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Historic Harvey House 
Museum,  Education and Cultural Center   
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We offer Teacher Professional Development for 3rd and 5th grade elementary teachers and hands-on history programs for their students.

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The purpose of the First Mayor's House is to promote a better appreciation of life in early Salinas and provide educational opportunities for students, teachers and schools.

Our Story

The First Mayor’s House is an educational nonprofit in Salinas, California, consisting of the restored home of Isaac Julian Harvey, the garden, and Learning Center. The home has been completely restored to the 1870s; the family documents, photographs, clothes and furniture have been preserved, giving us a rare glimpse of early community life. Today, the First Mayor’s House has been relocated to the new Inter-modal Transportation Center, where it serves as an adjunct to local schools, telling the story of all immigrants to the Salinas Valley.    

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Hours of Operation:

First Saturday of the Month 10:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

First Fridays 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Or by Appointment


Addressing a problem and having an impact

Salinas' students have little connection to their community, little awareness of their community's rich immigrant history.  Not surprising, when you consider that community history has not been part of the class curriculum for a whole generation of students.

"How can we get students to feel like valuable members of the community? "

The First Mayor's House provides professional development in social studies and community history for third and fifth grade elementary teachers.  Our Institutes target the student through their teacher because the most important factor influencing student success is the teacher.

History and social studies in the context of the First Mayor’s House can provide the academic literacy that English Language Learner’s need: the Collection of the First Mayor’s House in the hands of educators can become a powerful learning tool.  



Contact us today with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have about our unique curriculum program.