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Since 2015, Salinas has celebrated “Founder Day.” This event has partnered the First Mayors House, Native Sons of the Golden West, Monterey County Historical Society, Railroad Society and more to honor our heritage. The event typically has lasted 5 to 6 hours and included music, food, outreach, displays, speeches, and much more. For Founders Day 2018, Mayor Joe Gunter has commissioned a special effort to plan the event with greater City Support.


Founders Day serves the need to engage local residents in the history of their City. There is a strong commitment to both education and outreach from the many historic, civic, and cultural organizations in the area.


The event is termed the Salinas Founders Day 2018. It is a 9AM – 3PM city sanctioned activity set for Saturday, April 14th, 2018. The event will take place in the municipal parking lot adjacent to the railroad station / depot. Specific areas will be set aside for food, vendors and performances / talks. The various museums and displays will be open to the public (First Mayor’s House, Amtrak Station, City Rail Car Display, Model Railroad). Ultimately, the event may include any combination of the following: non-profit outreach, crafts for sale, games, face painting, music and / or a bounce house as well. Given the many partnerships with various organizations and the city, a strong call to action is driving this event.


As a “City of Salinas” sanctioned event, there will be regular meetings of an organizing team to produce the event. The team is looking for various organizations & individuals to sponsor and support / help promote the event.


Event Chair, Steve McShane, City of Salinas (831) 970-4141 steve@mcshanesnursery.com

Event Co-Chair, Mary Randall, First Mayors House (831) 214-8661 or firstmayorshouse@gmail.com

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