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Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District

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General Agency Information
Name: Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District
Address: 1156 High St.
Santa Cruz,  CA  95064
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Days/Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8-4
Description: The Friends work to restore and preserve the old lime kilns and historic buildings of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District through fundraising, coordinating volunteers, and soliciting donations of materials. The Friends bring the site's rich history to life through tours and other educational programs.

The District encompasses some 30 acres at the main entrance to the University of California, Santa Cruz. The district includes four lime kilns, the cook house, cooperage, hay barn, Cardiff House, worker cabins, and many other buildings and structures from the 19th century. In 2007 the district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Mission: Preservation, restoration and interpretation of historic buildings, lime kilns, and other features in the Cowell Lime Works Historic District.
Programs: Volunteers are solicited to participate in archaeological projects, building restoration and other preservation projects. Group offers occasional guided tours and holds other events.
Equipment: Tools for archaeological and restoration projects are supplied and supervision and direction are provided.
Volunteer Info: All volunteers welcome. Student interns and volunteers participate in a range of preservation projects, including archaeological excavation and restoration of workers' cabins.
Publications: Historic District Walking Tour brochure, online and at Campus Admissions Office
Lime Kiln Chronicles newsletter published twice each year online and sent to members
Languages other than English: Can Arrange for Others
Accommodations for Disabled Persons: Varies Depending on Location
Public Transportation: Available Within One Block
Eligibility: Open to All
Fees: Annual Dues
Areas Served: Santa Cruz County
Funding Source: Contributions
Officials/Contact Persons
Officials: Frank Perry
President of the Friends Board
Contact Persons: Alisa Klaus
Subject Headings
Subject Headings: Historic Preservation
Volunteer Opportunities
This agency was last updated on March 6, 2018.