Pasadena Museum of History is the only museum and research library dedicated solely to preserving and sharing the history, art, and culture of Pasadena and the West San Gabriel Valley. Happy Birthday Pasadena: Wish Upon a Star! is presented by Pasadena Museum of History and the City of Pasadena, on Sunday, June 3rd.
Details of this event and more are in our 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 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 or check out our Facebook page here

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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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Sats., June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Ojai Valley Museum
"Guided Ojai Historic Walking Tour"

Learn about Ojai's colorful past including stories about our pioneer families. Check out Ojai's architectural highlights with a local docent/historian who will share tales with visitors and locals alike. 

Members: $5 
General Public: $7 

Sat. & Sun., June 2 & 3
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
Fort Tejon Historic State Park
"The 35th Annual American Civil War Reenactment"

Watch volunteers present skirmishes and demonstrate the tactics used in the eastern United States during the American Civil War. See troops of the Union and Confederate Armies, all authentically uniformed and equipped. Meet the soldiers & civilians. Tour their camps and see how they lived.
Saturday program includes "Period" Base Ball game and an afternoon Battle.

Presidential PRESS CONFERENCE with President Lincoln on Sunday at 10:00 AM

Two Battles, approximately 30-45 minutes each on Sunday
Gettysburg Address & the Surrender of Appomattox

See how the civilians lived as you walk through the Civilian Encampment; S hop through the Sutlers' row; Visit Dr. Malarkey's Field Hospital; Meet the Telegraph operator, town Librarian, Post Office, and Seamstress.

Delicious burgers and tacos will be sold by Falcon's Nest and Taqueria El Pariente.

And much much more ...

Adults: $7
Children 7-17: $3 
Children 6 and under: FREE 
Scouts in uniform: $2

Sun., June 3
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
Rancho Camulos Museum
"Inside Camulos Depot with Jean-Guy Dube - Talk and Book Signing"

Jean-Guy Dubé, author of Railroad Depots: A Southern Pacific Collection, will share information about the Rancho Camulos Depot along with other research findings about vintage Southern California railroad depots.

Awarded the national Leicester B. Holland Prize for 2017 by the National Park Service and Library of Congress, professional draftsman and apprenticing architect Jean-Guy Dubé has researched and written about Southern Pacific depots since 1983. This book features 48 black and white blueprint drawings by Dubé spanning many decades, styles, and subject matter. Each blueprint, from the first tape measurement to the finished product took several months to complete. This is the first compilation of his drawings. While his work primarily includes standard and unique depots, this book also includes a handful of individual railroad buildings and a few non-railroad buildings.

Each blueprint includes noted floor plans, elevations, some sections, and has an accompanying history. There are some previously unpublished black and white historical photos while others come from various historical societies, museums, individuals, as well as the author.

Sun., June 3
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Pasadena Museum of History
"Happy Birthday Pasadena: Wish Upon a Star!"
Celebrate Pasadena's 132nd Birthday
with robots and Stormtroopers, live music by Gypsy Jambo!, monster makeup demonstrations, face painting, balloon art, activities stations galore, and - of course - birthday cake! The free, family-friendly party for the community takes its cue from the Museum's popular exhibition, Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Pasadena. Party-goers are welcome to dress as their favorite science fiction characters, or come as you are.
Festivities begin at 1:00 pm. The official cake cutting ceremony with Mayor Terry Tornek, City Council members, and other VIPs is scheduled for 2:00 pm, with special thanks to Signature Cake Sponsor, Baja Ranch Supermarket.


Sun., June 3 
2:00 PM
The Pleasant Valley Historical Society 
"PVHS Annual Meeting" 

The Pleasant Valley Historical Society will have its annual meeting at 2 PM in the garden gazebo.

We'll review the year's activities, including our vision for enlarging our facility, and Joy Todd will bring us up to date on the latest exhibits and restoration efforts. 

This event is open to the public without charge.  Please join us at our meeting and take the opportunity to visit our museum and garden.  

