At the Stevenson House on Saturday, August 25, 4-6 pm, Claudine Chalmers will share with a limited audience her research on Jules Simoneau, a true friend of RLS and contributor to the cultural history of Monterey. A flyer for the event is available here.
The event is a fund-raiser for the Monterey State Historic Park Association (MSHPA). The cost of a ticket for club members is $10. Since only 40 tickets have been printed due to limited space at the Stevenson House, please make your purchase as soon as possible. Tickets may be purchased at Custom House Store, Custom House Plaza, 10am-4pm; or by check payable to MSHPA, and mailed to Lindy Perez, P.O. Box 51504, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 (include email address and phone number). Tickets purchased by mail can be picked up at Stevenson House on day of event.
Visiting the Stevenson House
For 2018 the Stevenson House of the California State Monterey History Park is open April through October on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, beginning on April 7 .
When open, Stevenson House visitors are greeted by docents who bring to life Stevenson’s occupancy of the House during his stay in Monterey in the autumn of 1879, and relate the other many notable uses of the building during its long history.
The Stevenson House is a two-story adobe built during the Mexican Era of Monterey. Rooms in the House hold a large number of Stevenson artifacts, including portraits, Stevenson family furniture, and personal items. Lovely gardens occupy the House grounds. The gardens are open year round 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The House is located at 530 Houston Street, Monterey, California.
In nearly two centuries of existence the Stevenson House has sheltered families, government officials, artists, writers, and fishermen. In one period as a rooming house, then called the French Hotel, Robert Louis Stevenson stayed for a few months. He had come to court his future wife, Fanny Osbourne. Stevenson was poor, in frail health and unknown; in his days in Monterey he was cared for by friends he had made there. And there Stevenson wrote the essay “The Old Pacific Capital,” a wonderfully evocative essay describing Monterey and the Peninsula of that time.