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					                                                                                                                                     Founded 1959
ON THE CALENDAR
                                                                                                                                     Vol. 37, No. 1                   	                  T HE L ANDMARK
                                                                                                                                     March 2009
  April 5, 9:30 - Free Lunch                    Walk Your History                         Walks Begin from Belvedere Park                                             				                     			A quarterly publication of the Landmarks Society
                                                                                                                                                                       	
 April 5, 1 to 4 p.m.                           Landmarks sites Open for a New Season

 April 8, 10 to 11:00                           Water Wise Gardening, Master Gardener     Art & Garden Center

 April 24, 8 p.m.                               Anna Maria Mendieta, Harpist              Old St. Hilary’s
                                                                                                                                                                                            Landmarks Society Celebrates
 Sept. 8, 2009                                   Belvedere-Tiburon Open Golf Tournament   Stone Tree Golf Course                                                                             50 Years of its Own History
 October 10, 2009                               Save The Date: 10/10 Landmark Event                                                                                               By JEANNE PRICE

                        Please visit our Web site at www.landmarks-society.org for up-to-date information.                                                                        On a day in March, 1958, Beverly Bastian and Suzanna
                                                                                                                                                                                  Dakin gathered together an unofficial group of local
                                                                                                                                                                                  citizens to save an old deconsecrated church on a knoll
                                                                                                                                                                                  overlooking the Tiburon railroad yards.
                                                                                                                                      Old St. Hilary’s from the Bay                                                            The building was first envisioned and
                                                                                                                                                                             They jokingly called it “The Protestant
                                                                                                                                      Photo by Jim Davenport
                                                                                                                                                                             Protective Society for the Preservation of        functioned as a museum and but it also
                                                                                                                                                                             Old St. Hilary’s Catholic Church”. The            became a place to store the memorabilia
                                                                                                                                                                             following year on June 22 the state made          which people began to contribute. Devoid
THE LANDMARKS SOCIETY                                                                                                                                                        it official and the Belvedere Tiburon             of furniture it was also a community use
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1550 Tiburon Boulevard, suite M                                                                                                                                              Landmarks Society (LMS) became a                  place. It was only when the people asked
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Belvedere-Tiburon, CA 94920                                                                                                                                                  California non-profit charitable 501c3            to have weddings there that it became
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                                                                                                                                                                             organization.                                     such a popular venue for brides and
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                               grooms and a good source of revenue for
                                                                                                                                                                             The small Carpenter Gothic building               LMS. The state has recognized the site as
                                                                                                                                                                             was the former mission church of St               a Historic Point of Interest.
                                                                                                                                                                             Raphael’s parish built in 1888. Mrs. Dakin
                                                                                                                                                                             donated the $10,000 needed to buy the
                                                                                                                                                                             building from the Archdiocese of San
                                                                                                                                                                             Francisco. Restoration included replacing
                                                                                                                                                                             the buttresses and the broken windows,
                                                                                                                                                                             restoring the bell tower and the installation
                                                                                                                                      Inside:                                of utilities for water, heat, electric lighting
                                                                                                                                                                             and creating an indoor toilet facility. In
                                                                                                                                      President’s Corner                     1961 it was necessary to secure the land
      Boy rowing on lagoon (now Main Street Parking lot)
                                                                                                                                                                             around Old St. Hilary’s to protect it from
           Photo from the Landmarks History Collections                                                                               Board Changes
                                                                                                                                                                             development and ensure the safety of
                                                                                                                                      Walk Your History event                its rare wildflowers. The Society made a          This was just the beginning of a series of
                                                                                                                                                                             down payment of $10,000. Over a ten               ambitious moves over the last half century
                                                                                                                                      Making History                         year period, with some financing from the         which has culminated in three additional
                                                                                                                                                                             county and the Federal Government Open            sites and a local archival history collection
                                                                                                                                                                             Space Program, the Society acquired the           of thousands of documents, artifacts,
                                                                                                                                                                             land which it cares for and leases from           photographs, maps, fine art and family
                                                                                                                                                                             Marin County for a dollar a year.                 stories. The first guardian of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           continued...
