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Museum of Natural History presents “Wharves in Santa Cruz County: A Natural and Unnatural History”
Frank Perry Speaks on Santa Cruz Wharves Past and Present
Posted Date: 1/21/2014 7:00 PM

SANTA CRUZ, CA -- In celebration of the Santa Cruz Wharf's 100th Anniversary, the Museum of Natural History presents a lecture by local historian Frank Perry about the importance of wharves along our coastline on Saturday, February 1 at 10:00 am at 1305 East Cliff Drive.

"Wharves in Santa Cruz County: A Natural and Unnatural History" will focus on why wharves were built, their human history, natural enemies and their function as a habitat for diverse marine life. The lecture will provide participants a better understanding about the challenges and rewards of these unique structures and the role they've played in the region's waterfront history.

"Telling the story of the wharves is one of my favorites," said Mr. Perry. "I'll share some of the most interesting stories connected with each wharf and explain why the present Santa Cruz Wharf was built back in 1914." He will also discuss the wharf piling as a distinct marine habitat, intertidal zonation, and the battle (historically) to protect the piles from wood-boring marine organisms.

This will be the first in a series of lectures highlighting the special exhibit, “Crystal, Caves & Kilns,” which is currently on view at the Museum of Natural History. Frank Perry was born and raised in Santa Cruz and has long been fascinated by the area's natural features and cultural history. He attended Cabrillo College and UCSC and worked for over 30 years on a free-lance basis researching, designing, and building exhibits for museums and park visitor centers. He has written 10 books on local topics and contributed articles to the Santa Cruz County History Journal. Mr. Perry became the Museum Curator for the Capitola Historical Museum after Carolyn Swift retired in July 2013.

Cost for the lecture is $8.00 for museum members and $10.00 general admission. Register online at