"In the Heart of Marin"

Tales of the small community of Kentfield, beginning in 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 will grace 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 25 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.


Order your book today and savor the tales of yesterday: 

The hardcover edition is available at $55. Order you book today!

Due to printing issues, the soft cover edition is no longer available.


Upcoming book talks, featuring In the Heart of Marin author Dewey Livingston or local historian Richard Torney, and other events focusing on the history of Kentfield and Greenbrae can be found in our our website.

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Our vision is to understand and appreciate the unique history of Kentfield, Greenbrae and surrounding areas, and honor the individuals, groups and businesses that have made significant contributions to our community. 

KGHS Pop Up Store and Gallery

Due to the "Shelter in Place" orders for
Marin County, our Pop Up will be
CLOSED until further notice.
Online orders will be fulfilled.

The perfect gifts for family members and friends:
        Our book: In the Heart of Marin: A History of Kentfield And Greenbrae

                                                              by Dewey Livingsotn

        Gift cards, tote bags and birthday calendars
        Gift memberships


Bon Air Trampoline Center in 1960 (Marin History Museum

Paul Daly Swim School  1952-1980's
(Photo courtesy of Paula Daly Skov)

Swimming in Corte Madera slough. Kelly family near Bon Air Bridge (Mary Clifford Gilardi Collection)

Ballet Aquacade at the Kent Estate circa 1958
Photo Courtesy of Marjean Sellman


We are always looking for more community members to become involved. If you are interested, please contact us!
Events Committee: helping to organize and publicize member and community events
  • Research Committee: collecting more oral histories and generating the historical background of sites in the Kentfield and Greenbrae area...developing curriculum for third grade students, creating walking tours...

  • Membership & Outreach Committee: reaching out to local businesses and alumni to expand our membership


If you would like to be on one of the above committees, please send a message through info@kghs.org and we will get back to you.

Some interesting links for you:


A Vision of Marin: George Demont Otis, American Impressionist    CLICK HERE

Read more about George Demont Otis

in our September 2016 Historian


Marin Historical Societies and Museums
In December 2017 we focused on the wealth of local history and the museums and societies that continue to protect our heritage. Several of them were part of our Community Heritage and History Day last May and more will be at our next celebration on
May 4, 2019

Here is a link to the most recent list:
Marin Historical Societies and Museums




Did you remember to renew?


RENEWAL notices and reimnders were sent in November to those whose memberhips are due and those who have already expired. We do not want to lose your support. A KGHS membership is the best way to stay up to date on all of our interesting activities.  Your membership donation and renewal supports the research and preservation of local history right in your own community.



Non Profit Memberships
$25                       Non Profit member
Business/Community  Memberships

If you are a business or community organization in the Kentfield-Greenbrae area, please join the KGHS and help support our continuing research, education and archival work for the preservation of local history.


$50                       Business member

$250 -$500       Business partner

$1000 or more   Lifetime Business Partner





Support our Local Business/Community  Members

Lifetime business members

Woodland Market, Don and Sue Santa

Bon Air Shopping Center, Andrea Schultz

Marin General Hospital

Marin Catholic High School

County of Marin, Katie Rice Supervisor

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Broker, Decker Bullock Sotheby's International Realty

Bank of Marin


Business Partners

Katie Jarman, Coldwell Banker

Eric Wagner, Beaver Tree Service

John Herschleb, DDS

College of Marin, Linda Frank


Enjoy reading our Newsletters, the Historian, for more information about the Kentfield and Greenbrae Community. The December issue focuses on the Bon Air Center, its history and the current "refreshing" to make it more of a community center.

Calendar of Events




September  10:      Zoom KGHS Board Meeting 9:30-11:00am



October 8:          Zoom KGHS Board Meeting 9:30-11:00am


October TBD:     Virtual Members Meeting                                               

"In the Heart of Marin: History of Kentfield and Greenbrae"

Now $50 online


"Historical Reflections of the Kentfield School District" 

This book includes the ANTHOLOGY, stories and memories collected from a variety of people who have lived and worked in "the heart of Marin."


 Special price:  $10



"Oral History Projects  Kent Middle School 2013-2014" 

This book includes the interviews of Kent alumni throughout the years done by the current eighth grade students. 


 Special price:  $10

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