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History Slam

History Slam

Are you interested in Monterey County History or do you know someone who is? The Monterey Public Library, in partnership with the Western Flyer Foundation, the Cannery Row Foundation, and the Cannery Row Company, is excited to invite all historians and history buffs to the 2nd Annual Monterey County History Slam on April 10, 2021, from 10 am to 4 pm.  

The event features 10-15 minute talks on the rich, hidden histories of Monterey. Hear about the porthole in Robinson Jeffers’ Hawk Tower; Joseph Campbell’s connection to Monterey and Star Wars. Learn more about Ed Ricketts, the ecology of Monterey Bay, local artists--as well as fresh perspectives on Flora Woods, the legendary Cannery Row Madame; the Chinese village at Point Alones; local Japanese American flower growers; and Tiburcio Vasquez: The Musical!



History Slam Schedule




Historical connections between Monterey and the

10-11 am

Michael K. Hemp

maritime Pacific Northwest

The Answer, My Friend, is Flowin’ in the Sea:

Jim Carlton, Jennifer Selgrath,

Ecological Impacts of the Monterey Bay Cannery

10-11 am

and Fiorenza Micheli

Effluents from the 1920s to the 1970s

10-11 am

Lewis Rhames

The Cradle of Conservation

11 am -12

Between Pacific Tiles: a census of Granizo’s


John Sovereign

menagerie in The Monterey Mural

11 am -12


Douglas Borer

Napoleon At Tor House?: A Porthole Story

11 am -12


Pat McAnaney

Vasquez: The Musical

12 - 1 pm

Howard Burnham

Gaspar de Portolá and the founding of Monterey

12 - 1 pm

Wayne Marion

A California Tragedy

Tales of Cannery Row – Ed Ricketts and John

12 - 1 pm

Adam Miller


Connecting All Living Things: How Monterey

1-2 pm

Lucas O. Seastrom

Peninsula Writers Helped Inspire Star Wars

1-2 pm

Sascha Zepeda

The Past Owner of Monterey County

Pacific Grove’s Chinese Fishing Village Legacy:

Donald Kohrs and Gerry Low

Connections to John Steinbeck, Ed Ricketts, and

1-2 pm



Jules Simoneau's Lyons Ale Depot - The

2-3 pm

John Sanders

Bohemian Club Rendezvous

2-3 pm

Wendy Good

Sisters in Art: Margaret, Esther, and Helen Bruton

2-3 pm

Tracy Shaw

Dora, Fauna, and the Real Life of Flora Woods

The Larkin House - A New England Inspired

3-4 pm

Karla Noyes

“Monterey Colonial?” - Myths and Misconceptions

3-4 pm

Gary Spradlin

Mayo Hayes O'Donnell and the Peninsula Diary

Gambatte Kimashita: Japanese Flower Growers

3-4 pm

Eric Palmer

of the Salinas Valley

If you have questions, please contact Sean Briscoe, Librarian, Monterey Public Lbirary, at refdesk@monterey.org or Emily Gottlieb, Education Director, Western Flyer Foundation at emily@westernflyer.org

This program takes place on Zoom, or participants may join by phone. Registration closes an hour before the program. The Zoom access information will be sent to registered participants shortly before the program begins. Use of video camera and level of participation is determined by each person.

A Zoom account is not required to join this program. Please ensure that you are using Zoom 5.0+ (updated in May 2020). Click here to learn about the latest version of Zoom.

New to Zoom? Visit the Zoom help guide for an overview of the virtual platform, participate in live training via the library, or click here to sign up for Zoom's free training. 

Please click here to download and view the event flyer: Flyer

Saturday, April 10, 2021
10:00am - 4:00pm
Registration has closed.