Wed, Dec 05, 2018

Online History Journal

Since 1994, the MAH has published printed journals on the history of the Santa Cruz County. These publications bring together local historians, politicians, and superstar community members to dig deep into a certain topics or areas of interest.

To couple those effort the MAH launched the Online History Journal of Santa Cruz County in 2013. This online journal provides everyone with a flexible, ongoing platform for publishing original research on local history. Dive deep into Santa Cruz County history in this ever growing forum and start curating your own.

Wilder Ranch c.1890s

Octagon c.1882

Boardwalk Casino c.1914

Boardwalk Roller Coaster c. 1984

Cowell Beach c.1938

Capitola Beach c.1903

Boaters at the Rivermouth c.1880s

Boardwalk c.1960s

Abbott Square Postcard c.1980s

Aaron Hunter Brown c.1891

Read History Journals

By Frank Perry. Imagine a 260-foot-high dam across the Soquel Valley, a submarine port at Santa Cruz, a 13-story apartment building on the beach at Capitola, or a giant nuclear power plant near Davenport. These are just a few of many projects that were proposed but never built. Read now.

By Joan Martin. Arguably more talented than Georgia O’Keefe, Henrietta Shore’s paintings have been lost in obscurity. Outside of the MAH’s collection, the only place you can find them in Santa Cruz today is surprisingly in the Santa Cruz Post Office. Read now.

By Frank Perry. How many stories can a single postcard tell? An early postcard of a tree named “Jumbo”—mailed from Santa Cruz in 1917—was found to contain over twenty topics for investigation. These include explorations of the image, message, sender, receiver, postmark, stamp, and publisher. Careful observation and the use of a wide variety of research tools helped illuminate this postcard’s many historical features. Read now.

By Frank Perry. How picture postcards were used as an archival tool, beginning with an iconic image– that would later be altered– of Natural Bridges. Read Now.

By Greg Gardner. Did you know the influenza epidemic of 1918/1919 was the greatest medical emergency of modern human history? The city of Santa Cruz was spared the worst ravages of the epidemic, but Watsonville was hit hard; almost one percent of its population died. Read now.

By Various Authors. Explore how to research historical properties in Santa Cruz, research techniques, and material sources. Read now.

By Greg Gardner. Dive into the history of Santa Cruz’s strongest advocate of her time for public works and women in the workforce. Read now.

By Jill Ramar. Chronicles the history of these popular contests during a time when poultry was a major Santa Cruz industry. Read now.

By Norman Poitevin. Biography of architect Lee Dill Esty (1876-1943) who designed at least twenty-three homes and other buildings in the Santa Cruz area, some of which still stand. Read now.

A biography by his brother, the Rev. Charles Volney Anthony (1831–1908), transcribed and annotated by Stanley D. Stevens. Elihu Anthony, who came to Santa Cruz from upstate New York in 1847, was a blacksmith by trade who became much more: Methodist minister, local and state elected official, first Santa Cruz Postmaster, investor and builder. Read now.

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This index to Museum’s hardcopy publications shows the contents of each arranged alphabetically by region. Most are still in print and are available in local bookstores, at the Museum, and in libraries.