Celebrating the 4th of July at Lake Watsonville

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. It was suggested to dam it up and make a lake for a 4th of July celebration...

Stephen Mallory White

Stephen Mallory White A Biographical Sketch 
Compiled by Stanley D. Stevens Pajaro Valley’s “Favorite Son”  “perhaps the most eminent of the State’s native sons.” “the memory of California’s greatest son” — Mayor of Los Angeles Who was this “Favorite Son”?...
PVHA Receives Grant from Community Foundation

PVHA Receives Grant from Community Foundation

The Pajaro Valley Historical Association is honored to receive a $50,000 grant from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County to advance our organization’s capital and historic preservation project.  Thank you to Board members Judy Nielson, President, and Ralph...
Organization of the Year

Organization of the Year

Article from the Register-Pajaronian by Todd Guild & Erik Chalhoub During its 77-year history, the Pajaro Valley Historical Association has served as a repository for Watsonville’s memories. The organization’s volunteers spend hours categorizing and storing...
Welcome to PVHA

Welcome to PVHA

Welcome to our website.  Watch for updates and thanks for supporting us. In 1940, the Pajaro Valley Historical Association was established to preserve, interpret, share and promote the history of the diverse cultures that shaped California’s Monterey Bay area. The...