The Historical Society of Mendocino County is a nonprofit that collects, preserves, and shares the diverse history of Mendocino County. On-site you can find the William J. & Molly Toney Archive which houses their collection, and the Held-Poage Memorial Home which is a period home museum. The Held Poage Memorial Home is a 1903 Queen Anne Victorian that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and reflects the life of California State Assemblyman W. D. L. Held and his family in the first few decades of the 20th century. The historical society has been serving Mendocino County since 1956 and its collection consists of over one million documents, photos, newspapers, maps, county records and more
Visitors can tour the home as well as the gardens and local history publications are available for purchase in the archive lobby. To see their upcoming events or to become members visit their website. Research services are offered online (email: [email protected]) and on-site in the archive research facility.