Sat., June 9
1:00 PM
Bolton Hall Museum
"The Pioneers of  Eagle Rock"

After the Rancho San Rafael was divided, Benjamin Dreyfus was awarded the hilly area north of downtown Los Angeles known as Eagle Rock Valley. By 1911, this farming community had rapidly grown into a city. The Los Angeles Railway made downtown LA a trolley ride away, and continued growth led to Eagle Rock's consolidation with the city in 1923. 

Today, Eagle Rock is one of LA's most distinctive neighborhoods, and a pride instilled by early settlers remains here. Our speakers for this program are Eric Warren and Frank Parello. Their book will be available for purchase.

Everyone is Welcome - Free Admission
Suggested donation: $3 per person

Sat., June 9
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Stagecoach Inn Museum
"Pioneer Jamboree -Festival Historico"

Bring the whole family to pan for gold, lasso like a cowgirl or cowboy, play 19th century games, churn butter (and eat it!) and make old-time crafts.  Wear your Western costumes and join the fun!

We have two parking locations: one next to the Museum on Ventu Park and one behind the Museum on Susan Drive. Don't forget to bring the whole family!


Sat., June 9
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Rancho Los Alamitos
"Curated Tour of Florence Bixby's Gardens at the Rancho"

$5.00 per person registration fee
There's no better time to enjoy the Rancho's nationally recognized gardens which were planned and executed in the early decades of the 20th century under the careful guidance of owner Florence Green Bixby.  She utilized outstanding landscape architects and plantsmen of the era, including the Olmsted Brothers, William Hertrich, Florence Yoch, Paul J. Howard, and Allen Chickering.

Your guide will be the Rancho's own historic gardens expert, Janet Brown Becker. Ms. Becker has a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture with an emphasis in California garden design and history from UC Berkeley. She studied under the Rancho's preeminent landscape architectural consultants, Russell Beatty and David Streatfield. Ms. Becker oversees the historic interpretation, curatoria documentation, and horticultural integrity of the Rancho's gardens.

Important Details: 
The tour is appropriate for adults and interested teens. Please allow 2 1/2 hours for your tour. Allow more time if you would like to visit the Barnyard, Rancho Center and Gift Shop. Visitors will be on their feet, standing and walking for the entire tour. Comfortable shoes are a must, preferably with closed toes. A hat and drinking water are advisable. Reservations are not refundable, but may be transferred. Upon arrival, please assemble outside the Rancho Gift Shop.

Fri., June 15
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Heritage Square Oxnard
"Summer Concerts Series"
Join in the fun at the 26th annual Heritage Square Summer Concert Series in historic downtown Oxnard. The concert series will run from June 15 through September 14, 2018. Music lovers can enjoy 12 family-friendly performances every Friday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 715 S. A St. 

Each night will feature a live performance by a band representing a genre ranging from old school to classic rock, to Latin jazz to rhythm and blues, and more. 

$7 per person

There is a limit of two tickets per person, and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations will be accepted. Ticket sales begin on-site at 5 p.m. in the main plaza on the day of the event. There will be a total of 80 individual seats in the main plaza for sale each night. Tickets are expected to sell out, so concert-goers are encouraged to arrive early to make their purchase.

Tickets for tables in the main plaza cost $80 per night, and tickets for tables outside of the main plaza are $60 per night. Each table seats six guests. Table sales begin May 1. To reserve a table, call (805) 483-7960 

Sun., June 17
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Channel Islands Maritime Museum 
"From the Tree to the Sea: Father's Day Wooden Boat Show and Classic Cars"

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is excited to host the 3rd Annual From the Tree to the Sea: Father's Day Wooden Boat Show and Classic Cars - an event of the most enjoyable and rustic variety! It will feature a series of classic wooden boats on display for everyone to enjoy from 12pm to 4pm. Stunning wooden boats will grace the dock behind CIMM! Participate in engaging maritime activities such as toy boat races and other family friendly activities.  Even a selection of classic cars will be here to view.  What a great way to spend the day! 
-Tree to the Sea Treasure Sale-
Help support CIMM by donating your objects of a nautical theme to be sold at the Tree to the Sea Treasure Sale during the Wooden Boat Show.  This is a unique opportunity to also stock up your  own treasure chest! 

