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Back in the mid-1980s, the Santa Cruz Historical Society and the Art Museum of Santa Cruz County came together to build a museum for art and history at the site of the former county jail.

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Pescadero's Pigeon Point Lighthouse Turns 150

The local landmark that hosts daytrippers and hostel guests alike is about to undergo renovations that could increase public access.

(Nov. 27, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
California Woman Moves Closer to Canonization as Saint

The woman, who moved to Santa Cruz County in the 1950s, is said to have had visions of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and other Catholic saints.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report

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Image caption: A historical marker commemorates the Battle of Natividad, which took place in the Salinas Valley.
Point in Time

David Schmaltz outlines a pivotal point in California history in his Monterey County Weekly cover story on the Battle of Natividad.


Image caption: California's State Capitol, seat of a government with a colorful history, to say the least.
California’s Governmental Structure: From Chaos to Compromise

California's government was born out of utter chaos. Here's how the state developed some sort of order to the way it operates, and how it makes and enforces laws.


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Cabrillo Name Change Gets Green Light

Trustees vote in favor of changing the Aptos community college’s name


Image caption: California has three cities of more than 1 million people, and 187 of over 50,000.
Cities in California: What Does it Take to Be One?

California is full of places and communities, but most are not cities. Here's what it takes for a community to become a city, the benefits of being one—and why the state has a 'de facto moratorium' on new cities.


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Lighthouse Point Rocked by Erosion

One of Santa Cruz's iconic natural spots transformed forever in one night


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Bettina Aptheker Lets Queer Radicals Out of the Closet

UCSC icon looks at homophobia on the American left in her new book ‘Communists in Closets’


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Big Basin Inspires Historical Reenactment

A theatrical performance based on Traci Bliss’ book, ‘Big Basin Redwood Forest: California’s Oldest State Park’


Image caption: California aims to be 100 percent coal-free by 2026. Can other states follow suit?
Why California Uses Less Coal Than Most Other States

Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel, yet it is the source of 40 percent of the world's energy. California remains an exception to coal industry dominance, using and producing less coal that almost any other state.


Image caption: How did oil come to dominate both California's and the world's economy—and daily life?
Can We Break Oil’s Grip on the World Energy Economy?

Oil aka petroleum holds a tighter grip on California than any other energy source. Here's how Big Oil came to dominate the state and world economy, and some hints at how oil's grip may finally loosen.


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Lynn Guenther’s Passion for Teaching Inspired ‘Light of the Bay’

New book explores history through the eyes of local legend Laura Hecox


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