Monthly Programs

Most months a member will give a presentation, discussing a current work in progress, the research and writing process, or an area of personal interest and expertise. A collegial Q&A ensues, and the speaker can, if they wish, ask for suggestions for improvement in case they will be giving the talk at other venues. These programs are usually held at 2:00 PM on the third Sunday of the month, except for December; exceptions can be made as necessary. A digital projector and screen are available. Another member volunteers to take notes and write a report for the newsletter, or the speaker may provide a synopsis instead.

We try to have a speaker each month, though this is not always possible. Ideally, we schedule the programs as far in advance as possible. Members who are interested in giving a talk or other program (such as a film or exhibit tour) should email


Next Monthly Program

Sunday, September 20, 2:00 pm, Black History in Marin County: From the Spaniards to the Great Migration IHS member Marilyn Geary will present unique stories of Black individuals who made their marks amid the biases of a predominantly white society. Please join us via Zoom:  Marilyn L. Geary is an oral historian, writer, and filmmaker. She is the author of Marin City Memories, based on the oral histories of African-Americans who migrated from the South to work in the Sausalito shipyards during World War II. Marilyn's community oral-history projects include  The Faces of Marin City; the film Marin Mind/Scapes: Stories of Art, Nature and Healing; and The Madonna del Lume/Blessing of the San Francisco Fishing Fleet, a Local Legacy project of the Library of Congress.  Her writings have appeared in Turning Memories into MemoirsThe Oral History Review, the West Marin Review, and elsewhere. Marilyn is writing a nonfiction account of the lives of three Swiss-Italian brothers who immigrated to California and Australia in the mid-19th century.