History of Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley

Discover the Fascinating History of Watsonville and Pajaro Valley!

If you're interested in the history of Watsonville and Pajaro Valley, you've come to the right place. Established in 1940, the Pajaro Valley Historical Association preserves, interprets and promotes the history of the diverse cultures that shaped California's Monterey Bay area. The Bockius-Orr House has been our headquarters since 1997, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our Archive houses a historical treasure trove for the community.
Plan your visit today and learn more about the history of Watsonville and Pajaro Valley.

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pvha-homeHelp preserve and share with others our community's treasured history. Membership benefits include the quarterly newsletter, invitations to all association events, and extended use of the archives. Learn more about how you can become a member or to volunteer to help out.

Annual Vintage Picnic

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Please join us for PVHA's  Annual Vintage Picnic.  Saturday, June 25th, 2016 from 11:30 - 3:00.  Advance tickets $25 for Adults; $12 for Children under 12. Presentation by  Mr. George Ow, Jr. Buffet lunch by Monterey Bay Caterers. Call 831.722.0305 or send check to PVHA, P.O. Box 623, Watsonville, CA 95077-0623.



Dolls of Many Lands


This exhibit features a few of the dolls from the collection of Mae Lord, Watsonville High School teacher from the 1930's through the 1950's.  Miss Lord loved to travel and her collection reflects this.  Upon her death the Pajaro Valley Historical Association became the guardian of her memories.  It is with pleasure we share this with our community.



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