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The Salinas History Project aims to present a narrative of urban history that brings the multiple and separate communities in Salinas together to showcase the complex story of this municipality from its nineteenth century founding to the present, with special emphasis on the period after World War II when population growth exploded and urban renewal and redevelopment were in full swing.

Director Dr. Carol Lynn McKibben is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer and has worked as lecturer in the Department of History and Urban Studies at Stanford University since 2006.

Dr. McKibben has been teaching and doing community based research on the Monterey Peninsula

First Draft
Read the revised version of Chapter One HERE

Dear All,
A revised version of Chapter One of the upcoming new narrative history of Salinas is now available for review. We will be holding a group discussion and critique on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 p.m in the The Permit Center (65 W. Alisal) in the Large Conf. Room. All are welcome to join!

A note on the Chapter: Although the focus of this work will be the years following World War II, I thought it best to begin at the beginning, which is in the nineteenth century. This section aims to explain how and why Salinas was founded in the context of American (and California) history, and includes bibliographical context as well.

Carol Lynn McKibben, Ph.D.


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