Free Lecture on “The Historic Buffalo Soldier Trail” Thursday, August 10

For the fourth year, Old Monterey Foundation is pleased to announce that will hold the first free event in the 2017 Lecture Series sponsored by The Marcia F. Devoe Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, 499 Pierce Street, Monterey.

AT A GLANCE:

What: Focus on the Historic Buffalo Soldier Trail

This presentation will shed light on the little known and mostly forgotten Monterey leg of California’s Historic Buffalo Soldier Trail.  Prior to 1916, the Army was responsible for stewardship of the National Parks, including Yosemite National Park.

In 1901, the Presidio at Monterey post including what is now the Lower Presidio Historic Park, was reopened by the Army as a cavalry and artillery garrison. Among its first units was the legendary 9th Cavalry, the “Buffalo Soldiers,” who were African-Americans.

A little-known contribution of the Buffalo Soldiers involved eight troops of the 9th Cavalry Regiment and one company of the 24th Infantry Regiment who served in California’s Sierra Nevada as some of the first national park rangers. The Buffalo Soldiers from Company H, 24th Infantry Regiment briefly served in Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, and General Grant (Kings Canyon) National Parks.  The Buffalo Soldiers were stationed at the Presidio of Monterey and traveled from their base to Yosemite in 1903 and 1904 fulfilled this Army duty.

The presentation will also show 1904 articles published by area newspapers along the Trail and will provide the information about and names of the troop members who were garrisoned at the Presidio of Monterey who traveled to Yosemite and back.

About the Presenters

About Geneva Brett

Geneva Brett is a Los Banos Real Estate Broker and ten year advocate for California’s Historic Buffalo Soldier Trail.  In 2010, she testified before a Congressional Sub Committee in support of the Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act, which has since become law.

About Bruce Rivers

Former Seaside resident Bruce E. Rivers is the Senior Pastor of the Mount Moriah First Baptist Church in Dos Palos, CA.

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

This lecture is suitable for ages 9 and up.

When: Thursday, August 10, 2017 – 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Where: Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building, MIIS; 499 Pierce Street, Monterey

Free Admission – Reception to follow

For more information, call (831) 346-3030.

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

The second lecture in the series will take place on August 24th: “Ninety Years of Key Decisions to Preserve Monterey’s History” with presenters Kip Hudson and Mary Wright. Monterey, described as California’s most historic city, has been preserved through the impassioned efforts of its surrounding community.  Individuals, organizations and governments have all played a role in its preservation.  Join us for this discussion by community leaders who have participated in many of these achievements and challenges. Finally, a brief overview of the future of Monterey History and Art Association will be provided by the President of the organization, Larry Chavez.

About Old Monterey Foundation

About the Lower Presidio Historic Park 

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“Picnic in the Park at Lower Presidio Historic Park” on Saturday, July 1 attracts hundreds of people to enjoy family-friendly event

July 5, 2017. Kicking off the 4th of July holiday weekend, Old Monterey Foundation held its first ever “Picnic in the Park” at Lower Presidio Historic Park on Saturday, July 1, 2017, a well-attended free family-friendly event! Hundreds of people attended this “FUNdraiser” and enjoyed great food, live entertainment, historic reenactments, walking tours, costume contests, scavenger hunt, prizes and much more. They learned that Old Monterey Foundation is continuing to raise funds to develop trails and interpretive signs for all the monuments to enhance and restore this park which is considered “The Most Historically Significant Site on the West Coast” and how they can donate to support this project. Attendees also enjoyed the spectacular views of the beautiful Monterey Bay, Old Fisherman’s Wharf and the Monterey Harbor at this park that is hidden in plain view as well as the restored Saint Serra statue.

After a welcome by Bill Wojtkowski, President, Old Monterey Foundation, the event continued with an Opening Prayer by Louise J. Miranda Ramirez, Tribal Chairwoman of the Ohlone/ Costanoan-Esselen Nation who later gave a brief presentation about their important history at the Lower Presidio Historic Park. Attendees enjoyed several great musical sets from Derek Bodkin & the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble who performed crowd-pleasing folk, rock and seafaring music.  They also enjoyed the local youth dance troupe performances from DiFranco DanceProject and Ragamuffin Musical Theatre Company of Pacific Grove. Attendees sampled food from several food trucks, Taste of Mexico, Indian Gourmet, Poke Lab, and enjoyed other sweet treats and brews, including wine and beer.

A crowd-pleasing highlight was the historic costumed reenactment during the Picnic in the Park event. Argentinian Privateer Hippolyte Bouchard (regarded by his victims as a pirate) and his loyal crew reenacted the colorful capture of the Presidio of Monterey (El Castillo) in 1818.  Reenactor Maria Antoni Pico’s shared a fascinating recollection of the battle as well.

