December 2018, Vol. 81
This Month's Featured P2H Site:
Built in 1929 by Rhoda Rindge Adamson and her husband Merritt Adamson, the Adamson House is a Spanish Colonial Revival style historic house right on the PCH. The house was purchased by the State of California in 1968 originally to be razed and built over to provide beachside parking. The house opened as a museum in 1983 and became a California Historical Landmark in 1985. This National Historic Site, California Historical Landmark, and California State Park offers docent-led tours and invites visitors to walk the landscaped gardens.

Special Holiday Tours
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays | Dec 7-30
Come and enjoy our special Holiday Tours at the historic Adamson House in Malibu, splendidly decorated for the season. Visit the Adamson House in its beautiful, whimsical splendor while fully decorated for the season. Enjoy lighted Christmas trees, yuletide music, historical decorations, hot apple cider/snacks, a handcrafted gift, and a tour of the house with a nod to its history during the holidays.
All profits from this winter fundraiser, as well as purchases at the Visitors’ Center, go to the non-profit Malibu Adamson House Foundation, for the upkeep and preservation of this beautiful house. To make a reservation for a special holiday tour, please call (310) 456-9378 or visit
Adults: $25
Children: $10
5 and under: FREE
About the Passport 2 History Program*
Passport 2 History unites the sites, collections, experiences, and organizations that tell the story of Southern and Central California and its people.

Get to know the amazing people and cultures that made California what it is. See how they lived and learn what they contributed to the development of the Golden State. Travel back in time through living history museums, reenactments, and beautifully preserved historic sites. Or visit exhibits showcasing the works of up-and-coming local artists. With an amazing variety of sites, P2H has something for everyone!

Passport 2 History celebrates the institutions that do all this and more. 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 our website  or check out our social media pages below.
And join the Facebook Group!
How it Works:

Pick up a  "Passport 2 History" passport book at any of our participating sites for $5 and explore 83 historic sites in Southern and Central California. 

Collect "Passport 2 History" stamps when you visit each participating site. You'll get special benefits and prizes.

When you collect stamps from all participating institutions, be sure to return your passport book to the Leonis Adobe Museum for your prize.
Check out YouTuber Look Who's Blogging's visit to the International Printing Museum!
What's New at the
Open to the Public
Fridays 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Saturdays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sundays 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Plus special events - see below!
Passport 2 History is brought to you by the Leonis Adobe Museum in beautiful Old Town Calabasas. The Leonis Adobe Museum is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #1 and a functioning ranch - complete with farm animals!
To learn more about the Leonis Adobe Museum, be sure to view KCET's Visiting with Huell Howser episode about the Leonis Adobe, available online here, on YouTube .
Upcoming at the Leonis Adobe Museum

The Leonis Adobe Museum will be open for regular public hours throughout November, with possible exception on the Friday following Thanksgiving (11/23). Check our social media for updates.

Holiday Roundup
Sat., Dec 1
2:00 - 5:00 PM
Once you've napped off the turkey feast and sent home the last of the relatives with armfuls of leftovers, start looking forward to our annual Winter Celebration! Join the longhorns for seasonal cheer, holiday crafts and music, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and more.

General: $8
Members: FREE
Under 2: FREE  | 818-222-6511 |
For additional info, visit us on our Yelp page.
Sat., Dec 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Planes of Fame
Living History Flying Day: Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero

Open to the public, Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino, CA) presents its monthly Living History Flying Day on December 1, 2018, featuring the Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero. A speaker panel of distinguished aviation experts, historians, and veterans is featured, followed by a question & answer period and flight demonstration when possible. The Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero will be on display and perform a flight demonstration (subject to change).

General: $15
Children: $6
Children 4 and under: FREE

Parking is free.

Sat., Dec 1
1:00 - 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. December’s theme, Gorgeous Green, celebrates the holiday season.

Sat., Dec 1
5:00 PM
Andres Pico Adobe
Las Posadas Pageant

A longtime festive tradition hosted by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society at its Andres Pico Adobe museum headquarters, this year’s event will include the candlelit procession (bring your flashlights) with our Mary and Joseph, songs by the Franciscan sisters of San Fernando, a piñata, special visit by Santa and refreshments, including pan dulce. A family event.

Sat., Dec 1 - Sun., Dec 2
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Banning Museum
Victorian Christmas Celebration

Victorian Christmas at the Banning Museum has been an annual holiday tradition in the greater Los Angeles Area for over 30 years. The Museum grounds are transformed into a Christmas Festival featuring Victorian period entertainment, walk-thru tours of the festively decorated Banning Mansion, blacksmith demonstrations, refreshments, family holiday crafts, a bake sale, local food vendors, handmade crafts by area artisans, and Jolly ‘Ole St. Nick himself will pose for photos with the little ones in an historic carriage. One of the highlights of the festivities is a horse-drawn trolley ride to the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum, also in Wilmington.

