Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum

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Greetings From the Executive Director 2019

“The role of preserving history is twofold—- firstly, to remind society not to repeat it and secondly, to remind society to repeat it.”

~Kayla Ettinger, KCHS 2019 Graduate and

MCARLM Scholarship Recipient


What does it mean to be responsible for the preservation of history? The role that a history museum takes in assuming the responsibility of protection of the documentation of a community, society, generations of area families is not a small task that can be taken lightly. Housed within the walls of  7 museum buildings located at the Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum holds artifacts that are no more just old items to the museum, than someone's personal treasures is just stuff to them. Each piece in the MCARLM collection represents a person, their life, their story. These items are proof of a life and time that may have passed, but mattered and made an impact on the world around us today, whether big or small.

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Changes at San Lorenzo Park

There have been many regulation, rate changes and rental requirement changes implemented at San Lorenzo County Park as of January 2019.  These changes are being implemented by the County of Monterey, under the management of the Resource Management Agency (RMA), a division of Monterey County governed by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.  To clear up some general misconceptions as to the relation on the Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum (MCARLM) and the County of Monterey, the MCARLM board would like to issue the following statement:

 The Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum is a 7 building museum facility that is owned and maintained by the County of Monterey, and located within a county park also owned and maintained by the County of Monterey.  At this time, RMA has one remaining employee dedicated to the care and preservation of the collection entrusted to the county for many decades.  The group best known as MCARLM is a non-profit organization that serves as the benefactor to the museum facility owned by the county.  MCARLM works to provide educational programming opportunities to the public and local youth., utilizing the artifacts owned by the county.  MCARLM's mission is related to the protection, interpretation, and educational aspects of the museum, and are not related to the park or non-museum facilities, such as the rentals of the DeAnza building or the RV/Campgrounds, nor do funds from the entry gate, rental, or park use fees benefit MCARLM.  As a non-profit, MCARLM relies on fundraising, donations, and grants to continue operations and services.  For questions, or more information, please feel free to contact MCARLM at (831)385-8020, or for issues or concerns, contact Chris Lopez, District 3 Supervisor. 


Your donation will help us continue to inspire and engage current and future generations of agriculture and rural life history enthusiasts. Without the Agricultural and Rural Life Museum, our community would be bereft of the inspiration and sustenance provided by the historical context of our exhibitions. No matter the size of your budget, your gift will make a difference! Gifts of all sizes tremendously appreciated.

Thank you for your contribution!