Picnic in the Park also featured costume contests with prizes for best dressed pirate-both kids and adult with lots of pirate booty, photo ops with pirates and historic reenactors, a scavenger hunt with prizes and face painting for the kids. Attendees took free Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tours with historian Tim Thomas and he shared fascinating historic highlights about the park.  They also visited the Presidio of Monterey Museum, also located on the site and operated by the City of Monterey, and viewed exhibits, artifacts, and videos that lead visitors through Monterey’s various stages of military development from the indigenous period which highlights the area’s native populations, through the Spanish and Mexican periods and up to present day.

Sponsors of Picnic in the Park included KSBW 8 NBC, Central Coast ABC and Estrella TV Costa, Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association and Peter B’s Brewpub.

For more information about how to get involved and support Old Monterey Foundation’s Lower Presidio Historic Park Project and become a Friend of the Lower Presidio, call (831) 346-3030 or email piratesinthepark@gmail.com.

Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour: The Buffalo Soldiers – July 15

Old Monterey Foundation continues to team up with noted Monterey Bay historian and author, Tim Thomas, to offer outstanding “Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tours” on the third Saturday of every month from 10:00 a.m. – 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 15, 2017“Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour: The Buffalo Soldiers.

In 1901, the post was reopened by the Army as a cavalry and artillery garrison, and among its first units was the legendary 9th Cavalry, the “Buffalo Soldiers,” who were African-Americans. A little-known contribution of the Buffalo Soldiers involved eight troops of the 9th Cavalry Regiment and one company of the 24th Infantry Regiment who served in California’s Sierra Nevada as some of the first national park rangers. In 1899, Buffalo Soldiers from Company H, 24th Infantry Regiment briefly served in Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, and General Grant (Kings Canyon) National Parks.

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

Picnic in the Park – Saturday, July 1

Kick off your 4th of July holiday weekend fun at this free family-friendly event! Old Monterey Foundation will hold a Picnic in the Park – Lower Presidio Historic Park on Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bring your friends and family to this “FUNdraiser” and enjoy great food, live entertainment, historic reenactments, walking tours, costume contests, scavenger hunt, prizes and much more. Enjoy spectacular views of the beautiful Monterey Bay, Old Fisherman’s Wharf and the Monterey Harbor at this park that is hidden in plain view.  See the “before”, which is now and what we envision the “after” to be! Old Monterey Foundation is raising funds to develop trails and interpretive sign for all the monuments to enhance and restore this park which is considered “The Most Historically Significant Site on the West Coast”.

“Picnic in the Park” at Lower Presidio Historic Park will feature:

  • Delicious food for your picnic — from hamburgers to tacos, seafood to sweet treats – available from several visiting Food Trucks. This family friendly picnic features diverse ethnic and American cuisines from your favorite Monterey Bay vendors including: Taste of Mexico, Caesars Etc., Indian Gourmet, Poke Lab, and other sweet treats and brews, including wine and beer.
  • Live Musical Entertainment with Derek Bodkin & the Hovering Breadcat Ensemble featuring folk, rock and seafaring music
  • DeFranco Dance Project, a local youth dance troupe
  • Ragamuffin Musical Theatre Company of Pacific Grove
  • Argentinian Privateer Hippolyte Bouchard (regarded by his victims as a pirate) and his loyal crew will reenact the capture of the Presidio of Monterey (El Castillo) in 1818.
  • Kids and adults are welcome to dress as pirates and be part of the reenactment
  • Costume contests with prizes for best dressed pirate-both kids and adult- there will be lots of pirates booty!
  • Photo Ops with pirates and historic reenactors
  • Scavenger Hunt with Prizes
  • Face painting for the kids
  • Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the day!
  • Visit the Presidio of Monterey Museum, also located on the site and operated by the City of Monterey, an excellent place to view exhibits, artifacts, and videos that lead visitors through Monterey’s various stages of military development from the indigenous period which highlights the area’s native populations; through the Spanish and Mexican periods; and up to present day.
  • Free Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tours with historian Tim Thomas at 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Tim will share why Lower Presidio Historic Park is considered by many professional historians as “The Most Historically Significant Site on the West Coast”.
  • Walk the trails and see the planned interpretive historic signs and trails
  • Visit the restored Saint Serra statue
  • Learn more about Old Monterey’s Foundation’s (a 501(c)3 non-profit) Lower Presidio Historic Park Project – and how to get involved and become a Friend of the Lower Presidio.

Map and Directions

For more information call (831) 346-3030 or email piratesinthepark@gmail.com.

Thank you to our valued media sponsors:   KSBW 8 NBC, Central Coast ABC and Estrella TV Costa Central. Also, a big thank you to the City of Monterey, Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association and Peter B’s Brewpub.

Derek Bodkin and the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble

Derek Bodkin and the “Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble” is a wonderful experience of folk rock grooves and deeply insightful lyrics. Derek Bodkin’s eclectic musical background and performance experience has made him a sought-after artist in venues, festivals and events across the western United States.

