The Sausalito Historical Society collects and preserves art, artifacts, photographs and printed materials that document Sausalito’s history; provides access to the collection for public and academic research; and develops publications and outreach programs to inspire local interest in Sausalito’s history to educate the visiting public and enrich the community.
"The Sausalito Historical Society is looking for your Sausalito photos of bygone days. We would like to preserve and add to our online collection memories of the past. Please contact the Historical Society if you would like to share."
The Gardner House… One of Sausalito’s Oldest Homes
Among Sausalito’s residential structures built in the second half of the 19th century and still standing today, the earliest ones date from the late 1860s. These buildings, scattered from the waterfront to the hills, demonstrate the varying lifestyles of the early families of Sausalito: the Harrisons, Sylvas, O’Connells, Campbells and Wossers, among others. As in every community, there is some question about which is the oldest residential building in town.
What’s interesting is that one of the candidates for Sausalito’s oldest, the Gardner House, is, paradoxically enough, in New Town (the area just north of downtown to the west of Caledonia Street) and the other, Horn House, is in Old Town (the neighborhood bounded by the southern waterfront, North Street, South Street and West Street).
The Gardner House, above, was built on one of the first lots sold by the Sausalito Land & Ferry Company. Original owner James H. Gardner is shown mounted on his horse around 1869.
Exhibit Spaces maintained by the Society feature in depth displays about Sausalito history:
The Phil Frank History Research Room
The Downtown Ice House Historical Exhibit
The Historic World War II Marinship Exhibit at the Bay Model.
Current Exhibit: "No Name Bar: The Wonder Years 1959-1974" Opens May 11, 2018
Radio Sausalito 1610AM offers a monthly program, "Sausalito's Secret History" by the Historical Society.
From gangsters to bordellos, Sausalito has seen its share of incidents and characters over 240 years of existence. Join host Larry Clinton for colorful glimpses into Sausalito’s Secret History.
You’ll learn about the Hearst Castle that was never built, streets which are forever underwater, and how an entire shipyard sprung up here in four months.
Whether you’re a lifetime resident or a curious visitor, you’ll enjoy learning about this special little city by the bay.
Past "Sausalito's Secret History" podcast are available at at Radio Sausalito's web site .
Lectures, Exhibits and Events are
Field Trip to the Ferry Boat Sausalito
No Name Bar & Neil Davis
‘The Place…Sausalito’ in the movies and Annual Gala
Announcement of these events are made to members by mail as well as this web site's Events page.
Board of Directors:
President – Jerry Taylor
Secretary/Admin – Roberta Maloy
Treasurer – Pete Bowes
Directors at large – Lauri Flynn, Nick Roby, Barbara Rycerski, Nora Sawyer, James Scriba, Steefenie Wicks
We are always looking for people who want to be involved with the History of Sausalito and its residents new and old. If you would like to join us, please contact us at the addresses below.
How to Reach the Sausalito Historical Society:
Sausalito Historical Society
420 Litho Street, Sausalito, CA, 94965
P.O. Box 352, Sausalito, CA 94966
Sausalito Ice House Visitors Center & Museum
780 Bridgeway, Sausalito CA 94965