Salinas History Project

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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 for thirty years. She received her B.A. from the University of Washington in 1979 and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999.

Her first book, Beyond Cannery Row: Sicilian Women, Immigration, and Community in Monterey, 1915-1999 placed women at the center of a transnational migration story that focused on the Sicilian fishing families of Monterey. Dr. McKibben served as Director of the Seaside History Project from 2005-2012. Her second book, Racial Beachhead: Diversity and Democracy in a Military Town (Stanford University Press, 2012) wove the history of the military town of Seaside into a narrative of civil rights on the Monterey Peninsula. Her third project aims to produce a new narrative history of the city of Salinas from the post World War II era to the present day.

View Dr. McKibben's full bio.

In Common Purpose

Dr. McKibben has provided the following synopsis "In common Purpose: Urban Restoration and Regional Realignment in Twenty-First Century Salinas, California, and the Central Coast Region". In her own words, this paper "shows how the city of Salinas became the epicenter of regional agricultural achievement with a global reach." She also discuss why this designation helps us understand California and America.

In Common Purpose - Carol Mckibben 12-2018.pdf