Santa Cruz County History Gallery

Discover the unheard stories of the people who made Santa Cruz County what it is today.

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Who makes history? Discover the diverse stories of people who made history here in Santa Cruz County.

Farmworkers and fishermen. Street performers and surfers. Native Ohlone and migrants from around the world. Santa Cruz County is home to dreamers, artists, and activists. In this gallery, you will meet people who used their passion to fight injustice, invent new industries, and build a stronger community. We hope you will be inspired to carry the torch forward and make history.

History Pods

Within the History Gallery is space for rotating displays where we dive into more stories that build community in Santa Cruz County.

History Archives

Online History Archives
Have a time-traveling adventure through our robust digital archives
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Volunteer in the archives

If you love getting your hands dirty by flipping through old books, handwritten letters, and county newspapers, this volunteering option is for you.

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More Local History

History Resources

Browse original publications, detailed history journals, fascinating podcast episodes, and an expansive archive to uncover the rich history of Santa Cruz County. For information about the Historic Landmark Program, click here.

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