The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Sunday, May 28: Open 11am – 5pm
Directions & Admission
The MAH is open during Abbott Square construction. Enter only on Front St.

History Events

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Memorial Day Remembrance 2017

Mon, May 29, 2017, 11  am–1 pm

Join the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History along with local military and veterans organizations to commemorate Santa Cruz’s 150th Memorial Day. The Observance is held in the quiet Grand Army of the Republic plot at Evergreen Cemetery. This traditional remembrance features musical and spoken tributes from local community leaders, veterans and military including Chuck Woodson and the Defense Language Institute Active Personnel and ACWA 2nd Wisconson Infantry, Co. “H” and SVR’s 89th California Infantry Company C. The National…

Historic Photo Processes Forum

Sat, Jun 17, 2017, 11  am–1 pm

The Historic Photo Processes Forum is a resource for photographers, collectors and conservators to study the history and practice of alternative (non-inkjet) photographic image making. Albumen, carbon, platinum, and other vintage techniques are used today not only for their nostalgic aesthetic, but also because they represent the pinnacle of photographic printmaking – unrivaled for image quality and stability. By combing “obsolete”l wet-processes with sophistical digital imaging tools, contemporary artist-photographers are creating expressive and technically innovative hand made photographs. Founded and…

Indigenous Landscapes; Talks About Land Management with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band

Tue, Jul 11, 2017, 6–8 pm

  How can we learn from indigenous land management practices to protect public lands today? Join us for talks from Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Chairman Valentin Lopez, Kent Lightfoot, Ek Ong Kar, and Mark Hylkema to learn how lessons rooted in tribal practices can directly contribute to new protocols for managing public spaces.     Native Californians established productive landscapes, using fire to enhance the quantity and diversity of plant and animal communities. Now, a collaborative team of scholars from…

Historic Photo Processes Forum

Sat, Jul 15, 2017, 11  am–1 pm

The Historic Photo Processes Forum is a resource for photographers, collectors and conservators to study the history and practice of alternative (non-inkjet) photographic image making. Albumen, carbon, platinum, and other vintage techniques are used today not only for their nostalgic aesthetic, but also because they represent the pinnacle of photographic printmaking – unrivaled for image quality and stability. By combing “obsolete”l wet-processes with sophistical digital imaging tools, contemporary artist-photographers are creating expressive and technically innovative hand made photographs. Founded and…

Historic Photo Processes Forum

Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 11  am–1 pm

The Historic Photo Processes Forum is a resource for photographers, collectors and conservators to study the history and practice of alternative (non-inkjet) photographic image making. Albumen, carbon, platinum, and other vintage techniques are used today not only for their nostalgic aesthetic, but also because they represent the pinnacle of photographic printmaking – unrivaled for image quality and stability. By combing “obsolete”l wet-processes with sophistical digital imaging tools, contemporary artist-photographers are creating expressive and technically innovative hand made photographs. Founded and…

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