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Monterey State Historic Park Association (MSHPA)

Mission

MSHPA mission is to preserve the historic buildings and cultural heritage of Monterey, California so that all may experience the special place through interpretation, education and special events programs.

The Big Idea

Monterey State Historic Park Association (MSHPA) preserves the historic buildings and cultural heritage of Monterey so that all may experience the special place through education and special events programs. They’ve been working on restoring California’s First Theater with a goal to hire professional vendors so that the theater can be opened for live performances on a regular basis, along with offering refreshments, including menu items that would’ve been offered historically. In keeping with MSHPA’s funding of children’s programs, they will extend their efforts to engage children in performances and education that dovetails with their current educational funding initiatives.

The First Theater is a California landmark, and it is important that the building be accessible to the public. The theater truly comes alive when plays are performed that drew enthusiastic audiences in the 19th and 20th centuries. Who wouldn’t like to go back, say, to Ed Ricketts’ marine biological laboratory on Cannery Row and sit and chat with Ricketts and John Steinbeck and the other prominent artistic and scientific figures of the time? That’s impossible, but it wouldn’t be impossible to return to the entertainment—the plays—that stirred audiences in the First Theater’s bygone days.

- Steve Hauk

We Did It, Together!

Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.