9/12/2019  In the spirit of celebrating a job well done, we have selected Watsonville as the California History Section’s City of the Month. This distinction highlights organizations involved in local cultural preservation and outreach, as well as the varied local history resources available to researchers at the State Library.

California State Library, California History Room acknowledged the month of September as Watsonville Month, and the Pajaro Valley historical Association for their hard work for preserving the history.  “Without the effors of organizations such as the Pajaro valley Historical Association, local residents would lack a sense of community and shared past. Documentation for these acknowledgements and others, is available on this website: http://www.library.ca.gov/california-history/citgy-month/ 

Elena Smith
California History Room
California State Library
900 N Street, Room 230
Sacramento, Ca 95814

Elena.Smith@library.ca. gov


The History of PVHA

The Pajaro Valley, located 90 miles south of San Francisco, is deeply rooted in the cultural and rural history of California’s Monterey Bay area. In 1940, a committee from the local chapter of the Native Sons of the Golden West concerned with preserving this heritage, established the Pajaro Valley Historical Association in the city of Watsonville. Created as a not-for-profit organization, the tradition continues with support from generous individuals and groups interested in keeping the stories of yesteryear and today alive for future generations. 

The primary objectives and purposes of this association are to: Preserve the history of the Pajaro Valley (which includes parts of Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties, State of California)