THIS YEAR’S ANNUAL MEETING for members will be held just ahead of the members’ preview party for the spring exhibit, on Thursday, May 16. Beginning at 3 p.m., the meeting will also feature a presentation about Estate Planning.

The Kelley House Board of Directors will review and discuss the status of the non-profit history organization, including budget and upcoming events. Primary expenses include salaries, utilities, maintaining the vault, insurance, lawn and garden care, and computer costs. Income is derived from member dues, donations, museum admission, walking tours, bequests, grants and events.

The Estate Planning session will provide basic information presented by a local attorney. The Kelley House has benefitted from many generous people who provided funds for the history museum and archives in their wills and trusts, and others who have directed that their collections be left to the non-profit.

Founded in 1973 by Beth Stebbins and Dorothy Bear as Mendocino Historical Research, the Kelley House Museum is the repository for the history of the Mendocino Coast. Its core mission remains that of preserving local history while standing as a guardian of the irreplaceable cultural
environment and architecture of this unique place.

Beth Stebbins and Dorothy
Bear with Kelley the Cat, 1979