August 2019, Vol. 89
This Month's Featured P2H Site:
Located in Wilmington, the Banning Museum tells the story of early Los Angeles visionary and entrepreneur Phineas Banning, founder of the city of Wilmington and “Father of the Port of Los Angeles.” Built in 1864, the Banning Residence is today a City, State, and National Historic Landmark.
18 of the Residence’s 23 rooms are open to the public for you to explore on your visit. Take a leisurely stroll through the 20 acres of parkland surrounding the home, including rose gardens and a native plant garden. Follow the Museum’s social media to keep up with the latest happenings, and read below for details on Phineas Banning’s birthday celebration and how to get involved at the Museum!
Happy Birthday Phineas Banning!
5:00 - 8:00 PM | Sat, Aug 17
$10 General | $45 VIP

Celebrate the birthday of Phineas Banning, the "Father of the Port of Los Angeles," at the Banning Museum's 11th Annual Phineas Banning Birthday Celebration !

Enjoy live music and dancing. VIP ticketholders will be treated to dinner, dessert, beverages, and VIP onsite parking.
Volunteer with the Banning Museum
Get to Know Us Sessions
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Sat, Aug 23 | Sun, Aug 24

Visit a Get to Know Us Session to learn about volunteering with the Banning Museum. Check out the Announcements section to learn more!
Social Spotlight: Take P2H Out to the Ball Game ⚾️
Workman & Temple Family Homestead shared baseball cards from their collection to celebrate baseball season. Check out this card featuring Marty Krug!
Simi Valley Historical Society & Museum at Strathearn Park shared the above photo of David Duncan Lamb Strathearn (far right) and his teammates. Learn about David's love of baseball on the original Facebook post!
About the Passport 2 History Program
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Visit every site? Bring your completed booklet to P2H HQ at the Leonis Adobe Museum for a prize!
About Us

Passport 2 History unites the sites, collections, experiences, and organizations that tell the story of Southern and Central California and its people.

We celebrate the institutions that take visitors back in time, showcase local experiences and talent, and preserve the artifacts and monuments of our state's rich heritage. We proudly invite you to enjoy all they have to offer. Participating sites submit events, exhibits, and announcements to be included in this newsletter each month. Keep scrolling to browse this month's activities!
For more details, visit us at  or check out our social media pages above.
Events Calendar*
Thurs, Aug 1
7:30 - 9:30 PM
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Darden Sisters
From a classic cover to an original tune, these Fullerton natives are no strangers to our audiences, having performed to sold-out crowds at The Muck, the OC Fair, the Foxx Theatre, Anaheim House of Blues, and Angel Stadium. Don’t miss, Selah (violin), Clarah (guitar), Havilah (mandolin) and Tabithah (bass) when they bring their undeniable talent and music back to The Muckenthaler Cultural Center.
Members: $15
Non-Members: $30
Student/Senior: $20
Sat, Aug 3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Planes of Fame Air Museum
Living History Flying Day - WWII Trainers
Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino, CA) presents its monthly Living History Flying Day, featuring the WWII Trainers. A speaker panel of distinguished aviation experts, historians and veterans is featured, followed by a question & answer period and flight demonstration when possible. The WWII Trainers will be on display and perform a flight demonstration (subject to change). At 12:00 noon, the Raffle Flight will occur. Become a member to enter the Raffle.
General: $15
Children 5-11: $6
Children under 4: Free
Sat, Aug 3
2:00 - 6:00 PM
Dana Adobe Cultural Center
Dave Stamey Concert & BBQ
Join us on Saturday, August 3rd at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center to see the nationally acclaimed cowboy entertainer, Dave Stamey, live in concert! Accompanying the western cowboy music will be a BBQ dinner and raffle. Gates open at 2:00 PM while the concert starts at 4:30 PM. Make sure to bring a chair, blanket, and your dancing boots. Don't miss out on this fun event!
Sun, Aug 4
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Dudley Historic House Museum
Open House
The 1892 Dudley Historic House Museum will be open for docent-led tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The museum is located at the corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood streets (197 N. Ashwood) in Ventura. For information please call (805) 642-3345 or visit the website at

