Archaeology Internship

2014 Archaeology Internship Cowell Lime Kilns & Cooperage In March, 2014, the Friends raised $3,000, through a crowd-funding campaign, to support an archaeological dig in the Cowell Lime Works Historic District. The dig was launched at the Hay Barn site at the beginning of the Spring Quarter.

You can follow the progress of the dig and its findings through photos and weekly reports by the participating students on the Friends' Facebook page.

Discover the History

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A history and tour of the Historic District at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Lime was manufactured here in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The District includes four lime kilns, the cooperage (where barrels were made), the hay barn, cookhouse, limeworker cabins, Cardiff house, and many other historic structures. Continue...


Upcoming  Events

Henry Cowell Sesquicentennial

It was 150 years ago, in 1865, that Henry Cowell bought a half interest in the lime-making business in Santa Cruz. The Friends are organizing a special commemorative History Fair in October. See story.

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The Cowell Lime Works Historic District needs your help with monetary donations and donations in kind to help restore the historic structures, or volunteer services to assist in reconstruction and interpretation of district history.

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