The Motte Historical Museum showcases the history of the pioneer families who first settled in the valley.  The Museum houses a large antique car collection and also documents the area's agricultural roots. 
Join the Motte Family at the "Annual Open House" on February 10, 2018. 
Learn more about this and other events 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. 

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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?

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Thurs., February 1
5:30 PM
El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park
"1st Thursday: Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight"

Enjoy a rare opportunity to visit the Presidio by candlelight and travel back in time to over two centuries ago. Discuss colonial California with the Presidio officers, experience a cooking demonstration in la cocina, enjoy stories by an open fire, and join in the music and dance of early California.
Thurs., February 1
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
"Gallery Opening - 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.

Sat., February 3
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Rancho Los Cerritos
Creation Station

Get creative with history! Using a wide variety of colorful materials, children can experiment with old-fashioned arts and crafts. This free, drop-in program takes place rain or shine. February's theme, Hearts Crazy, celebrates Valentine's Day. 


Sat. & Sun., February 3-4
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Fort Tejon State Historic Park
"California's Civil War "

Come take a step back in time to 1864.  Find out how Californians reacted to the great Civil War that was embroiling the rest of the nation!  See how Californians lived back in wild and wooly frontier California.  Meet the soldiers and civilians that kept California in the United States of America.

At this weekend reenactment, visitors are invited to meet and talk to the soldiers and civilians that lived and worked at Fort Tejon 154 years ago.  Hands-on interpretive learning demonstrations will be conducted for the park visitor.  This interpretive program will demonstrate to the public, the duties and activities of the civilians and soldiers at this historic mountain post.  Civilians from the time period and soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Regiment will portray actual persons that were at Fort Tejon in accurate and authentic first-person representations.

Sun., February 4
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM 
Stagecoach Inn Museum
"Lights, Camera, Lions! Memoirs of a Real-Life Dr. Doolittle"

Hubert G. Wells, lion trainer at Jungleland, founder of Animal Actors of Hollywood in Thousand Oaks, and author of Lights, Camera, Lions!

Doree Sitterly, animal actor trainer, worked alongside Hubert for seven years, and a graduate of Moorpark College's Exotic Animal Training and Management Program.

Steve Mehren, also a graduate of Moorpark College's Exotic Animal Training and Management Program and Executive 
Director of Saving Wildlife International.

Join us for a look at Conejo Valley's long association with exotic animals (and their people!) Enjoy a presentation with film clips and live animals, followed by book-signing.

Thurs., February 8
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Rancho Los Cerritos
"Bird Walk"
Everyone is invited to join Carolyn Vance, of the El Dorado Audubon Society, for a bird walk. Come check out the fabulous birds right in our own Long Beach back yard! Meet in the parking lot at 8 a.m. and bring binoculars, a field guide, and water. No advance registration required. 


Thurs., February 8
7:00 PM
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
"Nature, Wisdom and Mindfulness: Inspiration for a Sustainable Future of our Oceans"

Holly S. Lohuis, marine biologist, marine educator, science advisor and Jean-Michel Cousteau's dive partner for the past 22 years, offers an engaging, uplifting and educational presentation on "Nature, Wisdom and Mindfulness: Inspiration for a Sustainable Future of our Oceans." Through a multi-media presentation, Holly will share a wealth of stories and beautiful images from her adventurous life, including behind the scenes images from Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Futures Society's latest IMAX film, Secret Ocean 3D. 

With a degree in aquatic biology from UC Santa Barbara and experience in the ocean realm around the world, Holly speaks to the beauty and crises facing our water planet, highlighting the complexities of the ocean environment and some of the impacts threatening the long-term vitality of our oceans. Using kelp forests and coral reefs to exemplify a sustainable underwater city, Holly will detail many lessons the ocean can teach us, inspiring us all to take part in the global solution of marine conservation and stewardship. Protecting our ocean now will be our gift to the future.

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


Sun., February 11
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Motte Historical Museum
" Annual Open House"

Fun for the Entire Family!

Please join us as the Motte Family opens their doors to treat you to a wonderful museum tour of classic cars, community history, live entertainment and complimentary raffle prize drawings.

Sat. & Sun., February 10 & 11
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Strathearn Historical Park 
"Civil War Days"

Step back with us to another place and time, when President Lincoln could take a break from his Washington duties to give a speech on the steps of our Strathearn House. Costumed civilians, as well as soldiers from the north and south stand ready in their camps, eager to tell their stories to the passing visitor. Sergeants drill groups of local boys and girls curious to experience military life. Skirmishes, as well as artillery, infantry and cavalry demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend.

Food for purchase will be available from Ventura BBQ 

$6 for adults, 
$3 for children 5-12
4 and under Free.

