In the Heart of Marin
Author: Dewey Livingston
Tales of the small community of Kentfield, beginning with the Coast Miwok and moving into the 1800s, growing in fits and starts, punctuated with celebrations and setbacks, and stories of suburban Greenbrae, carefully and thoughtfully planned, beginning in the middle of the 20th century, are included in the inaugural stand-alone history of the two communities, In the Heart of Marin: The History of Kentfield and Greenbrae by Marin author and historian Dewey Livingston. Also highlighted is the history of the Kentfield School District. A reproduction of local artist George Demont Otis’ depiction of Mt. Tamalpais graces the book’s cover.
In addition to Livingston’s extensive research, Kentfield Greenbrae Historical Society research committee members, trained by Livingston, have, along with the author himself, conducted interviews with a variety of longtime residents of Kentfield and Greenbrae. (Additional interviews of Kent alumni from over the past 70 years were conducted by Kent Middle School 8th graders.) The resulting oral histories have been incorporated into Livingston’s history of the two communities and add a delightful sense of place to the work. Stories of long-ago childhood adventures in both Kentfield and Greenbrae rub shoulders with the intent and vision of the founders of the two communities.
About the Author
Historian and author Dewey Livingston has spent over 30 years uncovering the rich history of Marin County and other areas of the American West, then crafting his discoveries into highly readable texts. While Dewey is originally from Southern California, he spent his high school years in Kentfield and many hours hiking the trails of Mt. Tamalpais. A large body of his recent work has focused on the Point Reyes Peninsula and West Marin, including “Nicasio: The Historic Valley at the Center of Marin.” Dewey currently resides in Inverness, CA.
Historical Reflections of the Kentfield School District
An anthology of articles written by school community members captures fond memories and chronicles notable programs, events, achievements, crises and celebrations from 1935 through 2008. The collection cover, a mid-1900s painting by George Demont Otis, depicts Corte Madera Creek at the north side of what is today Kent Middle School.
Oral History Projects, Kent Middle School, 2013 and 1991
In the years 2013 and 1991, Kent Middle School students participated in oral history projects. In 2103, 8th graders interviewed former Kent students from the past seven decades. In 1991, 7th and 8th grade students interviewed long-time community members and staff members with some reflections back to the early 1900’s.
By local Impressionist George Demont Otis