Online Exhibitions

Marin as Muse: Art in the Mill Valley Library Collection

Since its founding in 1977, the Mill Valley Public Library's Lucretia Little History Room has assembled a small but impressive group of paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures by notable Marin artists, thanks to the generosity of various donors — in many cases, relatives of the artists themselves. 

Visit the online exhibition to explore highlights of the collection along with the lives of the artists. 

This virtual show was created in conjunction with a larger exhibition that the History Room mounted at the library in Fall 2023: Marin as Muse: Artists in Mill Valley and Environs, 1870­-2020 (Sept. 2023 – Feb. 2024).

  Tom Killion, Mt. Tamalpais from Richardson Bay (Sausalito Heliport), 1982

Chains of Fires: LGBTQ+ History in Mill Valley

Mill Valley has been home to an active queer community for generations, from Druid Heights founder Elsa Gidlow to civil rights advocate Bob Harmon. Inspired by Elsa's poem "Chains of Fires," we have assembled a 100-year chronicle of this interweaved history. Throughout the exhibit are links to our LGBTQ+ Oral History project, which features interviews with current community members, ranging from influential Mill Valley residents to a roundtable discussion between young students.

Visit the online exhibition to learn more about this vibrant part of the town's story through archival materials, such as a digitized recording of the first Marin Gay Parade, the front page of the county's gay newspaper, and letters of love between lifelong companion

Marin Contingent of the 1993 March on Washington

Sweetwater: The Jeanie Patterson Years

Since 1972 Sweetwater has been a part of Marin, its culture, and its community. For over 50 years, the venue has been a mecca for live music fans. While it has passed through the hands of various owners over the years (and a couple different locations), Sweetwater has always been a major hub for musicians and artists. 

Visit the online exhibition to explore material from the History Room's Jeanie Patterson Sweetwater Collection, and learn about the history of the iconic music venue and the owner who put it on the musical map.

Jeanie Patterson in Sweetwater

Village Music: The Best Little Record Store in the World

Mill Valley music legend John Goddard owned and operated the beloved local record shop Village Music for nearly 40 years. In that time, he developed lasting friendships, a renowned concert series, a mighty personal record collection, and a deep sense of community that continues to resonate with Mill Valley’s music lovers.

Visit our online exhibition to learn why musician B.B. King referred to Goddard as "the owner of the best record store in the world." 

John Goddard in Village Music

What a Difference a Year Makes: Mill Valley During the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Across the globe, 1918 was a turbulent and difficult year. No aspect of life remained untouched by a devastating war and an unexpected, deadly virus but life did march on. This virtual exhibit explores how Mill Valley residents persevered through the travails of 1918.

Visit the online exhibition and learn more about Raymond Coyne's striking (and popular) photograph by listening to the History Mill.


Talkin' 'bout Mill Valley: Rita Abrams's "Mill Valley" Song Turns 50

On December 25, 1969, Rita Abrams sat at the Mill Valley bus depot and penned an ode to the town she'd come to call home the year before. In June 1970, a record featuring the undeniably catchy "Mill Valley" was released and became an international hit.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rita's Abrams's tune, the Lucretia Little History Room curated an online exhibition that examines the song's history and its lasting cultural impact.

Visit our online exhibition!

Rita Abrams 45 record.