President’s Corner                       parts of our precious heritage so that it
                                         is still accessible today.
                                                                                         Board at the March Board meeting
                                                                                         and we are seeking additional
                                                                                                                                                         Landmarks Donations – September 2008 - January 2009
By Jim Allen, President                                                                  Board members who will bring new                                                                                         Peter and Mimi Clarke – in memory of
                                         The Landmarks Board is now setting                                                        Joe Lavigne                              General Donations Continued
                                                                                         contributions and talents to the Board.                                                                                  Frank Dumm
I am happy to take on the job of         the stage for another 50 years of                                                         Officejet 7680 printer for LMS office
                                                                                         (If you personally have an interest or                                             Betsy S. Youngdahl
Landmarks Society president at the       preservation work. The Landmarks                                                                                                                                         Jeanne Price – in memory of Gertrude
                                                                                         know a person to recommend, please        Bob Crockett
beginning of our 50th year. I have so    has changed since Beverly Bastian’s                                                                                                Winifred and Howard B. Allen          Schleiger
                                                                                         contact me or the Landmarks office.)      Railroad/Ferry Museum records binder,
much respect for the work of the past    passing from a founder driven                                                                                                      Foundation
                                                                                                                                   exhibit model and diorama blocks for                                           Gee and Lisa Kampmeyer – in
presidents and the accomplishments of    organization to a Board directed                The Landmarks investment portfolio
                                                                                                                                   Tiburon railroad yard                    Joe Lavigne                           memory of Gertrude Schleiger
the Landmarks membership over the        organization. It is a very natural              has been built slowly over many
past 50 years.                           development and we are just like                years. It has grown over time with        Hilda Davis                              Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Davis          In memory of Dick Griffith
                                         many organizations that have had to             investment earnings and additional        Muriel Hudson framed pencil draw-                                              Gabrielle D. Keil
                                         change to continue to prosper.                  contributions from supporters. During     ing of Corinthian Island and Belvedere   John and Betsy Scarborough Fund
                                                                                                                                   Cove                                                                           Peter and Coulie Phillips
                                                                                         the past 12 months the value of our
                                         In early February, the Board held a                                                                                                Lorene Allen                          Anne S. and W. Lawrence Drew
                                                                                         investments has declined with the         Chris Morrison
                                         one day retreat to assess our purpose
                                                                                         overall market results. We have stayed    Dairy bottle, whisky bottle, beer can,   Pinecrest Fund                        Gabrielle D. Keil – in memory of Kathy
                                         and to plan our future. One result
                                                                                         with our policy of keeping about 40%      ink bottle, fork, and spoon from Ark                                           Ford (former Landmark Bookkeeper)
                                         was that we decided to keep the RR                                                                                                 Richard Champe
                                                                                         of our investments generating interest    Row
                                         Ferry Depot Museum and the China                                                                                                                                         In Memory of Dorothy Flint
                                                                                         income with the balance mainly in six                                              Phil Cassou
                                         Cabin open Saturdays and Sundays                                                          Mary Roddy
                                                                                         diversified mutual funds. The market                                                                                     Donald W. Davis
                                         from April-October. Members will                                                          City of Belvedere planning maps from
                                                                                         has been hard on the Landmarks                                                     In Memory of Donations
                                         still have free entrance. The Public                                                      1936-39 and Tam High award pins                                                Kathleen Kirrane
                                                                                         just as it has been on all investors
                                         will have a suggested donation of $5                                                      belonging to Barbara Kircher, c. 1935    Jean Chute – in memory of Beverly     Katherine F. McKenzie
                                                                                         and non-profit organizations. We
                                         per person or $10 per family. Another                                                                                              Bastian                               Donald and Barbara Moulin
                                                                                         anticipate having less interest income    Branwell Fanning
                                         surprising and unintended result
                                                                                         for 2009 which puts more pressure on      Commemorative sweatshirts from           Sydney White – in memory of Beverly   Barbara Temby
                                         of the retreat was that four Board
                                                                                         our annual fund raising efforts. We       Tiburon Triple Anniversary, 1984         Bastian                               Gabrielle D. Keil
                                         members withdrew from the Board
                                                                                         also anticipate that the market will                                                                                     Rosemary G. Royer
                                         the following week. We have three                                                         Don & Joan Bekins                        Wray Family – in memory of Patricia
In the late 1950’s many remaining                                                        eventually recover.                                                                Elliot                                Louis and Barbara Przetak
                                         excellent new members who joined the                                                      Marin IJ newspapers covering 1989
traces of the dairies and ranches, the                                                                                             earthquake and Dickey (Lyford) House                                           Elmo and Ann De Martini
NWPRR and the waterfront were                                                                                                                                               Gee and Lisa Kampmeyer – in
                                                                                                                                   mini-mansion model kit from 1969         memory of Patricia Elliot             Joyce Wells
changing and quickly disappearing.
