Rancho Los Alamitos is twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places - once as the sacred Tongva village of Povuu'ngna, the traditional birthplace of the native people of the Los Angeles Basin and, second, for the evolution of its significant historic landscape over time. The Rancho has recently re-opened after an extensive restoration. Join Rancho Los Alamitos for the Mother's Day Weekend Workshop on Sat., May 12, 2018. Learn more about this event and others 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 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?

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Thurs., May 3 
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
" Spring Family Festival"


Family-friendly, Hands-on art activities!

Come ready to participate, create, explore and see all that The Muck Arts Education programming has to offer during our kick off to summer!


Sat., May 5 & Sun., May 6
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
Planes of Fame Air Museum
"Planes of Fame Air Show" 

Featuring over 40 historic aircraft, including P-47 Thunderbolts, P-38 Lightnings, and P-51 Mustangs flying for your enjoyment. We invite you to join us in honoring the history, contributions, and sacrifices of our veterans.

Performers include: A-10 Thunderbolt and Heritage Flight; Sean Tucker Aerobatics; World's fastest piston engine aircraft P-51 Mustang Voodoo; N9MB Flying Wing Demo; Pacific, European, Korean & Vietnam Flight Displays, Sanders Sea Fury Aerobatics, Gregory 'Wired' Colyer T-33 Aerobatics, Rob Harrison the Tumbling Bear.

Again this year there will be Kids Zone!, static displays, food, vendors, and more!
Show time: 10:30am until 4pm. (Gates open at 8am and close at 5pm)
General: $25
Children 11 and under: Free
Parking: Free

Sat., May 5
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM 
Heritage Museum of Orange County
"Wild West Steamfest"

Where the Old West meets Steampunk! Celebrating the WWSF 5th Anniversary Fiesta Style! Vendors! Workshops! Panels! Gunfights! Live music! Wagon rides! 

Adults: $30
Youth $24

Sun., May 6
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Historical Tea and Dance Society at 
Pasadena Scottish Rite
"Alice in Wonderland 
Tea Social"
It's our anniversary and we are throwing a party! Come and dance historical favorites with a new twist- 
"Alice in Wonderland - Mad Hatter's Tea Party." 

This Tea Social is a wonderful opportunity to come dressed for ALICE, STEAMPUNK & FANTASY! All manner of fun costumes are welcome but, as always, not required. Please be certain 
you can move easily in your  costume and don't wear anything that would impede you, or others, while dancing (no trains, tails, or  high heels)!
Newcomers are always welcome. Families are also welcome, however we ask that children be able to follow direction and act appropriately for the occasion! 

$20  ( includes  delicious lunch buffet)


Sun., May 6
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Dudley Historic House Museum  
"Photo Exhibit at the Dudley Historic Museum's Open House"
In addition to docent-led tours of the Dudley Historic House Museum, there will also be a Timeline Photo Display of Ventura's History beginning in 1866 and featuring over 100 period photographs.  These photographs were assembled for the celebration of the City's 150th anniversary in 2016 and will now be on view in the Community Room at the museum.  


The museum, built in 1891, is located at the corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood streets in Ventura. 

Sat., May 12
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Estrella Warbirds Museum
"Warbirds, Wings and Wheels 10 & Mega Swap Meet"
Estrella Warbirds Museum will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the original Warbirds Wings & Wheels event, first held on May 9th, 2009. The museum had just finalized construction of the Brooks Building, a 4,900 square foot facility scheduled to house restored military vehicles. After much debate, it was decided to hold an Open House with the added attraction of a vintage and classic car show. Thousands of people showed up on short notice! The following year, Dick Woodland opened the Woodland Auto Display at Estrella Warbirds Museum. 

Little was it known back in 2009, that ten years later the car show would grow into a sizable event attracting not only participants from all over California, but also world renowned race car drivers, automotive designers, builders, and enthusiasts! In 2016, the event was immortalized when Dennis Gage featured Warbirds Wings & Wheels 8 on the nationally syndicated television show, "My Classic Car." Dennis Gage returns in 2018 as special guest host for Warbirds Wings & Wheels 10.

$5 donation

Sat., May 12
1:00 PM
Bolton Hall Museum
"Is My House Historic?"

Bolton Hall Museum's May 12th Second Saturday program will help attendees learn if their home or nearby locations might achieve City of Los Angeles Cultural Historic Monument status.  Bolton Hall was awarded LA's Cultural Historical Monument #2 status in 1962, and the city has designated over 1,100 sites since then.  Our speaker for this program, Charles J. Fisher, will tell you how to research your home's status and where to find information on-line.  Mr. Fisher has steered over 100 sites through the historic monument process and is an undisputed expert in the field.
Everyone is welcome. 