For any questions regarding donations, please call Audrey Chaiclin at (805) 985-2670. 

Boat Access Only: $3
CIMM & Boat Access: $10
Children Under 6: Free

*Regular discounts apply to CIMM Admission Only

Tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event at the CIMM Admissions Desk, as well as behind the Museum at the dock entrance.
Want to get access to the Museum and boats for free?
Visitors who purchase a membership at the event will receive FREE admission to both the Wooden Boats, as well as CIMM!

Sat., June 23
9:30 AM 
Mullin Automotive Museum
"Summer Meetup at the Mullin"
Join us for another edition of the Meetup at the Mullin!  This event has brought together an eclectic mix of automobiles, any make/model accepted, come show it off!  Special parking for car clubs!  
Event is included in museum Admission: 
$16 for adults 
$13 for seniors 
$13 for students (13-17) with ID
$8 for children (3-11) 
Active Military Free with ID.  

Reservations are required and may be made by calling (805)385-5400 or by visiting our website -

Sat., June 23
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Juan Mathias Sanchez Adobe 
"Wine & Cheese Fundraising Califorino Rancho Themed Event"

Please come to our annual fundraiser. The Montebello Historical Society receives no funding from the city for printing, mailing, archiving, museum exhibits and event expenses. Being an all volunteer organization, this really helps us to preserve our Montebello history. 

$20.00 per person

For tickets contact Treasurer Veronica Diaz, at or they can be purchased at the door.

We also accept donations. We will be re-debuting our Mujeres of the Adobe exhibit.

Free tours, art vendors, art auction, Californio display and costumes and lots of fun.

Please do come dressed in your finest Californio outfits. Free parking, rain or shine.

Thurs., June 28
7:30 PM 
"Just Desserts - with Beth Sussman" 

Beth Sussman will perform Gershwin's own arrangements for one-night-only! The evening also includes piano confections by Claude Debussy, Edward MacDowell, Duke Ellington, and Hoagy Carmichael. After the show, enjoy complimentary desserts!

Thurs., June 28
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Camarillo Ranch 
"#TBT Food Truck Fest!"

There's no better way to spend a  #throwbackthursday  than at the historic Camarillo Ranch for  #TBT  Food Truck Fest! Come join us on Thursday, June 28th  from 5-9pm to enjoy food from a large selection of gourmet food trucks, listen to live music, and check out local wine and beer. 

Admission is FREE and money spent at the event helps support our historical restoration projects.  Guided tours of the beautifully-restored 1892 Victorian Mansion will be available during the event ($5 donations greatly appreciated.)

Thurs., June 28
6:00 PM
California Oil Museum
"Speaker Series 2018
Dr. Robert Anderson, JPL, presents: Two-Thousand Days at Gale Crator, Mars: What Have We Learned from the Mars Science Laboratory?"

The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover has spent over 2,000 days studying the geologic history of Gale Crater.  In this talk, Dr. Anderson, whose current science research is centered on unraveling the geologic history of Mars, will present recent results from the rover and provide evidence for the existence of past water.

Thurs., June 28
6:30 PM
Pleasant Valley Historical Society
"2018 Speaker Series"

The St. Francis Dam failure
Presented by John Nichols and Santa Paula Historical Society.

Presentations to be held at the PVHS Museum Gazebo.

Open to the public without charge.


Sat., June 30
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The International Printing Museum
"Independence Day Celebration featuring The ConFounding Brothers"

Performances at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM
Kick off your July 4th festivities with Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams aka "The Confounding Brothers." Enjoy a fun fact-filled play on how these ingenious men created our country. In addition to the play, guests will enjoy all day activities like printing patriotic keepsakes, including their own Declaration of Independence on an authentic Colonial printing press, and tours of the Museums' world class collection of working antique printing machinery.
A delightful lunch of Freedom Dogs, All-American Apple Pie & Patriotic Punch is included with your admission as you dine in Madame Brillon's French Garden de Liberte' while serenaded by the 18th Century musicians, "The Colonial Roses"!
For book lovers and history buffs we will be presenting Merle Bobzien's Antiquarian Collection of Books and Documents. On display will be: Franklin's Biography, Madison's 1806 State of the Union Address, Franklin's Experiments and Observations, 18th Century Almanacks, Washington's Farewell Addresss, Early McGuffey Readers, and other treasured pieces of Americana.
$15 person  
$50 Group of 4
Reservations Highly Recommended (limited seating)

