The Floyd Russel Family History Room

40 Years of Bolinas Hearsay News

November 15, 2014 - June 14, 2015 / Curated by Elia Haworth and Michael Rafferty

For forty years the Bolinas Hearsay News has served as a truly democratic community service!  As a voice for Bolinas news, events and community expression, the Hearsay is unconventional, inclusive and has no agenda. Produced and supported by locals, anyone may contribute as long as submissions are signed and do not contain slander or libel. Produced and supported by locals, townspeople  serve as editors, printers, and distributors, and while the staff changes over time, their dedication does not. Now, after forty years, so many talented people have worked on the paper the family of Hearsay staff past and present is huge. The contributors must count in the thousands.

To celebrate the remarkable longevity of this unusual publication, the Bolinas Museum and Bolinas Hearsay News collaborated to present this history room exhibit. It includes the more than 50,000 pages of published Hearsays from the past 40 years in bound volumes for you to peruse. The issues from 2012, 2013 and 2014 (as yet unbound) are archived on and are available to peruse on a computer in the exhibit. These Hearsay pages chronicle 40 years of civic activities and give some insight into the smart, eccentric, conservation-minded and community-oriented town of Bolinas.

  Six Hearsay News covers

  Various Bolinas Hearsay News covers created by different editors




Home page image: detail Bolinas Hearsay News front page, January 27, 1984. Artwork by Jim Anderson.