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

This we do by collecting and exhibiting artifacts, gathering historical information, and providing education through the San Lorenzo Valley Museum and our educational outreach programs.

Our History:
The first Board of Directors, Ralph Wilcox, Walt Bachrach, and John Holm, founded the Boulder Creek Historical Society in March 1976. The first museum was the Boulder Creek Museum and for twenty years it resided in a second floor office just outside of downtown Boulder Creek.

Through a generous bequest, the Boulder Creek Historical Society was able to purchase the original Grace Episcopal Church building residing in what was originally the town of Lorenzo, situated between Brookdale and Boulder Creek. Renovations had to he completed to bring the all old-growth redwood structure up to current building codes. In December 1999 the Boulder Creek Historical Society officially opened its new San Lorenzo Valley Museum, broadening its scope from just Boulder Creek to preserving the history of the entire San Lorenzo Valley.

Since December 1999 a new annex building has replaced two original module buildings for the storage of collections and providing areas for meetings and administration. Landscaping has begun. Exhibit rotation is underway, and new exhibits planned. Yearly events include a series of historical talks with expert speakers, the annual San Lorenzo Valley Community Picnic, Children’s Victorian Christmas, and a booth at the Boulder Creek Art and Wine Festival. Our educational outreach program includes docent-led museum field trips for local schools, historic walking tours of Boulder Creek, and tours for various organizations.

In 2012, the name of the society was officially changed to the San Lorenzo Valley Historical Society.

Sharing History
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Since 1976

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The California Association of Museums
The California Association of Museums represents a diverse, dynamic community of individuals and institutions that seeks to assure the future of California's cultural and natural heritage. CAM connects industry professionals, timely information and practical resources to support the success of all California museums and to advance their interests.

The American Alliance of Museums
The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community.

The American Association for State and Local History
The American Association for State and Local History provides leadership, service, and support for its members, who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American Society.

The San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce
The San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce supports communities in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Santa Cruz County. We work to improve economic prosperity and advocate for our membership. Our members are a network of San Lorenzo Valley businesses, nonprofits, service organizations, news and media organizations located in the historic towns of Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Felton, Lompico, Mount Hermon, Zayante, and Bonny Doon.

Boulder Creek Business Association
The purpose of the BCBA is to maintain a healthy economic and cultural environment in this small mountain town by promoting a cohesive bond between the various organizations representing the valley population and business; with a positive sense of community while respecting and embracing the diversity of each individual.

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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006 Map Here
Phone: +1 (831) 338-8382

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