Making History Blog

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

Celebrate 30 years of the Mendocino Music Festival

Celebrate 30 years of the Mendocino Music Festival
Celebrate the 30-year history of the Mendocino Music Festival July 8-23
  • July 9-23: Memorabilia from the Festival's early days will be displayed at the Kelley House. The Museum is open Fridays through Mondays, 11:00am to 3:00pm
  • Saturday, July 9, 5:00-7:00pm: Join us for the opening night party and a scotch tasting. $25 for the scotch tasting ($20 for Kelley House members).
  • Sunday, July 17th, 4:00-5:00pm: "A Sunday Afternoon With . . . Marcia Lotter's Tales of the Festival."  Ms. Lotter[... see full page]

Mendocino Music Festival Celebrates 30 Years at the Kelley House

Mendocino Music Festival Celebrates 30 Years at the Kelley House
by Katy Tahja What better way to appreciate the colorful 30 year history of the Mendocino Music Festival than to take at look at its past at the Kelley House Museum, across the street from the festival tent?  Opening night, Saturday July 9, there will be a Scotch Tasting and festival memorabilia exhibited at the Kelley House in the early evening before the music begins. See how far the Mendocino Music Festival has evolved with an exhibit of photos, posters, and memorabilia,[... see full page]

Kelley House July 4th Tradition Continues

Kelley House July 4th Tradition Continues
by Linda Wilson The Kelley House Museum Lawn Party and Barbeque tradition continues this year on Monday, July 4, offering the BEST parade viewing spot in town, directly across from the judging stand and announcer. This is the spot where parade participants “strut their best stuff” to impress the judges. The party starts an hour prior to the parade, at 11:00 a.m., leaving time to claim a spot for your lawn chair or blanket. The “Mixed Nuts” will again play their unique[... see full page]

Lorraine Hee-Chorley to Speak at the Kelley House

Lorraine Hee-Chorley to Speak at the Kelley House
“Chinese Contributions to Mendocino: A Promise Kept” is the title of our next “Sunday Afternoon With . . . Lorraine Hee-Chorley” to be held at the Kelley House Museum on Sunday, June 26th at 4:00 p.m.  As many locals know, Lorraine Hee-Chorley dedicated much of her time and talents to the preservation of her family’s roots, and those of other Chinese pioneers who settled here in the earliest years. In 2009, Lorraine wrote the book Chinese in Mendocino, which was published[... see full page]

Mendocino's Home Front

Mendocino's Home Front
The Aircraft Warning Service (AWS) was a civilian service of the United States Army Air Force Ground Observer Corps begun during World War II to keep watch for enemy planes entering United States airspace. The Kelley House Museum has a few photographs and one archival item to help us remember those days.  This photograph captured the images of Syd Newman, Lena Meshishnek and Faye Lang at the Aircraft Warning Station on Keene Summit, in Comptche.  There was another station located[... see full page]

Hot News From 130 Years Ago

Hot News From 130 Years Ago
By Katy Tahja There’s nothing I like better than to read old Mendocino Beacons in the archives of the Kelley House. Only problem is that they’re bound in hardback by year and these big books are difficult to handle and fragile with age. The solution? Nannie Escola, an early Mendocino historian, regularly clipped the “25, 50, 75, 100 Years Ago…” columns from the Beacon and wrote an index to the subjects covered. All I had to do was pick up the 1886[... see full page]