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Larkspur Past and Present makes a great gift!

Larkspur Past and Present is filled with surprising facts about the city and its colorful residents! For example:
• One of California’s earliest ten-pin bowling alleys operated during the early 1850s in Larkspur’s Baltimore Canyon.
• Larkspur’s City Hall was built in just five months at a cost of $15,110.50.
• Leon Uris wrote his acclaimed first novel, Battle Cry, in Larkspur.
• Janis Joplin and other early pop music icons made their homes in Larkspur.

Press articles & video:
"Eye on the Bay", CBS-TV Channel 5 (May, 2012)
Marin Magazine (Aug. 2011)
– Marin Magazine (June 2011)
LCM Patch (May 30, 2011)
Twin Cities Times (April 6)
Twin Cities Times (March 30)

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Larkspur photography exhibit at City Hall EXHIBIT opened March 30, 2013 in City Hall.

Events & Exhibits

Walks & Talks:
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 • 9:00 am
In the 1890s a small cluster of houses surround the brick kiln and supplied bricks to build San Francisco.

OLD HOMES on South Magnolia
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 • 9:00 am
See a mixture of large and small homes that are a historic patchwork of styles and periods that contribute to its Larkspur’s small-town character.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 • 9:00 am
In the 1890s the idyllic setting of Tubb Lake was created to capture runoff from the hill and supply water for washing bricks.
— MORE information
coming soon

LARKSPUR: Connecting Past and

Present Through Photography
Photography and memento exhibit is in the 2nd floor lobby in City Hall. Open during library hours:
M-T 10am-9pm; W-Th 10am-7pm; F-Sat 10am-5pm; closed Sun
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Have fun looking for Larkspur’s very own geocache! Look for clues around Larkspur, find the cache, sign the log book, and look for more!
— GO geocache!

We’ve given talks and signed books at a number of local venues. More scheduled soon; let us know if you’d like to be notified of our schedule or would like to host a book signing.
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Larkspur Past and Present

Larkspur Past and Present, the book for everyone who loves Larkspur, boasts:
• 384 pages of Larkspur history and lore
• Over 600 photographs, many new to this edition
• Clear maps for walking explorations
• Fascinating stories that reveal unexpected facets of life in Larkspur
• A treasure trove of Larkspur’s architectural gems
• Visits to neighborhoods not included in previous editions
SEE inside!

Order by mail. Makes a great gift!

Order Larkspur Past and Present and have it mailed to yourself or as a gift. No sales tax is charged for books mailed out of state.
– $35 hardbound; $25 softcover; tax, shipping & handling extra
DOWNLOAD the mail order form. Please save the form to your hard drive, then use Adobe READER to complete it. Note you may want to print two copies: one to mail with your check, the other to keep for your records.

Buy locally!
Larkspur Past and Present at the following locations in
downtown Larkspur, as well as Diesel, A Book Store at the Marin Country Mart; Book Passage in Corte Madera; 1st Street Books in Kentfield; The Depot Bookstore and Café in Mill Valley; and William Stout Architectural Books and Schein & Schein in San Francisco.
– $37.98 hardbound; $27.13 softcover; tax included

Larkspur City HallLARKSPUR CITY HALL - 400 Magnolia Ave.
Administrative Offices (2nd floor)
• M-Th 10am - 12pm & 1 - 5pm; closed Sat-Sun

Larkspur City HallLARKSPUR LIBRARY - 400 Magnolia Ave.
• M-T 10am-9pm; W-Th 10am-7pm;
F-Sat 10am-5pm; closed Sunday

Larkspur City HallLARKSPUR RECREATION - 240 Doherty Dr.
• M-Th 10am - 12pm & 1 - 5pm;
closed Sat-Sun

L'Ambiente storefrontL’AMBIENTE - 476 Magnolia Ave.
• M-Sat 10am - 5pm; Sun 11am - 4pm

Gala 484 storefrontGALA 484 - 484 Magnolia Ave.
• M-Sat 11am - 5:30pm; Sun 12 - 5:30pm

LoAnn Nails storefrontJOANIE’S ON MAGNOLIA - 546 Magnolia Ave.
• T-Sat, 11am - 6pm

More than 100 people contributed thousands of hours of volunteer research, writing, and photography to create the updated Larkspur Past and Present. Members of the team included book and graphics designers; journalists; editors; legal, marketing, cartography and financial experts; photographers, and educators.

The Larkspur Heritage Preservation Board is an advisory committee that – among other duties – oversees Larkspur’s Historic Resources Inventory and recognizes outstanding preservation work on historic structures in Larkspur.
MORE about the Board
Sneak peek at our developing website.