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Oral History of Marilyn Price

Oral History of Marilyn Price, Founder of Trips for Kids, by Mill Valley Library and Mill Valley Historical Society

Scope & Content: In this oral history, bicycling enthusiast and social entrepreneur Marilyn Price recounts the path that led to her life’s work as founder of the nonprofit Trips for Kids. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1940, Marilyn moved to California in 1966 after completing a degree in sociology at the University of Michigan. In the early 1980s, Marilyn set down roots in downtown Mill Valley.

Marilyn describes her decades-long work in progressive nonprofits, which culminated in Trips for Kids, a project dedicated to taking disadvantaged youth on bicycle rides through Marin’s beautiful natural environment as well as providing job training through the Earn-A-Bike program. Marilyn discusses how she built Trips for Kids out of her home and how the program expanded to the national and even international levels, with chapters as far flung as Canada, Israel and South Africa.

Throughout this oral history Marilyn warmly expresses her affection for Mill Valley, passion for bicycling, and deep social commitment. She also discusses friendships within and beyond the Marin County bicycling community.

Audio and Transcript: Click here to hear recording.

Click here to read the transcript.

Dates of Creation : 2015-09-10

Narrator's name : Price, Marilyn

Interviewer : Schwartz, Debra

Extent and Medium : Transcript: 17pp

Recording: 56:59

Search Terms : Bicycle shops Bicycles Bicycling Breeze, Joe Earn-A-Bike Entrepreneurs Environmental issues - Marin County Environmental protection Fox, Kevin Johnson, Huey Trips for Kids Youth

Object ID : 2016.016.001

Object Name : Recording Copyrights : Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2015. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.

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