History at Home: The History of the Presidio of Monterey

History at Home: The History of the Presidio of Monterey

The Campbell Museums Presents: The History of the Presidio of Monterey

Friday, July 23, 6pm-7 pm

Via Zoom

$10/ zoom link


Join us for a virtual tour of Monterey’s Lower Presidio, a place that has been described by many historians as, “the most historically significant site on the west coast” and the place where Monterey was born. Historian Tim Thomas will take us back in time from the Rumsien/Ohlone to the political intrigue that brought American forces to our shores. And will show you the important role this incredibly special place played in making California what it is today.


About Tim Thomas


Tim Thomas is a fisheries historian and author who has researched the fisheries and cultural history of Monterey for over thirty years. For sixteen years he was the Historian/Curator for the Monterey Maritime Museum. Tim is the co-author of Monterey’s Waterfront, author of the Japanese on the Monterey Peninsula, and author of The Abalone King of Monterey: “Pop” Ernest Doelter, Pioneering Japanese Fishermen & The Culinary Classic that Saved an Industry.

Tim is also the historical consultant for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and has worked and developed programs for Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and California State Parks. Tim has been featured on PBS, BBC and on C-span

He is on the board of directors of the Monterey Japanese American Citizens League and curator of Japanese American Heritage Center. He has traveled and lectured extensively on the Monterey Japanese community both here and in Japan.

Tim is a popular tour guide and gives walking tours of Monterey’s Lower Presidio Park, the Monterey Wharf neighborhood, and Cannery Row.



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