This past year, Bay Area institutions hosted events to celebrate the free-spirited ebullience of the 1967 Summer of Love. But as author and Mill Valley Oral History Program interviewee David Talbot notes in Season of the Witch, one summer of love led to several winters of discontent, and the San Francisco of yore was “(re)born howling, in blood and strife.” As we shift into the new year and reflect back, it’s worth asking: When San Francisco’s soul was howling in agony, what did it mean for Mill Valley’s inner psyche? A dive into the archives of the Mill Valley Oral History Program reveals the unique pastiche of individual experiences that set the pulse of a once-sleepy satellite town.
Dewey Livingston introduces the Anne T. Kent California Room’s Unrecorded Marin County Map & Survey Collection with an illustrated talk, highlighting Marin’s many layers of history through rephotography, aerial photos, and maps.
On Saturday, November 4th, meet the Mill Valley Library on Miller! Stop by the Mill Valley Library/Mill Valley Historical Society booth at MillerFest, a community celebration of the new Miller Avenue. Don’t miss a Historical Society-led tour at 12:30pm to explore the history of Mill Valley’s oldest thoroughfare.