Our exhibits are designed to inspire familiarity and a connection with the Shoreline Region’s past. For us, that past is with us every day; the more we pore over historical images and artifacts, the more we sense its living presence in our surroundings.
The resources on this page provide additional context for the exhibits. We hope they spark curiosity and understanding about the past and its relationship to the present.
Only a small portion of our Collection is on display in the museum at any given time. There is, of course, much, much more in our archival storage room.
Our goal is to have the entire collection digitized, with each item virtually accessible, its description, provenance, condition, and storage place recorded, along with at least one good photographic image. This is a long-term goal to be sure. In the meantime, our digital catalog, albeit currently incomplete, is slowly growing, and always available to visitors at the museum.
Our Collection includes:
Ephemera, artifacts, and records from local schools, businesses, and organizations
Near-complete collection of Tomales High School yearbooks
Tomales High School Alumni files
Clipping and Biographical files
Manuscripts and other unpublished work of local historians
North Pacific Coast Railroad artifacts
Local agricultural artifacts
Miscellaneous artifacts of everyday life
Over 80 oral history audio and video recordings
Reference library of approximately 800 volumes
Architectural and decorative remnants of local buildings and interiors
Historic Resource Surveys of Point Reyes, Hamlet, and Tomales
Study of Tomales Presbyterian Cemetery with maps and information about burials
Photographs: a large collection from 1870 – present, including over 1,000 examples of the work of local amateur photographer Ella Jorgensen
Donating to the Collection
Items for the Collection are acquired primarily by donation. Especially as our collection grows, it is important that each new item adds to our knowledge and "sense of place" of the Shoreline Region, and that we have the ability to preserve, exhibit, and interpret it properly. Our Collection Policy has recently been amended to include language that encourages these concerns.
If you have an item you wish to offer for donation, especially if it is larger than a few photographs — which, if relevant to the area, we are always willing to accept — please contact the Curator, Ginny Magan. You may contact her directly at email@example.com or use the form on our Contact page. She will be happy to answer questions about our policy and explain the procedure and conditions of acquisition.
The Bulletin is TRHC’s quarterly publication, mailed to our members in January, April, July, and October. Each issue includes stories and insights about the region’s past, illustrated with archival images from our large collection.
Each issue also keeps readers up to date on the organization’s plans and activities — our presentations, exhibitions, and other events, and the latest acquisitions to our Collection. We hope that you enjoy the sample issues posted above (PDFs). Click the image to open/download.
Our museum includes a small bookstore, primarily intended as a convenience to our neighbors and visitors. It’s a place to purchase hard-to-find publications relevant to the local region, often works from local authors and publishers. Our stock is small, and occasionally includes books with limited publication. There is, however, always something of interest to local history enthusiasts.
As a small, all-volunteer organization, and because of this somewhat unpredictable stock, we are unable to accept orders for books online.
Books in stock presently include:
An Intimate History of Bodega Country and the McCaughey Family. Ruth McCaughey Burke (compact disc)
Days of a Wine Dark Sea — A Recollection of World War II: Dillon Beach and the North Coast, Kenn Sherwood Roe
Fisherman’s Daughter, Patricia Nikolina Clark
M. B, Boissevain, Marin’s First Farm Advisor, edited by Ellie Rilla
On a River Winding Home: Stories and Visions of the Petaluma Watershed, Scott Hess and John Sheehy
Tomales Township: A History, A. Bray Dickinson, edited by Kathie Nuckols Lawson and Lois Randle Parks
This list of links includes a range of online resources relevant to local history that we occasionally use in our research and think might be of interest to our visitors as well.
Anne T. Kent California Room at the Marin Free Library