Category Archives: Events

August 18 Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour to focus on Saint Serra

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 18, 2018: “Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour: Focus on Saint Junipero Serra”.

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 kids are $15 (10-15 years). Group rates are also available.

About Tim Thomas

About the Lower Presidio Historic Park

Saint Serra Statue

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Free lecture on “The Testimonies and Memoirs of Augustias de la Guerra Ord” August 23rd

Old Monterey Foundation continues its popular season of free lecture events as part of its 2018 Lecture Series sponsored by The Marcia F. Devoe Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County with its third event.

This lecture by Christine Fernández will focus on Angustias de la Guerra Ord (1815-1890), a prominent Californio woman who is considered by scholars today as the first woman historian of Hispanic California. Born as a subject of Spain to two of the most affluent and powerful Californio families, she lived through California’s transition from Spanish-Mexican rule, and statehood. Her testimonio, Occurrences in Hispanic California (1878) reveals the complexities of Californio life and is critical to our current understanding of the local history of Monterey and Santa Barbara, signaling her close ties to notable military leaders of the Mexican Army and the U.S. Army, and in particular, the Ord family. She was witness to the Battle of Monterey and the role of Californios in defending Monterey from Bouchard’s invasion.  Moreover, her testimonio and journal present shifting narrative discourses regarding the politics of language, culture, and race/ethnicity during California’s transition to statehood.

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

Thursday, August 23, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building, MIIS; 499 Pierce Street, Monterey
Free Admission – Reception to follow.

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.

About Christine Fernández

CFesizeimage Aug 23 speaker OMFChristine Fernández is an Assistant Professor of Spanish language and Latin American Literature and Culture at CSU Monterey Bay, where she teaches in the School of World Languages and Cultures. Her teaching and research interests include: Latin American / U.S. Latino literature and film, women writers, gender studies, and digital humanities. She earned her Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages & Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her past teaching appointments include Hamilton College, and the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

 

July 21 Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour to Focus on Sebastian Viscaino – Discovery of the Monterey Bay”

Old Monterey Foundation hosts the monthly Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking tours 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. Old Monterey Foundation recently installed a monument sign on Pacific Street to make it even easier to find the park.
The next walking tour will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018: “Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour: Focus on Sebastian Viscaino – Discovery of the Monterey Bay”. 
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 kids are $15 (10-15 years).  Group rates are also available.

About Tim Thomas

About the Lower Presidio Historic Park

View from Lower Presidio Historic Park

Viscaino photo credit: California History Room and Archives, Monterey Public Library

Free lecture on “Buffalo Soldiers: From the Presidio of San Francisco to the Presidio of Monterey” July 19th

Old Monterey Foundation is pleased to continue its season of free events as part of the 2018 Lecture Series sponsored by The Marcia F. Devoe Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

Join National Park Service Ranger Alejandra Iraheta for an engaging lecture about the African American Buffalo Soldiers and their connection to both the Presidio of Monterey and Presidio of San Francisco, as well as their extraordinary contributions to our nation in a time of overt racism and segregation. Participants will learn about some of the more prominent Buffalo Soldiers including Charles Young and William H. Thompkins. In addition, we will discuss how the actions of the Buffalo Soldiers here in the West Coast helped facilitate many freedoms we enjoy today, including taking a hike in your national park!

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

Thursday, July 19, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building, MIIS; 499 Pierce Street, Monterey
Free Admission – Reception to follow.

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.

About Alejandra Iraheta

Alejandra Iraheta works as an Interpretive Park Ranger/Volunteer Coordinator for the National Park Service at the Presidio of San Francisco in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. She has been with the National Park Service since 2011 and has been leading Buffalo Soldier programs for the public since 2012. Alejandra holds a Bachelors’ degree in Ethnic Studies from Mills College and a Masters of Science in Resource Interpretation degree from Stephen F. Austin University. It was her passion for Ethnic Studies that led her to research and present interpretive programming on the Buffalo Soldiers. As a woman of color, Alejandra is an avid supporter for the advancement of communities of color and believes that stories like that of the Buffalo Soldiers are important as they illustrate the power of perseverance and hard work to inspire future generations.