The Lucretia Little History Room
The Lucretia Little History Room welcomes visitors during our open hours. To make your visit more efficient, we request you email us with your research questions beforehand. Thank you! We look forward to seeing you in the Library.
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Learn about Mill Valley's history through this series curated by MVHS.
Now on Display
Marin as Muse: Artists in Mill Valley and Environs (1870-2020)
(through December 2023)
Marin has long been a magnet for artists. The area’s unrivalled natural beauty has captured the eye of painters since the late 19th century. Its proximity to San Francisco has enticed artists wishing to remain close to the city’s cultural, commercial, and educational institutions but at the same time to maintain a distance—to get away, physically and mentally, and find inspiration and comradery in smaller communities, closer to nature.
This exhibition explores some of the most notable artists—from long-time residents to passing visitors—who have left their mark on the region since the late 19th century.
Tom Killion, Mt. Tamalpais from Richardson Bay (Sausalito Heliport), 1982
Refugees from American Consumerism: Mill Valley's Counterculture in the Beatnik 1950s through the 1970s "Me" Decade
After you've enjoyed the curated selection of items on display in the hallway, stop by the History Room to check out our exhibit about the names and places that brought Mill Valley to the forefront of the counterculture movement.
Visit the History Room during our open hours to view this exhibit.
See a selection of past exhibits on our Online Exhibitions page.
Mapping Mill Valley History
Have you ever found yourself looking at a building downtown, wondering what it looked like in the past? What businesses were there before? Mapping Mill Valley History invites you to tour familiar streets and buildings and see how they have evolved over the years.
Join us for a stroll down Mill Valley's streets — past and present — through this interactive mapping of our unique city. Start exploring!
Mapping Mill Valley History is a collaboration between the Lucretia Little History Room and the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The History Mill
We are excited to announce the premiere episode of the Library's newest podcast, The History Mill! Join Natalie Snoyman, History Room Librarian, as we learn about, celebrate, and share the lesser-known histories of Mill Valley.
Listen and subscribe to the History Mill and find it wherever you get your podcasts!