Art and History

Colton Hall, circa 1880 Colton Hall, circa 1880

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California first became a state right here in Monterey!

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C-SPAN Cities Tour

cities-tour.444.200Mayor Clyde Roberson talked about the history and politics of Monterey, California, as scenes of the city and still images were shown.

C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2015 LCV Cities Tour” in Monterey, California, from November 5-12, 2015 to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the Comcast Cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed. The history segments air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments air on Book TV on C-SPAN2.

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