Along a well-traveled road known as El Camino Real (The King's Highway) lies Rancho Camulos, a place out of time . Join Rancho Camulos in the "Commemoration of the St. Francis Dam Disaster" on March 18, 2018. Learn more about this and other events in the Events section below.
PASSPORT 2 HISTORY MONTHLY NEWSLETTER  March 2018, Vol. 72
 
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 will be surprised at what you will 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!

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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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UPCOMING EVENTS*
Sat., March 3
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Planes of Fame Air Museum
"Commemoration in the Wake of Catastrophe: Remembering the Forgotten Casualties of the St. Francis Dam Disaster"

Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino, CA) presents its monthly Living History Flying Day on March 3, 2018, featuring the Vought F4U-1A Corsair. A speaker panel comprised of distinguished aviation experts, historians, authors, and veterans may be featured, followed by a question & answer period. The  Vought F4U-1A Corsair is scheduled to be on display and perform a flight demonstration (schedule is subject to change).
 
Admission
General: $11 
Age 11 and under: $4 
Age 4 and under: Free w/ paid adult.
 
 
Sat., March 
12:00 P
Juan Matias Sanchez Adobe Museum
"Titanic - Exhibit Opening"

RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning hours of 15 April 1912, after it collided with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard the ship, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. The RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service. Come see our Titanic exhibit with stories of the crew, passengers, and the ship. Join us on opening day March 3rd for a 1912 Titanic tea party. 

Come dressed in costume.


Sat., March 3
3:00 PM
California Oil Museum
"Commemoration in the Wake of Catastrophe: Remembering the Forgotten Casualties of the St. Francis Dam Disaster"

Archaeologist, Anne Stansell, shares her research findings on why this man-made dam disaster has been largely forgotten on a state and national level, but tenuously remembered within the flood-zone.  

This exhibit covers more than a century of time and provides a look into some of America's dreadful dam disasters, the impact on the lives of those affected, and the lessons learned through investigative research and retrospective evaluations. 

Suggested Donation: $4



Sun., March 4
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
" Celtic Tea Dance "
 
The month of March is made for wishing upon lucky four leaf clovers! Join the Historical Tea & Dance Society for an afternoon celebrating all things Celtic through music, easy-to-do dances, and tea time. You are sure to leave with a skip in your step and smile on your face after hearing lively Irish tunes and beautiful lilting Celtic music.
 
Newcomers are always welcome. While Irish-themed and Scottish-themed outfits are encouraged (but not required) for this event, many will come in dressy-casual clothing! $20 includes all.
 
Families are welcome, however we ask that children be able to follow direction and act appropriately for the occasion! 
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Thurs., March 8
7:30 PM 
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
"Merry Wives of Windsor"

Admission:
$12.50 Member
$16 Student/Senior 
$25 Non-member

Blending elements of folk music from the British Isles and the Americas, the foundation of the Merry Wives' sound is rich vocal harmonies, with support and ornamentation by traditional and contemporary folk instruments.


Sat., March 10
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Maritime Museum of San Diego
"Adventure Day Sail Aboard 1542 Galleon Replica San Salvador"
 
Maritime Museum of San Diego, with an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels, announces new day sail adventure dates aboard San Salvador, a replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's ship that arrived at the port we now call San Diego on September 28, 1542.

These 4-hour Sailing Adventures are for people who love history and sailing. Very few people have sailed aboard galleons of the 16th century. Our day sails will offer the public a chance to be aboard the magnificent galleon, San Salvador. No sailing experience required. San Salvador has sailed to Oxnard, Monterey, Morro Bay, Channel Islands, Santa Barbara, and San Pedro as part of her multi-year Pacific Heritage Tour.

Ticket prices range from $49 for children to $99 for adults. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at  sdmaritime.org  or by calling 619-234-9153, extension 111. Space is limited.



