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Wed, Dec 05, 2018

Online History Journal

Since 1994, the MAH has published a printed journal 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 the History Journal

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 for our town, but never built. Read now.

By Joan Martin. Possibly more talented than Georgia O'Keefe, Henrietta Shore's paintings have been lost in the dark. Surprisingly, outside the MAH collection, the only place in Santa Cruz where you can find them today is at 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 postcards were used as an archiving tool, starting with an iconic image of Natural Bridges, which would later be altered. Read now.

By Greg Gardner. Did you know that an influenza epidemic in 1918/1919 was the most important medical emergency in modern history? The city of Santa Cruz was plagued by the worst ravages of the epidemic, although Watsonville was the most beaten, as approximately one percent of its population died from this epidemic. Read now.

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

By Greg Gardner. Immerse yourself in the history of the strongest defender of Santa Cruz in the cause of public works and women at work. Read now.

By Jill Ramar. Records the history of these popular contests during a time when poultry was the main industry in Santa Cruz. 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 remain in the city. Read now.

A biography of his brother, Rev. Charles Volney Anthony (1831-1908), transcribed and commented on by Stanley D. Stevens. Elihu Anthony, who came to Santa Cruz from the north of the state of New York in 1847, was a blacksmith by profession who became much more than that: Methodist minister, elected local and state official, first head of the Post Office of Santa Cruz, inventor, 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.