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History Fest 2019 - Historic Monterey : Historic Monterey

History Fest 2019

October 12, 2019 – October 13, 2019 all-day
Historic Downtown Monterey
Colton Hall Museum


**NOTE: ONLY ON OCT 5-6.**

**13th Annual Civil War Camp 10am—4pm. Lower Presidio Historic Park is transformed into a living history civil war camp and tented civilian town. Cannon and musket firing demonstrations both days, 11:30am and 2:30pm. For information: www.facebook.com/FortMervineCWE.**

October 12 & 13, 2019

Monterey Japanese American Citizens League (424 Adams Street) Both days, 10am-4pm. New Monterey JACL Heritage Center chronicles the history of the Japanese on the Monterey Peninsula through oral histories, historic artifacts and images.  Information: jaclmonterey.org

Lower Presidio Historic Park (Bldg.113, Cpl Ewing Rd.—Enter from Pacific St. & 76th Artillery Rd.) Both days, 10am—4pm. From Spanish exploration to California statehood, newly installed interpretive panels describe the Park’s historic sites.

Presidio Museum at Lower Presidio Historic Park Both days, 10am-4pm, “A Monterey Gem!”

Pacific House Museum (Custom House Plaza) Both days, 10am—4pm,  Built in 1847 by former American Counsel to Mexico, Thomas O. Larkin. Museum features Monterey history from the first Rumsien people to California Statehood.

Free Walking Tours leave from Custom House at Both days 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. Approx. 45 min. Led by State Parks Guides of Monterey’s nearby historic sites including the Custom House, Memory Garden and Pacific House.

Custom House (Custom House Plaza at Fisherman’s Wharf) Both days, 10am—4pm. State Historic Landmark #1, and the center of trade and government in Mexican Monterey.  View displays of goods brought to early California aboard foreign trade ships.

Custom House Gift Shop sells unique gifts. Discount tickets available this weekend for Monterey’s holiday festival, Christmas in the Adobes (Dec. 13 & 14, 2019)

Colton Hall & Old Monterey Jail (570 Pacific St.) Both days, 10am—4pm. Tour historic Colton Hall (1849), the site of California’s constitutional convention, California’s first public school, and one of Monterey’s most historically significant buildings. Learn the stories and issues that shaped our state’s first constitution. Built in 1854 of thick granite, the jail, located at the rear of Colton Hall, was used for more than 100 years.

House of Four Winds (540 Calle Principal) Both days, 10am—4pm. Built in the early 1830s the adobe displays California’s first weather vane, hence its name. The building has the desk that was used for the signing of California’s first constitution. Owned and operated by the Monterey Civic Club.

Royal Presidio Chapel (500 Church St.) Both days Saturday, 2:30—4pm, Sunday: 1-4 p.m.  The Royal Presidio Chapel – San Carlos Cathedral of Monterey – is the “Plymouth Rock” of the Old Spanish Colonial Capital of Alta California. Oldest continuously functioning place of worship in the state since 1770.

The Royal Presidio Chapel Heritage Center Both days, 10 am—4pm.

Cooper-Molera Adobe (Munras Ave. at Polk St.) Both days, 11am—4pm.  Wander the orchard and garden of this newly renovated property. Step into the past in the Cooper Adobe to see new displays, stories and activities. In Diaz Adobe view “Night Works” by local painter Andrew Jackson. Enjoy scrumptious treats and coffee at Alta Bakery.

Mayo Hayes O’Donnell Library (155 Van Buren St.) Both days, 11am—4pm.  Built in 1876 as Saint James Episcopal Church, then purchased and moved to its current site in 1969 by Monterey History & Art Association. The non-circulating library has a vast collection of material about Monterey and California history. Visitors and researchers welcome. https://mhod.weebly.com

Casa Serrano (412 Pacific St.) Both days, 10am—4pm.  Built in 1843 by Florencio Serrano and family. The adobe houses one of the largest collections of work by California artist Jo Mora; other well-known Monterey artists also showcased.  The adobe was purchased and restored in1958 by the Monterey History and Art Association.

