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News & Happenings

General Meeting
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Wapple House Museum
498 Fifth Street
7:00 pm

The public is invited to a presentation by Jan Adkins titled "African Americans of Monterey County", including Ishmael Williams who lived in San Juan Bautista prior to the Civil War. The book is a first-of-its-kind pictorial historical account of the leaders of Monterey Bay's African American communities from pre-California to present. Jan has written several Arcadia books on the history of African Americans and will have books available to purchase and will be happy to sign your copy. Refreshments will be served. For more information on Jan, click here.

Museum Temporarily Closed on Weekends
At this time, we are unable to find a docent who will volunteer their time to keep our doors open. Please call 831.635.0335 to schedule an appointment if you would like to visit the museum. If you are interested in filling this position (membership required) please contact the Museum Director (frasha95023 at gmail dot com)  



Heritage Wall

Become a permanent part of San Benito County history by supporting the Heritage Wall.  By donating to this campaign, you will receive a plaque with the name of a loved one, your family name, or your personal name engraved in a piece of the original Dance Hall board to be permanently displayed in the soon to be rebuilt Dance Hall at the Historic Park.

For more information and to give, visit our Heritage Wall page.

This is a wonderful video showing a downtown parade circa 1942.  See if you can recognize many of the downtown buildings and landmarks.

Of course, if anyone out there has any additional information they would like to share about this parade, please let us know.

Event Calendar

  • 02/21 - Black History Month Open House
  • 03/26 - General Meeting
  • 06/14 - Member Picnic / General Meeting
  • 06/26 - Annual Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo Parade
  • 06/27 - 06/29 - Annual Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo

For a complete calendar, please visit our Calendar of Events page.


Funded in part by a grants provided by the
Community Foundation for SBC and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am