Sun, Aug 4
2:00 - 6:00 PM
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
Select local restaurants compete for the title of “Ventura County’s Best Chowder” at the Fifth Annual CHOWDERFEST on Sunday, August 4, 2019, 2-6pm at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, CA 93035. Admission cost includes free chowder samples, wine tastings, and desserts.
Pre-Pay: $25
Day-Of: $30
Thurs, Aug 8
8:00 - 9:30 AM
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
Bird Walk
Monthly Event

Stroll through the grounds of the historic rancho and watch both resident birds and seasonal migrants. Participants will also listen to calls and songs and potentially observe other specific seasonal behaviors.
Meet in the lower parking lot at 8 a.m. sharp. Wear comfortable closed toed shoes and bring a hat and binoculars, if you have them. We also have a limited number of binoculars to lend, thanks to the generosity of Vortex Optics.

Free and open to all. Rain cancels.
Sat, Aug 10
By Appointment
Leonis Adobe Museum
Mini Family Portrait Sessions with Valerie Tabor Smith
Reservations Required. Limited to 10 spots.

We're pleased to announce a special day of mini family photo sessions on the Leonis Adobe property by internationally renowned photographer Valerie Tabor Smith!

Reserve your spot for the Sat, Aug 10th event before all ten openings fill.

Valerie is an expert at making her models feel special. Enjoy a magazine-quality shoot - perfect for family, siblings, maternity, even personal branding.
Each twenty-minute session costs $225. You'll receive an online gallery, 5 edited and retouched files, and a print release.

To learn more and reserve your spot, please email Valerie at You can also get in touch by calling (818) 800-2007, or at her website,
Thurs, Aug 15
7:30 - 9:30 PM
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Holy Crow Jazz Band
Dixieland horns and sultry voices are the signature sounds of this amazing band. They earned such great notices at last year’s Speakeasy that you asked us to have them back on the main stage. The band’s repertoire includes many popular and obscure songs recorded by such artists as King Oliver, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, as well as original compositions.
Members: $15
Non-Members: $30
Student/Senior: $20
Sat, Aug 17
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
William S. Hart Museum
Day of the Film Open House
Lights, camera, action! Make your way to the William S. Hart Museum for a day dedicated to film history. Learn how the film-making process has changed over the years and explore the legacy of silent films, early talkies, and the western genre as a whole. Engage with our team of educators with pop-up chats and hands on activities. You will even have the special opportunity to see Hart's 35mm Simplex Projector in the seldom displayed projection booth!
Sat, Aug 17
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Banning Museum
11th Annual Phineas Banning Birthday Celebration
Friends of Banning Museum will have a great big party to celebrate the birthday of the “Father of the Los Angeles Harbor,” Phineas Banning. In the spirit of Fiesta, guests of all ages will be treated to a fun evening of live music provided by Mariachi Ambiente and dancing by Ballet Folklorico Las Perlitas.
The Banning Museum is located at 401 East “M” Street, Wilmington, CA 90744. For more information or to make a reservation, call (310) 548-2005. Reservations may be made online at
General: $10
VIP: $45
VIP includes dinner, dessert, beverage, and VIP onsite parking.
Sun, Aug 18
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Pasadena Museum of History
Jeff Moran, President of John Moran Auctioneers will open up the company’s Monrovia Auction House for a special program about the art of collecting. Learn about the history of collecting and the ever changing market for acquiring and selling collectibles. A group of passionate collectors will join in a panel discussion to answer the important questions: What? Why? & How?
Members: $12
General: $15
Tues, Aug 20
9:30 - 10:00 AM
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
Repeats Weekly: Aug 20 + 27

Storytime resumes starting August 20th! Please join us for Storytime in the RLC library every Tuesday at 9:30am. No RSVP necessary. Rain or shine. FREE.
Sat, Aug 24
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
International Printing Museum
Letterpress Wayzgoose & Surplus Sale
Letterpress Surplus Sale
For sale: Printing Presses, Wood & Metal Type, Printing Supplies, Paper Cutters, and more!
Letterpress Wayzgoose Celebration
On-going activities: Steamroller Printing, Letterpress Slam, Poster Printing on 1905 Heidelberg Press, Paper Marbling, and more...
Mini-Workshops: Intro to Windmill, Platen Press, Typecasting, Foil Stamping
Curator's Presentation
(5:30 pm)
"The Earls Hays Press: 100 Years of Printing for Hollywood"
The Earl Hays Press, the oldest letterpress shop in Los Angeles and the leading producer of “fakes” and “inserts” for Hollywood film and television. Our Curator will talk about the history and show off the typographical and printing gems from this collection.
Surplus Sale: Free
Letterpress Wayzgoose: $20, all activities and workshops included
Sat, Aug 24
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Leonis Adobe Museum
Square Dance for Everyone
No experience needed! Join A Square D, the Associated Square Dancers of Southern California , for a hoedown on the grounds of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #1!

