Spring Local History Series Explores Culture and Community of Santa Cruz County

March 12, 2019 — SANTA CRUZ, CA—The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will kick off its Spring 2019 Local History Series at the Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Rd. on Saturday April 6th from 11 a.m. to noon.

Relive the 1940’s to the 1970’s with Jay Topping, who will offer a lively presentation on Scotts Valley in the days of Santa’s Village, Lost World, and Hocus Pocus, the TV clown remembered by thousands of kids. Jay Topping is the historian of the Scotts Valley Historical Society. As the Ambassador at the Chamber of Commerce he is very active in promoting Scotts Valley’s rich 160-year history.

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, “History matters. History is all around us. It connects us with sense of place, shared experience, and shared culture. Making local history accessible to the community is one of the most important ways libraries can connect people with each other and the world.” The Spring Local History series brings local historians of note specializing in different geographic areas of the county for lively discussions, classes on doing your own research, plus Q & A. Upcoming events in the series include:

·         Tales of Old Felton • April 27th 1 – 2:30 p.m. • The Satellite, Felton, 6265 Highway 9

·         Research the History of Your House with Digital Tools, Sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz, Historic Preservation Commission • May 4th 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. • Downtown Library, 224 Church St.

·         Imagining and making a University Campus at Santa Cruz, Sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz, Historic Preservation Commission • May 25th 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. • Downtown Library, 224 Church St.

·         Seabright: Santa Cruz Cultural Hub in the Early 20th Century • June 1st 11 a.m. – noon • Branciforte Library, 230 Gault St.

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries will also participate in the Santa Cruz County History Fair on May 18th noon to 4 p.m. at the Capitola Community Center, 4400 Jade St. Capitola. Come and find out how you can learn more about our local history.


The Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) delivers information, education, enrichment and inspiration through a network of 10 neighborhood library branches, a web-based digital library, a Bookmobile and community-based programs. SCPL serves children, teens and adults with innovative programming, professional services and community facilities that spark imagination and support discovery. Residents can explore a wide range of interests from academic research, book clubs and literacy programs to digital photography, locally-produced music and local history. Branch locations include Aptos, Boulder Creek, Branciforte, Capitola, Downtown Santa Cruz, Felton, Garfield Park, La Selva Beach, Live Oak and Scotts Valley. Learn more about SCPL at SantaCruzPL.org or via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.