DiFranco Dance Project

The DiFranco DanceProject, a local youth group, presents a lively, colorful, culturally diverse dance programs by dancers ranging in age from 8 to 18 years, representing Americana, New Orleans Jazz, Afro–Samba of Bahia and Afro–Cuban Fusion and even a unique blend of Afro–Celtic Dance. The dancers of the DiFranco DanceProject, are students of Dianne Lyle’s Afro-Latin Jazz Dance classes, sponsored by the City Pacific Grove Recreation Department. Ragamuffin Musical Theatre Company of Pacific Grove will join the dancers, offering a medley of songs from our upcoming production of ‘Singin’ In The Rain, Jr.’.

Bouchard and His Merry Crew

To tell the fascinating story of Bouchard and his crew, there will be historic living history characters who will tell stories with audience participation.  Come learn more about Argentine Hippolyte Bouchard’s raid in 1818 when he attacked the City of Monterey, the only land and sea battle ever to occur on the West Coast of the United States. Maria Antoni Pico’s fascinating recollection about this event will be shared with attendees.

About Tim Thomas

About Lower Presidio Historic Park

Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tours Saturday, June 17 – From Serra to Sloat

Old Monterey Foundation has resumed its monthly 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, June 17, 2017: “Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour: From Saint Serra to Commodore Sloat”. Tim will discuss the history of Saint Serra and Monterey as well as Commodore Sloat at Lower Presidio Historic Park and beyond in this fascinating walking tour.

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 calling 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.

Photo above: Father Serra meeting Portola. California History Room and Archives, Monterey Public Library

About Tim Thomas

About Lower Presidio Historic Park

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“From Pilates to Yoga at the Park” Saturday, June 10

The community is invited to “From Pilates to Yoga at the Park” at the Lower Presidio Historic Park in Monterey, CA. This special free event will be sponsored by the Old Monterey Foundation on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to continue to raise awareness for this beautiful park.

“From Pilates to Yoga at the Park” will feature Pilates and Yoga demonstrations and classes. There will be a 30 minute yoga class by an instructor from Om Studios and a 30 minute Pilates class led by Trudy McCrone, a certified Pilates instructor. The event will feature delicious food for purchase from the popular Spice It Up Catering. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own mat for Pilates and Yoga, towel or folding chair for watching the demos and participating in the mat classes. There will also be many free prize drawings at the event. Om Studios will donate a 5 class card, 3 class reformer package and Om water bottles, lululemon will donate a Yoga mat and several reusable water bottles, and Trudy McCrone, PMA certified Pilates instructor, will donate 3 private sessions. A representative from Old Monterey Foundation will be available to talk briefly about the organization and its work on the Lower Presidio Historic Park project.

Event Schedule – Saturday, June 10, 2017

11:30 a.m. – Noon Welcome and Introductions
Noon – 12:30 p.m. A 30 minute all levels mat Pilates class
12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Break for lunch. Purchase food from the Spice It Up Food Truck
12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m 30 minute all levels Yoga Flow class
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m Prize Drawings

For more information call (831) 521-2313.

Directions to the Lower Presidio Historic Park and Presidio of Monterey Museum. Old Monterey Foundation recently installed a monument sign on Pacific Street to make it even easier to find the park.

About The Lower Presidio Historic Park

About Om Studios

Om Studios has locations in both Monterey and Carmel, CA. Each studio offers a variety of classes and workshops including yoga, pilates, barre and aerial silks. They are a boutique yoga studio focused on motivating their students to explore outside of their comfort zones and challenge themselves, both on and off the mat. Their class sizes are small for an intimate experience and instructors are welcoming and supportive, willing to meet students wherever they’re at in their yoga journey. Om is an energizing, inspiring space saturated with natural light, bamboo flooring and a boutique brimming with the best active wear for practice. The moment students walk through the door, their goal is to make them feel at home, where students and teachers are on a first name basis. They offer a wide range of yoga classes from Heated Vinyasa to Yin as well as a variety of wellness services, including massage and skincare. For more information, go to www.omoasis.com.

About Trudy McCrone

Trudy McCrone is a Certified Pilates and Yoga Instructor serving the Monterey Peninsula. She believes that Pilates is the perfect platform for obtaining overall health and vitality through developing a strong connection between mind and body. Eager to further explore the mind-body connection, she enrolled in a local 200-hr Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in 2016. She believes Yoga teaches you to be in the present moment and challenges you to quiet the mind. She feels very fortunate to have training in both modalities and believes she can provide her clients a unique approach to achieving their fitness and/or wellness goals. For more information or to contact Trudy directly visit her Facebook page.

About lululemon

The lululemon Showroom is located at 700 Cass Street, Suite 101 in Monterey CA 93940.

About Spice It Up Catering

Spice It Up Catering is an American Southwest mobile food business specializing in rotisserie chicken and steak. Spice It Up Catering: “We’re bringing it”.

To arrange an interview with Bill McCrone, Secretary of Old Monterey Foundation, please contact Wendy Brickman at(831) 633-4444 or email brickman@brickmanmarketing.com.