SLV Museum Annual BBQ & More This Sunday!

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What:         San Lorenzo Valley’s Annual Community BBQ & More

When:        Sunday, July 20th 2014, 12noon – 7pm

Where:        San Lorenzo Valley Museum
12547 Highway 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Price:        $15 BBQ ticket 12 & up
Under 12 years old is free
Purchase tickets here
San Lorenzo Valley Museum is having their annual community BBQ, silent auction, horseshoe tournament and more this Sunday from 3pm – 7pm.

* Silent auction will have many items to bid on including this cute playhouse donated by Habitat for Humanity and Travelers Insurance Group.

* Horseshoes signups start at 11am and the games start at noon.

* Impromptu Exhibit, share your valley headgear, hat, or cap.

* A presentation of images from the newly released MAH history journal “Redwood Logging and Conservation in the Santa Cruz Mountains – A Split History” will also be happening. As companion book will be on sale for $24.95.




TOMORROW A Split History: book release, signing, & reception

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What:        A Split History, book release, signing, & reception

When:       Sunday, June 8th 2014, 2pm – 4pm

Where:     Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Price:        $5 general admission
$3 students (with ID), teens, and seniors (65 and older)
Free museum members and children under 12

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History is releasing their seventh history journal this Sunday, the reception and signing of the book is from 2pm – 4pm in the atrium. A Split History is about redwood logging and conservation in the Santa Cruz mountains, the book is written by 21 authors, has 34 articles, and 128 illustrations. It covers the first peoples to the present day and is split between the interests of loggers and conservationists alike.

The natives of the mountains saw redwoods as an integral part of their cultural landscape. While new settlers recognized the timber value of these same trees. An imaginative few realized redwoods were an irreplaceable treasure and fought to preserve them. With new research, previously unpublished materials from local authors, and 128 illustrations makes this book a wonderful read about our local history.

You can purchase your copy at MAH or the San Lorenzo Valley Museum. For all of you who love local history this is a must attend event and a must have book.

SLV Museum – Crystals, Caves, & Kilns

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SLV Museums’ new exhibit Crystals Caves & Kilns is now open and will be on display through November 30th 2014. It explores the natural and cultural history of limestone, lime, and marble in our area. By visiting you will learn about the geologic history of our area and how marble caves form. The exhibit includes mineral and crystal specimens, 19th century artifacts, local historic photographs, and activities for the kids.

The exhibit was previously on display at Santa Cruz Natural History Museum, and is sponsored by that museum as well as SLV Water District and the Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District.

At the entrance of the exhibit is a reading cave for the kids with books about cave life. Kids can also add their cave story or drawings with materials that are provided. There is a rock and minerals lab table in the back of the museum, allowing kids to examine and make their own discoveries.

The exhibit also includes information about our local marble quarry, making cement, production of lime, getting lime to market, and the legacy lime has left behind. There is a video playing that talks about a recently discovered cave that is one of the largest in California, as well as the kind of life you find in caves. There are calcite crystals, limestone, marble, travertine, and tufa samples for you to look at up-close and personal. As well as how lime is part of our everyday lives, maps, and how caves need our help to preserve them.

This exhibit has a little bit for everyone and is packed with information. The museum is open every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12:00noon till 4:00pm.

Where:    San Lorenzo Valley Museum
12547 Highway 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

When:    April 26th – November 30th 2014
Wednesdays 12:00noon – 4:00pm
Fridays 12:00noon – 4:00pm
Saturdays 12:00noon – 4:00pm
Sundays 12:00noon – 4:00pm


Film about the Lime industry in Santa Cruz

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THIS THURSDAY Fundraising Lecture for SLV Museum

Hear the untold local story of who and how Big Basin was saved.

2014-05-08 SLV Museum Lecture

What:         Fundraising Lecture for San Lorenzo Valley Museum

When:        Thursday, May 8th, 7pm – 9pm, Doors open at 6pm

Where:       Historic Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond

Price:         $25 per person ($20 for SLV Museum members, students with ID, seniors 65+)

SLV Museum is having a fundraising lecture this Thursday from 7pm – 9pm at the Historic Park Hall in Ben Lomond.  Doors open at 6pm, so come on by and help support our local museum, and learn something about our local pride at the same time.

You will hear about a female writer who In the winter of 1900 sent a bold letter to the Santa Cruz Sentinel urging citizens to preserve the old growth redwoods in Big Basin. Just fifteen months later, the first California Redwood State became a reality. Dr. Traci Bliss will combine social, political, and family history to provide a fresh perspective on the Park’s creation, with emphasis on the unsung role of women. The Bliss family settled in Santa Cruz in the 1870’s. Jennie Bliss, the sister of Traci’s great grandfather, married William T. Jeter, lawyer, bank president and the first Democrat to be elected mayor of Santa Cruz. Through Jennie’s persistent urging, Jeter embraced the campaign to save the Big Basin Redwoods. Together with Andrew P. Hill, he forged a preservationist coalition of women’s groups, businessmen and academics.

