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Keeping History Alive

The particular charm of Monterey is due in part to its historic landmark program, which has preserved many of the early buildings in this historic town. Much of that is due to the work of the Monterey History and Art Association (AHAA) which has worked since 1931 to maintain the history of Monterey. The AHAA has extensive collections of furnishings, paintings, photographs, costumes, books, manuscripts and other artifacts, which it houses in its buildings, particularly The Stanton Center, Casa Serrano, Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Library and Doud House.

The MHAA established the Path of History, a series of ceramic plaques which guide visitors through old Monterey. Their historic buildings are open for tours, but if you follow their Path you can see their exteriors at any time. The Association also mounts special exhibits at The Stanton Center and other locations in the city's museum system.

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*Their gift shop is pretty cool, too
*Recommended by Local Expert Thom Diggins: "Chock full of art and artifacts, from the native population to the 21st Century. The highlight is the first order fresnel lens from the Point Sur Lighthouse."

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