There has been much written about the history of Mendocino, typically beginning with William Kasten, often said to be the first settler to arrive on the coast in early 1850. What has been left out of the history books is perhaps better posed as a question: “Who were the people here before the first white man arrived? Did their lives matter? And if so, why is so little known about their culture and the events that radically shaped their destiny?”
Find out more by reading these panels created by Rick Hemmings and commissioned by the Stanford Inn to be an exhibit in their lobby in 2012. This Pomo exhibit in it’s entirety, now resides at the Guest House Museum in Fort Bragg, California.