The deprivations and hardships on
old Ocean View Avenue in the early 1930's, a street lined with sardine
factories, set the stage for one of the best read stories ever to
emerge from American literature.
John Steinbeck lived first-hand amid the sardine canneries, vacant
lots, flophouses, and honky-tonks of Monterey, the scenes and locations
of his charming (if only slightly fictional) accounts of life and
times on Cannery Row.
Learned lecturer and research historian Michael Hemp can bring to
life the boisterous past of the colorful cast of characters in John
Steinbeck's Cannery Row.
His informative and entertaining slide presentation from the Pat
Hathaway Historical Photo Collection of California Views illustrates
the evolution of the Monterey Peninsula from its earliest inhabitants
to the socio-economic disaster following the disappearance of the
once "inexhaustible" supply of sardines.
After seeing the history of the old Row as it was, guided walking
tours will provide first-hand enjoyment of this historic street
and its famous - and infamous - locations. Walk through the historical
sites of Monterey's sardine fishing and canning era. Discover on
location the literary and scientific legacies of the unforgettable
denizens of Cannery Row - Mack and the boys, pioneering marine biologist
Ed "Doc" Ricketts, as well as Flora, flamboyant bordello proprietress,
and Lee Chong, grocery store owner.
The history of "America's Most Famous Street" is still there, just
under the skin of modern Cannery Row, brought to life by your historian/author/guide,