Welcome to the Channel Islands Maritime Museum located in Oxnard's Channel Islands Harbor! Come by and experience "Water Works" by expedition artist Danielle Eubank, January 8 - March 25th, 2018.
An opening reception is planned for Thursday, January 11th, 2018, 6-8PM.
Read more about this in the events section below.
What better way to show gratitude to our California heritage than to pay homage to a variety of historical sites that played a part in it: see who they were, how they lived, and what they contributed to the development of the Golden State.  You'd be surprised at what you'll find!  Grab a "Passport 2 History" passport book from any of our 86 participating locations for $5 per passport book and begin your historical journey!  As you visit each participating location, be sure to get your passport book stamped, receive potential special benefits and win prizes! Listed below are the latest events, exhibits and announcements from our participating historical sites and museums. 

For more details, visit us at our website  passport2history.com or check out our Facebook page here

For the latest Passport 2 History video,  click here !

NEW! Watch the latest episode of the  "Passport 2 History" Show
Pick up a  "Passport 2 History" passport book 
at the Leonis Adobe or any of the participating sites for $5 & explore 86 historic sites in Southern & Central California.  
Collect "Passport 2 History" seals and collect prizes! 
...Stamp your passport to the past and discover the future!

What's New at the  Leonis Adobe Museum?
Did you know the Leonis Adobe Museum and Ranch is the Los Angeles  Historic-Cultural Monument #1 and is  located in beautiful Old Town Calabasas, CA?

To learn more about the Leonis Adobe Museum, be sure to view KCET's " Visiting with Huell Howser: Leonis Adobe" episode, available online at YouTube.com or click here to see it now! 

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Sat., January 6
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center
"Defender of the Dunes Workshop"

The Dunes Center welcomes participants ages 8 and up to join them for a free typewriter workshop in honor of the Defender of the Dunes, Kathleen Goddard Jones. 

Jones (1907-2001) was a local environmental activist with a passion for the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex who led a 30-year underdog campaign to conserve the Dunes for public enjoyment. Her courage and charm helped to preserve and promote the unique flora and fauna of the Central Coast. 
In a time of computers and new technology, participants will learn how to operate vintage typewriters and use them to create letters and poems before decorating their own unique stationary. This program filled with history and creative thinking is sure to ignite the imaginations of families throughout the community.

For more information and to RSVP for this free workshop, please contact Erin Gardner, Educational and Public Programs Coordinator at admin@dunescenter.org or by calling 805-343-2455. 
Sat., January 6
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
Juan Matias Sanchez Adobe 
Museum & Historic Site
"The Battle of Rio San Gabriel"

Come see uniformed American & Californio reenactors portray the thrilling military events leading up to California statehood! Experience the smell of the black powder from the musket firing demonstrations! Visit rare living history exhibits staffed with knowledgeable enthusiasts! Have children learn quaint arts & crafts of a bygone time! Enjoy live authentic period music and 19th c. fandango dancing, and try out easy old-fashioned steps during the audience participation sets for all ages! There will be hot food and beverages available for purchase. Rain does not cancel. The event is free!

Sun., January 7
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Ojai Valley Museum 
TOWN TALK: "Stories of Long Ago" with Chumash Elder Julie Tumamait-Stenslie

Join us as Ojai Chumash Knowledge bearer Julie Tumamait-Stenslie shares stories from the Ventureno Chumash tradition. 

FREE Museum Members; 
$5 General Public.

Sun., January 7
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
The Historical Tea & Dance Society 
"The Jane Austen Tea Social "

The Historical Tea & Dance Society is pleased to invite you to 
The Jane Austen Tea Social 

Join us as we start off a month long celebration of all things Jane Austen in Pasadena! Begin with joining us at our Jane Austen-era tea dance featuring wonderful less-often-done dances of the 1800s including the very first quadrilles! 

With callers Darlene Hamilton and Victor Lindsay with music by the Whirled Peas!   Day wear of the Regency period is encouraged but not required.

