management, education, and hospitality. She is the author of four self-help books, and has written extensively on parenting, health, and travel. Before moving to Mendocino, Anne lived in San Francisco, where she worked with the groundbreaking, women-friendly, sex-positive, adult toy retailer, toys boutiques, and educators “Good Vibrations” and “Babeland.”   During her 15 years on[... see full page]

Playing Cards at Little River

Playing Cards at Little River
Stopping by to visit the Little River Improvement Club and Museum these days, visitors may not realize the small white structure was once the social center of town.  The ticket for a 1948 Little River Improvement Club card party that inspired this article. (Courtesy Vince Johnson Collection, in Kelley House Museum) The building itself, located 1.5 miles south of Mendocino on the east side of Highway 1, was built in 1885 for the Good Templars social improvement order. It served as the[... see full page]

Mendocino Medicine and Gazetteer

Mendocino Medicine and Gazetteer
Ever hear of the Mendocino Medicine and Gazetteer? It was created by Dr. Richard White, who practiced medicine on the coast 45 years ago. A man of many interests, White started it in 1976 as a journal of rural medicine, and it grew to encompass a world of topics. Hand-drawn map of the Mouth of the Albion River, by R. Kezuka from “Mendocino Medicine and Gazetteer” (1949) White’s intent was a publication that would serve as a means of communication between Mendocino[... see full page]