Researchers Anonymous: Wharf Wars and Big Cement

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Saturday, February 8, 2020,
11am - 1pm


Researchers Anonymous presents Alverda Orlando, co-author of Images of America: Davenport.

Alverda has been the beloved unofficial historian of Davenport, California for many decades. Please join us for an insightful discussion to preview the brand new book, Davenport, co-written with Sally Iverson and Ed Dickie.

Sally and Ed have assembled over 100 interesting photos from different time periods of numerous scenes of the Davenport area and have chronicled many historic events, including the wharf conflicts. Come prepared to enjoy some of Alverda’s colorful tales associated with her research for this publication.


Alverda Orlando is a retired Santa Cruz City librarian. She has written Davenport Cement Centennial and several articles on the history of the North Coast of Santa Cruz County as well as conducted many oral interviews of Davenport old-timers.

Visit Davenport Jail

Davenport Jail

Step back in time and visit the 1914 two-room county jailhouse in Davenport, California. The Davenport Jail will be open Sep 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 12–3pm and various Saturdays through spring 2023 with the installation, The Writing on the Wall by Hank Willis Thomas & Dr. Baz Dreisinger.

A collaborative installation made from letters, poems, notes, and stories written by incarcerated people and displayed in and around a historic jail-turned-museum as a form of verbal and visual intrusion. Co-presented with the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at UCSC.

Rent the Museum

Host your next business meeting, birthday party, or full contact line dancing tournament in the heart of downtown.