Saturday, October 4, 11:00 am -4:00 pm: The center of the festival will be the Custom House Plaza where you can gather information from cultural heritage groups from all over Monterey County that will provide information, presentations, demonstrations and hands-on-activities.
“Pieces from the Past”, a sale of history related items displayed for sale on the plaza. All items are donated and sales will go towards supporting Historic Monterey. The sale will continue for the weekend as long as items last!
Museum of Monterey – Stanton Center #5 Custom House Plaza. Enjoy a film festival of continuous films reflecting the history of Monterey created by various artists and featuring many familiar faces!
“Artists in the Adobes” hosted by the Old Monterey Foundation. Wander historic venues and watch local artists as they produce paintings in progress. Buy tickets to win one of the paintings donated by the participating artists, and on Sunday, view the works created on Saturday and other works created by the artist’s at the Custom House Plaza including an awards ceremony and a drawing for winners of original donated works.
House of Four Winds, the Monterey Civic Club, 560 Calle Principal, hosts the historic adobe, featuring an exhibit of more than 20 original paintings of historic Monterey. On Saturday well known marine painter Hans Skalaagard will present paintings and limited edition prints during a special appearance.
Royal Presidio Chapel, 500 Church Street, Saturday morning at 11:00 Dr. Rueben Mendoza gives a tour of the interior and exterior the Royal Presidio Chapel (San Carlos Cathedral) highlighting his findings from archeological activities at the site. Royal Presidio Chapel Heritage Center will be on hand both days to show-off new artifacts and displays.
The Lower Presidio Historic Park, 76th Artillery & Cpl. Ewing Roads, will serve as the weekend home for a Civil War encampment complete with tents, period artifacts, cannon and musket detail demonstrations and a horse drawn ambulance. In addition, Saturday morning offers a bus tour at 9:00 am which begins at the Presidio of Monterey Museum, and covers the history of the Defense Language Institute, and includes a stop at the Berlin Wall Monument. Walking tours of the Lower Presidio Saturday afternoon at 1:00 and 2:30 pm will recount explorer Sebastian Vizcaino's landing, Capt. Don Gaspar de Portola’s claiming of California for Spain and Argentine revolutionary Bouchard’s attack on Monterey. The tour visits the first Spanish burial, the fortifications of El Castillo and Fort Mervine, as well as monuments to Father Junipero Serra and Admiral John Sloat. Call 831-646-5640 to reserve your space for the bus tour and/or walking tours.
Saturday also includes one-hour tours of the Pacific Biological Lab at 800 Cannery Row (Doc Ricketts Lab). Tour times are: 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Call 831-646-5640 to reserve your space for the tours.
Sunday, October 5, 11:00 am -4:00 pm: Activities continue at the Custom House Plaza including Pieces from the Past and Artists in the Adobes, display and ceremonies, surprise appearances and youth music.
On Sunday, the California Constitutional Convention convenes in the House of Four Winds at 2:00 – 3:30 pm (Colton Hall is not available for public assembly at this time) just as it did in 1849 to reenact the birth of California as a state. The audience can watch history in the making with local actors portraying the California delegates as they collaborate to create California’s landmark constitution of 1849. Seating is limited. Call 831-646-5640 to reserve your seat.
Monterey State Historic Park offers free admission to the Custom House and Pacific House on Saturday and Sunday. Designated State Historic Landmark #1, the Custom House was the center of trade and government as well as a social center for Mexican California from 1827 to American occupancy in 1846. Today, it displays trade goods that would have traveled thousands of nautical miles to reach this remote Capital of Alta California.
Pacific House was built in 1847 for the Mexican government on land owned by the former American Counsel to Mexico, Thomas Oliver Larkin. Through the years it served many uses, including clerk’s office, court house, and saloon. Today’s interactive museum offers an overview of Monterey history from the first Rumsien/Ohlone people to California statehood. The second-floor of the exhibit contains one of the finest privately assembled Native American collections in California – a gift from Willford and Zena Holeman
Admission to all events and historic sites participating in History Fest is free. Some events have limited space and reservations are required. For the schedule visit www.historicmonterey.org or call 655-2001 for information.