Sat., March 10
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ojai Valley Museum
"OPENING RECEPTION -  Carlos Grasso: Scorched Souls"

Join us for the Opening Reception of our annual Ojai Studio Artists exhibition. The exhibit features artwork in response to the Thomas Fire, the largest wildfire in California history. With over 70 artists working in a variety of mediums, there will be artwork about the fire, its aftermath, and recovery. 

Free. No host wine.

 

Sat., March 10
1:00 PM
Bolton Hall Museum
"Second Saturday Program: 
The History of Early Los Angeles"
 
Bolton Hall Museum's March 10th Second Saturday program traces the history of Los Angeles from its founding as a pueblo of 44 people in 1781 through California's statehood in 1850 and explores factors allowing the small pueblo to become the city of over 4 million that it is today.
 
Our program presenters Bruce Phillips, EdD and Katy Phillips, MS, are both native Californians and retired educators.  They are members of the Los Angelitas del Pueblo and lead tours of the historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles.  Bruce is the immediate past president of Los Angelitas and Katy served on the Board recently as Director of Education.
 
This program is free and open to the public and everyone is welcome. 


Sat., March 10, 17, & 24
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Juan Matias Sanchez Adobe Museum 
"Meet Marge"

Marge Villa, born in Montebello, California in 1924, started playing professional 
softball at the age 13 for the Orange County Lionettes. After WWII in 1946, Marge received a letter and was asked to play for the Kenosha Comets of the All-American
Girls Professional Baseball League. She played for five years with the Comets, being
used as a catcher, second base, and shortstop.


On June 9, 1946, Villa made history when she drove in nine runs and collected
eleven total bases in a contest, setting two single-game league records.
She was popular with the fans and she became know as "Poncho." Marge would travel to Cuba for spring training and with other AAGPBL teams, traveled to Central and South America. 

After she retired in 1950, she became a champion golfer at the Hacienda Golf Club. In 1988, Marge was honored as part of Women in Baseball, a permanent display based at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. In 1992 she was an adviser for the movie, "A League Of Their Own." 

Come and meet Marge, talk baseball, and she will sign free autographs.



Thurs., March 15
7:30 PM
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
"The Ploughboys"

Admission:
$12.50 Member 
$16 Student/Senior 
$25 Non-member

A lively St. Patrick's sing-a-long!
With performances of traditional Irish drinking songs and shanties, and contemporary covers of the likes of the Dropkick Murphys, the Pogues, and Flogging Moll. This band never fails to provide a good time! Come join us for a sing-and-stomp-along evening of music, revelry, whiskey, beer, and a bit of Craic Slainte'!
 

Sat., March 17
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Fillmore Historical Museum
"St. Francis Dam Disaster
Fillmore 90th Anniversary Commemoration"

Just before midnight on March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam collapsed. The collapse was one of our country's worst man-made disasters of the 20th century. Over 12 billion gallons of water and debris rushed the length of the Santa Clara Valley, damaging homes and crops and killing at least 450 people. On March 17, 2018, the City of Fillmore will remember this disaster. 


Sat, March 17
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
" Calligraphy Workshop"
 
Learn to write copperplate calligraphy with a brush pen at this hands-on workshop with instructor Kristi Darwick. Beginners welcome and all materials are included! 

Admission:
$30 Adults
$25 Students/Seniors (55+)  

Click here or call (626) 968-8492 to reserve your spot today!




In March 2018, the communities along the floodpath will commemorate the 90th anniversary of the St. Francis Dam Disaster. There will be numerous opportunities in Santa Clarita, Piru, Camulos, Bardsdale, Fill­more, Santa Paula, and Ventura to help understand the causes of the disaster, honor the dead, commemorate the survivors, and reflect on the response and resiliency of the communities that were impacted. 

Go to  SAINTFRANCISDAM.com   for details on the events listed below and extensive information about the St. Francis Dam.
 

