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Free First Friday

Free First Friday: Screaming Hand Exhibition Opening

Fri, Aug 5, 2016, 11  am–9 pm

Celebrate the iconic Screaming Hand image and its creator Jim Phillips in the new exhibition Screaming Hand produced in collaboration with NHS, Inc. Explore original art by Phillips and 200 other contemporary international artists influenced by this fundamental icon of youth skate culture. ARTIST TALK | 5:30-6:30pm | Catch an Artist Talk by Jim Phillips, the creator of the Screaming Hand and Bob Denike, the CEO of NHS from 5:30-6:30pm. Hear from the people who made skateboarding and skate graphics…


Researchers Anonymous Field Trip: East Morrissey neighborhood

Sat, Aug 13, 2016, 10  am–11:30 pm

Join us for a History walk around the East Morrissey neighborhood of Santa Cruz. Where: meet at northwest corner of Suburbia Ave. and Suburbia Court, Santa Cruz. Come learn about the history of the East Morrissey neighborhood from our own Dan Model. Learn about the forces that shaped its founding and the people who made it special. This walk will feature Trevethan Ave., Suburbia Ave., and Park Way. The tour will take approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours and we’ll cover…

Free First Friday

Free First Friday

Fri, Sep 2, 2016, 11  am–9 pm

Join us for a Free First Friday with extended hours from 11am-9pm. Every 1st Friday of the month, enjoy live music, an all ages art activity, artist and history talks, and a MAH Bar.

Community Rental: Make History!

Sat, Sep 10, 2016, Noon–4 pm

Celebrate 150 years of Santa Cruz history! Your snapshots (from long ago or just last week) tell a story, our story. Photos document our changing city, landscape, people, and events. Your photos will be handled with care, scanned and returned to you along with a free USB with an electronic copy. You retain the photo and copyright, yet with your permission, your images will become part of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ Local History collection. Let’s tell the world our…

Evergreen Cemetery

Story Day at Evergreen Cemetery

Sat, Sep 17, 2016, 1–3 pm

Join the Evergreen Cemetery Committee of the Museum of Art and History to celebrate “Story Day at Evergreen Cemetery” . Come learn about the stories and contributions of the people buried in Evergreen.  This year, to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the founding of Santa Cruz, the theme is the stories of people who helped found the City of Santa Cruz.  The committee will have interpretive posters and knowledgeable docents/volunteers to tell you all about the various prominent families and their…