Thomas Oliver Larkin and Larkin House

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      Thomas Oliver Larkin was 30 years old when he arrived in Monterey in April 1832. Larkin came from Boston intending to work with his half-brother Captain John Cooper, as a clerk in Cooper’s store. The voyage of …

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Vizcaino – Serra Oak Mural is a beautiful new addition.

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  Stephanie Rozzo, local illustrator and CSUMB grad, has created a masterpiece of public art so wondrous as to immediately rank it among Monterey’s finest. The mural of the Vizcaino-Serra Oak is a triumph of imagination, talent and technology. Installed …

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Andre Miripolsky’s Monterey “historama”

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  In 2011 the Monterey History and Art Association commissioned two works from Los Angeles artist Andre Miripolsky, “The Wave” and the Monterey “historama”. The re-opening of the former Maritime Museum as the new Museum of Monterey introduced the pieces …

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The Great Seal of the State of California

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A series of bronze plaques lead visitors up the walkway to Colton Hall in Monterey, site of the state’s Constitutional Convention. At the top of the walkway, directly in front of the entrance to Colton Hall, lies a bas relief …

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Guillermo Wagner Granizo: Making “The Monterey Mural”

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A History of Monterey by Guillermo Wagner Granizo The Monterey Mural (All photos by author. Click on photo to enlarge. Close-up views and descriptions follow below.) The Monterey Mural, by artist Guillermo Wagner Granizo, occupies the southwest corner of the …

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“Sloat’s Landing”: The Events of July 7, 1846

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  “Sloat’s Landing”: The Events of July 7, 1846 The United States was a strong, brash nation in 1846. During the previous fifty years the country had obtained a vast territory from France, asserted itself once and for all against …

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