Dairy sites became schools. Arks were                 Landmarks Society 2009 Board of Directors                                    Joy Kuhn
                                                                                                                                                                            Hill Haven Property Owner’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Marilyn C. Steinau
replaced with new buildings. Hillsides                                    Jim	Allen, President                                     Town of Tiburon records 1988-95          Association – in memory of            Dorothy Newberry
pastures became neighborhoods.                                         Jack Fiorito, Vice President                                Robert Smith                             Arnie Pearce
Beaches disappeared under landfill.                                    Barbara Wilson, Treasurer                                   Marin County Assessor’s maps of          Hill Haven Property Owner’s
The founding members of Landmarks                                         Dave Gotz, Secretary                                     Rancho Corte de Madera del Presidio,     Association – in memory of Casey
took on the task of preserving Old St.                                                                                             1955-57                                  Hannahs
                                                                          Board Members
Hilary’s and creating the wildflower                     Ida Mae Berg, Piper Berger, Phil Cassou, Leslie Lava,                     Joan Bergsund
preserve. Preservation was never an                                Helen Lindqvist, Alan Perper                                    Phil Molten photos from 1990-2005
easy job but it was accomplished thru
the hard work, time and financial                                     Andrew Allen, Legal Counsel
contributions of many people. Just                                                                                                 General Donations
try to imagine Tiburon and Belvedere                                                 Staff
today without Old St. Hilary’s,                                     Alan Brune, Executive Director                                 Gabrielle D. Keil - Docent Party
without the wildflower preserve,                                    Leslie Doyle, Executive Director
                                                                       Mary Jane Wentz, Office                                     William and Gretchen Kimball Fund
without the Open Space, without the
Railroad Depot Museum, without                                     Barbara Carlson, Rental Manager                                 Jean Airola
the China Cabin, without the Art                                       Jim Davenport, Archivist
and Garden Center, and without the                                                                                                 Jennifer P. Barker
                                                                 Landmarks Office: 435-1853
History Collection. The Landmarks                                                                                                  Carol Sheft
                                                                  Archive Office: 435-5490
has had a profound effect on our
                                                                Email: lmsoffice@sbcglobal.net                                     Mrs. Stephanie Mendel
area during the last 50 years. The
                                                             Website: www.landmarks-society.org
incredible work of the Landmarks
                                                Landmarks News: www.telli.com, type Landmarks in search window                     Sylvan and Donna Kline                   Terry Hennessy, Dave Benoit and
leaders and members saved wonderful                                                                                                                                         Alexis Berger at the 2008 Holiday
                                                                                                                                                                            Art & Crafts Sale.
Ask Alan                                                                              New Members                        Landmarks Society Celebrates 50 Years of its Own History
By Alan Brune, Co-Executive Director




                                       PHOTO BY DIANE SMITH
                                                                                      Archaeological Resource
                                                                                      Service
                                                                                                                                              continued...
