The late Holocaust survivor and author, Elie Wiesel. Photo courtesy of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

COMMENTARY: Honoring Elie Wiesel’s Memory

The Rohingya of Mynamar are in danger of being victims of genocide. Calling attention to their plight will honor the late Holocaust survivor and author, Elie Wiesel.

The Native Plant Garden at the San Juan Bautista State Historic Park. Photos by Frank Perez.

Native Plant Garden In SJB Sows Knowledge, Hope for Local Tribe

The Native Plant Garden in San Juan Bautista provides cultural knowledge for the Amah Mutsun and teaches others about the tribe's continued presence in our county.

Art & Culture

Luis Valdez Joins The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Class of 2016

San Juan Bautista resident and El Teatro Campesino founder, Luis Valdez, was recently named a member of the Academy.

Flier announcing Los Padrinos' 9th Annual Car Show. Courtesy of Ralph Duarte.

Los Padrinos Car and Truck Club To Host Annual Car Show in San Juan Bautista

The annual car show scheduled for Saturday, June 25, raises funds for charity.

El Teatro Campesino performs during the 1975 "El Voto" campaign. Photo courtesy of Mimi Plumb.

Art & Culture

¡Viva La Causa!: El Teatro Campesino’s New Production Opens Friday, June 24

Melding the past, present, and future, “!Viva La Causa!” pays tribute to El Teatro Campesino's founder, Luis Valdez, while chronicling the theater company's storied history and honoring its mission

"Journalism and Democracy in California" event poster. Courtesy of the California Humanities.

California Humanities Presents “Journalism and Democracy in California”

The free event held at San Jose State will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and journalists discussing the news industry in California

Alyx Beltran (pictured right) speaks to his friend, Zack. Photo by Frank Perez.

Children and Youth

Transgender Student at SBHS Finds His Way

Transgender male student, Alyx Beltran, graduated from San Benito High School on Friday, while the school finds its footing in his wake

Jennifer Lucido facilitates a quill pen demonstration, Copyright 1995-2016 Rubén G. Mendoza. All photos courtesy of Dr. Ruben Mendoza.

Photo Exhibit at CSUMB Honors Students Who Contributed to Preserving Mission SJB

Through May 13, "Archeology on the Edge of Empire" includes 18 photos capturing the contributions that California State University, Monterey Bay’s students have made to Mission San Juan Bautista during the past 20 years.

A clutch of Common Raven eggs that were taken from a nest in southern San Benito County in the 1920s by the late Jack O'Donnell. Photo courtesy of Mark Paxton.

Hollister Resident Soars When Sharing His Knowledge of Birds

At the San Benito County Historical Society's recent meeting Hollister resident, Mark Paxton, shared with the community his knowledge of birds and his late uncle's oological collection

A farmworkers' polling place set-up in a field (Sept. 1975). Photos courtesy of Mimi Plumb.

Democracy In The Fields: A Project Honoring California’s Farmworkers and the Newfound Freedoms They Reaped in 1975

In September1975, free elections altered California's agricultural landscape. On Sunday, April 3, the National Steinbeck Center will host the unveiling of "Democracy in the Fields," a project dedicated to this momentous event and the lives it transformed

Featured guest of the Cesar Chavez Assembly, Oscar Ramos, makes closing remarks while LULAC Youth members and other guests look on. Photos by Frank Perez.

Inspiring Hundreds Through Cesar Chavez’s Legacy

SBHS hosted an assembly organized by LULAC Youth of San Benito County. Guest speakers included Salinas educator, Oscar Ramos, and his former student, Jose Ansaldo. The two were featured in the documentary, “East of Salinas.”

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Trust works to preserve ancestral tribal lands in San Benito County

Event on Amah Mutsun Land Trust featured a critically-acclaimed film and presentations by tribal members and representatives

Flyer for the screening of "Here and Now." Courtesy of Bay Area Open Space Council.

Amah Mutsun Tribal Band’s Land Trust is Subject of Short Film

Produced by Bay Area Open Space Council, "Here and Now" documents the efforts of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band's Land Trust

Slide from Dr. Pamela J. Huckins' presentation at the 33rd Annual California Missions Conference. Photo courtesy of Dr. Huckins.

Mission San Juan Bautista’s Apostolado: A Historically Significant Artwork

The mission is home to the only known, complete apostolado--a series of individual paintings of the apostles--in California's mission system.

Unknown, local Mission Pageant participants, circa 1930s. Photo courtesy of San Juan Bautista Historical Society Archives.

For More Than a Decade, the Mission Pageant Plays Attracted Thousands

Co-produced by two prominent California women, the plays centered on the mission's rich and vibrant past