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New building will allow Pajaro Valley Historical Association to triple storage space

Posted: Friday, Nov 16th, 2012

Rob Allen (standing, center), president of the Pajaro Valley Historical Association, address a crowd Thursday at the groundbreaking for the Borina Archive and Alzora Snyder/Jane Borg Research Center on East Beach Street. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).

WATSONVILLE — More than six decades after the Pajaro Valley Historical Association began amassing volumes of papers, artifacts and clothes, the current archive building is so severely overburdened that few places remain to store anything, and researchers are relegated to tiny nooks to do their work.

That will no longer be the case after construction has been completed on the Borina Archive & Alzora Snyder/Jane Borg Research Center, which will provide expanded storage for the association’s sizable archive and offer room for research.

On Thursday, a small group of Pajaro Valley residents gathered near a small lot near the 194-year-old Bockius-Orr House on East Lake Avenue for the groundbreaking ceremony, with work to start soon and construction expected to wrap up within nine months.

The building bears the names of 27-year PVHA volunteer Alzora Snyder, and Jane Borg, who retired last year after volunteering there for 29 years.

It is also named for the Borina Foundation, which kick started the funding process with a $400,000 matching grant.

For the complete article see the 11-17-2012 issue.

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