Tough Times for Non Profits
                                                                                                                  these treasures was Carol Ericson       from the ship before she was burned
                                                                                      Marie Whittermore - Frank                                           for scrap metal in Tiburon Cove, the
                                                                                                                  who was simultaneously serving
I thought I would dedicate                                                            Howard Allen, Realtor
                                                                                                                  as LMS Executive Director. She          saloon was used for many years as a
this column to the efforts that                                                       Dave and Joyce Albert       was followed by photographer,           summer or weekend home. The last
Landmarks is making to be                                                                                         Phil Molten, and artist, Artelle        residents of the China Cabin, as it is
fiscally responsible with your                                                        David and Mimi Ogden        Farley, who each cataloged in           now called, were Mr. and Mrs. Fred
money. As supporting members                                                          Robert Walley               their respective fields. About 1990     Zelinsky. In 1978 it was destined
of Landmarks you have a vested                                                                                    Pat Locke ran the archives until        for demolition to create an open
interest in knowing that we are                                                       Katherine Bradstreet        Piper Berger was recruited by           waterfront along Beach Road, but
making the best use of the money                                                      Karen Steiner               Beverly in 1994. She was the first      in 1979 the Belvedere City Council
you have trusted us to use.                                                                                       professionally trained archivist                                                 cut glass window panes and 30 dif-
                                                Open Golf            tournament,                                                                          cleared the way for the China Cabin      ferent decorative patterns in wood,
                                                                                      Katherine Fresch            and served in that capacity until       to remain on the waterfront and be
Times are tough. Over the years                 increased efforts to support our                                                                                                                   gesso and Victorian plastic campo
we have been making every effort                                                                                  February,                               acquired and restored by the Society.
                                                local Thrift Shop, expanded           Leslie Lava                                                                                                  had to be researched and installed.
to build up our capital funds to                                                                                  2008. The current archivist is Jim      Eight years and $600,000 later the
                                                offerings at the Holiday Arts         Deborah Loeb                Davenport. The History Col-                                                      In addition four ounces of 22 karat
use in case of major renovations                and Crafts Fair, developing a                                                                             building was opened to the public.       gold was applied to the decorative
(new roof at Railroad & Ferry                                                                                     lections has been a moving feast        Money was raised by setting up
                                                sponsorship drive to complete                                     from Old St. Hilary’s to interior                                                patterns. Today this elegant cabin
Depot Museum, replace the                       the Railroad & Ferry Depot                                                                                donor groups to fund specific proj-      and its surrounding deck are avail-
pillars under the China Cabin).                                                                                   decorator Charles Durrie’s office, to   ects. There was a Pile Drivers Club,
                                                Museum, and of course special                                                                                                                      able for intimate parties, meetings
With our investments and fiscally                                                                                 space behind the post office ,to the    a Stanchion Society and a Capital
                                                events and concerts to celebrate                                                                                                                   and community gatherings.
responsible business practices we                                                                                 upstairs of the Depot and finally to    Club among others.
                                                our 50th anniversary.
were able to see nice growth in                                                                                   its present location on the Board-      Authentic restoration was a chal-
the value of these capital funds.               At the same time we are                                           walk, where today the community’s       lenge. Needed skills were hunted
But like yours and my portfolios,               tightening our belts wherever                                     collective memories are cared for,      out of obscurity and revitalized
the investment funds have taken                 we can. Some of the areas being                                   protected and cataloged for re-         under apprenticeship programs.
a significant drop in value due                 worked on are: reducing credit                                    trieval for researchers, students and   Seventy-five percent of the building
to the collapse in the stocks and               card fees by requiring checks for                                 former and current residents of the     is original, but walnut woodwork,
bond markets. Nonetheless,                      all property rentals, putting our                                 Tiburon peninsula.