Pre-sale only: Join the dancers for a special lunch next door at the Sagebrush Cantina. This ticket option is only available until 8/20!

Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Leonis Adobe Museum.

Dancing Only: $10
Dancing + Lunch: $20
Lunch option is pre-sale only and must be purchased by 8/20!

Sat, Aug 24
5:00 - 9:00 PM
Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch & Gardens
Farm Dinner at the Ranch
At the Farm Dinner at Rancho Los Alamitos, you will enjoy a gracious garden party reception with a down-home “ranch” flair, then dine amid the corrals, barns and farm animals for a delightful evening of remarkable food, lively entertainment, and good friends.
Join us under the stars for a farm-to-table feast in the style of California’s ranching traditions, featuring a farm-fresh menu from award-winning Chef Paul of Primal Alchemy. Enjoy delicious appetizers on the tree-shaded front lawn, specialty wines and craft beers, live and silent auction, and live music. This unique fundraiser happens only once a year.
Members: $125
General: $150
Sun, Aug 25
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
Free Concert on the Lawn:
The Band of the California Battalion
Our popular free summer concert is back, with music on the fourth Sunday of the month during July and August.
The August 25th concert features The Band of the California Battalion.
The site opens at 5 p.m. for pre-concert picnicking. Concerts run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can bring blankets or lawn chairs. Pets are not allowed.
Supported in part by Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach.
Thurs, Aug 29
5:00 - 9:00 PM
Camarillo Ranch
Throwback Thursday Food Truck Festival
There's no better way to spend a #Throwbackthursday than at the historic Camarillo Ranch for #TBT Food Truck Festival!
Join us from 5-9 pm on the LAST Thursday of each month through September 2019 for food trucks, local beer and wine, and live entertainment! Admission is FREE and money spent at the event helps support our Educational Programs and Historical Preservation.
Sat, Aug 31
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Commemorative Air Force SoCal Wing
Living History Presentation
Start of WWII & SNJ Texan

This September 1st marks the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II - the catastrophic, epic struggle that enveloped the globe and the reason the Commemorative Air Force exists. On Saturday, August 31st, almost 80 years to the day, the C.A.F. Southern California Wing at the Camarillo Airport is hosting an event commemorating this historic event and the SNJ Texan, North America’s legendary military trainer. An exciting and diverse presentation will include a discussion on the start and scale of World War II and the mounting of a new, overhauled engine on an SNJ. The unit’s Historian, Ron Fleishman, will outline the history of C.A.F. SoCal’s two SNJs - 290 and Blue Bird. Weather and maintenance permitting, a Texan will fly for you.

Adults: $10

Opens Aug 18!
Through Oct 13
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Autumn Impressions

Opening Reception :
Sun, Aug 18, 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

The California Art Club continues over a century of tradition, presenting America’s stunning and varied landscapes in masterfully crafted paintings in this special group exhibition dedicated to the Fall Season.

Closing Aug 18!
Agriculture Museum
In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte
In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte is a new exhibit at the Agriculture Museum featuring the photojournalist David Bacon's evocative, powerful photographs alongside moving oral narratives from migrant farm workers. The exhibit, fully translated into both English and Spanish, gives viewers a reality check on the food they eat and the lives of the people who harvest it.
Closing Aug 26!
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
Marine Megatropolis (1974-1981)
Photographs by Bob Evans

A photographic journey beneath the offshore oil platforms of the Santa Barbara Channel, where marine life finds a sanctuary to thrive.
The Exhibit includes 23 spectacular images selected from expeditions by Bob Evans and Andrew J. McMullen of La Mer Bleu Productions in Santa Barbara. Bob and Andy photo-documented the marine life as it developed beneath the offshore oil platforms of the Santa Barbara Channel between 1974 and 1981.
Through Sept 9
Camarillo Ranch
What Is a Docent?

This exhibit showcases the Camarillo Ranch Docent Program and the community our program serves. On display are costumes, photographs, teaching tools, and more.

