Culture

Native Americans

Monterey County has a rich ancestral history of Ohlone, Salinan, and Esselen tribes. Even after Spanish colonization brought a precipitous decline in their populations, descendants from each of these groups live here today.

Pacific Grove is the site of a recent discovery of artifacts dating back 5300 years. Exhibits provide a glimpse of locally found artifacts and what they tell about life in Monterey thousands of years ago.

The museum's Native Plant Garden will include a Useful Plants area, featuring plants that California Indians used in daily life before the modern era. 

Pacific Grove: The Chautauqua Years

Explore the online exhibit, Pacific Grove: The Chautauqua Years chronicling the 1879 to 1926 Chautauqua roots of the City of Pacific Grove.

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