Sat., June 30
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Drum Barracks Civil War Museum 
"Technology Fair"

This FREE event from 11 am - 4 pm will explore technological innovations from the Civil War era.  With hands-on exhibitions, demonstrations, and lectures, it will appeal to all ages.
Exhibitions and demonstrations include:
  • Civil War Photograph
  • Ironclad Technology
  • US Balloon Corp
  • Telegraph
  • Civil War Artillery
  • Garden Railroad
  • Blacksmith
The event will also include a huge book sale in our Museum Shop and free self-guided tours of the Junior Officer's Quarters.  


Now - August 26
California Oil Museum
"A Closer Look, American Involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq"
The Santa Paula High School Human Services Academy sophomore class of 2020 has interviewed several Veterans to get their perspective on America's involvement in the middle-east since the War on Terrorism began in 2001.  

The students examined various components to the wars, from the beginning stages to the major players involved, as well as a closer look at the soldiers who put their lives on the line day in and day out. The research and Veteran interviews culminated in a museum-quality exhibit that will be on display in the California Oil Museum from May 19 through August 26, 2018.

Now - Fall 2018
Lanterman House
"A Resource Precious & Rare: Development of Water Resources in the Crescenta-Canada Valley, 1875-1955"

Visit the Lanterman House in La Cañada Flintridge to enjoy a special exhibition about the local history of water use.  Featuring rare photographs, manuscripts, and artifacts, the exhibition is installed throughout the historic 1915 house.  Learn how the unique geology of the San Gabriel foothills made the development and distribution of water resources uniquely challenging for early residents, and how they worked together to overcome those challenges.
Adults: $5
Students & Seniors: $3

Now - June 
"A Woman's Contribution / Civil War In Films May / June Bi-monthly exhibit"

Memorial Day or Decoration Day was started in the South during the Civil War as women decorated soldier's graves. The more than 600,000 soldiers of both sides who died in the Civil War meant that burial and memorization took on new cultural significance. Under the leadership of women during the war, an increasingly formal practice of decorating graves had taken shape. In 1865, the federal government began creating national military cemeteries for the Union War dead.

The Civil War remains the bloodiest war in American history and still echoes in contemporary US culture and politics. The war has provided source material for a rich variety of different films, including the iconic Birth Of A Nation, The General, and Gone With the Wind, as well as numerous other award-winning classics such as Glory, The Horse Soldiers, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and Dances with Wolves. Many books and classic literature went on to the big screen, including The Red Badge of Courage, The Killer Angels (Gettysburg), and Gods and Generals. Come see some original movies props from Glory and Gettysburg.

Currently Ongoing
Maritime Museum of San Diego
"Man-of-War: Adventures Aboard a Fighting Ship"

Staged aboard His Majesty's sixth-rate British Royal Navy frigate, HMS Surprise, the new exhibit transports visitors back in time 200 years to the wooden world of the fighting sailing ship. This interactive exhibit encourages visitors of all ages to learn what it was like to live as cabin boy, marine, sailor, midshipman, surgeon, and captain on a "man-of-war" from the age of sail.

According to Dr. Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, Man-of-War is an adventure the entire family can enjoy without leaving the dock. " Walk the length of her gun deck, sit in the captain's cabin, visit the surgeon's berth, and stand at the helm. You'll see and hear the sights and sounds of dramatic battles at sea, with Surprise's fearsome guns answering those of her enemies." Dr. Ashley adds, "Much like all of our interior and interactive exhibits on display throughout the Museum's historic fleet, this experience aboard HMS Surprise is free and included with general admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego."

