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Archive center goes skyward

Posted: Friday, Jan 11th, 2013

Luis Valesquez and Mike Hermosillo work on the framing of the new Borina Archive & Alzora Snyder/Jane Borg Research Center at the Pajaro Valley Historical Association Friday. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).

WATSONVILLE — The long-awaited archive center at the Pajaro Valley Historical Association is taking shape following the November groundbreaking. The Borina Archive & Alzora Snyder/Jane Borg Research Center, which will provide expanded storage for the association’s sizable archive, is currently in the rough framing stage and is on track for completion in the fall.

Workers Mike Hermosillo and Luis Velasquez of Bill Passey Construction, a Watsonville-based company, were busy Friday tacking together the new frame.

“It’s going well and the weather has been favorable for us,” Hermosillo said. “Next, we’ll be installing the prefabricated roof trusses.”

The building is going up on a small lot near the 194-year-old Bockius-Orr House on East Lake Avenue. The archive center will feature some architectural parallels to the Bockius-Orr House.

The building bears the names of 27-year PVHA volunteer Alzora Snyder, and Jane Borg, who retired in 2011 after volunteering there for 29 years.

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

According to Archive coordinator Regan Huerta, the current archive building is over-loaded with archive materials.

“We’re constantly taking donations,” she said in November. “It doesn’t stop.”

In addition to providing expanded space, the new archive building will also be climate controlled and have few windows to keep humidity and light from degrading the archives.

The new facility will allow historians to more effectively access their collection of clothes, records, photographs, artifacts and area memorabilia.

The building will cost about $270,000, while the property cost PVHA $600,000. Funds are still needed to outfit the building’s interior with the necessary office equipment.

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