About the Pioneers
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.
Have a question about membership, our mailing list, or Soquel history?
Email us at SoquelPioneers@gmail.com
Millstones on the Move
Recently the historic Martina Castro family millstones were moved from the Pringle Grove picnic area to the entrance to the grove. They weigh over a thousand pounds, so this was no small feat! Our sincere thanks to Shan Gilmore for building the pedestal to display the stones and to Soquel Nursery Growers for carefully moving them. Now the attendees each year to the Soquel Pioneers Picnic can better enjoy and appreciate these reminders of our rich heritage.
2023 Annual Picnic A Success!
The Pioneers board of directors for 2022-2023 poses with the historic Martina Castro millstones at a recent picnic.
Santa Cruz County History Fair. The 2023 fair was held on May 13th at the Felton Community Center and was organized by the San Lorenzo Valley Museum. Over 20 organ-izations, including the Soquel Pioneer and Historical Association, participated. It was well attended and people were treated to a variety of interesting displays explaining local history from every area of the county. Thanks to board member Lisa Nelson for curating a wonderful display of historic Soquel artifacts.
Movie: The Johnstown Flood. In November, 2023, the Pioneers joined with the Congregational Church of Soquel for a showing of this silent film that was shot in Soquel in 1926.