Welcome to PVHA 

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.

See Our Venues



Tickets: $5.00 each, or 6 for $25.00

Drawing held on 9/30/2015 at PVHA at Noon

Winners will be notified by phone on 10/1/2015

First Prize

Gourmet dinner for 8   at the Bockius Orr House

prepared by

Martha Muzzi & Judy Nielsen.

Value:  Priceless

Second Prize

Mixed case of wine

Donated by PVHA Board & Volunteers

Minimum total value of $300.00

Third Prize        

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Gilbert’s Auto Detail

Donated by: Peter Navarro

Value: $200.00

Current Exhibits

Historical items and photos from the PVHA are on display at the following locations:

Bockius-Orr House,
McDonald’s on Main St.,
Ella’s Café,
Erics Deli and
 California Grill Restaurant

Bockius-Orr House/Fords Department Store Display


PVHA Facebook Page


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We are offering a $500 award to any student between the ages of 16 and 25 for a project about the history of the Pajaro Valley.

This project is very flexible.In fact, the student may have already worked on a project that aligns with our topic: an event, a place, or a people who have affected the history of the local community.


It is with the deepest regret and sadness that the information you are about to read brings us, the Board, to the hardest decision we have had to make in a long time. 

The Pajaro Valley Historical Association announced today (9/16/2015) that due to declining revenues and increasing costs, we had to eliminate the position of Archive Coordinator. For many years, the Archive was staffed and run by many dedicated volunteers, without a paid coordinator.  A few years ago, the Board made the decision to pay for a staff person. Unfortunately the Board has now had to make the difficult decision to eliminate this position to curtail relying on reserves to fund payroll and revert back to a volunteer run Archive.  

PVHA will continue to have the Bockius-Orr House and grounds open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The Archive will be open by appointment only until sufficient volunteers are available to fully staff regular open days.   

We welcome those interested in Pajaro Valley history to volunteer in the Archive, Garden or House.  Please Contact PVHA on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at 722-0305.  The office will continue to be staffed by an office administrator.  PVHA continues to be committed to its mission statement.  "To Preserve the History of the Greater Pajaro Valley" and looks forward to having regular open days in the Archive.  We thank all of our generous benefactors and dedicated volunteers for their support. 

Pajaro Valley Historical Associaion

Board of Directors

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 alicebankhead@aol.com.  She will be happy to answer any questions that you may have and book the event for you.