Joined: 27 Nov 2007
Location: Monterey County, California
|Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:33 pm Post subject: Forward
|MONTEREY is one of the most historic spots in Western North America. As California's oldest capital, it is rich in history and colorful in tradition. To preserve this precious heritage in written form, as well as in a museum of historical material, has been an ardent ambition of Mrs. Powers, hence this excellent book.
In it she has presented the local history of Monterey against the background of the general history of California. But her main interest and her main contribution has been to bring together the significant and romantic tale of Monterey itself, and thus to preserve much of value which otherwise would become lost forever.
As a result of her painstaking research she has brought many new facts to light, and straightened out more than one hitherto distorted episode. By her lively style, the re-sult of long experience as a writer, Mrs. Powers has clothed her story with a large measure of human interest.
Like every good book, this one is the product of a labor of love. The author has devoted many years to the preservation of the historical landmarks of California. Her most recent achievement has been the rehabilitation of the Old Customs House in Monterey. In the public acquisition of other sites and their preservation for future generations she has been similarly a leader. Her dream now is to restore the Plaza of the Old Capital to what it was in the days of Spain, Mexico and the Forty-Niners. This work of Mrs. Powers and her associates is not merely antiquarian.
It is cultural and educational in the truest sense.
God speed OLD MONTEREY!
HERBERT EUGENE BOLTON Berkeley, October 17, 1933