Sat., March 24
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
International Printing Museum
"Krazy Krafts Day for Kids"
 
Attention kids and kids at heart! Ongoing activities include unique crafts like letterpress printing, paper making, paper marbling, and foil stamping! You also can learn cartooning, fold origami, write in calligraphy, and rubber stamp to your hearts delight. Make sure to bring a blank t-shirt so you can screen print your very own shirt! History enthusiasts will enjoy tours of our working antique printing presses and will even get their name cast in hot metal type on our amazing Linotype machine.
 
Admission:  $10
Ample free parking


Sat., March 24
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Heritage Museum of Orange County
" Easter Egg Hunt"

TOTALLY FREE!

Each age group has a different area and time slot so it's fair and easy for families with multiple children.

We also host an opportunity drawing with lots of great prizes. Each guest that walks in the gate is automatically entered to win!




Sat., March 24
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Doctors House Museum
"A Victorian Easter"

Admission:
$10 donation per person 
(cash or check only)
Reservations are not required.

Join us for an afternoon of Victorian Easter celebrations!   Please arrive between 1:00 and 1:15 pm to register for the events.  Festivities will also include traditional Victorian games.

Refreshments will be served in the Gazebo. Don't miss the chance for your child to turn the crank on the olde-fashioned ice cream maker and taste delicious homemade flavors.

Guests are encouraged to attend in their Easter finest and children who wish to join in the Easter Egg Hunt should bring their own baskets. 

The Doctors House Museum will be open for normal guided tours from 2:00-4:00 pm.

No pets, please.

 

Thurs., March 29
7:30 PM
Muckenthaler Cultural Center 
"Gayle Heuser - Unforgettable: An Alzheimer's Benefit"

Admission:
$12.50 Member
$16 Student/Senior
$25 Non-member

In honor and tribute to those affected, soprano Gayle Heuser delivers the most unforgettable melodies; from the operatic and operetta, to art song and American songbook repertoire. 


EXHIBITS*


Maritime Museum of San Diego
"Wind And Water: Sailing In San Diego Photography Exhibit"

Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the world's finest collections of historic vessels, from sail to steam to submarine, announces the
opening of Wind & Water: Sailing in San Diego. The Museum is proud to introduce this rare new photographic collection of historic, classic, and wooden yachts racing and sailing in San Diego. The exhibit includes an impressive body of work to amaze and inspire visitors about sailing and San Diego Bay -- from America's Cup to historic Museum vessels, to traditional
wooden boats sailed for recreation on the waterfront.

The exhibit opens Sunday, March 4 in the Star of India Hold Gallery and is included with general admission. Star of India is the world's oldest active sailing ship and one of 10 historic vessels guests explore with admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

In the new exhibit Wind & Water: Sailing in San Diego, images from international yachting and nautical sport photographer, Bobby Grieser, are paired with photographs from his close sailing and photography master and friend, Mark Albertazzi. Dr. Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, describes Wind & Water: Sailing in San Diego as "a passionate example for both sailing and photography fostered by a deep friendship with two of the industry's most renowned nautical photographers."

The collection features scenes of classic yachts and historic sailboats captured on the waters of San Diego. 


Now Open
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
" Genghis Khan Exhibition "

What do pants, the pony express, cannons, paper money, skis, violins, baklava and "hooray!" have in common? Answer: Genghis Khan. Not Genghis the brutal barbarian of Western history books, but Genghis the great civilizer, law-maker, and democratize, whose empire brought each of these innovations to the West. Come d iscover the man behind the legend as the most comprehensive exhibition of Genghis Khan and his treasures invades the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, its only Southern California stop on an international tour that has drawn more than a million visitors.
            
Opening on February 16, 2018, the start of the Mongolian New Year, this special exhibition presents a more complete image of the legendary leader whom Time Magazine and CNN named "The Man of the Millennium."  As the exhibit strikingly portrays, Genghis's reputation as the greatest conqueror is well-deserved. He dominated three times more land in his lifetime than either Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, a conquest attested to by the formidable array of swords, bows, arrows, saddles, and armor included on display in Genghis Khan. In fact, the historic exhibition showcases hundreds of artifacts from Genghis's 13th century Empire, the largest such collection ever to tour.