HMS Surprise is a replica of that most famous ship in author Patrick O'Brien's series of historical novels chronicling the naval career of Captain Jack Aubrey. In 2003 she was featured in the 20th Century Fox epic drama "Master and Commander,' starring Russell Crowe in the role of Aubrey. Since then the Surprise has been part of the Maritime Museum of San Diego's fleet of historic and replica vessels.

Maritime Museum's Librarian, Curator and Collections Manager Kevin Sheehan, Ph.D. adds, "we encourage visitors to learn about some of the curious expressions that sailors used to describe their life on board, find out how to fire one of the guns, and experience the thrill for adventure that called so many to this life, despite its hardships."

Currently Ongoing
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 - 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
"L'Epoque Des Carrossiers -
The Art and Times of the French Coachbuliders"

Our newest exhibit will bring together a group of the finest French automobiles in the world to tell the story of the most prominent companies in the emerging automotive market. Starting from the day of horse-drawn carriages through the first understandings of aerodynamic form, this collection is one not to be missed!  

Cars include several of the finest from the Mullin Collection: 
1936 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic
1939 Delahaye 165, and  the  1935 Voisin Aerodyne, winner of the
2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance!
Reservations required.  

$16 for adults 
$13 for seniors   
Please call 805-385-5400 or visit our website:
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"!

Now - July 8
California Oil Museum
"When Dams Fail: Lessons Learned from St. Francis and Other Notable Incidents"

Three minutes before midnight on March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam collapsed, sending 12.4 billion gallons of water downstream, killing over 400 people and forever changing the communities in its 54-mile destructive path.  Floodwaters traveled down San Francisquito Canyon to the Santa Clarita Valley, then turned west following the Santa Clara River south of Piru, Fillmore, and Santa Paula, through unincorporated Ventura County, out to the Pacific Ocean.
In remembrance of the 90th anniversary of the St. Francis Dam disaster, the California Oil Museum will exhibit "When Dams Fail: Lessons Learned from St. Francis and Other Notable Incidents."  This exhibit covers more than a century of time and provides a look into several of America's dreadful dam disasters, the impact on the lives of those affected, and the lessons learned through investigative research and retrospective evaluations.


Now - September 2
Pasadena Museum of History
"Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California"
Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California explores the history of science fiction in Southern California from the 1930s to the 1980s, and how it interacted with the advances of science, the changes in technology, and shifts in American society. Curated by Nick Smith, former president of Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, the exhibition brings together an unusual range of artifacts, fine and graphic arts, books, ephemera, and photographs.

Currently Ongoing
Carnegie Historic Library
"Time & The Tide"
Visitors are invited to follow Agueda Agata, a Salinan woman born in 1673, as she traces the history of her family in the Central California villages of San Simeon and Jolon.

Also featured are exhibits of Salinan artifacts and crafts handmade by some of Agata's other descendants and Salinan Tribe members.

Exhibit runs through 2018.
Open Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday 10-4, Sunday 11-3

Now Open
Los Angeles Maritime Museum 
"Taminaru: A Day in the Life of a Japanese American Fishing Village"

One hundred years ago, Terminal Island, in the Port of Los Angeles, was the home of a thriving community of 3,000 Japanese American fishermen and cannery workers. Using the skills honed in their ancestral home of Wakayama-ken prefecture, the Japanese Americans' labor contributed to the phenomenal success of the West Coast fishing industry. After Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Terminal Islanders were evicted and sent to internment camps. Today very little traces remain of a once-thriving community. 

The exhibit Taminaru, curated by Naomi Hirahara and Tara Fansler, documents a typical day in the life of the Terminal Islanders.

(Photo Above: Japanese American child playing in fishing net.)


May 20 - September 30
Dana Adobe Cultural Center
"S.L.O.P.E. Art Exhibit"
DANA and S.L.O.P.E. bring art and history together for this community event. The new cultural center is the result of dedication and hard work to preserve not only the Dana Adobe, but educate and keep community history alive. S.L.O.P.E. artists are honored to be part of our grand opening  and to exhibit their most recent paintings of the Adobe and surrounding area, after many months of work.

