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Montrey's French Bohemian Connection

Frenzeny     RLS     Tavenier

   In the Emigrants’ Footsteps: Coast to Coast with Frenzeny &   Tavernier
   Presented by Dr. Claudine Chalmers

   The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson
   Presented by Keith Decker

Location: Stevenson House, 530 Houston Street, Monterey
Date:  August 30, 2014
Time:  5 – 7 PM
Price:  $15 General Admission - $10 for MSHP Association Members
Advance tickets available at Cooper Museum Store, 525 Polk Street @ Munras or at Stevenson House on event night.

Take a dramatic journey from Europe to the American West as chronicled by Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Tavernier and Paul Frenzeny, three artists who undertook this daring adventure in the 1870s.  Two experts – Dr. Claudine Chalmers, award-winning author and historian of the French in early California, and Keith Decker, RLS enthusiast, actor and playwright – will guide us through their remarkable story.
Dr. Chalmers  will share the cross country experiences of artists Jules Tavernier and Paul Frenzeny as illustrators for Harper’s Magazine.  Mr. Decker will read excerpts from Robert Louis Stevenson’s personal account of his trip across the American plains 135 years ago.
Stevenson, Frenzeny and Tavernier were closely associated with the local French speaking community which surrounded the Stevenson House at that time. The event will sustain the French flavor with music, light refreshments and wine.

Presented by Monterey State Historic Park, Monterey State Historic Park Association,with assistance from
Robert Louis Stevenson Club of Monterey.

History Fest 2014 - October 3, 4 & 5

History Fest   Come to Historic Downtown Monterey to enjoy History Fest! Activities are family oriented and many are free, including Walking Tours of Historic Custom House Plaza and surrounding areas, entrance to Custom House, Pacific House, and Cooper Museum Store and Garden. 

   Free family  events will be taking place throughout Monterey, hosted by California State Parks, Monterey History and Art Association, the City of Monterey & the Historic Monterey Collaborative.  

    Watch this space for a full schedule of events as the date approaches.  

Cell Phone Tours

Visitors to Monterey State Historic Park may take a cell phone tour of historic buildings by dialing (831) 998-9458, followed by a Stop Number when prompted. Stop Numbers correspond to various Monterey State Historic Park adobes in the downtown area. Listeners recieve a two-minute narration for each building. There is no charge for the cell phone tours, but callers will use cell minutes, according to their individual plan. Callers may also use land based phones and will be charged based on normal land based rates.
Click here for downlodable Cell Phone Guide and Map.

Stop Number/Building
Call (831) 998-9458
After prompt, enter Stop Number:

401 Custom House
402 Pacific House
403 First Brick House
404 Old Whaling Station
405 California's First Theater
406 Casa Soberanes
407 Larkin House
408 Cooper-Molera Adobe
409 Robert Louis Stevenson House
410 Casa de Oro (J. Boston Store)