Organized in 1938, Soquel Pioneer and Historical Association is a community organization that sponsors an annual picnic each July to commemorate the town’s history and its role in the development of Santa Cruz County. There are no membership restrictions.
Everyone interested in sharing and preserving Soquel history is invited to participate in the annual picnic celebration that keeps the past alive.
We also maintain a History Room at the Porter Memorial Library on Porter Street. The room is open to anyone who wants to explore Soquel history through displays. books and scrapbooks.
New Video: Barbara Harlamoff McCrary daughter of Russian immigrant Ivan (John) Harlamoff tells us about growing up on a chicken ranch in the Soquel area during world was 2.
Saturday, July 28th 2018
This year our speaker will be Lisa Robinson.
Her topic will be: Bear With Us -
Bear Stories Of The Santa Cruz Mountains
In the mid-1700s, the San Francisco peninsula was home to large numbers of grizzlies. The abundance of food was shared between the hierarchy of wildlife and the native peoples; there was plenty for all. In just a few decades, this would change. Confrontations between man and bear often resulted in death or serious injury. By the late-1800s there were few grizzlies left here and by 1900, grizzlies, once prolific, had been hunted to extinction. This talk will recount stories of bear encounters, both grizzlies and black bears, in the Santa Cruz area from the late 1700s to the present day.
Lisa Robinson has lived in the San Lorenzo Valley since 1990. She is President of the Board of Directors of the San Lorenzo Valley Historical Society, which owns and operates the San Lorenzo Valley Museum, where she manages the exhibitions and collections. She is a member of the Santa Cruz MAH Landmark Committee and is chair of the MAH Publications Committee. She is the author of The San Lorenzo Valley (Arcadia Press) and The San Lorenzo Valley Flume (Lulu), and editor of Redwood Logging and Conservation in the Santa Cruz Mountains – A Split History (MAH). She is the local history writer for the Santa Cruz Mountain Bulletin newspaper.
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SEE YOU AT THE PICNIC