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

Videos of some presentations can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.

Next Monthly Program

Sunday, March  17, 2:00 pm, Monthly Program via Zoom.
Mendocino Refuge: A World Apart and A Part of the World"
A presentation by Dot Brovarney
Dot's book, Mendocino Refuge: Lake Leonard & Reeves Canyon, is a multifaceted story of the people, plants, and animals who inhabited the wild Reeves Canyon on California's North Coast. In this presentation, Dot takes us through the experiences of several of the book's characters in order to explore the interplay between the small world of an isolated North Coast canyon and the larger world outside. These include a Native Pomo who inherited the traditional role of singing doctor, and another who lobbied Congress to honor the government's 1851 peace treaty. Of the two homesteaders who settled the lake at the head of the canyon in 1874, one sold out to Eastern capitalists, while his partner refused to do the same. Other characters include the engineer who ran the canyon mill, logging its old growth redwood in the 1870s and 80s, and the women whose 20th century efforts saved the last of the canyon's original redwoods and Douglas fir.
Dot Brovarney lives in Northern California's Mendocino County, where she works as a historian and author. She holds an M.A. degree in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1998). Dot's background as a professional museum curator informs her continuing projects as an independent public historian and writer. Through her business, Landcestry, she has developed exhibits, walking tours, and books. Besides this book, her most recent, published in 2022, she has edited and published The Sweet Life: Cherry Stories from Butler Ranch (2016), and co-authored Remember Your Relations (1996), a book about Pomo basket weavers, which American Indian Art Magazine noted “set a standard of style, scholarly accuracy and compassion for the humanity of the subject matter to which future scholars should aspire.”
You are welcome to invite friends and colleagues to attend.
We need a volunteer to write a short report on the presentation for the newsletter. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the program coordinator (Dan Kohanski).
The presentation will be recorded, and the question-and-answer part will be posted on YouTube for IHS members only. If you don’t want to be on the recording, just make sure your video is off. And please remember to mute your microphone!