Making History Blog

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

Need a Shine?

Need a Shine?
This image recently surfaced at the Kelley House Museum’s archives and carried a note which stated that it was taken in Fort Bragg. Does anyone remember this? Where would this have been? Could it have been located in the California Western Depot or in a hotel lobby? Was it on Main Street or some other well-traveled part of town? The estimated date of the photograph is “c. 1930.” There is siding behind the stand, and three frames are visible in[... see full page]

Spring Into History

Spring Into History
By Anne Pierce Cooper Here’s a treasure from the vault of the Kelley House Museum! There’s also a lesson in its survival for everyone who considers whether or not they can afford to be a ‘pack rat.’ Someone, possibly Minnie Olsen’s mother, Julia, made the decision to keep the March 1872 issue of ‘Demorest’s Illustrated.’ Perhaps it was the colored illustrations (as the periodical’s name implies) of the fashions for women and children, which grace the pages of this magazine; the[... see full page]

Wreck of the "Frolic" Subject of Sunday Talk

Wreck of the "Frolic" Subject of Sunday Talk
By Katy Tahja “A Dark & Stormy Night: Mendocino Coast Shipwrecks…” the current exhibit at the Kelley House, includes information on the first wreck known to have occurred only a few miles north. We refer, of course to the Frolic. To learn much more, plan to come to the Museum February 28 at 4 p.m. to spend a ‘Sunday Afternoon With . . . ‘ Robert Becker. Becker is a veteran docent at the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse and will talk about what[... see full page]

What's in a Name - Cuffey's Cove?

What's in a Name - Cuffey's Cove?
By Martin Simpson “What's in a name?” as the saying goes. Well there’s a lot to learn from a name, especially with regard to geographical locations. The name of cities, towns or “villages” gives the people that live there a sense of place. Even if you’re just passing through, names speak to those locations and their place in time. In the area now occupied by the town of Greenwood/Elk was the once thriving town of Cuffey’s Cove or as it first appears[... see full page]

Avast, Ye Lovers!

Avast, Ye Lovers!
By Sarah Nathe Long before 'Pirates of the Caribbean' splashed across the silver screen, another bunch of swashbucklers captured the imagination of Mendocino: Hawaiian love pirates. Staged by Mendocino High School’s Glee Club in March of 1929, “Love Pirates of Hawaii” was an operetta in two acts set in the garden of a girls’ seminary school in Hawaii. It featured alluring young women, U.S. Navy officers disguised as pirates in order to visit them, and—just to liven things up—real pirates bent[... see full page]

The Bossy Groom's Ring

The Bossy Groom's Ring
This story was the winning entry in the student category Short Story Contest: "Diamond in the Drink -or- How Did the Wedding Ring End up in the Kelley Pond?" Aftan is a 5th grade student. by Aftan Ashford Fifty years ago in Mendocino town a beautiful young lady was getting married. Two big white, strong, gorgeous horses were pulling the special carriage they had hired. Thump, thump, thump was the sound that the hooves made on the road. “Are we moving? Because I[... see full page]