Whether it’s the deep trove of documents and photos in the Mill Valley Public Library‘s Lucretia Little History Room or the wealth of knowledge from the Mill Valley Historical Society‘s Annual Review magazine, the historical depth and breadth of the 94941 is well documented.

On Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3pm at the Peter Dreyfus Garden, MVHS is set to honor a pair of local historians, Betty Goerke and Chuck Oldenburg, “for their decades of invaluable contributions to the community” with a special tree planting ceremony. The ceremony will also feature award presentations, bagpipes, hot apple cider and much more.

MVHS officials are set to honor Goerke, an anthropologist and archaeologist who taught at the College of Marin for over thirty years. She is an emeritus board member of the Historical Society and the author of several books about Coast Miwok Indians. She has conducted archaeological fieldwork in California, Colorado, Greece, Holland, Kenya, and India.

They’re also honoring Oldenburg, who served on the Historical Society board and is the author of three history books that include more than 300 local history “vignettes.” He led the creation of 10 guidebooks for the Historical Society’s annual walking tours, and has also authored 180 history articles for the Homestead Valley monthly newsletter.


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