Patrick Whitehurst grew up on the Central Coast. As a child he would often visit the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and was fascinated by the exhibits from an early age, particularly the passenger pigeon and other birds found there.
After living in northern Arizona for 20 years, Patrick moved back to the Monterey Peninsula in 2014 and was thrilled to become the Museum’s communications and marketing coordinator, a position he held until the end of 2017. During this period, his passion for the Museum led him to collect historic photos and data related to the Museum, with the idea of producing a history of the long-standing Pacific Grove icon. His new book, The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, showcases the historical images and the story of the Museum since it began in 1883.
Published by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series, the book will be released on Monday, April 23rd. It will be available in the Museum’s gift store and bookstores across the Peninsula. Patrick will sign copies of the book at the Museum on Thursday, April 26th, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Besides his work at the Museum, Patrick is a member of the Central Coast Writers group and holds a degree in journalism from Northern Arizona University. He’s the author of two previous Images of America books, Williams and Grand Canyon’s Tusayan Village, as well as two short mystery novellas. He currently resides in Seaside and works as the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County.