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Docent Training

Closed for over a year due to the pandemic, there was a lot of enthusiasm at a recent Docent Training & Pizza Party at the History Center. Almost two dozen current and new volunteers attended to hear Volunteer Chair Kim Williams and Cherie Ohlson review greeting, open/close, and other procedures. They then adjourned to enjoy pizza and socialize and review the museum’s new and updated exhibits. New docents will then be paired with experienced docents a few times before being able to assume the role as a primary docent.

McDonald’s Coming Soon?

Visitors to the History Center lately have probably delighted in viewing the many historic signs hanging from its outside walls. Projects like this can be challenging but are rewarding when visitors give us positive feedback. Or not: some have pointedly asked: “What is that McDonald’s Coming Soon sign doing up there??”
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The answer to this question was so intriguing that there was an article published in the April 15, 2021 Carmel Pine Cone that told the real story of why the sign was first put up in the Village and why. It then became even more interesting when a follow-up article was published in the April 29 Pine Cone after one of the original perpetrators fessed up to their trickery – both articles are worth a look and are linked to below.

Video: A History of the CFPD

An overview of the history of Carmel Valley’s Cachagua Fire Department. This presentation takes you from its formative days of the mid-1970s to present. The presentation includes the history of the department’s founders and directors, its volunteer firefighters and their rigorous training, their fire vehicles, its legendary fundraising and community support, and major fire incidents. Photo courtesy Trish Hansen.

Virtual Tour Available

We are happy to share with you the results of our latest endeavor – a Virtual Tour of the History Center! Viewing Tips: Click on red targets to move to a new area. Press and hold your mouse to pan around the room. Click on arrows to navigate around the museum, then click on red pins for more information.

20 Earliest Years of Newsletter Available Online

Great news! All of the Historical Society’s old newsletters have now been added to the “Newsletter Archives” page (click on News -> Newsletter Archives). The recent additions of the 1990-1999 and 2000-2009 collections of newsletters now complete the newsletter archives. These archived newsletters contain a treasure trove of history articles along with news of the Society’s earliest days. The collection chronicles the group of dedicated founders and their many years of Gigantic Rummage Sales and Cowboy Show Fundraisers toward their dream of someday building a History Center.
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After perusing these old newsletters both current and past members can look with pride at the History Center and Museum of today.

“A History of the Cachagua Fire Department” available

Cachagua Fire is an all-volunteer organization that has been serving the eastern Carmel Valley area of Cachagua ever since it was first established in 1975. Many of us, however, do not know much about its proud history. A comprehensive history of the department recounts its early days to present. It includes many photos of volunteers in training or during actual emergencies.
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If you wish to support or donate to the Cachagua Volunteer Firefighters, please contact them at P.O. Box 404, Carmel Valley, CA 93924 or through their website at www.cachaguafireprotectiondistrict.com.