Monterey County History - Through the Lens of Pat Hathaway Exhibit & Lecture

Don't miss this outstanding exhibit at the Pacific Grove Art Center from March 3rd to April 27th. Also on Saturday, April 1st from 2 pm - 3 pm, James Perry, Executive Director of the Monterey County Historical Society, will give a lecture about Pat Hathaway, too! 

 “Monterey County History: Through the Lens of Pat Hathaway”


Artists Statement: Mr. Pat Hathaway, raised in Pacific Grove, assembled one of California’s largest privately held image collections. Upon his return to the Monterey Peninsula in 1968 after serving in the Vietnam war, Pat immediately began collecting historical images and also focused on his own passion for photography. In fact, his first exhibition was here at the Pacific Grove Art Center in 1968 where he was also in residence. Before suddenly passing in January 2021, Pat managed to assemble over 80,000 historical images, mostly of the Monterey Peninsula, Salinas Valley & California dating to the 1850s.  His love of photography was immense as evidenced by over 470,000 of his own images chronicling daily life on the Monterey Peninsula. Little is it known that Pat was also a collector of cameras as well as books relating to Monterey County and California. His images have appeared in 1000s of books, magazine & newspaper articles and history documentaries that have inspired generations of historians, teachers and authors. His collection is now preserved in the vaults of the Monterey County Historical Society.