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?
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.
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,...
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 volunteers Jeff Ohlson and Reggie Jones give an overview of the Apollo moon missions and explain in detail how Carmel Valley’s Jamesburg Earth Station was a key link in bringing the Apollo 11 Moonwalk to TV viewers on earth.
L-R: Gary Tate, Kim Williams, Dave Terdy, Cherie Ohlson, Richard Barratt, Elizabeth Barratt, Maxine Callihan, Jeff Ohlson At their May 8, 2019 Board of Directors meeting, the Historical Society welcomed new Board members Richard and Elizabeth Barratt. Both Richard and...