Archive & Publications

Browse original publications, detailed history journals, fascinating podcast episodes, and an expansive archive to uncover the rich history of Santa Cruz County.

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MAH Publications

Check out all the MAH's Santa Cruz County history publications written alongside local historians, environmentalists, politicians, and superstar community members.

The MAH Archive

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The MAH's expansive archive is open by appointment and offers research material pertaining to all aspects of Santa Cruz County's history.

Please contact us at 831.429.1964 x7019 or for any research requests.

Browse the MAH's Archive

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“Our ancestors tell the story of where we came from; our ghosts teach us how to move forward.”

Tessa Hulls — Guided by Ghosts Exhibiting Artist

The MAHcast

Dive into what makes Santa Cruz so... Santa Cruz: the mysteries, the histories, and everything in between.

Listen on Soundcloud as Wyatt Young and Marla Novo highlight the stories, passions, and activists found in our strange and wonderful little beach town.

In this inaugural episode of the MAH Cast, the official podcast for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Helen Aldana interviews August Stevens, a producer of Click Fest 2020. Click Fest is a virtual festival organized by the Center for Arts and Diversity Resource Center [CAD] at the University of California at Santa Cruz and will feature art focusing on the BIPOC experience in Santa Cruz and beyond. Join us to learn more about the upcoming Click Fest, and also to learn more about the history of CAD and how it has impacted our community.

In this episode of the MAH Cast, Wyatt talks with Roy Recio the activist and organizer behind The Tobera Project and Watsonville is in the Heart. For the past few years Roy has been working on these projects as a way to preserve and document the Filipino American experience in Watsonville -from the Manong generation of early Filipino immigrants to the United States in the 1920s-30s to their descendants today.

In this month's episode, MAH Exhibitions & Projects Manager Everett Ó Cillín talks with artist and activist Abi Mustapha. Throughout their conversation, they touch upon topics such as Abi’s process, background, and inspiration for their art, as well as Abi’s recent residency experience at the MAH. They also discuss where Abi is going next, and what it means to be an artist in Santa Cruz during the events of 2020. From the hardships of the August CZU Complex fires to the ongoing Covid 19 Pandemic, this talk provides us with some insight into not only how an artist has reacted to these events, but how our community has as well.

In this month's episode, Wyatt Young talks with Joe Ferrara, the owner/operator of the Atlantis Fantasyworld comic book store that was featured in the film "The Lost Boys." Not only has Joe been running a successful local business for 45 years, he's also been quite active in the Santa Cruz music scene. Join us to hear fascinating stories about comic books, community, music, and more!

In this episode, we sit down with Santa Cruz journalist, activist, musician, author, and filmmaker John Malkin to discuss the 30th anniversary of the Gulf War and his film "Santa Cruz Responds to the Gulf War." To accompany this podcast, with John's help we have created a virtual exhibit and blog post of images and ephemera pertaining to our conversation and his film. Follow along and read the blog post here.

In this episode, we sit down to talk with Jorian Wilkins and Robb Woulfe to discuss the impact that COVID has had on the Santa Cruz economy, culture, and community. Jorian Wilkins is the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Downtown Association and Robb Woulfe is the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. In this podcast, we talk about their backgrounds and also their recuperative efforts for downtown recovery in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic by nourishing Santa Cruz’s creative economy. This episode of the MAHCast acts as a companion piece to the upcoming virtual talk with Robb and Jorian on March 2nd.

History of the MAH

From our humble beginnings in the 1950’s to the ignited space we are today, the MAH has adapted to meet the needs of the Santa Cruz community.