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Historic Harvey House 
Museum,  Education and Cultural Center   
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Education Programs

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


Teacher Professional Development

We provide professional development in social studies and community history for third and fifth grade elementary teachers. Utilizing the collection as inspiration, we have created lesson plans that combine local history with Common Core Language Arts Standards and that enable the teacher to utilize the House, Garden and Education Center in a way that enhances his/her teaching skills and increases student exposure to community history. For the 5th grade program, we have adapted I.J. Harvey's recollections of his journey West as a springboard to a comprehensive look at the Westward migration and produced, I.J.'s Incredible Journey and other Adventures on the American Frontier.   For the 3rd grade program, we have utilized letters between I. J. Harvey and his granddaughter, Florence to create, Tell Me Grandpa.

Women at a Table

School Visits

 We host class visits for elementary students, focusing on those classes whose teachers participated in the Institute. Students arrive and, after a brief orientation, participate in a series of interactive exhibits that enhances the lesson plans.

Fifth grade classes will participate in a simulation game that utilizes their communication, math, reading and problem solving skills.  This activity can be enjoyed at the House or taken the classrooms throughout the county.