Volunteers / Los Amigos
The story of the Monterey History and Art Association would not be complete without mention of the scores of hard-working, enthusiastic volunteers. Their dedication and generosity ensure that MHAA’s programs and activities thrive.
Some are highly visible and have become a tradition in our community — Watchstanders at the Maritime Museum, barbeque cooks at the Merienda, and hosts and hostesses at our historic buildings who welcome the public to special events and share MHAA’s mission with residents and visitors alike.
Members of the Board of Directors and special ad-hoc committees focus in on the nuts and bolts of keeping the Association going.
Many volunteers are seen by only a handful of people, but their knowledge and assistance are highly valued. Research assistants at Mayo Hayes O’Donnell Library and at the Collections Library of the Maritime Museum provide an invaluable service to local residents and national scholars interested in Monterey, California and maritime history. Still others, not seen by the public at all, contribute hundreds of hours each year behind the scenes. They work with textiles and vintage clothing in the Costume Collection or catalogue special collections at both of our libraries.
Under close supervision of our Collections Manager, students from the Museum Studies program at CSUMB intern at MHAA. They work on exhibition installations and on the conservation of items from the collection. Special volunteers have helped for years with unusual jobs, giving generously of their time and expertise to unique landscaping challenges and assorted carpentry work.
Every year, thousands of people visit our exhibits and attend our public programs. Gracious and knowledgeable volunteers greet them, answer their questions and guide them to available research opportunities. Working alongside our professional staff, MHAA volunteers carry on a tradition begun in 1931 by our Founders. We salute them all!
Bolstering MHAA public programs is Los Amigos,the Association’s dedicated auxiliary. This group of devoted members provides an important link between the Association, its members, volunteers and the public. Led by a group of intrepid explorers, Los Amigos have whisked people away to places of historic interest such as Trimmer Hill in Pacific Grove, the only local single family home on the National Register of Historic Places. Members of the public also were invited to tour Brazil Ranch, a unique organization that owns 1,200 pristine acres near Big Sur, on coastal bluffs overlooking the Pacific. Brazil Ranch staff explored regional environmental issues and solutions with a group of concerned citizens, brought together for the event by Los Amigos volunteers.
-from the Monterey History and Art Association 75th Anniversary book