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August 17 Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour to focus on the Buffalo Soldiers

Old Monterey Foundation continues to team up with noted Monterey Bay historian and author, Tim Thomas, who offers outstanding “Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tours” on the third Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM – Noon.

The next walking tour will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019:   Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour: Focus on the Buffalo Soldiers.

There are new signs on Pacific Street and Lighthouse providing direction to the Presidio Museum and Park. Tours meet in front of the City of Monterey’s Presidio of Monterey Museum, 113 Corporal Ewing, Building #113. From Monterey, take Pacific Street past the Monterey Conference Center and the First Theater to the end of Pacific where it forks, take the left fork;, turn left onto Artillery Road, turn right on Corporal Ewing Road and follow it a short way to the Presidio of Monterey Museum in the center of the Park against the hill; from Pacific Grove, take Lighthouse Avenue in New Monterey, bear right to go onto Pacific Street and then go to Artillery Road, turn right, and then turn right on Corporal Ewing Road and follow it to the Presidio of Monterey Museum.

Advance reservations are required by contacting Tim Thomas at (831) 521-3304 or via email.

The tour is for ages 10-adult only and the cost is $20 for adults and $15 for kids (10-15 years).  Group rates are also available.

About Tim Thomas

About The Lower Presidio Historic Park


Free Lecture on The History and Restoration of the Royal Presidio Chapel Wednesday, August 21

Old Monterey Foundation continues its popular season of free lectures sponsored by The Marcia F. Devoe Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County with Royal Presidio Chapel and San Carlos Cathedral docent William Breen speaking on The History and Restoration of the Royal Presidio Chapel.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Lecture: 6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m.
Q & A: 6:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Reception: 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building, MIIS
499 Pierce Street, Monterey

Free Admission – Reception to follow with wine and cheese.

The parish of San Carlos will celebrate the 250th anniversary of its founding in June of 2020. This, the longest continuously operating house of worship on the West Coast, has witnessed the full span of Monterey’s history. The current home of San Carlos Cathedral began as The Royal Presidio Chapel, serving the officials and soldiers that claimed Alta California for Spain. The building itself is the oldest architecturally-designed, block-construction structure in California. During a recent major renovation, many artifacts and clues to the original design scheme were unearthed. This allowed the project to achieve its goal of returning the interior design as closely as possible to the original.

William Breen, with assistance from Mrs. Kay Horner, will present the highlights of the long history of the Royal Presidio Chapel and the Presidio it served:

  •  The reasons the Spanish returned to Monterey after a more than 160-year absence.
  • The turmoil caused by relying on a spurious report by an earlier explorer.
  • Father Serra’s choice to abandon Monterey as a mission and transfer his efforts to Carmel.
  • Changes in San Carlos’ status, parishioners and architecture over the centuries.
  • Reasons for the major retrofit and the resulting discoveries.
  • And a sample of the lore surrounding the parish: the salvaging of the Serra Oak, pirate invasion, Russian influence, etc.

William Breen is a retired Army Officer, graduate of West Point and the Naval Postgraduate School. He has served as a docent at the Royal Presidio Chapel and San Carlos Cathedral for over ten years.

Bill Wojtkowski, President of the Old Monterey Foundation Board of Directors, will also present a brief overview of recent improvements accomplished and planned for the Lower Presidio Historic Park.

For more information about Old Monterey Foundation, call (831) 346-3030.

The lectures are very popular so attendees are urged to come early to secure a seat.

This lecture is suitable for ages 9 and up.

The event is hosted by Old Monterey Foundation and sponsored by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.


5th Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival

For the fifth year, Old Monterey Foundation is pleased to be the non-profit entity of the Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival. The 5th Annual Language Capital of the World® Cultural Festival will again be located at the Custom House Plaza from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

There will be fabulous performances by an array of dancers and singers from across the globe, ethnic food, free mini-language lessons and cultural experiences, a variety of culture booths, and vendors of gift items from around the world. Our Monterey County economy depends on spending by faculty and students from the language and culture institutions like MIIS and DLIFLC and employees connected with the language services businesses. Please come out and support this very special event.  For more information, visit the Festival site or call Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444.