Carmel Valley Historical Society
Our mission is to preserve and promote the historical record of Carmel Valley. The library continues to be updated as we review the contents of items already in our collection as well as new items coming in weekly. Books and documents are arranged by category, not by numbering system, and are not available online. Our library is not a source for major academic research for which other institutions are more suited. The collection is non-circulating; however, copies can be made at little cost. Researchers can access our special collections of local family histories, documents, periodicals, photographs, and books on the history of Carmel Valley. Books on the history of Monterey County and California in general are included as overarching historical views of events impacting Carmel Valley history.
Some of the significant items in our collection include an autobiography by Joe Hitchcock, books of the Images of America series (including Elizabeth Barratt’s book on Carmel Valley), an extensive collection of information on the California Missions, Monterey History & Art Noticias relating to Carmel Valley, and historic early 20th Century photographs from the collections of A.C. Heidrick, George T. C. Smith, George J. Seideneck, and James Ziegler. Of local interest are histories of Rosie’s Cracker Barrel, Tassajara Hot Springs, Jack N. Swanson’s book “The Life and Times of a Western Artist”, Carmel Valley ranches, the Vintage Airfield, and the Carmel Valley Fire Department & Valley Volunteers.
Visitors will find the library to be quiet and inviting with a research desk provided. Eleanor Avila, retired librarian and past volunteer, was responsible for the early organizing and configuring of our unique “Library in a Barn.”
Library use is by appointment only, (831) 659-5715. Docents are available to answer questions and assist with special requests on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4 pm and on Sundays from 11am to 2 pm.
Curious? Do you have a skill or talent you would like to share? Time, perhaps, to take on a docent shift?
In 1962 Marilyn Sanders (1932-2108) and her husband Jim settled in Carmel Valley where they raised their family and were both very active in community affairs. Having had a long penchant for history, she wrote her history of Rosie’s Cracker Barrel in the 1990s and it became a best seller on the Peninsula.
Now for the first time you can download a full 56-page file of the Centennial Newspaper for your enjoyment. This rare issue contains many historical articles about Carmel Valley, such as: Ranching, Native Indians, noteworthy families, old schools, Valley Library service history, fire departments, churches, parks, and much more.
This year’s annual Christmas Party was another success. The Christmas Tree was trimmed by members Cherie Ohlson and Josh Scheid and several members pitched in with wine and finger food. We all look forward to this annual event to reacquaint with old friends!
Don’t miss our newest exhibit, coming soon: THE GEOLOGY OF CARMEL VALLEY. Plan to join us on Saturday, September 22nd from 4:00 – 6:00pm and enjoy light bites & a beverage while you learn about this fascinating subject. This exhibit explores, in an interesting and understandable…
Please join us on Saturday, April 21st, for the Historical Society’s Annual Meeting & New Exhibit, “Rusticating in Carmel Valley: 1870s–1940s,” a story of the resorts, ranches and camps of the time period and the activities (wild & otherwise) that enticed people “to take in the rural environment.”