Speaker Traci Bliss, an Emerita Professor and award winning educator holds a BA, MA, and PhD from Stanford and an MPA from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves as the President of the History Forum at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH). With San Lorenzo Valley historian, Randall Brown, she is the author of three chapters in the forthcoming MAH History Journal: Redwood Logging and Conservation in the Santa Cruz Mountains—A Split History. Bliss has been a docent at Henry Cowell Redwood State Park since 2009.

Purchase your ticket today

SnapShot Stories @ SLV Museum – Make History!



WHAT:  SNAPSHOT STORIES:  Add your photos to the Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ Archive

WHERE:  San Lorenzo Valley Museum, 12547 Hwy 9 in Boulder Creek

WHEN:  Saturday, April 26, 2014 from Noon to 4pm

Bring your family’s historical snapshots (from long ago or just last week) to our next Snapshot Stories event at the San Lorenzo Valley Museum.  The museum is seeking images of the San Lorenzo Valley region: people, places or events, but photos from all regions of Santa Cruz County are welcome.

Your photos will be scanned and returned along with a USB drive containing an electronic copy of all photos.  Your images will become part of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ Local History Archive.

Let’s tell the world the unique story of our local and regional history.

For more information, email or call (831)427-7717.


LAST DAYS – SLV Museums’ Special Smithsonian Exhibit

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The exhibit has been extended for one more day, so if you have not seen it yet catch it before it’s gone. The last days is this Saturday and Sunday from 12:00noon – 4:00pm.

SLV Museum’s exhibit “The Way We Worked”, is a Smithsonian exhibition which have exhibits all over the United States. Our exhibit is from March 9 – April 12 now till April 13, 2014. The Way We Worked, is adapted from the original exhibition developed by the National Archives, explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. The exhibition draws from the Archives’ rich collections to tell this compelling story. The exhibition invites visitors to hear workers tell their own stories, or view films of various industries. Interactive components convey the experiences of multiple generations of families involved in the same industry. So go see it before it’s gone!

SLV Museum 2014 Essay Contest

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SLV Museum’s upcoming exhibit “The Way We Worked”, is a Smithsonian exhibition which have exhibits all over the United States. The exhibit is from March 9 – April 12, 2014. To help get the community involved, our Museum is also having an essay contest. 5th through 8th graders are asked to identify someone who has worked in the San Lorenzo Valley, meet them, interview them about their work experience in the valley, and write an essay about it. They recommend that a parent, guardian, or teacher accompany the student during the interview. The closing date for entries is April 17, 2014.

All 5th through 8th grade students of public, private, or charter schools in the Valley, and students who are home schooled. Work should be original and not taken from published or copyrighted materials.

To enter, print your full name, address, phone number, school name, grade, and your teacher’s name at the top of the first page on the left hand side. There are no length requirements; however your goal should be a minimum of 300 words or one full page. Entries may by typed or hand written. Entries may include supplemental material such as copies of photographs or documents. Entries may be in English or Spanish. Entries will be judged by a panel selected by the Museum.

Student Awards:
There will be two cash awards per grade, Best in Grade $50 and Runner-Up $25.

You may collect your students’ essays and submit them in a batch to the Museum. The closing date for entries is April 26, 2013. The combined entries of each class that submits five entries or greater will also be judged, and the teacher of the class considered to have the highest quality submissions will receive a $50 stipend. Batched entries should be placed in an envelope and marked “2014 Essay Competition.”

Award Celebration:
Winning and participating students, and their teachers, will be recognized at an open celebration in May 2014.

Contact Information:
Office is open Wed-Friday 11am-5pm. Call (831) 338-8382, or email for more information.

Correction: Opening Reception for Wee Widgets and Wonders

The opening reception is for members of the museum and volunteers ONLY, these receptions are one of the perks of being a member. If you would like to become a member, please visit thier membership page link below. So sorry for this error in my original post.

Original Article
The San Lorenzo Valley Museum is having their annual “Wee Widgets and Wonders” exhibit, it is always a big hit with the kids. The exhibit is from 9/21 – 10/20 and the opening reception is this Friday 9/20 from 5pm – 7pm. Come visit the museum, enjoy the exhibit of models and miniatures as well as things for the kids to play with. There will be delicious appetizers, yummy deserts, wine and beverages served during the reception. For more information see link below.

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