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still in existence. It shows Marin’s original
21 land grants, highlighted by hand coloring,
and reveals landowners, geographic features,
tidelands, waterways and school districts.
Heart flutterer number three is an archive of
films from the David Swingle collection showing rare glimpses of the Hotel Rafael, life at
San Rafael High School in the 1940s and ’50s,
Marinship and Marin City during World War
II, and the Marin County Civic Center shortly
after it opened in 1963.
Who uses materials in the Anne T. Kent
IN THE RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
California Room? We interact with people of
all ages and walks of life; absolutely anyone
interested in Marin County’s history is welcomed. Third and fourth graders come with
their parents to work on local history reports,
and high school and college students drop
in to complete term papers. We also often
work with writers and scholars by providing
research assistance and access to our digital
photographic collection for use in their publications. And residents also stop by to learn
about their hometown or to research their
Discover the unique terroir of
the Russian River Valley.
Explore the diversity though
our 16 vineyard designate
Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.
Learn about our Burgundian
Describe the California Room’s online offerings. The California Room’s extensive online
presence includes a digital collection of
thousands of photographs, oral histories, newspapers, ephemera and documents. So sitting at
home you can browse through digital albums or
search for specific topics. We also have a weekly
local history blog that spotlights an interesting
facet of Marin history and keeps our readers
updated on local history news and events. Our
digital archivist, Carol Acquaviva, maintains
a vibrant Twitter presence and has thousands
of followers. You’ll find this information at
origins and the impact of
different climates and soils
through our Taste of France
guided comparative tasting.
How big is your staff, including volunteers?
By Appointment Only, Reserve Online:
Carol and I are the only full-time staff members; she’s been our digital archivist for 15
years and does an outstanding job of making our local history collection available
online. As for volunteers, at any given time
we have from 10 to 15, all of them helping us
to preserve and disseminate local history.
Dave Williams and Cathy Gowdy, who have
been volunteering for over 10 years and are