Making History Blog

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

Because of Volunteers

Because of Volunteers
Since the very beginning, back in 1973, the organization which was initially known as Mendocino Historical Research and which evolved into the Kelley House Museum, has been fueled by volunteers.  We’d like to thank today’s volunteers, right here and now!  They serve in numerous capacities, including, mailing party members, museum docents, walking tour guides, July 4th chefs and servers, research office assistants, web master, newsletter designers, writers, and board members. We could not provide the historical information and services, and[... see full page]

Immigrant Woodsmen Rise Again

Immigrant Woodsmen Rise Again
On the surface of it, there may not seem to be a lot of interaction between the topic of the Kelley House Museum’s new exhibit, immigration, and the lumber industry here on the North coast, however, without an influx of immigrant labor, there may not have been an industry. From the very beginning of the operations of the Mendocino Lumber Company’s mill, immigrant workers were hired, and while not all of them remained, many did.  There is a wealth of archival[... see full page]

Catch Your Reflection

Catch Your Reflection
“Mendocino’s Mirror: Reflections on Immigration” is the title of the Kelley House Museum’s upcoming exhibit, available for viewing during regular museum hours beginning Friday, May 6 and continuing through August 8, 2016.  Prior to the public opening, we will host a reception for ‘Members Only’ tomorrow, May 5th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  If you aren’t already a member, we welcome you to join that evening! We are all immigrants.  This exhibit examines some of the particular stories behind that statement[... see full page]

Young Thespians of Point Arena

Young Thespians of Point Arena
In 1907 and again in 1910, four children trod the boards of ‘Halliday’s Hall’ in Point Arena, during evening ‘Entertainments.’  When comparing the two photographs, it is apparent that the scenery behind the children, in the small space provided for their acting, is the same.  Harder to confirm may be the fact that some of the children in each photograph are the same, as three years separate the taking of the two photos. The earlier of the two, taken in 1907,[... see full page]

A Whole Lot of Shaking

A Whole Lot of Shaking
  Because we mark the 110th anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake this week, I decided to spend a little time sifting through our seismic past.  Though named after one city, the April 18, 1906 quake roared along a 290-mile rupture of the San Andreas fault from San Juan Bautista to Shelter Cove.  Accounts in the Kelley House archives reveal that, from Manchester to Usal, landslides shook loose from hillsides, sand boils erupted along river banks, “redwoods swayed to and fro[... see full page]

Mendocino Grammar School History Mystery

Mendocino Grammar School History Mystery
Mini-Reunions over Mendocino Grammar School ‘History Mystery’ A few weeks ago (Thursday, March 31st), the Beacon published another Kelley House Calendar ‘History Mystery’ which had the result of bringing together some of the area’s long-term citizens. The first to contact us after publication was Jeanette Hansen.  She had a plan to gather with her cousin, Alvin Mendosa, and friends, Henry and Florence Dahl, at the Senior Center.  They pulled out our photograph and identified several of those pictured here.  Jeanette called the[... see full page]