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History Events

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Book Launch: Between the Redwoods and the Bay: The Jewish Community of Santa Cruz County, California from the Gold Rush to the 21st Century

Sun, Oct 29, 2017, 1–3 pm

Between the Redwoods and the Bay: The Jewish Community of Santa Cruz County, California from the Gold Rush to the 21st Century Join author George Folgelson for a talk and book signing of this new MAH publication!   Between the  Redwoods and the Bay recounts the little-known story of the earliest Jewish settlers of Santa Cruz County and the history of their community. Jewish immigrants who arrived during the Gold Rush era established the foundation of a continuous presence in…

Hands on History: Halloween!

Tue, Oct 31, 2017, 2–5 pm

Trick or Treat with us in Abbott Square! We’ll be handing out candy and sharing local history. This is part of the Downtown Association’s Halloween event.

Día de los Muertos Community Festival

Sat, Nov 4, 2017, 12:30–6 pm

Celebrate the dead with an all-ages festival throughout Downtown Santa Cruz. Experience vibrant dance performances. Get your face painted. Indulge in delicious food. Join in on a procession to enjoy more dance, music and outdoor altars at Evergreen Cemetery. Día de los Muertos is presented in partnership with Senderos, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks. At-a-glance Schedule 12:30-2:00pm Begin with facepainting, tissue paper flowers and other art activities at the MAH 2:00pm Gather at the MAH to proceed…

Toy Trains 2017–December 15th-31st

Dec 15–31, 2017

Experience a mini-universe of model trains that delight the young and young at heart. Back for their 12th year, the Over the Hill Gang presents Toy Trains 2017. Come and watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up with the headlight flashing and drive wheels spinning. Marvel at smoke flowing from the smoke stack, and a mighty whistle. There will also be weekly raffles of beautiful toy trains, at the close of every Sunday. Members of…

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