I want you to know that our                     outside insurance and project
balance sheet remains strong as                 work to competitive bid to reduce
have the four main Landmarks                    costs, cutting back on our rented
properties and the investment                   space for the History Collections
portfolio – all with no debt.                   and Archives; moving to online
                                                printing for the newsletter and
The dividends and interest income               other brochures; and monitoring                                                                                                                    The acquisition of the old railway
off of those funds are used to                  as closely as possible our property                                                                                                                and ferry depot, aka the Donahue
help run the current operations.                maintenance costs to keep them                                                                                                                     Building, was on the Society’s wish
With a reduced portfolio, lower                 as low as we can while always                                                                                                                      list for more than 30 years. Built
expected dividend rates and                     being careful not to harm our
interest rates below 1% we                                                                                                                                                                         in 1884, it served as the telegraph,
                                                local treasures.                                                                                                                                   ticket and freight office for the San
are projecting up to 50% less
financial income than before.                   These are tough times but                                         It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the                                              Francisco and North Pacific Rail-
                                                we are grateful for you’re                                        Society stepped forward to save                                                  road. The railroad ceased opera-
Therefore, we are actively                                                                                                                                                                         tions in Tiburon in1969 and leased
exploring new ideas on how to                   past support, your current                                        another historic building. This was
                                                                                                                                                                                                   the Donahue Building for office use
bridge the revenue shortfall and                membership and your                                               the first class passenger saloon from
                                                                                                                  the steamship China that trans-                                                  until the whole property was sold to
in the future you will be seeing                continued support in the                                                                                                                           the Innisfree Company, the devel-
information about our partnering                                                                                  ported cargo, mail and passengers
                                                future.                                                           between San Francisco and the                                                    opers of Point Tiburon.
in this years Belvedere/Tiburon                                                                                                                                                                                             continued...
                                                                                                                  Orient from 1867-1879. Separated
                                            Walk Your History                                                                                                                    Making History
The City of Belvedere, Town of                                                                                                         Phil Cassou does it again! The annual school field trips are under way.
Tiburon, Tiburon Peninsula                                                                                                             Six classes of third graders from Bel Aire School toured the Railroad
Foundation, Belvedere                                                                                                                  & Ferry Depot Museum in February. Phil and Mary Eklund kept the
Community Foundation,                                                                                                                  students riveted during their trip back into history. Mary puzzeled the
Belvedere-Tiburon Joint                                                                                                                kids with questions about the kitchen appliances in the early 1900’s.
Recreation, and the Belvedere-                                                                                                         Who could guess what the butter churner looks like? Is this really a




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community event to get the
community out walking on Sunday,
April 5th, to learn about the
fascinating Belvedere and Tiburon
history. There will be three walking
loops on the Peninsula dotted with
Living History docents at “historic
hotspots”.
Belvedere Loop = Stairways and             The new Belvedere historic plaques          The lunch is FREE to those with a               The students also visited the China Cabin, with Captain Jack (Firotito)       The sixth grade class from St. Hilarys
Historic Homes and Gardens                 “Looking Back at Belvedere” and             stamped “Passport” from a historic              at the helm. “This kids love this, they are so quiet and still !” says Mrs.   School brought their lunches and
                                           the new Tiburon “Then & Now”                walk. The Walk Your History Passport            Heilman of her third grade class.                                             picniced among the first wildflowers
Lagoon Loop = Garden on the
Lagoon, Historic Richardson Bay,           plaques will also be included in the        will be available to guide walkers                                                                                            of spring to find thier inspiration
Hilarita, and Reed Dairy                   walks. All the self-guided walking          through our local history for years to                                                                                        for their class project. Each student
                                           loops will start and end at Belvedere’s     come. Don’t miss this historic event!                                                                                         has been assigned a page in a book
Downtown Loop = China Cabin,               Community Park for the Walk Your                                                                                                                                          to fill with peoms, photography,
Ark Row, Main Street and the               History FREE BBQ Lunch!                                                                                                                                                   architectural history or drawings that
Railroad & Ferry Museum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     reflect Old St. Hilarys Landmark.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Helen Lindqvist will host another
                                Master Gardener Lectures                                                                                                                                                             St. Hilarys class for a wildflower walk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     later this month.
There was a great turn out for the Sowing Seeds for Vegetables and Flowers by Susan Lukens, Master Gardener lecture at the
Landmarks Art & Garden Center last month. Over 20 people gathered in the cottage to learn the best methods and benefits from
planting with seeds from Susan Lukens.
Starting from seed offers many rewards for the gardener. It’s exciting to see the seedlings emerge, it’s economical and it gives you
access to hundreds of varieties of plants not available at your local nursery. With a few hints, you can improve your chances for      Dave Gotz spoke to the students in the Bel Aire School libraray about
success.                                                                                                                               the history of Richardson Bay and showed his documentary, Turning the
1. Planting with seeds offers a greater selection of flower varieties.                                                                 Tides.
