Making History Blog

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

Guy Chaffee Earl, Son-in-Law of J. B. Ford

Guy Chaffee Earl, Son-in-Law of J. B. Ford
Charles A. Perkins, left, and Guy Earl, holding rifle, with Chester Ford's dog, Sport, standing in front of a giant fallen redwood, c. 1900. (Alice Earl Wilder, Alice Earl Wilder Collection, Kelley House Photographs) On this day in Mendocino history… June 26, 1935 - Former State Senator Guy C. Earl died at his home in Berkeley of a heart ailment at the age of 74. He was born in Red Bluff in 1861 to Josiah and Adelia (Chaffee) Earl, who were general[... see full page]

Quilted Iconic Buildings of Mendocino

Quilted Iconic Buildings of Mendocino
The Kelley House’s summer exhibit, “Quilted Iconic Buildings of Mendocino” runs July 2 – August 31. The museum is open Friday – Sunday, 11am – 3pm. Twenty-five different historical buildings are colorfully rendered on 18” x 18” quilt squares, individually pieced and stitched by members of the Ocean Wave Quilters. In an extraordinary display of history meets art, iconic buildings are brought to life, including the Temple of Kwan Tai, the Presbyterian Church, the MacCallum House, the Kelley House Water[... see full page]

Highlight Gallery at Odd Fellows

Highlight Gallery at Odd Fellows
With the Highlight Gallery now in residence at the Odd Fellows Hall on Kasten at Ukiah Streets, one of Mendocino’s venerable landmarks is once again brought back to life. For several years it has stood mostly empty – but the doors are open again. Beautiful objects occupy the well-lit, high-ceilinged rooms, and voices fill the air like it did 143 years ago. High School Circus Parade down Kasten Street in front of the old Odd Fellows Hall on Friday, November 10,[... see full page]

Norwegian Steamer Marie Bakke Enters Mendocino Bay

Norwegian Steamer Marie Bakke Enters Mendocino Bay
On this day in Mendocino history… The Marie Bakke at Mendocino, 1926. The Marie Bakke was in port in Mendocino from June 24 to June 28, 1926. (Emery Escola, Emery Escola Collection, Kelley House Photographs) June 24, 1926 - The Norwegian steamer Marie Bakke, the third largest ship ever to enter Mendocino Bay, arrived to take on 40,000 railroad ties. She was a new boat, and this was her first cargo. After considerable maneuvering, she tied up at the mooring in the[... see full page]

Camp Fire Girls Return From Camping Trip

Camp Fire Girls Return From Camping Trip
Campfire Girls at Big River, 1926. (Kelley House Collection, Kelley House Photographs) On this day in Mendocino history… June 23, 1926 - The Camp Fire Girls returned to Mendocino from their camping trip on Big River. They had spent two weeks camping near the Lumber Company’s Lower Ranch. The longest hike taken was up the river to Two-Log. Each girl carried her own food and blankets. After an invigorating swim at Two-Log, the girls cooked supper over an open camp fire. The next[... see full page]

Mendo High School Yearbooks Need New Homes

Mendo High School Yearbooks Need New Homes
Following hot on the heels of our wonderfully fun and successful “History and More” book sale, here's another chance to capture a bit of Mendocino history. And if you're a local from a long-time family, you might find your ancestors.  Three of the twenty-six volumes of the Mendocino High School Yearbooks that Kelley House Museum would like to find new homes for. These covers reflect the varying names that were used since the first yearbook was published in 1907. Kelley House Museum[... see full page]