Carmel Valley Historical Society

Mission Statement

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?

We Love Our Volunteers

We Love Our Volunteers

We love our volunteers! Volunteer docents, new and current, participated in a recent training meeting held at the History Center. All aspects of being a docent were reviewed such as opening & closing, greeting visitors, overview of exhibits, general administrative and...

2019 Christmas Party

2019 Christmas Party

There was lots of good food and wine at this year’s Christmas Party. Around 70 people came for the event on a day that threatened rain and wind. The party fell on the 6th Anniversary of the History Center: Dec. 7, 2019. Old friends reunited and welcomed new friends,...

Video: A History of Ranching in Carmel Valley

Video: A History of Ranching in Carmel Valley

Historical Society historian Jeff Ohlson presented a talk at the Salinas Church of the Good Shepherd’s Double Nickels luncheon group on September 11, 2019. The subject was “A History of Ranching in Carmel Valley” which was based on his book of the same title.

Better Than Rummage Sale

Better Than Rummage Sale

Hats off to all the volunteers who made the Rummage Sale happen The "Better than Rummage Sale" fundraiser at the end of September by CVHS & CV Kiwanis was a whopping success! Shoppers were delighted with the huge selection of quality collectibles, housewares,...

The 1989 Carmel Valley Centennial, But Was It?

The 1989 Carmel Valley Centennial, But Was It?

A new Carmel Valley History Center exhibit showcases the huge community celebration 30 years ago that actually was held in the wrong year – a recently discovered historical surprise! It was a gala affair by every account and evolved into today’s annual Fiesta, held this year August 3-4.

Carmel Valley Historical Society
P.O. Box 1612
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
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Museum Hours
Saturdays, 1 to 4 pm
Sundays, 11 am to 2 pm
Library Hours
By appointment only
831-659-5715

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