The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

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Free First Friday

Free First Friday

Fri, Sep 2, 2016, 11  am–9 pm

  Celebrate the release of a new History Journal and the opening of the Chamber of Heart & Mystery, a whimsical new exhibit that will function as a portal to The Word Lab, a new afternoon writing lab at the MAH. HISTORY TALKS | 5:30-6:30pm | Auditorium | Meet three of the authors from the MAH’s newest history journal Do You Know My Name? Martin Rizzo, Lisa Robinson, and Conor O’Brien will talk about their articles as a sneak peek…

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

Honor eight leaders who helped shape Santa Cruz County history 150 years ago. Enjoy talks by local historians on our city’s founding citizens. Explore the historic and mysterious Evergreen Cemetery grounds. Top it all off with a free ice cream. To celebrate the sesquicentennial of the founding of Santa Cruz in 1866, this year’s Story Day event focuses on stories of people who helped found the City of Santa Cruz.  The Evergreen Cemetery committee will have interpretive posters and knowledgeable…

Free First Friday

Free First Friday

Fri, Oct 7, 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 – No Place Like Home: The Santa Cruz Affordable Housing Crisis Study, Community Dialog, Arts Exhibit, and Digital Project Launch

Thu, Oct 13, 2016, 7–9 pm

Want to rent the MAH for your event, meeting or party? Click here to learn how.   No Place Like Home is a UCSC campus-community event to showcase the findings from a multi-media research project on the affordable housing crisis in Santa Cruz. We will exhibit art work and new digital tools focusing on how local residents experience the housing crisis, as well as preliminary results from a large-scale survey and interview project carried out by UCSC students in coordination…