Antonia Martin at the Vineyard School. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito History

BL Longform: The 19th-century Gilmore Colony collapses at the farm

On their own, former slaves and workers move to Hollister to restart their lives.

Park interpreter Marcos Vizcaino with Valley Christian Elementary School students. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Schools & Education

Fourth-grade students on field trips return to San Juan Bautista

They bring a sign of normalcy and hope for the small tourist town.

Antonia Martin, Scott Gilmore's great granddaughter, at the former Gilmore property. Photo by Robert Eliason.

History & Profiles

BL Longform: The exodus of former slaves from Arkansas to Cienega Valley

The Gilmore Colony settles briefly in the Hollister Hills.

"I will be after you in January if you want to come" - Daniel Gilmore to Scott Gilmore. Courtesy of Antonia Martin

History & Profiles

BL Longform: The untold history of Hollister’s Gilmore Colony

County records, newspaper articles and letters describe the formation of an early Black community in San Benito County.

Marcos Vizcaino with prop horse used in "Vertigo." Photo by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

‘Vertigo’ returns to San Juan Bautista

The town’s claim to movie immortality is being screened for free on Sept. 25.

Restoration work at the Plaza Hotel. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito History

Plaza Hotel in San Juan Bautista undergoes restoration

Repairs to the 208-year-old building include replacing damaged wood and adobe as well as repainting.

That's "Kate" behind the wheel with husband James F. Dunne alongside.

San Benito History

LEGACY OF WOMEN: Viola Katherine Lowery Dunne

Viola "Kate" Dunne should be forever credited for establishing a park near downtown Hollister