However, as visitors discover, Genghis not only created the nation of Mongolia and its written language, but his lineage established the modern borders of nations from India to Iran, Korea to China; and opened the trade routes that united East and West forever after.

Curated and developed by dinosaur expert Don Lessem, the exhibition features more than 200 spectacular objects on display, including rare and sophisticated weapons, costumes, jewels, ornaments, instruments, and numerous other fascinating relics and elaborate artifacts from 13th-century Mongolia. The exhibition features loans by private collectors from Mongolia, Azerbaijian, and the United States.

 
Now Through June 11, 2018
"Setting the Scene: Hollywood Animators and Background Painters in the Santa Paula Civic Collection"
 
The Santa Paula Art Museum has gone Hollywood with its current exhibition, Setting the Scene: Hollywood Animators and Background Painters in the Santa Paula Civic Collection. The exhibit features fine art paintings from the famous Santa Paula Civic Collection by artists who worked behind-the-scenes at Disney, MGM, Warner Bros., and 20th Century Fox during the Golden Age of Hollywood. 

Since the 1930s, film and animation studios have played a leading role in the lives of many California artists and have been influential in the development of what is recognized as the "California Style." Nowhere is this more evident than within the Santa Paula Civic Collection, a historic collection of artworks established in 1937 and owned by the City of Santa Paula. Setting the Scene displays some of the best works from Santa Paula's collection. While the art on exhibit was not created for the movies, it includes personal works by Disney background painters like Al Dempster, Basil Davidovich, and Charles Payzant, who lent their talents to animated features such as Fantasia, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, and Sleeping Beauty. The exhibit also stars artists like George Gibson, once head of MGM's scenic design department and lead scenic artist for The Wizard of Oz; and Emil Kosa, Jr., who designed the original 20th Century Fox logo and won an Academy Award in 1964 for his work on Cleopatra.

The colorful exhibition explores the relationship between the artists' fine art paintings and their commercial work for film. Viewers can learn more about the history of painting in motion pictures, the process of creating an animated feature, special effects, and the people behind some of the most iconic movie scenes ever filmed. 

Visitors to the exhibit are also invited to write or illustrate a scene from their own story to add to a community-made storyboard. Setting the Scene is on view through June 17, 2018.




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, as well as those from allied nations.

There are always new museum exhibits for guests to enjoy. 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 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. It is the largest Army museum complex in California and the state's official military museum. Enjoy the Museum's featured history video, research library, gift shop, and the Wall of Fame (icluding Robert Mitchum, Steve Allen, Bob Newhart, Red Skelton, and William Holden).  

Climb into military vehicles and try on uniforms! 


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 10am and Thursdays at 11am 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 his 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 1880s through the 1980s.  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.  The exhibit also includes European phones that illustrate the standardization of style throughout the world.
 
The Museum received over 200 phones from the Doctorman legacy and will be having a silent auction offering the excess to the community.  Stop by to see this unusual exhibit which includes a display for young children to experience "dialing" a telephone.  

Operating Hours:
Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4pm.
 
Come by and say "hello"!




Currently Ongoing
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, 12pm - 3pm.  

Group Tours for 8 or more people must be scheduled in advance.

Admission:
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 Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11am, with the last tour departing at 3pm. 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 - April 8
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
"H2OMG! Watercolor Gone Wild"
 
Experience everything you never thought you'd see in an exhibition of watercolor paintings as artists cut loose from convention to explore the wild side of the medium.



 

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, 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 a protective home in keeping with her history.


March 10 - June 17, 2018
Ojai Valley Museum
"Scorched Souls: Annual Ojai Studio Artists Exhibition"
 
March 10, 5-7 pm  
FREE Opening Reception

The exhibit features artwork in response to the Thomas Fire, the largest wildfire in California history. With over 70 artists working in a variety of mediums, there will be artwork about the fire, its aftermath and recovery. 

Visit: 
OjaiValleyMuseum.org for details.