Category Archives: Past Events

Free Lecture on The Spanish Lady Painting February 26

Old Monterey Foundation launches its 2019 season of free lecture events sponsored by The Marcia F. Devoe Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County with The Spanish Lady Painting and the Fight Against Communism.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
6:00 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 Lara Soto Adobe on the Middlebury Institute (MIIS) campus displays a painting referred to as “the Spanish Lady.” It was painted by Ignacio Zuloaga (1870-1945), a Spanish artist who was as nationalistic in his politics as he was in his art. He aligned himself with Franco in the Spanish Civil War while his art harkens back to the great Spanish Baroque painters.

Lecturer Pieter Broucke will trace:

  • The path that brought the painting, together with a cluster of related materials, from pre-WWII Spain to Monterey, California, by way of Claude Kinnoull, a British countess;
  • Her conversion to Catholicism and subsequent involvement with Pope Pius XI and the Catholic missionaries in Africa;
  • Her sympathies for Franco during the Spanish Civil War; and, after she migrated to California
  • Her role in the founding of the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, now the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, at the height of the Cold War.

About Pieter Broucke
Pieter Broucke is a professor of history of art and architecture at Middlebury College in Vermont. Trained initially as an architect in Ghent Belgium, he received an MA in archaeology from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in art history from Yale University. His research, including fieldwork, is in classical archaeology in Italy, Greece, and Cyprus. He currently serves as the Director of the Arts at Middlebury.

Bill Wojtkowski, President of the Old Monterey Foundation Board of Directors, will also present a short 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 is sponsored by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

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Free lecture on Restoration and History of The Old Whaling Station, Monterey Tuesday, October 16th

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.

Step back in time…and wander into the present. The Junior League of Monterey County is pleased to invite you to explore its historic headquarters, the Old Whaling Station in Monterey. Discover how the neglected adobe home was lovingly restored over time by the members of the Junior League. Learn about the intriguing, sometimes mysterious history of a building that has evolved over 160 years of personal and business use. From candle light to electricity, outhouses to indoor plumbing, each owner has made unique contributions to the property.

Tuesday, October 16, 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 Jill Walker, Ph.D

Jill Walker, Ph.D.Jill Walker, Ph.D is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctorate from UCLA. She is currently the Training Manager for Monterey County Behavioral Health. Dr. Walker is the Co-Chair of the Junior League of Monterey County’s Heritage Committee, which oversees the management of the Old Whaling Station. For as long as she can remember, she’s loved functional art—old homes, antique cars and estate jewelry. Objects that were part of people’s daily lives and now give a glimpse into a past way of life.

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

About the Junior League of Monterey County, Inc.

The Junior League of Monterey County, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

October 20 Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour to Focus on Indigenous Tribes

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, October 20, 2018:   “Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour:  Focus on the Indigenous Tribes”.

Tim Thomas will discuss the indigenous tribes who lived on the Central Coast of California and on the Lower Presidio Historic Park. For over 5000 years, this area was inhabited by the Rumsien/Ohlone.  The Rumsien were the first to be seen and documented by the Spanish explorers of Northern California, as noted by Sebastian Vizcaíno when he reached Monterey in 1602.

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

Monterey Women artist unknown circa 1792 (2)

September 15 Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour to focus on El Castillo de Monterey

Photo courtesy of California History Room and Archives , Monterey Public Library

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, September 15, 2018:   “Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour:  Focus on El Castillo de Monterey.

El Castillo de Monterey was a Spanish fort constructed in 1792 to protect the port and presidio from invaders. It is one of only three such forts constructed by the Spanish in California.

About The Spanish Period (1770-1821)

The fort began in 1792 as a crude log parapet with eleven cannons behind it. The cannons were probably brought from the nearby Spanish Presidio of Monterey. The site was on present day Presidio Hill on a flat plain at the 60′ level overlooking the Monterey Harbor.

In 1796, the Castillo was strengthened by adding a new earthen revetment on the seaward side.

The improvements included an adobe supported wooden gun platform, casemates and a wooden barracks for the artillery troops. These improvements still did not make the Castillo a sufficient fortification and visitors to the area generally derided its capabilities.

The first test of the Castillo came on November 20, 1818 when Argentine pirate Hippolyte Bouchard attacked Monterey. He failed in a direct attack on the town and decided to land a force on Point Pinos from which they first attacked the Castillo and routed the defenders. They turned the guns on the town and then attacked it, overwhelming the defenders who fled. The pirates end up sacking the town, destroying the Castillo’s cannons and structures. They set fire to the town before they left.

(Source: http://www.fortwiki.com/El_Castillo_de_Monterey)

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 today Photo Credit Old Monterey Foundation

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

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