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Mapping Secret Histories with the Building Collective: UC Santa Cruz and the greenbelt

Note: This event has passed.


January 25, 2013
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm


$5 general Admission, $3 Students and Seniors, FREE for MAH Members and Children Under 12



705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060, United States

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Phone: (831) 429-1964

The building collective is interested in exploring and transforming spaces. For the current exhibition, Work in Progress, we will transform the space of the museum by filling it with secret histories excavated from everyday spaces throughout Santa Cruz.

Every other week, we will invite amateur historians, story makers, accidental geographers, and other participants to the museum to drink coffee, eats snacks, and create shared spatial histories by sharing stories in a shared space. These shared histories will become a giant concept map drawn on the walls that will serve as a record of these meetings and explore connections between the social and material practices that continually recreate the spaces we inhabit.

Do you know a secret something about Santa Cruz?

Share it.

2-5PM: The Building Collective will be working on mapping secret histories.

5-6PM: Impromptu guest speakers will share their stories.

Join us in the 3rd Floor gallery for snacks and to hear about the secret histories of Santa Cruz.

Schedule of workshop dates and topics:
Jan 25: UC Santa Cruz and the greenbelt
Feb 8: the mighty San Lorenzo River and its levees
Feb 22: Midtown / Seabright / Branciforte
Mar 8: Beach Flats / Boardwalk

  • Lucille Goosey

    Will this be documented history supported by evidence, or merely “hooey” history supplied by amateurs?

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