May 18 Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour to Focus on the Indigenous Tribes of Monterey

Old Monterey Foundation is again teaming 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 AM – Noon.

The next walking tour will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019: Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour:  Focus on the Indigenous Tribes of Monterey.  

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; 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

The Old Monterey Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed on February 14, 2011, with the specific mission and purpose of promoting, supporting and enhancing the artistic, cultural and historic environment of historic Downtown Monterey, California.  The group is well known for their work with the Art-in-the-Adobes event that was held from 2011-2013 as well as other fundraisers, lectures and events.  Its private/public partnership with the City of Monterey heralds a new way of doing public business in a State strapped to find funds for park operations and expansions.

Old Monterey Foundation’s current goals are the continued development of the  Lower Presidio Historic Park as well as providing more public art in Downtown Monterey.

Artwork by Linda Yamane

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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.

Free Lecture on Sidelights and Details of California Shore-Whaling 1852-1901 Tuesday, April 16.

Old Monterey Foundation continues its popular season of free lecture events as part of its 2019 Lecture Series sponsored by The Marcia F. Devoe Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County with Stuart M. Frank speaking on Sidelights and Details of California Shore-Whaling 1852-1901.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Lecture: 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Q and A: 7:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. 
Reception: 7:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building, MIIS
499 Pierce Street, Monterey

Free Admission – Reception to follow with wine and cheese

The general history of California shore-whaling, and many of the photographs that survive, have become fairly familiar over the past few years as historians have excavated some of the evidence with newfound enthusiasm. However, many compelling highlights and intriguing sidelights have been overlooked, including the origins and deepwater backgrounds of some of the principals, the concentration of crewmen from the Azores, Martha’s Vineyard, and Japan, their migrations and transfers among the whaling stations, and some hidden aspects of the methods and technology utilized in the hunt, as well as the unique scrimshaw and decorative arts produced by whalemen in Monterey and Carmel. The plan is to outline the history of California shore-whaling from beginning to end, and to provide some hints about further research, punctuated by attention to the participants, their methods, and the small but compelling legacy of artworks they left behind.

Dr. Stuart Frankx

About Dr. Stuart M. Frank

Dr. Stuart M. Frank is senior curator emeritus at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, executive director emeritus of the Kendall Whaling Museum in Massachusetts, a collections consultant at Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, an elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association, and the author of Herman Melville’s Picture Gallery; Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved: Scrimshaw in the New Bedford Whaling Museum; Scrimshaw on Nantucket: The Collection of the Nantucket Historical Association; “Jolly Sailors Bold”: Ballads and Songs of the American Sailor; Classic Whaling Prints; Dutch and Flemish Old Master Paintings in the New Bedford Whaling Museum; The New Book of Pirate Songs; three biographical dictionaries of scrimshaw artists; and 75+ monographs and articles on maritime history, art, and traditional music, in popular magazines and scholarly journals.

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.

Scenes of Whaling -San Diego

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.

Mosaic Mural and Lower Presidio Historic Park featured in Travel Examiner.

David A. Laws’ January 9 post and photographs at Travel Examiner describe Guillermo Wagner Granizo’s mosaic mural at the Monterey Conference Center, Lower Presidio Historic Park, and the November commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Hippolyte Bouchard’s attack on Monterey.

Photo: David A Laws, https://travelexaminer.net/montereys-mosaic-mural-memorializes-missions-marauding-mariners-more/

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)