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Library Speakers to Deliver History of Sausalito Houseboat Community Jan. 12
Date: Monday, January 12, 2009
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Refreshments avvailable at 6:30)
Location: City Hall (Council Chambers), 420 Litho St., Sausalito
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This presentation sounds like it should be fun and interesting! As long-time locals we can tell you that just the last 50 years on this topic include enough scandal, murders, betrayals, hit songs (think Otis Redding) and million-dollar-sets for several movies… and the historians are going back over a century!
The following text comes from the Sausalito City announcement of the event:
“The unique and colorful houseboat community has long been a centerpiece of life in Sausalito, and while these floating homes are well known, relatively few people know just how far back their history goes. Not a recent phenomenon, as many assume, the houseboat community has a history stretching back to the 1880s and earlier. While houseboats once existed in nearly a dozen ports in and around San Francisco Bay—and indeed throughout the West Coast—the focus of this buoyant lifestyle is now the waters of Marin County, along the shoreline of Richardson’s Bay.
“Two local historians, Richard Cunningham from the Larkspur Heritage Board and Larry Clinton of the Sausalito Historical Society will tell the story of how a variety of forces helped shape life on the water, creating Sausalito’s houseboat community and it’s rich and colorful history.”
The session celebrates the recent publication of Phil Frank’s Houseboats of Sausalito history book as part of Arcadia’s “Images of America” Series, and books will be available for purchase following the talk. Proceeds from the sale of the books will benefit the Friends of the Sausalito Library and the Sausalito Historical Society.
Richard B. Cunningham: Member of City of Larkspur’s Heritage Preservation Board; doing active documentary research on Larkspur history. Cunningham is an Emeritus Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law, where he taught for more than thirty years. He and his wife Susan have lived in Larkspur since 1973, where he has served as a member of the Larkspur City Council and City Planning Commissioner.
Larry Clinton: A resident of Sausalito’s floating home community since 1982, Clinton is a direct beneficiary of the waterfront lifestyle that grew out of the early houseboats of Richardson’s Bay. A past president of the Floating Homes Association, Clinton became the president of the Sausalito Historical Society in 2008.