Events and Activities
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Saturday, May 2nd at 1:00 pm
How do artifacts give us clues to the past? Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities to discover the stories told by the artifacts. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Archeological Society. This event is FREE. Rain Cancels.
Mission Cooking Demonstration
Saturday May 9th at 1:00 pm
Come to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and experience different cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked here over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla. The event is FREE. Rain cancels.
Building Methods at the Mission
Saturday, May 16th at 1:00 pm
Come and see how the oldest building in town was made. We will look at the materials used by the Ohlone to build their homes and then at the materials used by the Spanish to build Mission Santa Cruz. You will have the chance to get your hands dirty and make your own mini abode brick. The event is FREE. Rain Cancels.
Hides and Tallow at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, May 23rd at 1:00 pm
Come and see how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 1800’s. We will look at some of the major products of the mission; leather and tallow, and demonstrate how they were used. You will see how a branding iron works and get to make your own candle. The event is FREE. Rain Cancels.
Guided Adobe Tour
Monday, May 25th at 1:00 pm
Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. This event is FREE. Tours are conducted rain or shine.
Wool, Spinning, and Weaving at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, May 30th at 1:00 pm
How did an isolated settlement clothe the hundreds of people who lived there? Take an in depth look at the cloth industry of Mission Santa Cruz. We will follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt. You will have the chance to try your hand at a drop spindle and spin your own wool. The event is FREE. Rain or Shine.