About the Floyd Russel History Room

The Floyd Russell Family History Room was generously underwritten by Bolinas resident Susie Tompkins Buell. The room is named for her family who made Bolinas part of her life since childhood. The history room invites you to explore this area’s history beginning with the Native Americans, through Spanish, Mexican, American times, the Gold Rush, shipwrecks, the earthquake, the environmental conservation movement of the 60s and 70s and the strong sense of community shared by those who live and visit here.

The history room was opened in 1997 when the museum purchased the historic complex of buildings under the guidance of Director Dolores Richards. The first exhibition space was designed and installed by Phil Frank, whose passion for history enriched our knowledge of local history.

In 2007, through a gift in memory of long time resident Amy Jordan, Director Vandy Seeburg remodeled the history room and designed a dynamic exhibition space. History Curator Elia Haworth designed and installed the exhibitions adding information on the complex natural history of the area. The re-opening celebration for the new history room included a reunion of descendents of the original Bolinas families and museum friends.

The history room features the left-side changing exhibition wall that highlights different aspects of the fascinating history of Bolinas.