Thurs., January 11
9:30 AM 
Stagecoach Inn Museum
"Antiques Guild"

Come join our monthly Antiques group as they receive professionals and speakers on various types of antiques. Information on each month's topic is found at the Stagecoach Museum website: www.stagecoachinnmuseum.com. The event is on January 11 and begins at 9:30 am. Bring your friends! We have discussion and refreshments afterwards.
Goebels' Health Fair: Look for us at the Health Fair- we have a booth at the Fair so come on over to see us. We offer information on our programs as well as alerts on all the discounts for entry in to our complex for Seniors!

Thurs., January 11
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
"Water Works"
The Channel Islands Maritime Museum, in the Channel Islands Harbor, presents "Water Works" by expedition artist Danielle Eubank, January 8-March 25th, 2018. An opening reception is planned for Thursday, January 11th, 2018, 6-8PM. The museum is located at 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, California 93030.

Danielle Eubank is an expedition artist in pursuit of painting all of the major bodies of water in the world. She is beginning by painting all of Earth's oceans. She is currently painting the second to last ocean on her list, the Arctic Ocean. So far, she has painted all of the other oceans but one, as well as water in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, and Asia. Eubank has painted around 200 bodies, in and around 21 countries. 

Thurs., January 11
7:00 PM
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
"The Cabrillo Pavilion: Restoring the Jewel of East Beach"

Jill Zachary, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Santa Barbara will discuss the development of East Beach and Santa Barbara's coastal parks for public recreation, the vision of early civic leaders to develop community gathering places, and the current efforts to undertake a complete renovation of the Cabrillo Pavilion that preserves its historic integrity while establishing a modern recreation and community social center.

$5 (SBMM members)
$15 (non-members)

www.sbmm.org or (805) 456 8747

Sponsored by Marie L. Morrisroe


Sun., January 14
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Campo de Cahuenga 
" Re-Enactment Day"

It's the Campo's Annual Celebration
of the Signing of the 1847 Articles of Capitulation.
Join us for a live re-enactment of the historic event, cannon firing salutes, music, fiesta dancing, a new arts and craft village and a re-enactors camp!

Free parking in the marked off area of the MTA Lot: Follow signs, and place this Event flyer on the dashboard-no parking in the Campo lot.

Tues., January 16
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ronald Reagan Presidentail 
Library and Museum
"Lecture and Book signing with David Limbaugh"
This event is free to attend, however books must be purchased in the Reagan Library Museum Store to receive signature.  Books may be pre-purchased during the reservation process.  To reserve seats and/or books, please visit www.reaganfoundation.org/events or call 805-522-2977.   
Mr. Limbaugh will be discussing the current state of the conservative movement in the age of Trump.  It seems like it's no longer conservative vs. liberal, but pro-Trump vs. never-Trump, and now it's become so hard to have a strong opinion these days--even among fellow conservatives--because people's emotions and reactions have become so extreme.  Mr. Limbaugh will discuss the days of Reagan Conservatism and how things have shifted since then.
Following the program, Mr. Limbaugh will sign copies of his latest book, The True Jesus: Uncovering the Divinity of Christ in the Gospels.
David Limbaugh is a lawyer, nationally syndicated columnist, political commentator, and author of seven New York Times bestsellers.  As an expert in law and politics, Mr. Limbaugh has appeared on hundreds of national and local television and radio shows, including FOX and CNN as well as radio programs including Sean Hannity Show, Mark Levin Show, and Laura Ingraham. The brother of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, Mr. Limbaugh lives in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, with his wife and children.

Sat., January 20
9:30 AM 
Stagecoach Inn Museum
"Blacksmith Shop Training"

Ever wanted to learn how to be a blacksmith and work with horseshoes and bellows? This is your chance! Our authentic blacksmith shop on the grounds of the Stagecoach Museum offers training in January- on the 20th. Bring your old cow poke clothes and prepare to be taught how to make those special iron implements! Details for the event and sign up on our web site.

