Marking 25 Years as a California State Historic ParkVisit Your 'State Park Downtown'
In celebration of this 25th anniversary, Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park will hold a three-part lecture series about the history of the Mission. The first talk, “The Santa Cruz Mission: Indigenous Experience, Then and Now” will be Thursday, Sept. 15. The lecture will feature Martin Rizzo, a UC-Santa Cruz PhD candidate speaking about indigenous survival and perseverance, and Val Lopez, chairperson of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band – Amah Mutsun Stewardship.
The lecture “The Santa Cruz Mission: Finding the Story in the Archaeology, Then and Now” will be Thursday, Oct. 20. Speakers include archaeologist Karen Hildebrand speaking on the topic “Years of Exploration: What Archeology Has Given Us,” and Linda Hylkema, RPA Director, Cultural Resource Management, Santa Clara University Summer Archaeology Project: A Collaboration of the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and Santa Clara University.
The series wraps up with “The Santa Cruz Mission: Saving Our Oldest Building, Then and Now” on Thursday, Nov. 17. The event will include a presentation by The Adobe Coalition and City of Santa Cruz Mayor Cynthia Mathews on the topic “A Grass-roots Movement to Save Local History” as well as a talk by local architect Gil Sanchez.
All events are free and will be held at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Please dress warmly. The lecture series is a collaboration of California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.