Open For Appointments

Hours: We are OPEN by appointment only for both the Museum and the Archive. Please schedule for available times, TUE, WED, THRS 11 am – 3 pm.

Please phone for appointment: 831.722.0305 or email:

If you do not have an appointment you are encouraged to phone us upon arrival to see if we can accommodate you. A face mask is optional.


Lake Watsonville 1907

4th of July Celebration
Watsonville has celebrated 4th of July in many ways. However, imagine this: in May 1907 the Pajaronian urged Watsonville leaders to take advantage our natural resource: the Pajaro River.

Santa Cruz History Fair at the Museum of Art History in Santa Cruz

Bill Beecher and Ralph Jacobs are pictured with posters showing immigration patterns in 1860, 1870 and 1900. This event celebrates local history by bringing together historical organizations and groups throughout the county–31 museums were represented this year.

Vintage Picnic will be held July 2, 2022

11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Buffet Lunch at Noon.

Dedicated to the memory of
Judy Doering-Nielsen and
Louis Arbanas


 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.


Remembering  Judy Doering Nielsen and Lou Arbanas

Sadly PVHA lost two of our long time, dedicated volunteers:  Judy Doering Nielsen and Lou Arbanas.   Both were very involved in preserving the history of the Pajaro Valley, as well as serving our community. They will be missed.

Lou Arbanas became a PVHA volunteer in 2006. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge of the Pajaro Valley with visitors to the archive. Lou spent many hours coordinating and organizing the archives. He helped local businesses and families find historical information and pictures.  He was our IT expert, Editor/Producer of the membership newsletter and other mailings, monitor of our website and Facebook page, archive researcher, and much more. He passed away November 14, 2021, leaving big shoes to fill.

In remembrance of Judy Doering Nielsen, a Board Member since 2004, and our President since 2014, passed away January 19, 2022.  Judy’s major contribution to PVHA was raising $1,000,000 to buy the property next door to PVHA and build the Borina Archive. Judy helped start our annual stay-at-home raffle, spearheaded the Christmas Holiday Lights event at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds,  brewed the tea at our Annual Christmas Tea, worked at securing grants and much more. Judy never backed away from a challenge and cared deeply for PVHA.

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