Oral History Program
The Point Reyes National Seashore museum collection currently holds over forty interviews compiled by the park historian between 1985-1994. The recordings preserve the first-hand knowledge, memories, and ideas of people involved in generations of dairy and cattle ranching, oyster farming, and fishing in the area. Other interviewees speak of Coast Miwok culture, the search for Sir Francis Drake's landing site, service at the Coast Guard station at Point Reyes, and Morse code radio operations at the historic Marconi/RCA radio stations.
A recent survey conducted by the Seashore yielded an expanded list of oral history programs and collections in Marin relevant to the history of the land and the development of the park. You can find more information by clicking on the names of the institutions listed below.
- The Bolinas Museum
- Marin Agricultural Land Trust
- Marin History Museum
- Marin County Free Libraries
- Anne T. Kent California Room
- Tomales Regional History Project
The museum continues to develop its oral history collection and program scope. If you or someone you know has a story to share about living in the area that is now Point Reyes National Seashore, please contact us to set up an interview.
For further information about the oral history collection or to make an appointment, contact the Museum Curator, Deborah Morgan at 415-464-5125 or email.