The Moya del Pino Library and Ross Historical Society
Moya~RHS is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the Town of Ross and sharing it with current residents, and to preserving the memory of José Moya del Pino, past Ross resident and one of the original founders of the Marin Art and Garden Center.
The collection of the Moya del Pino Library is devoted to works related to art, decorative arts, architecture, gardening and local history. Many of the original volumes are from the personal collections of the Moya del Pino family and other local families. It is complemented by the Ross Historical Society’s wealth of historical photographs, documents and other resources spanning the past 150 years.
The Moya del Pino Library / Ross Historical Society organizes the following activities:
First Thursday Forenoon Programs
Presentations are given by authors, artists, scholars, or experts in a given field. They span a variety of interesting topic areas, mostly relating to the art and history of Marin County and surrounding areas. See our event calendar for information of upcoming lectures.
Town of Ross Annual 4th of July Celebration
MOYA-RHS participates in the Town festivities by displaying historic photographs at Ross Common.
Books and Articles
The Historical Society researches and contributes articles to a variety of publications. It has also published "Ross California – The People, the Places, the History," a thorough and entertaining account of the Town’s history beginning with its pioneers in the early 1800’s. A book about the life and works of José Moya del Pino is also available; see our Publications page for more information.
We are happy to respond to inquiries and assist historians, homeowners, students and many others with their research about the Town of Ross, its people and its history.
Join us on Thursday, March 7, at 11 am for
FORGOTTEN RAILROADS OF MARIN
The San Rafael and San Quentin RR, the North Pacific Coast RR Strawberry Trestle Route and the Fairfax Funicular RR will be explored in this illustrated presentation by rail fan and local historian Richard Torney.
Read about Spanish painter José Moya del Pino, who came to the United States on a mission from the King of Spain and made a name for himself in the California of the New Deal.