About The Sausalito Historical Society

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 Wanderer on San Francisco Bay c. 1958


Movie Star and Sausalito resident Sterling Hayden at the peak of his earning power as a movie star suddenly quit. He walked out on Hollywood, walked out of a shattered marriage, defied the courts, broke as an outlaw, set sail with his four children in the schooner Wanderer--bound for the South Seas.  A Sausalito Legend!

Phil Frank Exhibit 

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:  Marinship75 The Ships We Built
Exhibit ends  September 2017


1610 AM Radio Sausalito

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 .

 Opening of Marinship75 Exhibit Photo Courtesy of Marin IJ

Opening of Marinship75 Exhibit
Photo Courtesy of Marin IJ

Lectures, Exhibits and Events are periodically hosted by the Society. 

Recent Exhibits include:

  •      Remembering Shel Silverstein
  •      Al Sybrian Exhibit
  •      Marinship - the Place

Recent Lectures include:

  •      Sausalito Ferry Tales
  •      History of Caledonia Street
  •      Twisted Vines Book Review

Announcement of these events are made to members by mail as well as this web site's Events page.

Board of Directors:

Jerry Taylor, President, Ice House Plaza
Sharon Seymour, Secretary, Collections Management, IT, Docents, Accessions Liaison, Catalog Dig. Liaison

Susan Frank, Schools Program
Mary Ann Griller, Public Relations Liaison
Steefenie Wicks, Writer at Large
Roberta Maloy
Nick Roby
Jan Keizer


Accessions, Rick Seymour
Newsletter, Larry Clinton
Catalog Digitization, Ann Heurlin


We are always looking for peope 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 City Hall

Sausalito Historical Society
420 Litho Street, Sausalito, CA, 94965

P.O. Box 352, Sausalito, CA 94966


email:  info@sausalitohistoricalsociety.com



Sausalito Ice House Visitors Center & Museum

780 Bridgeway, Sausalito CA 94965


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