Treasure Hunt for History Stevenson House (530 Houston Street) Saturday only, 11am-3 pm. — Family fun! It’s a hunt for history based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Pirate costumes are encouraged! Pick up your Treasure Map at the building at 11:00 am, and get a pirate tattoo painted on your face or arm before heading out to find the historic places on your map. Return by 2:00 pm for a prize from the Treasure Chest!

Custom House Living History Day Cactus Garden (front of building) Saturday only, 11am—3pm. Experience games and crafts of an earlier time: Leather bookmark stamping, Old-Fashioned Games, and Rope making – Historic fun for the whole family!

Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour Saturday only, 10 – 11:30 am. Join Army Historian Cameron Binkley for an overview tour of the historic park. Meet in front of Presidio Museum.

Stevenson House Museum (530 Houston St.) Saturday only, 1-4 pm. Open for self-guided tours. Learn about famous author Robert Louis Stevenson’s stay in Monterey in 1879. View the exhibit of Stevenson’s personal artifacts.

Larkin House & Sherman Quarters Archives Crawl Special Exhibit (Corner of Jefferson Street and Calle Principal).  Saturday only, 10 am-4 pm. Travels with Alice – A Photographic Tour of the World in the Sherman Quarters.

Free Larkin House Tours Saturday only: 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Meet at Front Porch. 15 maximum per tour. Sign up at house.

Joseph Boston Store (Adjacent to Scott Street and behind the Pacific House/Memory Garden) Saturday only, 11am—3pm. Enter the 1850s and visit one of Monterey’s first general stores selling 1850s themed items, history books, and local, artisan products.  Be sure to check out Monterey’s first safe, hence the building’s name, Casa del Oro. Receive an old-fashioned candy stick with any purchase!

Pacific Biological Lab Open Hours (Doc Ricketts’s Lab) (800 Cannery Row) Saturday only Open Hours: 9:00 and 10:30am; 12:30, 2:00, and 3:30 pm.

Flashback in time with stories of the heyday years of marine biologist Ed ‘Doc’ Ricketts and his circle of friends, including John Steinbeck.  Reservations are required – space is limited. To reserve: Phone: 831-646-5640.  Email: museumpt@monterey.org

Monterey Peninsula Archives Crawl (Various locations). Saturday only 10am— 4pm. Free Event. Take a self-guided tour to various sites highlighting 20 regional institutions displaying rare and unseen items from their historic collections. Historians and archivists will be on hand to share stories behind these rare items, their importance, and why we preserve them. Some sites require a passport. Passports will be available for pick up the morning of the event at the Colton Hall Museum located at 570 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA. Register at eventbrite.com or call: Chalet Booker at 831-242-8743.

A Night of History & Hops (Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)) Saturday only, 5:00pm-8:00PM. Join us for “A Night of History & Hops” with a talk from Historian Tim Thomas, an archivists panel Q&A, and the specially brewed “Dank & Dusty” in collaboration with the Alvarado Street Brewing Company for this event. Register for this 21 and over reception at eventbrite.com. A commemorative glass will be sold for $10. Be sure to bring your completed Archives Crawl stamped passport for a chance to win prizes. This is a free event, space is limited, registration is required. For more info: 831-242-8743 or email booker@monterey.org.

Old Fisherman’s Wharf Sunday only, 1pm—5pm.  Celebrate our 174th birthday! FREE cake cutting by Mayor Clyde Roberson at 3:30 pm near Abalonetti’s Restaurant. Master of Ceremonies: Dave Marzetti. Music: The Money Band.

Activities on the Wharf: Sunday only, 1pm—5pm Photo op with a Princess, strolling stilt walkers and face painters, local authors book signings, selfies with pirate statues, AND prize drawings and specials from Wharf merchants. Free one-hour Wharf Walks with historian Tim Thomas. Monterey Fire Boat Demo, Fire Engine and Monterey Police Dept.  Information: montereywharf.com.

1849 Constitutional Convention Reenactment Colton Hall, (570 Pacific Street) Sunday only, 2:00 – 3:30pm. Local actors portray delegates in debate during the bilingual convention which resulted in California’s landmark constitution, a truly pioneering document. Performance takes place in historic Colton Hall where the debates happened. Reservations are required – space is limited. To reserve: Phone: 831-646-5640.  Email: museumpt@monterey.org