In 1973, the Santa Cruz Historical Society, one of the predecessors of The Museum of Art & History, began a program to educate the community about the rich architectural heritage of the town and county.
From the beginning, the historic landmark plaques were intended as a benefit to both the community and historic property owners by highlighting historic structures, educating the public and providing visibility for successful or needed preservation. As an honorary and educational activity with no legal ramifications, it was a good complement to the more formal work of the city and county historic preservation efforts like commissions, surveys and ordinances. Over the years nearly 150 plaques were awarded. Awards are announced each May during National History Month.
The Museum of Art and History (MAH) authorizes the plaques, which are paid for by the owner of the property. Historic Landmark designation by MAH is purely honorary and has no legal implications, nor is it connected with City or County historical building surveys.
Click here to access the Museum website for this program, or contact Marla Novo, MAH Coordinator of Collections, at 831-429-1964 ext. 7019, or firstname.lastname@example.org.