In 1940, the Pajaro Valley Historical Association was established to preserve, interpret, and promote the history of the diverse cultures that shaped California’s Monterey Bay area. The Bockius-Orr House in the city of Watsonville has been the organization's headquarter since 1997, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Our Archive and House Committee would like to invite you to visit our exhibit which is on display at Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust for their 15th Anniversay Celebration. The exhibit has been on display since Monday March 4 and will conclude on Friday March 8.
The Pajaro Valley Historical Association is pleased to announce that the 2012 recipient of the Young Historian Award is Austin Paz Nethercutt, a Sophomore at St. Francis Central Coast High School. The $500 prize from from a donor fund at the Santa Cruz Community Foundation is awarded yearly to a young person who has completed a project to enhance the history of the Pajaro Valley.
The construction of a prayer garden on the school grounds of Moreland Notre Dame School was originally done as part of an Eagle Scout requirement. It was Austin's idea to replace a prayer garden, dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, which was removed to make way for new building construction in the 1940's. As a former student at Notre Dame, Austin worked on this idea starting at an early age when he first joined Boy Scouts and committed himself to reaching the rank of Eagle. He made plans, raised money for a statue and materials and completed the work in September of 2011.
The application deadline for the 2013 Young Historian Award is April 11, 2013!
2013 application and information is now available!
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PAJARO VALLEY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
GARDEN TOUR, OPEN HOUSE & PLANT SALE:
The Pajaro Valley Historical Association is excited to announce our annual Garden Tour, Open House & Plant Sale. Visitors are invited to walk through our beautiful garden as well as our historic Bockius-Orr House. In addition, our Garden Committee Volunteers will be organizing a plant sale which will include many different varieties for purchase.
The Garden Tour, Open House & Plant Sale is on Sunday May 5 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. It is open to the public and there is no admission fee. For additional information, please contact the office at (831) 722-0305.
"SAILING INTO HISTORY"
PVHA and Aptos Historical Museum will be hosting a historically themed 2-hour cruise aboard the Chardonnay. Sandy Lydon and Gary Griggs will be providing a historical lecture regarding portions of Santa Cruz County visible as we sail by. PVHA and Aptos Historical will be providing finger foods/appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages, and guests are encouraged to bring their own alcoholic beverages. Tickets for members of PVHA and Aptos Historical can purchase their tickets for $40 and non-members for $50. All net proceeds will will be split between PVHA and Aptos Historical Museum. PVHA's share of tickets is only 21 tickets and they are likely to go quickly, so everyone interested in encouraged to contact us to buy their tickets without delay!
When: Thursday May 16, 2013. Arrive for check-in at 3:30 PM, sail from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Where: Chardonnay Cruises, Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, 790 Mariner Park Way, Dock FF.
SPRING IS HERE...AT PVHA!
Warm smiles are here to welcome you this season. Come enjoy our beautiful historic house and gardens, and chat with our friendly staff and volunteers about this region's fascinating history. We are open to the public every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
PRIVATE FACILITY RENTALS: if you would like to rent our beautiful gardens and outdoor spaces for a private event, please contact our Rental Manager, Mrs. Alice Bankhead at (831)722-2087 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be happy to answer any questions that you may have and book the event for you.