Sat., May 12
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Rancho Los Alamitos
"Mother's Day Weekend: 
Spring Gardening - Culinary & Cocktail Workshop"
$70 Non-Member 
$55 RLA Member

Spend the morning getting your hands dirty at Rancho Los Alamitos with Andrew Anderson, 
The Urban Farmer . Personalize three flowerpots then plant them with blooming Spring annuals. Plant and lawn care questions answered. Spring-inspired recipes and mixology, demo, and tasting. 

Sat., May  12
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
African American Firefighter Museum
"Fire Service Day"

  • Museum Tours Every Hour  
  • CERT sign up & demonstrations
  • PICS (Partnership In Community Safety) seniors/child safety
  • Hands Only CPR demonstration                      
  • First Aid/Stop The Bleed demonstration
  • LADWP & HAM Radio demonstrations
Fun, Refreshments & Information for the whole family!

Sun., May 13
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Rancho Los Cerritos 
"Mother's Day Tea"

Back by popular demand: Rancho Los Cerritos' Mother's Tea is an opportunity to celebrate mothers, aunts, and other special women while enjoying the natural serenity of the rancho.

The tea will take place in RLC's scenic sun porch and terrace. Attendees will be treated to classic tea sandwiches, including cucumber and watercress, smoked salmon with dill cream cheese, chicken walnut salad puffs, and egg salad with dill. A spring green salad with toasted Marcona almonds, dates, cranberries, and farro will accompany. Sweet treats include scones with lemon curd, a seven-layer torte, and an assortment of gourmet cookies. Tea and champagne will be served.

Attendees will be invited to complete a garden scavenger hunt. House and garden tours will be available after the event.

The registration cost includes tax, tip, and gratuity. Space is limited; pre-registration and advanced payment is required.

Adults: $45 
Children: $20 (13 and younger)

Sun., May 13
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
Olivas Adobe
"Mother's Day Murals and Roses"

The rose garden is in full bloom and awaiting your arrival. Also our
annual resident mother owl, Olivia, has two owlets nested in the courtyard
eucalyptus tree. We are excited and proud to share with you our 22 very large panel murals by artist Marguerite Hardeman (1911-1990). Mother's will also receive a free corsage. Donations are always welcome and appreciated.

These murals take you on a visual journey of the history of Ventura and its
surrounding area. The murals begin with the arrival of Juan Cabrillo on Ventura's
shores in 1542, which depicts huts of the Chumash Indians and their village
Shisholop, as well as their tumols or canoes being paddled out to Cabrillo's ship.

Scenes of Gaspar de Portola, first governor of Alta California, coming
overland with soldiers, padres, and settlers who established the presidios, missions, and pueblos in 1769.

Other stunning depictions include Mission San Buenaventura in 1782, fiesta at the Olivas Adobe and cattle drive, circa 1809 - 1879, Ventura's Main Street, circa 1885, and finally, a panoramic view of the city from Grant Park, circa 1964.

So come spend a beautiful day, Sunday,
with your mom, your family, or on your own. We promise you won't be
disappointed with this display. Docents will be on hand to answer your questions about the adobe and the artist.

Sun., May 13
6:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Channel Islands Maritime Museum 
"Speaker Series: Creating Wooden Walls: the Navy that United America"
The next talk at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum will be about the unexpected and transformative effect the construction and launching of the first ships of the U.S. Navy had on our country, its spirit, politics, and economy. 


Thurs., May 17
7:30 PM 
" Muckenthaler Jazz Festival"

May 17, May 24, May 31, 
June 7,  June 14, June 21

Eclectic, cutting-edge, and contemporary -- The Muck's Jazz Festival returns in 2018 with new energy and new producers. Please join us for this wonderful event by purchasing your season tickets now! 

Featuring Latin jazz with Poncho Sanchez, Barbara Morrison, two-time Grammy Award winner, Ernie Watts, Tonight Show Alum, Tommy Peterson, and more!

Sat., May 19
11:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Ojai Valley Museum
"Artist Talk"
Ojai Studio Artists Gale Hayman, David Baker and Patricia Terrell-O'Neal discuss their work, inspiration and methods. 


Sat., May 19 & Sun., May 20
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
San Diego Maritime Museum
"Pirate Days"

Maritime Museum of San Diego will host a two-day Pirate Days celebration. The event includes: kids' costume contests, cannon firings, weapon demonstrations, sword fights, live parrots, mermaid grotto, and a scavenger hunt for pirate treasures. 

Adults: $18 
Children: $8 (age 3-12)
Children 2 and under: Free 

Pirate Days tickets include general admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego and all pirate activities. Pirate Days participants of all ages who wear pirate or mermaid costumes will receive a $2 discount on admission. Adults carrying replica weapons must have them peace tied.
Tickets to popular live pirate performance, "Boarded," staged aboard the Californian, the official tall ship of the State of California, will also be available for an additional charge. 

