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Santa Cruz County History Fair

Community Event: Santa Cruz County History Fair

Date: October 8, 2016, Noon-4pm 

Joins Us At: Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz Map

Cost: Free.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State PArk Talk and Walk Flyer

Community Event: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park - How it Came to Be: A Visual Presentation and Walk

Date: October 9, 2016, 9am-11am 

Joins Us At: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Visitor Center Map

Cost: Free, Donations Appreciated. Ask for a parking pass at the kiosk at the entrance to the park to have the parking fee waived.

Tyrolean Inn Community Day Flyer

Fundraiser: Community Day in Support of the Museum

Date: October 9, 2016, 4pm-9pm 

When you visit please thank the Tyrolean Inn and be sure to mention the San Lorenzo Valley in order for us to receive your support.

Joins Us At: The Tyrolean Inn, 9600 Highway 9, Ben Lomond Map


Exhibition: Big Basin's Auto Tree - One Tree Many Stories

Exhibition Dates: April 9 - November 27, 2016

In May of 1900, Andrew P. Hill photographed members of the Big Basin Exploration Committee in front of one of the giant redwoods. The committee decided to form the Sempervirens Club, and the effort to save Big Basin began. After the park became a reality, that giant redwood became known as the “Auto Tree.” People would park cars inside the fire scar to show the enormity of it.

Exhibition: Big Basin's Auto Tree

Local historian and museum curator Frank Perry has been collecting photographs and postcards of the Auto Tree for about 30 years; this exhibit will share gems from his extensive collection documenting the tree from 1900 to the present. Some newly-discovered photographs and artifacts will also be displayed. Young and old visitors alike will enjoy the activity table with redwood habitat specimens. Beyond a showcase of fun photographs of old automobiles, this exhibition provides an opportunity to teach about redwood ecology and conservation, and discuss the earliest history of our state parks.

Joins Us At: 12547, Highway 9, Boulder Creek, Map

Cost: Free. Donations Welcome.

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