Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Mendocino County Historical Society

The Mendocino County Historical Society maintains the Held-Poage Research Library located at 603 West Perkins Street in Ukiah California 95444.  Their website is

While working on one of my long-standing authorship projects, I had the pleasure to visit the Mendocino County Historical Society's library in Ukiah, California.  The library itself is housed in a 1903 victorian home, recognized as a historical landmark, at Perkins and Dora Streets - not far from the center of Ukiah.  Open Wednesday to Friday, 1PM to 4PM, the library is staffed by volunteers knowledgeable as to the history of Mendocino County.

This repository has just what one would expect from a historical society.  There you will find a fair
sized collection of genealogical references from all over the country, in addition to collections focused on the region and Mendocino County in particular.  Telephone books, school annuals, old maps, and photographs.  The county's Great Register from 1865 to 1970 is available. 

I was very pleased to tour the newly built archives building located on the same property.  This building will house extensive archival collections.  Patrons will use the first floor Reading Room.  On the day of my visit, things were still being moved in.  This will be a terrific resource in the very near future.

Parking on street.  Eats on State Street a few blocks away.  Try the Ukiah Brewing Company. 

Donations to the Mendocino County Historical Society are greatly appreciated.