Sun., January 21
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Heritage Museum of Orange County
"Bridal Show"

Spend quality time with wedding
and event professionals throughout
the industry among our citrus trees,
rose garden, and historic homes.

Professional Vendors:
Accommodations, DJs, Florists, Photographers, Suits/Tuxes, Photo Booths, Videography, Cakes/Treats, Rentals, Catering, and more!

Wallace Hartley_s sheet music_ Wallace Hartley was the band leader who continued to play as the ship sank.  The sheet music was recovered from his body a week after the ship sank
"Titanic" Wallace Hartley's sheet music - Wallace Hartley was the band leader who continued to play as the ship sank. The sheet music was recovered from his body a week after the ship sank

Currently Ongoing
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library 
and Museum
May 27, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Titanic at the Reagan Library is a fascinating look at Titanic, combining real artifacts with the real stories of the people onboard the ill-fated ship. This new exhibit tells the story of the unsinkable ship in a way no museum has done before. Artifacts from passengers, dispersed over time, will be reunited in this exhibit for the first time in over 100 years. This brand-new 10,000 square foot exhibition, reuniting hundreds of Titanic artifacts that have not been together since the ship's fateful night in 1912 with material and artifacts from the 1984-1985 discovery of the Titanic as well as with items from the 1997 movie, is a first-of-its-kind exhibition not seen anywhere else before.
This is not a traveling exhibition.  To see the story of the Titanic told in such a unique way, visitors must come to the Reagan Library.  Whether you are a fan of genuine history or larger-than-life Hollywood, this is truly an once-in-a-lifetime exhibition that sheds light on the Titanic in a first-ever way no museum has attempted before!

Now - January 7, 2018
Ojai Valley Museum
"The Art of Dennis Shives"

A master wood carver who works in a variety of mediums, the work of Dennis Shives is often playful, always original, with a story behind every piece. Visit OjaiValleyMuseum.org for details.

January 2018
Jaun Matias Sanchez Adobe Museum 
"Anza California Expeditions" 

Spanish explorer Juan Bautista Anza lead two expeditions to Alta California.

On January 8, 1774, with 3 padres, 20 soldiers, 11 servants, 35 mules, 65 cattle, and 140 horses, Anza set forth from Tubac Presidio, south of present-day Tucson, Arizona.  The expedition took a southern route along the Rio Altar, then paralleled the modern Mexico/California border, crossing the Colorado River at its confluence with the Gila River. Anza reached Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, near present day Montebello, CA, on March 22, 1774, and Monterey, California, Alta California's capital, on April 19. He returned to Tubac by late May, 1774.

On October 2, 1774, Anza was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and ordered to lead a group of colonists to Alta California, as a buffer against Russian colonization of the Americas advancing from the north. The expedition got under way on October 23, 1775 with 240 friars, soldiers and colonists with their families. They took 695 horses and mules, 385 Texas Longhorn bulls and cows with them. They arrived at Mission San Gabriel Arcángel in January, 1776, present day San Gabriel, the colonists having suffered greatly from the winter weather en route. Today this 1,210 mile route is marked as the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. 

Currently Ongoing
Camp Roberts Museum
"New Military Exhibits"

Camp Roberts opened as the U.S. Army's largest basic training installation in mid-1941, just prior to us entering World War II. For the last 30 years, the volunteers at the Camp Roberts Historical Museum have been preserving and relating the camp's long and important role in our nation's defense, through WWII and the Korean War, and up to its current role as the main training site for the California Army National Guard. The camp also hosts training units from all the other US military components, regular and reserve, plus those from allied nations.

