Local History Lecture Series
Watch lectures the history of Point Lobos, the Carmel River, Robinson Jeffers, Henry Miller, and much more.

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Check out these lectures and more at the Harrison Memorial Library.

“Life & Times of Hayes Perkins: The Magic Carpet Man”

David Laws, May 6, 2020

Life and Times of Hayes Perkins from Carmel Residents Assocation on Vimeo.

Join David Laws from the California Garden & Landscape History Society as he tells the amazing world-class story of the man who, after traveling the world, came to Pacific Grove and spent 14 years fulfilling his dream of creating the beautiful “Magic Carpet” cliffside garden of spectacular purple flowers. If you’ve always wondered how all that color ended up along that cliffside path you really need to hear this talk!

(Talk hosted by the Carmel Residents Association)

“Life & Times of Jo Mora”

Peter Hiller, March 25, 2020

Join Jo Mora Trust Collection Curator Peter Hiller as he shares stories and images of the colorful and creative life of Joseph Jacinto “Jo” Mora (1876-1947) including the tale of his horseback ride by Mission San Antonio in 1903 and his decorative additions to the Robert Stanton Auditorium. 

(Video created by the Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum to replace an in-person lecture cancelled by the current pandemic.)

“Fight for Point Lobos”

Kevin Shabram, February 7, 2018.

 Local History Lecture Series

During the 1920s, people who loved Point Lobos began to worry about its future. They feared the Point would be forever lost to development. These fears were not unfounded. This set up a ten year battle to acquire and preserve Point Lobos for the generations to come. Many well-known conservationists became involved in this project. But this is also the story of one woman who had been all but forgotten. Yet the impact of her work on the Reserve we know today cannot be understated.

“Chasing Water: The Carmel River”

Ben Heinrich, October 11, 2017

Local History Lecture Series

Longtime local avid historian, Ben Heinrich has been fascinated with the Carmel River and how it impacted this region. Join Ben as he takes us through historic events, from the Esselen Indians, to the Spanish Discoveries and the more recent influence of Charles Crocker and S.F.B. Morse. “Chasing Water” looks at the Rio Carmelo, who controlled it and how it shaped the Monterey Peninsula.

“Tales of Some Carmel Characters of Long Ago”

Doug Smith, February 1, 2017

Local History Lecture Series

Join former City Administrator and avid local history researcher Doug Schmitz for some tales of Carmel-by-the-Sea, in City Hall and outside the walls!

“Henry Miller: Writer, Artist & Cultural Heart of Big Sur”

Magnus Toren, April 30, 2013

Local History Lecture Series

Join Magnus Toren, Executive Director of the Henry Miller Memorial Library, for a talk on the history of the arts center championing the late writer, artist and Big Sur resident Henry Miller (1891-1980).

The Story of the Carmel River”

Ray March, May 7, 2012

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“In Search of Point Lobos”

Kevin Shabram, February 1, 2017

Local History Lecture Series

“Anne Hadden: First Librarian and Big Sur Pioneer”

Denise Sallee, February 28, 2005

Audio Recording

Anne Hadden (1874-1963) was appointed the first librarian for Monterey County in 1913. This lecture presents the beginnings of the Monterey County Free Library system through the efforts of its first librarian. Hadden established branches throughout Monterey County and brought library service to the Big Sur region, and facilitated communication and the spread of information between the scattered residents of the area.

“Santiago Duckworth and the Catholic Resort”

Brother Larry Scrivani, April 26, 2004

Audio Recording

This lecture presents the story of Santiago Duckworth, the first visionary of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Duckworth was an early Monterey businessman, realtor, and investor. In 1888, he bought rights to develop the Carmel area, filed a subdivision map and started selling lots. Though it took until 1916 for the town to be incorporated, Duckworth helped shape the early development of the Carmel area, bringing the first major developers and builders to Carmel (Abbie Hunter and Delos Goldsmith), and attracting some of the first residents.

“Who Put the ‘B’ in Bohemians? Monterey Peninsula Artists from Tavernier to Ariss”

Kent Seavey, March 31, 2003

Audio Recording

“Charles Sumner Greene: Art, Architecture and the Creative Spirit”

Edward Bosely, April 30, 2001

Audio Recording

The Greenes were important California architects in the beginning of the 20th century, designing numerous famous residential buildings, including the Gamble House in Pasadena, CA. The brothers were an important part of the Arts and Crafts movement and had a lasting impact on California architecture. Edward Bosley goes into detail of their early years, their training as architects, the evolution of their style, and their eventual retirement.

“Donald Teague – Watercolorist”

Linda Teague Biro, January 29, 2001

Audio Recording

“Nora May French: Her Life and Poetry”

Cynthia Medeiros, January 22, 1999

Audio Recording

Lecture on the subject of poet Nora May French, a San Francisco bohemian, a Californian poet, and early member of the Carmel Arts and Crafts Club, a group which helped establish Carmel as artist colony. This presentation delves into French’s poetry and tells the story of a lesser known figure of California’s literary and artistic history.

“Cole Weston: My Life and Times in Carmel”

Cole Weston, May 24, 1999

Audio Recording

“Carmel in 1934″

Richard Criley, June 1, 1998

Local History Lecture Series

“Carmel’s Early Journalism: W. K. Bassett & the Carmel Cymbal”

John McCleary Bassett, February 24, 1997

Local History Lecture Series

“Enduring Vision: The Carmel Art Association Celebrates 70 Years”

Harleigh Knott and Bill Stone, April 28, 1997

Local History Lecture Series

“‘Themes in My Poems’ by Robinson Jeffers”

Cecil Wahle, March 31, 1997

Local History Lecture Series

“Julia Morgan Today”

Sara Holmes Boutelle, January 29, 1996

Audio Recording

Julia Morgan was an important California architect of the early 20th century. She designed more than 700 buildings over her career, including Hearst Castle, buildings on the UC Berkeley campus, the Asilomar conference grounds, as well as commercial buildings and residences all around the Bay Area. She was part of the Arts and Crafts movement, and helped shape the face of California architecture.