Sat., May 19
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
"24th Annual Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival"

The region's most respected car show!
Hot Rods & Customs!

First conducted in 1994, the Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival features beautiful and rare automobiles displayed on the 8 rolling acres of lush lawn and aged trees of the Muckenthaler Mansion. The annual affair has brought in thousands for charity and is looking to the future to increase its success and continue its generous tradition. 

General: $5  
Children under 12: Free


Sun., May 20
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Dana Adobe Cultural Center
"Grand Opening Celebration & Naturefest"

DANA is excited to announce the long-awaited grand opening of the DANA Adobe Cultural Center, the newest nature education facility on the Central Coast! 

The Grand Opening ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 20 at 10 AM, followed by tree planting, and then NatureFest at 12 PM. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sun., May 20
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Pleasant Valley Historical Society Museum 
"Living History Day"

It's time once again to have fun enjoying and reliving the days of yesteryear. The Pleasant Valley Historical Society (PVHS) is getting ready to give children of all ages the opportunity to observe and participate in grinding wheat, make tortillas and butter, pan for gold, do laundry with a washboard, make a dragonfly or button string toy or a corn husk doll, or a colonial night cap and more. We are planning to have approximately 25 activities. 


Sun., May 20
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Pasadena Museum of History
"MOTA (Museums of the Arroyo) Day"

Pasadena Museum of History is delighted to participate in this annual Free Day at the six history-based museums in Pasadena and Los Angeles along the Arroyo Seco. Free shuttles will transport visitors to and from the various sites throughout the afternoon.

Delve into the worlds of science fiction in our multifaceted new exhibition, Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California. The exhibit explores how the literary genre interacted with the advances of science, the changes in technology, and shifts in American society during five pivotal decades -- the 1930s to the 1980s. Visitors will enjoy a fantastic array of vintage costumes and movie props, fantasy art and illustrations, original manuscripts, robotic toys, and fan gear.  The fun continues throughout the museum campus where you can also:

Craft your own vehicle for inter-galactic exploration in Art 2 Go's Rocket & Spaceship workshop;

Join forces with the costumed Star Wars Rebel Legion and 501st Legion for photo ops and more;

Time travel to Edwardian-era Pasadena and 19th century Finland via mini-tours inside historic Fenyes Mansion, and visits to the Finnish Folk Art Museum;

Enjoy a refreshing treat with a purchase from the Kona Ice Truck.



Thurs., May 24
6:00 PM 
California Oil Museum
"Speaker Series 2018
Jean Guy Dubé, Draftsman, Historian and Author presents: Blueprinting Santa Paula's History: The Hardison Ranch and Santa Paula Depot"
Join regional architectural historian Jean-Guy Tanner Dubé as he shares his knowledge and research gathered to create blueprints of the historic Wallace Libbey Hardison House Stable and Santa Paula's railroad depot.  The audience will travel back in time 125 years with photographs, maps, and ephemera used to create blueprints of these two local 1880s landmarks that still survive today.  Dubé, an award winning draftsman, has three of his blueprints archived in the Library of Congress.  His recently published book, Railroad Depots: A Southern Pacific Collection, containing 48 of his blueprints will also be available for purchase and signing.

Sat., May 26
2:00 PM
Long Beach Heritage
Bembridge House 
"Tea at the Historic Bembridge House Fundraiser"
Experience the graciousness of a bygone  era with afternoon tea in the Pepperwood Court of the historic Bembridge House. Period attire is encouraged but optional.

Purchase tickets by mailing 
check to: 
Long  Beach Heritage 
P.O. Box 92521 
Long Beach, California, 90809

Sun., May 27
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum
"Family Picnic Day"

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Celebrate with yours at the Homestead! Bring a picnic to enjoy on the beautiful grounds of the museum, play games, make crafts, and enjoy a play on the porch of the Workman House!



Sun., May 27
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Lanterman House  
"Summer Whites Picnic and Ukulele Rendezvous"
Celebrate the arrival of summer on the grounds of the historic Lanterman House. 

Dress in your summer whites (any era or style you like) and bring a picnic.
Dance to live music in the historic ballroom.  Enjoy the work of local artists on the porch.  Refresh with cookies and lemonade.

Bring your ukuleles and join us for an outdoor concert by the Honey Lulus.


Presented by the Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation.

Thurs., May 31
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Camarillo Ranch 
"#TBT Food Truck Festival Series"
There's no better way to spend a 
#throwbackthursday than at the historic Camarillo Ranch for  #TBT Food Truck Fest! Come join us on May 31st from 5-9pm to listen to live music and browse a selection of gourmet food trucks. 

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.

Free ($5 donations greatly appreciated.)


Opening Fri., May 25
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.  

$15 for adults 
$12 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. 


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 www.lbheritage.org 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 www.lbheritage.org.