Making History Blog

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

Old Traditions Die Hard

Old Traditions Die Hard
Demonstrating, once again, that there are few things new under the sun, the Kelley House Museum invites Mendocino and its neighbors to celebrate the season with an opportunity to partake of some ‘liquid cheer!’ We draw your attention to the Perley Maxwell photograph of the guests at the home of Mr. Henry H. Jarvis, Mendocino merchant. The occasion was Christmas Day, 1906. Mr. Jarvis, born in Surrey, Maine in 1849, came to the California coast as a youth, and began[... see full page]

Thomas Petersen, Shipbuilder

Thomas Petersen, Shipbuilder
Staff Note: The 2015 Kelley House Annual Historical Review, a benefit of membership in the museum, will be mailed soon. The title of the Review this year is Thomas Petersen: Master Shipbuilder and Louis Hough is the author. Some time ago, he wrote this article as he began his research. The Review will be for sale to non-members at the museum. Formerly of Mendocino, Mr. Hough now resides in Walnut Creek. He wrote one previous Review in 2000, Sotoyome.

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Meet the New Curator

Meet the New Curator
The Kelley House Board is pleased to announce Anne Cooper has been hired as the first ever Curator of the organization. Instead of an executive director, this new, full time, position will encompass the job of director and archivist responsible for the development and management of the museum. Instead of the old model of a full time executive director and a part time archivist, the Kelley House Board will now employ a full time curator, specifically trained in museum management, and[... see full page]

A Celebration of Women

A Celebration of Women
The current exhibition at the Kelley House interpreting the 1970’s as an era of change has brought a great deal of unexpected interest. People want to share their stories. As a result, the Kelley House has received donations of clothes, photographs, posters, and albums for the exhibit. As word traveled, the Kelley House started receiving calls from outsiders wanting to come see the display and share their experiences too. We are grateful for the many things we have been able[... see full page]

KNOWING CLOUDS: MOLLY IN MENDOCINO

KNOWING CLOUDS: MOLLY IN MENDOCINO
The Kelley House Museum is celebrating Mendocino’s Hippie Days with an exhibit, and they suggested that after writing about so many of the women who influenced Mendocino’s history, I write about my myself. I confess to being thrilled; I like to think I have a place among the women who shaped Mendocino. For anyone who loves this coast, who claims some piece of it for themselves—like I do—these pioneer women stand as our mothers, our roots, the soil in which[... see full page]

Prejudice and mistaken identity: A deadly combination

Prejudice and mistaken identity: A deadly combination
It’s not unusual, however unfair, for people to look askance at outsiders who dress, talk, or act differently, especially if they come in groups. One such group, commonly known as Gypsies, have been maligned, even systematically murdered over the centuries, particularly in Europe. The term “Gypsy” originally referred only to ethnic Gypsies, as opposed to other “travelers.” Although the term has derogatory implications, it may have originated among Gypsies themselves, believing they were a lost tribe of Egyptians. Ethnic Gypsies are[... see full page]