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San Lorenzo Valley Museum

Organization Mission

Our mission is to preserve and share the history of the San Lorenzo Valley.

The Museum operates two galleries, in Felton and Boulder Creek. All programming is free: entrance to the Museum galleries, historical talks and walks, access to the archives and reference library, and events (except for fundraisers). Both locations host permanent and temporary exhibitions each year, and offsite exhibitions such as our contemporary art exhibition at the Santa Cruz County Government Center.

The Big Idea 2022:
Enhanced Outdoor Space

We find that sharing the region’s cultural history increases a sense of belonging, which leads to stronger civic engagement. Examples of our exhibitions include our current one on the history of midwifery in the County (at the Felton Gallery) and prior to that an exhibition on Santa Cruz County naturalists was curated by the UCSC Ken Norris Center.

Last year we developed an outdoor exhibition space at the Boulder Creek location so that visitors could enjoy cultural programming during the pandemic. That space hosted two poster exhibitions from the Smithsonian Institution: Votes for Women – A Portrait of Persistence to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s passage and Picturing Women Inventors.

For 2022, we want to install a permanent outdoor structure — a gazebo that will provide shade, shelter, and lighting. This space will be used by the K2/3 school program, serving around 350 students annually, as well as visitors to the gallery and grounds.

As a Vietnam Veteran, the Museum's Veterans Day event has been a big event in my life since after two tours of duty we did not get a very nice welcome when we came back from Vietnam... It was the first thank you that I had received and I was surprised at my inability to hold back the tears.

Ron Sekkel, Felton

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Santa Cruz Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Santa Cruz Gives! raised over $1.10 million for 82 local nonprofits in 2021.

SCGives! has now raised and contributed over $36 million dollars since its inception Seven years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 1,455 donors. We did it, together.

Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November


The 2022 Santa Cruz Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by Tuesday, September 7 and organizations will be notified of their application status Sept. 22-24. Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November.