There are always new museum exhibits for guests to enjoy, and since the big expansion of the large Afghanistan Exhibit, museum volunteers have completed an Army field mess exhibit, a Vietnam era field hospital exhibit, and are building a new exhibit on helicopter training at the camp over the years, close to their Cobra attack helicopter. They are also hard at work on expanding and upgrading the large picnic and event center at the Main Museum. Visitors are constantly amazed at all the exhibits in both large historic buildings, as well as all the tracked and wheeled vehicles and helicopters. It is the largest Army museum complex in California, and the state's official military museum. They have a continuous history video showing, a research library, a gift shop, and don't miss the Wall of Fame that highlights the famous movie and TV stars who have done their Army training there, like Robert Mitchum, Steve Allen, Bob Newhart, Red Skelton, and William Holden. Visitors can climb into the tanks, helicopters and howitzers, and there is a new area where hids (and adults too) can try on a large array of uniforms from different nations and eras.

Currently Ongoing
Mullin Automotive Museum
"Citroën: The Man, The Marque, The Mystique"
Come experience a sampling from one of the most innovative French automobile manufacturers of the 20th century, Citroën!  These fascinating automobiles encompassed technology way ahead of their time, in futuristic bodies.  Come enjoy some of the best examples built by this marque in a retrospective exhibit at the Mullin Automotive Museum.
Reservations required. Semi-Private tours held Tuesdays at 10 AM and Thursdays at 11 AM for $40 per person.   Saturday admission is Adults $15, Seniors $12 (65+), Children $8 (3-11), Children under 2 & active Military with ID FREE.  
Please call 805-385-5400 for information or to make reservations.


Currently Ongoing
Pleasant Valley Historical Society Museum
"Hello! -- Antique Phones Exhibit & Silent Auction"
Bill Doctorman, who recently died at the age of 89, had an extensive collection of historic phones. He willed that collection to the Pleasant Valley Historical Society(PVHS).  Receipts found for phones that were purchased in his home state of Illinois indicate that he had been accumulating them for most of his lifetime.  
The PVHS museum currently has about 100 phones on display from the late 1880's through the 1980's.   Included are the wooden (usually oak) farm phones of various styles through the candlestick and art deco phones. It is fascinating to see how creative American manufacturers could be.  We also have some European phones that illustrate the standardization of style throughout the world.
We received over 200 phones from the Doctorman legacy and will be having a silent auction offering the excess to the community.  In the meantime, stop by to see this unusual exhibit, including a set-up for young children to experience "dialing" a telephone.  
Operating Hours:
Saturdays and Sundays from 12 - 4 PM.
Come by and say "hello"!

The Camarillo Ranch 
"House Tours"

Step back in time and visit the home of Adolfo Camarillo, known in Ventura County as "the Last Spanish Don." Visitors to the Camarillo Ranch can tour all 15 rooms of the beautifully restored 1892 Queen Anne Victorian home, explore the many gardens and the massive root system of the towering Moreton Bay Fig Tree, and see the original 1905 Mule Barn and the 1964 Stables that housed the famous Camarillo White Horses.  Tours of the Victorian home are available on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Group Tours for 8 or more people must be scheduled in advance.

Suggested donation: $5 per adult


Currently Ongoing
Olivas Adobe
The Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters, welcome you to come for a docent led history packed tour. Tours are given Saturday and Sunday's starting at 11:00, with the last tour departing at 3:00. Come and travel back in time to the Rancho Period at the home of Don Raymundo Olivas, his wife Teadora, and their twenty one children.

Now - January 23
Bolton Hall Museum
" Verdugo Hills High School Exhibit"
Reminisce about the good old days when you were young and in high school. 
On display are items from our archives and memorabilia on loan from community members that will bring back memories.
Due to popular demand, this exhibit is extended through January 23rd, 2018.


Currently Ongoing
Juan Matias Sanchez Adobe Museum & Historic Site
"The Vietnam War"

The Vietnam War was the second-longest war in United States history, after the war in Afghanistan.

Commitments to the people and government of South Vietnam to keep communist forces from overtaking them reached back into the Truman Administration. Eisenhower placed military advisers and CIA operatives in Vietnam, and John F. Kennedy sent American soldiers to Vietnam. Lyndon Johnson ordered the first real combat by American troops, and Richard Nixon concluded the war.

