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Celebrating Fort Bragg History at the Guest House Museum
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

The Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society began operating the Guest House Museum in August 1999. To celebrate their first ten years at the museum, they are putting on a number of special events during August.

On August 7, First Friday, 5:30 pm • Open House at the Museum. All are welcome.

The main celebration is Saturday, August 8, from 10 am – 3 pm at the Guest House Museum.

  • 10-11 David Foucheaux will review the history of the Guest House over the years from 1857 to the present.
  • 11-12 Michael Stenberg will tell the story of the California Western Railroad from a line hauling logs to a recreational route, The Skunk.
  • 12 to 1:30 Lunch Break
  • 1:30 pm Presentation of the Alder Thurman Historical Contribution Award. An award to some one who had made a contribution to local history. We expect to make this an annual presentation.
  • 2 pm An entertaining presentation by Katie Tahja and Marty Simpson of the racy side of life early in the last century. They come in the persona of Madame Kate and J. D. Johnson, a businessman in Mendocino, to tell the tale.

They will round out the month with some walks in historic areas of Fort Bragg:

  • August 16, Sunday, 11 am, Cemetery Walk, Meet at Rose Memorial Park. Cemetery Walks led by David Foucheaux.
  • August 22, Saturday, 11 am, Historic Downtown Walk, Meet at the Museum. Walk led by Betty Carr.
  • August 30, Sunday, 11 am, Cemetery Walk. Meet at Rose Memorial Park.

The Guest House Museum is located at 343 North Main Street in Fort Bragg, CA, right next to the Skunk Train Depot.


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Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

6th Annual Mendocino Coast Heritage Days
Friday, May 1st, 2009

Today begins the month-long celebration of Mendocino Coast Heritage Days with historic walks, preservation talks, heritage roses and a whole lot more.

Docent-led historic walking tours will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and include buildings not open to the general public, such as the Masonic Temple, Presbyterian Church, and the Temple of Kwan Tai. Historic characters come alive on the cemetery tour and through old-time radio broadcasts.  Visitors can tour heritage roses at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens or talk with historic characters on the Skunk Train.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Star Party
Thursday, August 28th, 2008

If you haven’t been to one of these, don’t miss this opportunity to gaze at the stars with local experts. On August 30 beginning at 8:30 pm join us for a Star Party! Look through telescopes at the night sky. Bring your own telescope and flashlights! Talk with astronomers. Be sure to dress warmly. Meet behind the Ford House Museum, 735 Main Street, Mendocino. Sponsored By: Ford House Museum/Visitor Center, Out of This World, Mendocino Area Parks Association, and California State Parks.  707-937-5397


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Book Signing for Mendocino Outdoors on Sat, Aug 9
Friday, August 8th, 2008

Cover for Mendocino OutdoorsCover of Mendocino OutdoorsOn Saturday, August 9, there will be a book signing for my new book at the Mendocino Hotel from 4-6 pm. The wine will be poured by Goldeneye Winery — their wonderful pinot noir.

This event is for the release of the Third Edition of Mendocino Outdoors, the best guidebook about the Mendocino Coast. The new edition is a huge improvement over the past editions in all ways: it’s been completely revised (rewritten, really), and expanded to cover the entire Mendocino Coast. The new edition also has a lot more photography in it, to show you why you might want to go see something. I also ended up revising all of the maps, in addition to new ones.

You can see more about the book, including sample pages, here on the site.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Mendocino Coast Heritage Days
Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Mendocino Coast Heritage Days begins on Friday, May 2, with fun and unique activities for the whole family. In its 5th year, the 2008 celebration will feature a series of living history reenactments, 19th century and Native American games, museum exhibits, heritage roses and historic walking tours. Annual favorites include the moonlight cemetery tour and the heritage walking tour. The Temple of Kwan Tai will be open to the public on both weekends, and the historic walking tours include an inside look at the Masonic Temple. Talks by experts in preservation and archaeology will give us a different perspective on our local surroundings. Living History Day will have ice cream and butter making, lumberjack demonstrations, the fire pumper, and – new this year – Wells Fargo Stagecoach rides. Many events are free.

Here is a printable (PDF) schedule of events. These pictures are from previous Heritage Days events.

Actors and crowd at Full Moon Cemetery Tour

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Actors and crowd at Full Moon Cemetery Tour
Demonstration of Speed Chopping
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Demonstration of Speed Chopping
Statue on Masonic Temple Carved from a Single Block of Redwood
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Statue on Masonic Temple Carved from a Single Block of Redwood
Pomo Dancers from Point Arena Rancheria
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Pomo Dancers from Point Arena Rancheria
The Lighthouse at Point Cabrillo
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The Lighthouse at Point Cabrillo
Third-Order Fresnel Lens at Point Cabrillo
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Third-Order Fresnel Lens at Point Cabrillo
The Business End of the Hand-Pumped Fire Engine
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The Business End of the Hand-Pumped Fire Engine
Fireman Barry Cusick Leads Volunteers on the Hand-Pumped Fire Engine
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Fireman Barry Cusick Leads the Volunteers on the Hand-Pumped Fire Engine
Jerome Ford Arrives in Mendocino (Reenactment)
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Jerome Ford Arrives in Mendocino (Reenactment)


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

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