Making History Blog

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

When the 1920s Roared in Mendocino

When the 1920s Roared in Mendocino
Recently, while researching something else, we came across a catalog record with a photograph of Elmer Strauss’ goggles, reportedly from his racing days at the Mendocino Race Track, built on what had been Heeser’s Ranch.  Mr. Elmer Strauss was no stranger to vehicles of many types.  Early in his career, he and George Daniels, both “town boys” were reported as having made the choice to work in San Francisco on the Market Street Railroad, in 1925 (Mendocino Beacon, August 29,[... see full page]

Tales of the Mendocino Music Festival

Tales of the Mendocino Music Festival
Sunday, July 17th, 2016, the Kelley House Museum will host "A Sunday Afternoon With . . . Marcia Lotter."  The Mendocino Music Festival celebrates its thirtieth year in 2016, and Marcia's presentation "Tales of the Festival" is offered in conjunction with an exhibit of Mendocino Music Festival programs, posters and memorabilia to be displayed at the Kelley House from July 9th through the 23rd.  Ms. Lotter lives in Gualala, but earned a seat in the Santa Rosa Symphony in 1978,[... see full page]

Marcia Lotter to Speak on Music Festival History

Marcia Lotter to Speak on Music Festival History
by Katy Tahja The local community has had thirty years to amass their favorite Mendocino Music Festival memories. That memory could be of a musician, an orchestral performance, a child watching opera for the first time, or an impromptu gathering of chamber musicians on a lawn in town, just making music. The Kelley House Museum will host “Tales of the Festival - A Sunday Afternoon With…Marcia Lotter” during this year’s Festival on July 17, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Lotter has been a[... see full page]

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]