Despite the decades of resolve, billions and billions of dollars, nearly 60,000 American lives and many more injuries, the United States failed to achieve its objectives. Learn about Montebello's Reggie J Rodriguez who made the ultimate sacrifice and is honored by having a city park named after him. 

Currently Ongoing
Pleasant Valley Historical Society & Museum
Free: "Allis-Chalmers WD Row Crop Tractor"
The Pleasant Valley Historical Society & Museum has received a working tractor to be part of their permanent display.  Lou Oliver of Camarillo and a member of the Topa Flywheelers Tractor Club has given his fully restored 1952 Allis-Chalmers WD row crop tractor to the Museum.
"Allis," as she is called, was purchased new in 1952 from Power Tractor by the Tanaka Bros. Farms.   She worked well and hard for over forty years.  She was restored by Leonard Oliver and brought back to Camarillo in 2006 by Lou.  On a bright, sunny morning in late November, members from PVHS met at a ranch in the Las Posas Valley where Allis was stored.  She started right up and drove onto the flatbed that took her to the Museum where she now resides.  Plans are underway to build her a protective home that would be in keeping with her history.

Currently Ongoing
Camp Roberts Historical Museum
"75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary"
It has been 75 years since Camp Roberts first opened as the United States Army's largest basic training installation, just before our nation entered World War II. For the last 30 years, the volunteers at the Camp Roberts Historical Museum have been preserving and relating the camp's important history-as the US Army's largest basic training camp, through its 45-year history as the main training site for the California Army National Guard.
While there are always new exhibits for our guests to enjoy, our biggest project lately is a big expansion of our Afghanistan Exhibit, which focuses on our California Army National Guard units and our partner nations from around the world that are working hard under NATO and the UN to stabilize the government and train its police and armed forces.  The work is finished now, and we invite you to come and enjoy it, along with everything else we offer.  We think you'll be amazed at all the exhibits in both our historic buildings, plus all the tracked and wheeled vehicles and helicopters.  We're the largest Army museum in California, and the state's official military museum.  
Admission is always free.  We invite everyone to visit the Museum when it is open to the public (free) every Thursday and Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Our two large historic buildings full of exhibits will take you through the camp's entire history.

Angels Flight
Officially Reopened for Passenger Service!
Photo by Gary Leonard. 
The Angels Flight® funicular is one of Los Angeles' most enduring landmarks and has been featured in numerous artworks, books, and films including the winner of multiple Academy Awards - La La Land.  First installed in 1901, Angels Flight® has provided reliable transportation to tens of millions of passengers up and down Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles.  By the late 1950's the area surrounding Angels Flight® had fallen into blight and urban decay.  In 1969, Angels Flight® was disassembled and rebuilt nearly 30 years later 2 blocks south of the original location. Urban renewal efforts of the 1970's created redevelopment opportunities that continue today in what is now one of the most vibrant areas of Los Angeles. 
The Angels Flight® Railway has officially reopened for passenger service. The Railway is open daily, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays, from 6:45 in the morning until 10:00 at night. Passenger service operations are subject to occasional closures for maintenance. The one-way fare is $1.00. Holders of valid Metro passes may ride for fifty cents. Five-ride and 40-ride discount commuter books, good for one person only and for thirty days, are available for purchase.
The Railway's Top Station is located at California Plaza, 350 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles 90071. The Lower Station is located at 351 South Hill Street, Los Angeles 90013, across from Grand Central Market.
We hope that you will come by and enjoy a ride on this wonderful, historic Los Angeles treasure!

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
CLOSED for the Month of January 2018

The Muckenthaler will be closed in January.

The Paso Robles Historical Society at the Carnegie Library
CLOSED for the Month of January 2018

The Paso Robles Historical Society at the Carnegie Library will be closed in January.

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