The Monterey History and Art Association (MHAA) was incorporated January 19, 1931. Its purpose was to preserve the artifacts of Monterey's historic and artistic influence. The founding members understood the power of the arts and significance of history. They included Colonel Roger Fitch, artist Miss E. Charlton Fortune, architect W.O. Raiguel, and author Laura Bride Powers, who forged the connection of these essential elements. The Merienda celebrated traditional Monterey and Spanish culture in the Sensory Garden, steps from the shores of Monterey Bay.
The Museum of Monterey (MOM), constructed as a Maritime and History Museum in 1992, continues this creative force of storytelling. The Allen B. Knight collection and significance of maritime history was the catalyst realized by the generosity of Virginia Young Stanton, one of the organization's seminal visionaries and donors.
Monterey continues as a leader of heritage tourism, culture, and innovation. Today, MHAA through The Museum of Monterey, Casa Serrano, Doud House and the Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Library , tell these stories and stand as a center for active engagement of the creative community and visitors to our region. Our history belongs to all of us, and we invite you to learn of our history and consider the future by simply being present.
Student or Teacher Membership - $25
Purchase a Student or Teacher membership and your dollars go towards supporting our growing Internship Program, helping to purchase the necessary computers and materials. Our dream is to give students the work experience needed to obtain the best possible job after graduation, and to become valuable members of their communities by learning the value of sharing their experience with others.
If you would like to donate an additional amount toward this program please purchase additional memberships for friends, family, students and faculty. As an added bonus all students and teachers with a membership card may visit the Museum of Monterey, free of charge, whenever they like. Student and/or faculty card will also be required at the time of admission.
Date: June 22nd, 2013 Time: 2pm to 4pm Beautiful Whale Presentation and Book Signing Event by Bryant Austin
"Photographer and conservationist Bryant Austin's breathtaking photographic project Beautiful Whale ($50.00) is the first of its kind: chronicles his fearless attempts to reach out to whales as fellow sentient beings. Featuring Austin's intimate images--some as detailed as a single haunting eye--that result from encounters based o n mutual trust, this work captures the grace and intelligence of these magnificent creatures. Austin spent days at a time submerged, motionless, in the waters of remote spawning grounds waiting for humpback, sperm, and minke whales to seek him out.
As oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle says in her foreword to the book, "As an ambassador from the ocean--and to the ocean--Bryant Austin is not only a source of inspiration. He is cause for hope."