‘Archives Crawl’ a blast through the past Monterey Peninsula event on Oct. 12

Come and see some of the rare and unseen items from local archives and museums including a petition supportive of Japanese returning from the concentration camps that is the only known document signed by both Ed Rickets and John Steinbeck.

The Monterey Peninsula is rich in state and local history. From the indigenous people to the California Constitutional Convention of 1849, through the important military installations and the critical agricultural industry, the Peninsula has witnessed some of the most significant events in California history. Most of the time, this history sits unseen in archives and libraries. On Saturday Oct. 12, the public will have the rare opportunity to peek at some fascinating historical artifacts and visit buildings not usually open to the public during an Archives Crawl.

The event will bring archives and special collections into the limelight when 20 organizations open their vaults to the public. The crawl is free and takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This walkable crawl will start at Colton Hall, where you will receive your passport and map. The crawl will include 10 locations including a number of local adobes. At each location you will find exhibits from local museums and archives where you can present the passport for a stamp. Historians and archivists will be on hand to share the stories behind these rare items, their importance, and why we preserve them.

The evening event, “A Night of History & Hops”, will feature a talk from Historian Tim Thomas, and an archivist Q&A at the Japanese American Citizens League. This 21 and over reception will have light refreshments and “Dank & Dusty”, a beer brewed in collaboration with the Alvarado Street Brewing Company.

The crawl and the reception are free.  Reservations are required for the evening reception, space is limited.  Register on-line for both at eventbrite.com or contact Chalet Booker at 831-242-8743.

This event is presented by the City of Monterey, Museums and Cultural Arts Division, Monterey State Parks, Alvarado Street Brewing Company and Monterey Regional Collections Roundtable

When: Oct. 12, 2019

Passport pick up: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Colton Hall Museum,
570 Pacific St., Monterey

Evening Reception: 5:00 to 8 p.m., 424 Adams St., Monterey

Cost: Free

Organizations involved:

Colton Hall Museum, California History Room, Fort Ord Collections and Archives, California State Parks – Asilomar and Monterey District, Monterey County Free Libraries, CSUMB Library Archives and Special Collections, Cooper Molera- National Trust, Harrison Memorial Library, Monterey Peninsula College Archives, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Monterey Museum of Art, Salinas Public Library, Diocese of Monterey Archives, Historic Harvey House 1868, Asian Cultural Experience, National Steinbeck Center, Monterey JACL Heritage Center, Monterey History and Art Association/Mayo Hayes O’Donnell Library, Monterey Area Architectural Resources Archives

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