Kelley House Museum ~ Events

UPCOMING EVENTS (or see Calendar)

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Whale Fest Cider and Cookies

Saturday, March 2, 1pm – 3pm

Visit the Kelley House Museum on March 2nd and enjoy Gowan’s cider and cookies while you learn about the act of protest that started the Mendocino Whale Festival. Or drop by anytime during March to see the exhibit on the Mendocino Whale War.

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Nathaniel Smith and the History of African Americans in California
Guest speakers: Susan Anderson of the California African American Museum and Alexander Wood, Guest Curator
Saturday, March 23rd, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Advance tickets recommended. Cost $7-$10, students free

Join the Kelley House Museum and two special guest speakers for an in-depth discussion of the life of Nathaniel Smith, the first African American to settle on the Mendocino Coast in the 1850s. Advance tickets recommended as space is limited. No one turned away for lack of funds, contact Kelley House Museum in advance. Exhibit runs from March 1 – May 27, 2024

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Historic District Walking Tour

Kelley House docents lead you on a beautiful and informative walking tour through the preserved-in-time 19th century village of Mendocino, designated as a National Historic Preservation District. Visit pioneer homes, admire 100-year-old roses, and hear tales from the town’s rough and tumble logging past. The tour takes between 1.5 – 2 hours and costs $20 per person. Several tours are offered each week.


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