2. Organic seeds produce better plants as studies of nutrient content of organically grown fruits and vegetables have shown that
                                                                                                                                          Bayside Garden Center                                                                     Boardwalk Market
they contain higher levels of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.                                                                                                                                                                  Butcher & Deli

                                                                                                                                                                                The Boardwalk
3. Cost savings when buying seeds vs. one or five gallon potted plants. For a few dollars for one seed packet full of seeds, you can      Tiburon Mail Services
yield over one hundred tomatoes or a wall of sweet peas.                                                                                                                                                                            The ARK Newspaper
                                                                                                                                            Diana’s of Tiburon
4. Planting with seed gives you stronger and healthier seedlings without the chance of introducing foreign soil borne diseases,                                                                                                       Ming’s Chinese
                                                                                                                                           Stationary & Gifts
weeds, and insects.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Restautant
5. Working in the garden and planting vegetables and flowers from seed offers great daily inspiration for cooking from what you           The Christian Science
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harry’s Hair Design
can harvest in your garden.                                                                                                                  Reading Room
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jeanie’s Java & Juice
6. Connection with the earth and seasons through planting and harvesting your seasonal crops.                                              Belvedere-Tiburon
                                                                                                                                           Landmarks Society                                                                      Hearts & Flowers Florist
7. Enjoyment and exercise. You will feel so proud of yourself as your garden grows each day and provides you and your family with
tasty home grown treats.                                                                                                                  Holscher Architecture                                                                        Salon di Bacio
Don’t Miss the Next Master Gardener Lecture -Art & Garden Center WATER WISE GARDENING Wed., April 8th,10-11                               Morgan Lane of Marin                                                                          Wells Fargo
               New Board Members                                                      Introduction to                      Landmarks Society Celebrates 50 Years of its Own History
                                                                                    Landmarks on DVD                                            continued...
                                                                                                                           In 1985 it became the sales of-                                                     received a bequest of property from
                                                                                                                           fice for the new development. In                                                    Helen and William Newman. But
                                                                                                                           1988, when it no longer needed                                                      work on this project had to wait
                                                                                                                           the building, Innisfree deeded the                                                  until renovation of the Depot was
                                                                                                                           land on the waterfront to the town                                                  done and Landmarks established
                                                                                                                           of Tiburon after failing to have the                                                clear title to the Newman property.
                                                                                                                           depot removed from its waterside
                                                                                                                           location. In 1976 the town had
                                                                                                                           already designated the building as
                                                                                                                           a Tiburon Historical Landmark.

                                                                                  Dave Gotz has produced a 17
                                                                                  minute DVD profiling the history                                                 Phil Cassou explaining the train sig-
                                                                                  and development of the Landmarks
                                                                                  sites. It is now available for $3 (to                                            nal sign to the students.
                                                                                  cover our costs) at the Landmarks                                                Historic Preservation award for its
                                    Piper Berger, Jack Fiorito, and Leslie Lava   office in the Boardwalk Shopping
 The	Board	of	Directors	began	this	year	without	Anne Kasanin and	                 Center. This informative video is
                                                                                                                                                                   work. The town’s refusal to move the
 Mimi Clarke,	both	of	whom	retired	after	many	years	of	dedicated	                 narrated by the site managers and                                                depot from the waterfront enabled it
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Inside the Newman’s cottage
 service.		Anne	has	been	a	generous	supporter	of	the	Landmarks	Society	           features photos past and present of                                              to rank as the only surviving railroad
