Sausalito, Calif. has a rich history, spanning from the enormous ship yards cranking out liberty ships in World War Two to the hippy-heavy counter-culture that sprung up around the shipyards during the 1960s and 70s.

Today, Sausalito is a distinctly  affluent community which has secured a place in the art world, thanks in part to its annual art show and plethora of galleries.

But however Sausalito might change, its past will not be lost, thanks to the Sausalito Historical Society, which works to document the city’s history, preserve important historical artifacts and buildings, and also provide the public access to historical records and documents.

The Historical Society operates out of two rooms in Sausalito’s City Hall, but also has a downtown visitor’s center that’s open daily to the public. The society also has an exhibit on the  shipyard that built liberty ships to support the war effort. The exhibit is open to the public, and is located at the Bay Model and open to the public.

Sausalito Historical Society President Larry Clinton and society volunteer Bea Sielder were both kind enough to share not only the Historical Society’s goals with us, but as both are long-time Sausalito residents, they also provided some insights into the changes that the town has gone through over the years.