Recent and Upcoming Events

History Fair
October 24, 2015

History Fair oxen

The Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District are hosting the first-ever History Fair on October 24th. Over 20 local organizations are participating. There will be displays of historic artifacts and photos, activities for children, and short talks by local experts. The Fair will be held in the new Hay Barn near the UCSC entrance.

Parking and admission are free, just follow the signs.

For a list of participating organizations and a schedule of speakers, visit the Friends website.

Past Events

Lecture and Field Trip
February 1, 2014

Author Frank Perry to present lecture and lead field trip.

Frank will be giving a lecture February 1 on the history and natural features of Santa Cruz County’s wharves, followed by a field trip February 22 to the lime kilns at Fall Creek. These are among four February events at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History as part of its Connect with Nature Series in conjunction with the Crystals, Caves & Kilns exhibit.


Crystals, Caves & Kilns Exhibit
Sept. 21, 2013 through February 22, 2014

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Exhibit at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

This special exhibit includes a section on the history of lime manufacturing in the Felton-Santa Cruz areas, with historic photos and artifacts. This link also includes a new video titled “Along the Rincon Road,” featuring 1920s photos of the Rincon quarry and kilns.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District and The Museum of Art & History are hosting a lecture and demonstration on timber frame construction. Details can be found here (PDF).

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Friends will be hosting a botanical tour of the Historic District. Details can be found here (PDF).

Two Recent Lime Works Videos

Harry Cowell's 150th Birthday
This short video was made in 2011 on the occasion of Harry Cowell's birthday celebration, held at UCSC by the Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District.

Video History and Walking Tour of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District

Produced in June, 2010, and based partly on the book Lime Kiln Legacies.

Saturday, October 30, 2010 Ghosts, Gold & Greed!

A special Halloween walking tour of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District at UCSC.
10:30 a.m. to noon. Meet in the Barn Theater parking lot, UCSC, corner of High and Bay.

August 8-9, 2009 Conference on Lime and Lime Kilns

The Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District is hosting the first-ever Conference on Lime and Lime Kilns in California History.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear experts from around California speak on a variety of lime-related topics including kiln technology, people, uses of lime, Spanish and Mexican period lime making, research methods, and how to interpret historic sites for the public. There will also be displays of historic artifacts, photos, and publications. We will actually make some lime! On the Sunday field trip participants will visit six historic lime kilns. Lunch and breakfast provided.

Cosponsors include the Agricultural History Project, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Museum of Art & History, Mountain Parks Foundation, Pajaro Valley Historical Association, Santa Cruz City Historic Preservation Commission, and the Santa Cruz Museum Association. Members of these organizations and the Friends of the Cowell Lime Works receive a discount on registration fees. To learn more and to register, go to the Friends of the Cowell Limeworks Website.

This promises to be a fun and educational event.

June 13, 2009 Evergreen Cemetery Tour

Join members of the Museum of Art & History’s Researchers Anonymous group for a walk through Evergreen Cemetery in Santa Cruz. Several local historians will tell about pioneers buried there including lime manufacturer Albion P. Jordan. Meet at the cemetery, 10 a.m., free. For more information, visit the Museum of Art & History's website.

Sunday, April 13, 2007—Lecture, Senior Center, Highlands Park

The book's authors presented a slide-illustrated lecture on the history of lime making in the San Lorenzo Valley. The talk was at the Senior Center, in Ben Lomond. Proceeds and book sales benefited the Museum.

July 14, 21, 28—Televised Lime Kiln Tour

A walking tour of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District at UCSC was video taped for Community Television of Santa Cruz County and aired on Santa Cruz Comcast cable channel 25 on July 14, July 21, and July 28 at 6 p.m. It featured Frank Perry and other local historians as they explore the old lime kilns, cooperage, and worker cabins at UCSC.

The tour took place on June 9, 2007.

July 24, 2007—Capitola Book Cafe

The Capitola Book Cafe hosted a book signing for Lime Kiln Legacies on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. Frank Perry talked about the book, answered questions, and signed copies. Several of the other authors were also be there to sign copies.

The Book Cafe is located at 1475 41st Avenue in the Kings Plaza shopping Center (next to the Rite Aid store) in Capitola. For more information call the store at 831-462-4415 or visit the Capitola Book Cafe website.

July and August, 2007—Santa Cruz Public Library (Main Branch)

An exhibit about the book was on display at the California Room of the Santa Cruz Public Library, 224 Church Street in Santa Cruz. The exhibit featured enlargements of some of the photos from the book and was hosted by the Santa Cruz Genealogy Society.

The exhibit ran through the end of August, 2007.

June 2, 2007, Museum of Art & History

Book signing on Saturday, June 2, 2007, from 1:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon at the Museum of Art & History, 705 Front Street in Santa Cruz.

We had a fine time at the first book signing for Lime Kiln Legacies. If you missed it we hope to see you at the Capitola Book Cafe in July.