The Aptos History Museum began in the 1980s when Carolyn Swift, the curator of the Capitola Museum, gave a photograph of the Aptos Railroad Station to John Hibble. John was a history buff who, along with his wife Karen, were (and continue to be) directors of the Aptos Chamber of Commerce which was then located in Redwood Village. John’s photo collection began to grow, other historical items were donated by community members, and this growing collection was displayed at the Chamber of Commerce. When the Aptos Chamber moved to its current location on Old Dominion Court, the collection expanded somewhat and was displayed within the Chamber office, but most of John’s collection remained in storage.

In 2005, additional office space in the Chamber building became available, and Karen Hibble determined that the Aptos History Museum deserved to have its own larger facility and become a real museum. She and John appealed to the community, and an advisory committee was formed. The new space was repainted and made ready, and new display cases were built. John’s now sizable collection was retrieved from storage and dusted off, and a crew of volunteers worked for many months to set up and organize the new museum. The Aptos History Museum opened its expanded facility on May 24, 2006, and it has since garnered enthusiastic reviews and numerous citations of merit. Most notably, the Museum received the Aptos Community Achievement Award in 2006.

Please join us at the Aptos History Museum for our monthly advisory board meeting which takes place on the third Wednesday of every month. Please call 831-688-1467 for details and or reservations.

Thank you for your interest in local history and for your support of the Aptos History Museum. We appreciate you.
The Museum’s annual fundraising party, Swing into Spring, is Tuesday March 1st from 5-7 pm at the Sevy’s with a Mardi Gras theme. The Museum needs to raise $18,000 for our rent. We hope that you will help. We can always use volunteers the day of the event. Many hands make things work.
We hope that you will attend and invite your friends, coworkers, relatives, and neighbors. Bring your beads and masks. There will be prizes for the best dressed. The no host bar will feature Bourbon Street classics. Uke4Joy will provide the music and Sevy’s will provide appetizers. Mardi Gras/Carnival is a celebration.
In addition to all that, there will be a silent auction. Not only do we hope that you will find something wonderful to bid on, but we also hope that you might be able to provide something wonderful for others to bid on. You may have a hobby or skill that you could share as a prize. You might lead a tour or host a wine/beer/scotch tasting.
Tickets are $40 general/$35 for museum members. (831) 688-1467 or for information and reservations. Please let us know in advance so that we can plan for your enjoyment. If you cannot join us maybe you could make a donation to the museum or buy tickets for friends. If you would like to be a sponsor, we will recognize your generosity at the event. Consider making a night of it by bringing friends and then go on to dinner afterwards. Thank you for your support. Let the good times roll!

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