 for	decades,	her	tenure	on	the	Board	was	only	her	latest	contribution.	          our treasured landmarks. Please                                                  and ferry depot west of the Mississippi     So the little, old cottage and its
 Recently	Anne	spent	many	hours	on	the	Corinthian	Island	and	West	                pick-up a copy and play it for your                                              River to be on its original site. In 1995   garden at 841 Tiburon Boulevard
                                                                                  friends and neighbors and invite
 Shore	house	tours,	both	of	which	would	not	have	happened	without	                them to become members of the
                                                                                                                                                                   it was added to the National Register of    languished until 1999. The house
 her	energy	and	commitment,	and	she	continues	to	be	part	of	the	Master	           Landmarks!                               Circa 1970                              Historic Places.                            is thought to be the oldest extant
 Gardener	team	that	keeps	the	Art	&	Garden	Center	blooming.			Mimi	                                                                                                The Railroad and Ferry Museum and           building on the Tiburon Penin-
 also	committed	many	hours	of	her	time	to	help	our	organization,	by	                                                       The Society kept constant pres-         the China Cabin are both class field        sula, a portion of which dates back
 helping	to	bring	our	accounting	practices	up	to	today’s	complex	stan-                                                     sure on the Town Council to let         trips for local school children.            to about 1870. It was originally
dards.	We	could	always	rely	on	Mimi	for                                                                                    Landmarks renovate it as a rail-        1995 was a big year for Lanmarks, not       a one room bunkhouse for brick
precise	and	accurate	insight	into	what-                                                                                    road and ferry museum. In July of       only did it acquire the depot, but also     kiln workers on John Reed’s 1834
ever	issues	confronted	the	board	and	also                                                                                  1979 a letter to the town expressed                                                 Mexican land grant, Rancho Corte
count	on	her	help	in	supporting	every	event                                                                                Landmarks’s willingness to protect                                                  de Madera Del Presidio. Also
and activity. We thank both of these fine                                                                                  and renovate the depot reminding                                                    known as the Brick Kiln Cottage
ladies for their selfless commitment and                                                                                   council members, “This interest                                                     it is now the Landmarks Art and
look	forward	to	their	continued	support	                                                Landmarks                          is not new but has been expressed                                                   Garden Center. The Newmans
of	the	Landmarks	Society.		Judy	Wilson,	                                                                                   publically and repeatedly for 20
                                                                                      Publications Sale                    years.” In 1990 the Society for-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               bought it from the Reed estate in
Janice	Anderson	Gram,	Abbi	Fox,	and	Anne	                    Barbara Wilson                                                                                                                                    1944. Mrs. Newman bequeathed
                                                                                  All Landmarks publications will be       mally proposed that Tiburon turn
Lacey	have	resigned.		Bringing	new	energy	to	the	Board	is	                                                                                                                                                     the property to the Landmarks
                                                                                  on sale for up to 50% off. These         over the structure to it as Belvedere
Barbara Wilson,	who	joined	us	last	fall.		Barbara	has	already	jumped	in	                                                                                                                                       Society to ensure it would never
                                                                                  include Both Sides of the Track, A       had with the China Cabin and
with	both	feet,	bringing	her	considerable	business	skills	to	bear	on	our	                                                                                                                                      be sub-divided and developed.
                                                                                  Collection of Oral Histories, A Pic-
finances and organization. Returning to the shorthanded board is Jack                                                      lease it to Landmarks for a dollar                                                  The Newmans lived in the cottage
                                                                                  torial of Belvedere, and the Images
Fiorito.		Jack	continues	to	be	the	“Captain”	of	the	China	Cabin	and	                                                       a year. With great support from                                                     without heat except from two
brings	a	wealth	of	business	experience	to	the	Board.		Long	time	volun-            of America Series (Marin County,         the community and after the town                                                     cast-iron stoves.
teer,	former	Archivist	and	perhaps	Landmarks	most	knowledgeable	per-              Maritime Marin, Ferries of San           decided not to move the building,                                                   They created and worked in their
son,	Piper Berger finally gets a chance to help us run the organization           Francisco Bay, and Angel Island). In     a 99-year lease was signed in 1995.                                                 country garden guided by a 1946
by	joining	the	Board.		We	are	looking	forward	to	her	positive	energy	and	         an effort to reduce our rented storage   After extensive repairs the Railroad                                                plan of Leland Noel, noted land-
great	ideas	in	the	years	to	come.		Finally	we	welcome	Leslie Lava	to	the	         space, we need to reduce our large       and Ferry Museum was opened to          Mary Eklund with students in the            scape architect and botanist.
