A PhD graduate of Stanford University, Dr. Traci Bliss is a recognized local historian and conservationist, a sought after speaker on the topic: “How the Santa Cruz Mountain Redwoods were Saved”. Additionally, Dr. Traci Bliss is the president of the History Forum at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, where she has expanded membership and increased awareness of local history projects and programs. She recently led the Forum on a field trip to the Castro Adobe State Park in northern Watsonville. Built from 1848 to 1849, this is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area.
Dedicated to bringing together visitors and the community through art and history, the nonprofit Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History offers a wide range of hands-on exhibits, programs, and events.
To recognize people who make contributions to local history, the museum presents two awards each year through its History Forum. The honorary title of Distinguished Historian is awarded to a local historian of note whose work consistently promotes Santa Cruz County history.
The Forum also sponsors the Dolkas Award, a grant to support a project committed to raising awareness of local history. Half of the $2,000 award is presented at the forum’s annual dinner event and the other half is presented once the project has been completed.