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?
Robles Del Rio Lodge - Exhibit Team with Family ROBLES del RIO EXHIBIT A GREAT SUCCESS! Over 100 people showed up for the grand opening of the Robles del Rio Subdivision grand opening event. They marveled at the large photographic quality posters that tell the Robles...
April 29th, 2 to 4 pm Saturday, April 29th, 2-4 pm Libations & Appetizers Carmel Valley History Center Please join us in celebrating CVHS's 30th anniversary. Relive our journey from Rosie's Cracker Barrel to today's History Center through photos and memorabilia....
SATURDAY, APRIL 8TH at 10:00 AM Carmel Valley History Center. In this fun and informative presentation, learn about cattle brands, how to read them, and how branding has changed over time.
Ellsworth “Greg” Gregory, Historical Society President from 1992 to 2008, is shown tuning the Center’s antique piano prior to the playing of Christmas music for the Society’s annual 2016 Christmas Party.
Steve Dorrance You're invited to a second “Brands & Branding in Carmel Valley” presentation to be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10am at the History Center. Steve Dorrance and his daughter Mollie will discuss the many aspects of brands and branding and how...