Message from PVHA Board President

As we all speed through our 2022 calendar year, it is a pleasure for me to be a part of the Pajaro Valley Historical Association Board of Directors, and to serve as President.

Our vibrant team, of approximately 40 volunteers, do so much each week. They continue to help with the development and organization of the archives and Bockius-Orr house, while assisting people far and wide who come in person, or on the internet, seeking information about family history, past community activities, historic properties, and rich information pertaining to our great Pajaro Valley.

Our membership and paid financial budgets are thriving thanks to the consistant, dedicated work from volunteers, Board members, and particularly our Office Administrator Jodi Frensley. Our 2022 actively filled year has flown by and everyone is busy planning for the coming Holiday Season and the 2023 calendar year. Thank you and God bless you all!

Happy holidays, Chuck Allen


  • 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.


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 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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