Sat., February 10
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Heritage Museum of Orange County
"Black History Month Event"

Join us for this FREE EVENT while we celebrate, history, culture, and community! All are welcome to enjoy live entertainment, arts, crafts, and guest speakers! Special community organizations include:

Kappa Alpha Psi
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Santa Ana Black Historical Society
Second Baptist Church
Wiley L. Kimbrough Masonic Lodge
Southwest Community Center
Tri-County Bulletin Newspaper
and so much more!

Sat., February 10
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Rancho Los Cerritos
"Romances at the Rancho "

In honor of Valentine's Day, "Romances at the Rancho" offers a site tour unlike any other. Stroll the grounds by candlelight while costumed interpreters portraying former Rancho residents share memories and stories of romance at the Rancho. Tours conclude with a sumptuous dessert and champagne. 

Fri. - Sun., February 16-18
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
" A Buster Keaton Valentine"

Michael Mortilla's piano accompaniment to the silent movie Seven Chances reminds us of what movies were like before "talkies." This 1925 Buster Keaton classic is a comedy of love, engagement, and hilarity. Perfect to share with that special someone on Valentine's Day!

Fri. - Sun., February 16-18
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
"Anniversary Weekend"

February 16th -  Banquet Dinner
February 17th & 18th - 

Banquet Dinner
$50 per person

Art  Comes Alive: 
$7/members & children 12 and under 
$10 non-members
$20 for a Family (2 Adults and 2 children, each additional child is $5). 

Docents and friends of the museum will be in costume, capturing the spirit of various paintings, ship models, and time periods featured in the pieces on display in the galleries. The live characters will share stories and facts about the pieces they represent, creating an exciting experience unlike any other in the hallways and galleries of the Channel Islands Maritime Museum.

Thurs., February 22
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Leonis Adobe Museum
"California Coastal Horse Rescue: Night of the Horse Fundraiser"

Please join us for a starlit evening at Leonis Adobe in celebration of our shared journey with horses.

This beautiful and historic landmark will be the perfect backdrop for this annual benefit for California Coastal Horse Rescue and the horses who have found hope and sanctuary through it. 

Sat., February 24
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rancho Los Cerritos
" Panel Discussion: Unions and Labor Organizing"

This year we are presenting three moderated panels featuring experts on labor and workers' rights issues from the past and present. Come take part in discussions with labor scholars, activists, and organizers on topics relating to the experience of workers that will enlighten and encourage participants to make connections between history and today. 

Cost: $7

Sat., February 24
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Ojai Valley Museum
"Mystery at the Museum"

Treasure hunt for clues in the galleries and puzzle over puzzling artifacts and photographs. Includes prizes, wine, gourmet appetizers, fine coffees, dessert, raffle and fun photo booth too! 

RSVP; $50 per person. 

Sun., February 25
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Battleship IOWA Museum 
"75th Birthday Celebration"

Join us for the Battleship IOWA 75th Birthday party on the LA Waterfront. It will be a celebration for all ages including traditional birthday cake, food, music, and festival atmosphere.

Sun., February 25
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Ojai Valley Museum
"Town Talks - Ojai by Design: Exceptional Local Architecture"

Ojai historian Craig Walker discusses his new book, "Ojai By Design: Fine Architecture of the Ojai Valley," published by the City of Ojai Arts Commission, with Dawn Rosa as primary photographer. 

$5 General Public; 
Museum Members: Free.


Extended Through February 25
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 for details.

Passport 2 History discounts: 
(w/P2H passport): 50% Off General Admission, 10% Off Museum Store Items. 

Now - February 25, 2018
California Oil Museum
"Full Steam Ahead! Stories of the Southern Pacific Railway "
Immerse yourself in the history of Southern Pacific Railway.  See a multitude of train artifacts and memorabilia, experience the earliest stages of the rail line depots, and learn why railroad tracks were laid down throughout Santa Paula, making it the historical city it is today.  With depot blueprints, newspaper articles, collectible railroadiana, and a replica ticket booth, this exhibit will take you back to a bygone era.  Full Steam Ahead! runs through February 25th.  The California Oil Museum is located at 1001 E. Main Street in Santa Paula. 

Museum Hours:
Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm. 

Admittance is free, a suggested donation of $4 is appreciated.

Through February
Andres Pico Adobe, Mission Hills
"Looking Back at the Olympic Games"
The San Fernando Valley Historical Society has a display of Olympics ephemera from our archives on view at our house museum in celebration of the upcoming Winter Olympic Games.

House Tours: 
Sundays, 1-4pm or Mondays, 10am- 4pm 

Always Free 

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.

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.

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. Camp Roberts has been the main training site for the California Army National Guard for the past 45 years .
View the expanded Afghanistan Exhibit, the which focuses on our California Army National Guard units and our partner nations from around the world.    
Free Admission  
Thursday and Friday, 9am to 4pm.