See paintings by S.L.O.P.E. members: Laurel Sherrie, Bernie Kurtz, Rosanne Seitz, Larry Kappen, Dennis Curry, Bruce Everett, Mark Mertens, and Denise Schryver. 

Dana Adobe Cultural Center will receive a portion of art sales.

Now - July 29
Bolton Hall Museum
"Will You Marry Me?"
Traditional wedding customs explained using photos and stories from several of our community members.  We've also included wedding items from our archives.


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.

Now - June 17
Ojai Valley Museum
"Scorched Souls: 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. 


The California Oil Museum
"Volunteers Wanted" 

The California Oil Museum is looking for volunteers to staff our Visitor's Desk 1-2 days per month for 2-6 hours per day.  Experience is not needed; training is provided.  Please call the Museum Executive Director at (805)933-0076 for more information.

Bolton Hall Museum
New Hours

Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga, CA, announces new open hours for the 2018 summer months.  From June 1 through August 31, Bolton Hall Museum will be open to the public as follows:
Friday, 5-8 p.m. (new)
Sunday, 1-4 p.m. (continuing)
During the summer months this year, the Museum will not be open on Tuesday afternoons for the time being. This change is being made to allow more individuals who work or go to school on weekdays to visit Bolton Hall Museum. In addition, an option to visit the Museum and the surrounding Little Landers Park on a balmy summer evening is a pleasant alternative to the hotter afternoon hours.

Opens June 3
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Lo ng Beach  Heritage 
"Great Homes of Long Beach: 
Architectural Jewels in Historic Neighborhoods Available For Viewing" 

Six architecturally distinguished homes throughout the city will be open for viewing on Sunday, June 3rd, 12 noon to 5 p.m., during the "The Great Homes of Long Beach" home tour benefiting Long Beach Heritage.

Beautiful homes in the Belmont Heights, Bluff Park, Los Cerritos, and California Heights neighborhoods will be featured. A highlight of this year's tour is a 1911 classic Craftsman on Ocean Boulevard. The current owner, whose passion for design and attention to detail, transformed an early bungalow into a masterpiece of Craftsman style. Features include rich, hand-crafted wood and iron work as well as original Craftsman, Art Nouveau, and modern elements in over 5,000 square feet of living space.

Another unique Long Beach neighborhood featured on the tour is called Eliot Lane. Eliot Lane is a one-block historic district with small-scale homes lining a narrow street. The homes were all built in 1923 by a single builder, Boland & Smith, and represent an early subdivision of modest homes. All the original construction remains in place today.

At each home, Long Beach Heritage docents will greet visitors and highlight the various interior and exterior features and any known history about the home.

Tickets are $40, or $35 for Long Beach Heritage members. Reservations are limited. To purchase tickets, order online at or send a check and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Long Beach Heritage, PO Box 92521, Long Beach, CA 90809 with "Great Home Tour" on the check's memo line.

Proceeds from the tour support the Bembridge House, a 1906 Queen Anne Victorian on the National Registry of Historic Places and owned by Long Beach Heritage. The home is being lovingly restored by the organization and serves as a cultural resource for Long Beach residents.

For more information, 
call  (562) 493-7019 or visit

Motte Historical Museum
"Wedding Booking Season at the Motte Historical Museum"

This fabulous family-owned Classic Car Museum is open Wednesday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. Touring the museum is free to the public and parking is free. It's our season to start booking the fall of 2018 through winter of 2019 for weddings and parties. If you are planning to tour the museum and speak to us regarding a wedding or upcoming party, please schedule an appointment with the manager so we can have quality time to discuss your plans. 

Open to the General Public. Guest visits are always welcome. It is recommended
to check our website calendar for additional closures due to private bookings, or call the
office for a recording of current hours.

Group Tours - It's our pleasure host your organization for a fantastic tour. We ask that you  schedule the tour so we can have Leon or John Motte in attendance for a more personal  guided tour - and coffee and donuts are on the house! 

For more information please contact us at