Through Sept 15
Pasadena Museum of History
GIDDY UP: Children Take the Reins

Bask in the joyful ambiance of quintessential childhood amusements in a uniquely “touchable” exhibition, "Giddy Up: Children Take the Reins." Curated by local collector and conservator Lourinda Bray, the exhibition will be on view May 5 through September 15, 2019.

The PMH galleries will be filled with a dizzying array of more than thirty-five smaller scaled carousel horses and exotic creatures that visitors of all ages will be able to see – and touch. An enchanting photo booth will feature a double-seat Polar Bear from an English carousel by J.R. Anderson, circa 1920, that children and adults can climb on for a special keepsake photo.

Through Sept 30
Maritime Museum of San Diego
“Sea & Shore” Plein Air Paintings

Open concurrently with the Beaumont art exhibit, the Museum is proud to introduce “Sea and Shore” on display in the Compass Gallery located on the main level of the Berkeley. This art exhibit features submissions from members of the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego (PAPASAN). The artists of the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego have been on the plein air scene since 1999, painting the essence of San Diego, whose very identity is uniquely defined by the sea. PAPASAN members paint San Diego’s beautiful beaches, tidepools, estuaries, harbors and marinas. The art of painting en plein air, or painting outdoors, is an essential endeavor for an artist. Plein air painting is perhaps one of the most difficult genres to master.

Through Sept 30
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Arthur Beaumont's “Art of the Sea”

Arthur Beaumont’s “Art of the Sea,” curated by The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine, will be open in the Gould Eddy Gallery, located on the lower deck of the Berkeley . Beaumont’s body of work encompasses numerous portraits of specific naval vessels, including mighty aircraft carriers and battleships as well as personal yachts of presidents and celebrities. His art portrays not only admirals but also common sailors and soldiers. They formed the core of his series of significant wartime commissions for National Geographic Magazine. In 1958, Beaumont was named Artist Laureate of the U.S. Fleet.

Through Oct 20
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Rum Running: Sailors and Prohibition

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is proud to present its newest exhibit,  Rum Running: Sailors and Prohibition.
Artifacts and material highlight local rum running in Santa Barbara, one of the busiest places in California during Prohibition. The exhibit tells the story of rum, the part it played in the rich history of sea-going men and its connection to Santa Barbara. Covering more than 400 years, the exhibit illuminates the new world’s first distilled spirit, from its origins on 17th century Caribbean sugar cane plantations to the role of slavery. The exhibit explores the stories of British and American sailors, Prohibition bootlegging and rum running, and "speakeasies," additionally highlighting the story of pioneer rum runner Bill McCoy and Real McCoy Rum.

Animals for Sale
Hathaway Ranch Museum

Hathaway Ranch Museum at 11901 E. Florence Ave. in Santa Fe Springs has chickens, eggs and pygmy goats for sale including does, yearling and newborn kids.

The museum is open 11am to 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and by appointment other days and times.

Please call the museum at 562-777-3444 for more information.
August Adventures at Rancho Camulos National Historic Landmark

August adventures abound at this rural Mexican land grant rancho featuring the 1853 Spanish Colonial style, del Valle family adobe. Enjoy an enlightening docent led tour, Saturdays at 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00, or Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00. Tours include the 1910 Mary Pickford 18 minute silent movie filmed here shown in the air conditioned schoolhouse. Also explore the new authentic Tataviam village recreation. Bring a picnic for added fun...where the history, myth, and romance of Old California still linger...

Volunteer with the Banning Museum
Get to Know Us Sessions
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Sat, Aug 23 & Sun, Aug 24

The Banning Museum is seeking volunteers and will host two Get to Know Us receptions. The receptions will be held in the conference room at the Banning Museum, 401 East “M” Street, Wilmington, CA 90744.

After completing the training course, volunteers may participate in a full range of Museum programs such as conservation and maintenance of antiques, participating in decorative arts exhibitions, special events, Museum Shop assistance, lecture and discussion committees, volunteer activities, Living History Program and School Program.
For additional information or to RSVP for one of the receptions above, please contact the Banning Museum, 310-548-7777.
* Kindly note that while we strive to list the most accurate information available at the time of publishing this newsletter, it is always best to contact the site / museum directly to confirm the dates and times of events, exhibits, and announcements listed. Thank you!
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