Board. A knowledgeable attorney, with experience on non-profit boards,            inventory of publications! Please        the public in 1999.                     Station Masters’ quarters on the sec-       When the Society took over
Leslie	should	prove	to	be	an	extremely	valuable	addition	to	the	Board	as	         contact the office for more              In December of that year Land-          ond floor of the Railroad and Ferry
our	organization	faces	new	and	more	complex	challenges.                           information 435-1853.                    marks received the Governor’s           Depot Museum.                                                 continued...
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    Landmarks Society Celebrates 50 Years of its Own History                                                                                        Belvedere-Tiburon Thrift Shop
                         continued...                                                                            SAVE THE DATE:
                                                                                                                     Tuesday                With a bright new coat of paint and fresh new carpeting, the Thrift Shop is open
    the property, the house had no foundation, the floor                                                                                    for business! Located on the Lower Ark Row, The Belvedere-Tiburon Thirft
    levels were uneven to fit the slope of the land and                                                            September 8              Shop is staffed by a professional manager and volunteers represnting five local
    rain was coming through the roof. The task of the                                                             Belvedere-Tiburon         organizations:
    Landmarks was to restore the cottage incorporating
                                                                                                                         Open                               St. Hilary’s Catholic Church
    modern codes of safety and comfort while retaining
    the historic character of the house, typical of the                                                            Golf Tournament                          St. Stephens Episcopal Church
                                                                                                                  proceeds to benefit the
                                                                                                                                                            Community Congregational Churdh
    Tiburon Peninsula before World War II.
                                                                                                                    Landmarks Society                       Westminister Presbyterian Church
                                                                                                                                                            The Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society
                                                                                                                                            Each of these five organizations are responsible for staffing the Thrift Shop one day
                                                                                                                                            each week. The Landmarks Society is responsible for Fridays’ volunteers. If you
                                                                                                                                            would like to “help out while shopping” - join us! Leslie Doyle found a beautiful
                                                                                                                                            floral procelain pin from England. Mary Jane Wentz found a light cashmere
                                                                                                                                            sweater - perfect for spring.
                                                                                                                                            If you would like to volunteer, please call the Landmarks office or Margaret May at
                                                                                                                                            the Thrift Shop at 435-7605.
                                                                                                                                            Shop proceeds are divided among the five groups to support such diverse concerns
                                                                                                                                            as Senior Companions, Seeds of Learning, San Rafael Canal Ministry, Peace Planet
                                                                                                                                            Camp, Manzanita Center, St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room and Thanksgiving and
                                                                                                                                            Christmans baskets, and the rent for the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society’s
                                                                                                                      MARIE                 History Collections.
    The Landmarks Art & Garden Center today                                                                        WHITERMORE
                                                                                                                                            All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated.
    The over grown and neglected garden was restored                                                              cell: 415 608-7800
    by preserving the mature trees, shrubs and plants                                                             mwhitermor@aol.com
    which had survived and introducing new ones.              These are only the highlights of the first fifty
    Modifications were made to accommodate public use         years of the Landmarks Society. Each new
    and current conservation practices. Master gardeners      project advanced interest in the organization,
    and other avid volunteers have achieved the re-           attracted funds and built the trust of donors
    creation of the terraced acre with colorful garden beds   to give their historical treasures to the His-
    and restful vista points.                                 tory Collections. So be it for the next fifty        1660 Tiburon Blvd.
                                                              years.                                               Tiburon, CA 94920
    Besides being an increasingly popular venue for
                                                                                                                  Phone: 415-789-7720
    weddings, receptions, parties and community                     Thank                        You!              Fax: 415-454-2503
    gatherings, it is also a place to learn. It has offered
    art and gardening classes and serves as a spring and                                                                                    Margaret May, Dorothy Abrahamson and a customer
    summer gallery for local artists.

                                                                             Join the Fun!
                                                                   Opportunities at the Landmarks:
                                                               Event Committees - Golf Open 9/8/09
                                                                                   - Fall Event 10/10/09
                                                               Volunteer Docents (its easy and fun!)
                                                               History Collections (learn to archive!)
                                                                 Contact the Landmarks office to learn more
                                                                                  435-1853
                                                                         www.landmarks-society.org

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

				
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