About Us


The Friends work to restore and preserve the old lime kilns and historic buildings of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District through fundraising, coordinating volunteers, and soliciting donations of materials. The Friends bring the site's rich history to life through tours and other educational programs.

The District encompasses some 30 acres at the main entrance to the University of California, Santa Cruz. The district includes four lime kilns, the cook house, cooperage, hay barn, Cardiff House, worker cabins, and many other buildings and structures from the 19th century. In 2007 the district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Board of Directors

  • Jim Burns (Retired Director of Public Affairs for UCSC)
  • Dennis Diego (Architect)
  • Don Lauritson (Retired Senior Planner, City of Santa Cruz.)
  • Elise Levinson (Retired UCSC, Director Housing and Dining Capital projects, Volunteer Wilder Ranch and Año Nuevo State Parks Horse Patrol)
  • Cynthia Mathews. (Member, Santa Cruz City Council, 1992-2010 and 2012-present. Former board member, Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz.)
  • Frank Perry (Coauthor, Lime Kiln Legacies: The History of the Lime Industry in Santa Cruz County, California.)
  • Frank Zwart, FAIA (UCSC, Campus Architect Emeritas)


  • President: Frank Perry
  • Vice President: Cynthia Mathews

Ex Officio Board Members

  • George Blumenthal (Chancellor)
  • John Barnes (Campus Architect and Associate Vice Chancellor for Physical Planning and Construction)

Staff Liaison

  • Alisa Klaus (UCSC Senior Environmental Planner)

Advisory Board Members

  • Ashley Adams Carniglia  (Curator of Education, Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz.)
  • Karin Goetter Beck (Archaeologist. Author, Lime Light: The Lime Manufacturing Industry in 19th Century Oroville, Butte County, California.)
  • Peg Danielson (Executive Assistant, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.)
  • J. Cameron Monroe (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz.)
  • Sally Morgan (Archaeologist and former Staff Liaison for the Friends)
  • Robert W. Piwarzyk (Coauthor, Lime Kiln Legacies: The History of the Lime Industry in Santa Cruz County, California.)
  • Jenifer Lienau Thompson (Executive Assistant, Ocean Conservancy. Former Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.)
  • Mark Traugott (Professor of History, University of California, Santa Cruz.)


  • Anne Hayes (Associate Director of Development)