While Mary Porter Sesnon’s name is well-known throughout the region, very little until now has been known about her life.
One writer’s search for the abandoned train tunnels through the Santa Cruz Mountains
‘Harvesting Our Heritage: Bite-Sized Stories from Santa Cruz County History’ has arrived after four years of research
In the summer of 1977 Neil Young moved to town to make legendary music
At least 3,000 surfers, kayakers and paddle boarders remember wetsuit innovator Jack O’Neill
Nearly erased from local history, the Santa Cruz Colored Giants challenged baseball’s racist rules in the Jim Crow era
The legacy of a beloved surfing innovator, ocean enthusiast and storied character
The Cooper House is the spiritual and geographical predecessor of Abbott Square
The story behind a possible new park in the works at San Lorenzo Point
It was almost a hundred years after her family came to Santa Cruz that Live Oak native Sierra Ryan first held her...
The historic Santa Cruz legacy and mana of Hawaiian-born Antoinette Swan
Community reels as leaders discuss possible reuse for tourist stop
Santa Cruz women fought for midwifery rights beginning in the 1970s, paving the way for today’s progress
The little-known history of a local surf legend’s aerial experiments
Ranking all the songs that have been sung about our city
The Costumed Accordionist King of Pacific Avenue celebrates his 20th year of street performance
Three new books document the hippie movement’s brief, shining moment of glory in Santa Cruz and beyond
A look back at our city’s rough-and-tumble beginnings
Why the city’s urban canopy may be in danger, and what it means for our future
Decades after community members first rallied to save Lighthouse Field, it needs saving once more
Santa Cruz has been celebrating African American culture on the ‘Black Fourth’ for 25 years
The missing link in the story of how ‘420’ began
A brief history of how the Nickelodeon transformed Santa Cruz’s movie culture
Two galleries offer fresh looks at local history
Fifty years ago Santa Cruz hosted a landmark moment in counterculture history
What makes two people right for each other? Two parallel relationships—and a brief intersection—between Frank and Ava and Frank and Lindy reveal...
From unique children’s playhouses to full-fledged homes, we take a look at impressive treehouses that call Santa Cruz County trees home
A hike through Nisene Marks with the history dude
The cryptic-looking temple on Fair Avenue has mystified Santa Cruz residents for decades. Believe it or not, it’s even stranger than it...