Sun., Dec 2
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Stagecoach Inn Museum
Holiday Open House: "A Child's Dream of the Holidays"

Kids of all ages are invited to celebrate the holiday spirit at our Annual Holiday Open House. Our afternoon of wonderful activities will include storytelling with Mrs. Claus, holiday card making, and tree decorating. Music on the porch provided by the Newbury Park High School String Quartet, and refreshments will be downstairs in Anderson Hall. The Stagecoach Inn will be decorated to the nines, so stop by for a walk through.

Storytelling will be held at the Pioneer House at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30. Help us decorate the Holiday Tree in the Timber School.

Sun., Dec 2
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Lanterman House
Dancing with the Lantermans

Join us for dance lessons in the Lanterman House ballroom, the perfect venue to dance through time. From the 1890s, the 1910s, and the 1920s, these lessons will take you through the decades of dance popular with the Lanterman family. Period attire welcome, but not required. Come alone or with a partner! All are welcome.

Dance instructor: Regina Whitcomb

Non-members: $20
Lanterman House Members: FREE

Please RSVP to .

Sat., Dec 8
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
International Printing Museum
The Dickens Holiday Celebration

The Museum is transformed into Fezziwig’s Warehouse with special presentations, tours, carolers, music, and the chance to print your own Victorian cards on antique presses from the 1850s. You will have the chance to meet characters from various Dickens novels including the nefarious Fagin, the mad Miss Havisham and the dreamer Mr. Micawber. The highlight of your visit will be with Mr. Charles Dickens himself entertaining guests in the Museum’s Heritage Theater; he will retell his most famous story, A Christmas Carol, becoming Scrooge and using his audience as cast members. There will be a festive lunch of an English Banger, gingerbread and punch included with your ticket. If you desire come to The Dickens Holiday Celebration dressed in your finest Victorian dress!

Make reservations as soon as possible as we have limited space in our theater and reserved tickets are highly recommended.

Single: $25
Group (4): $80
Single Admission includes activities, performance, and lunch.

Sat., Dec 8
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
CAF SoCal Wing
Living History Presentation Series: Air War Pacific

Though the Allies had taken back some ground in the Solomons, the outcome in the Pacific aerial arena was still heavily contested. The Mitsubishi A6M Zero had ruled the skies early over the Pacific, but that fortune was about to change. 
On Saturday, December 8th the Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing at the Camarillo Airport is hosting an event focused on the introduction of the Grumman F6F Hellcat into the fray, and the swirling duels to the death with the Zero that ensued. CAF SoCal unit members will talk about the development of these two remarkable warplanes and their destiny to merge in the hostile skies of the Pacific Theater of World War II. The unit historian, Ron Fleishman, will also discuss the history of CAF SoCal’s A6M3 Zero and F6F-5 Hellcat.
Other iconic, flyable aircraft will also be on display, like the iconic Supermarine Spitfire and the celebrated P-51 Mustang. For the adventurous, rides for hire will be available in several different vintage military aircraft.

Light snacks will also be on hand for those wishing a quick bite.

Sat., Dec 8
1:00 PM
Bolton Hall Museum
Annual Holiday Party ft. The Randy Van Horne Singers

Little Landers announces the return of The Randy Van Horne Singers for the 9th year for the Bolton Hall Museum Holiday program on Saturday, December 8 at 1 p.m.. The program features performances by Sunland-Tujunga’s very own Franny McCartney and the Space Age Pop Music Sound of the Randy Van Horne Singers. Visitors will join in for carol singing and the Bolton Hall Museum Holiday gift drawing. Refreshments are served after the program.

Sat., Dec 8
6:00 PM
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
Holiday Lighting of the Mast

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is excited to start a new tradition at the Harbor: The Holiday Lighting of the 75 foot “Tallship Mast” in front of the museum. It will take place on December 8 at 6 p.m. before the start of the 53rd annual Parade of Lights. There will be carolers, sing-alongs, a visit from Santa and the official Lighting of the Mast which will shine nightly through the Holiday Season. EVERYONE is invited to this free event! Afterward, the Museum will have a limited amount of seating inside to watch the Parade of Lights at 7 p.m. for $10 per person. Tickets for Parade seating may be pre-purchased at the Museum or when the doors open after the mast lighting.


Sun., Dec 9
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Strathearn Historical Park
Heritage Holiday in the Park

Our historic houses will be decorated and open for tours.

Enjoy unique shopping in the Simi Store, Model T cars on display by the Barber Shop, and a book sale at the Simi Store. Civil War and Native American books will sell for 40% off; Vintage and antique linens will be on sale for 30% off.
Valley View Middle School Choir will be performing on the park grounds from 1:15 to 1:45!
Enjoy holiday music in the Visitor Center:
Pipe Dreams Flutes Duet 11:00-11:30
Methodist Church Bell Ringers 11:45-12:15 
Channel Islands Harmony Chorus 12:30-1:00

Sun., Dec 9
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Heritage House
Annual Victorian Christmas Open House

Step back in time! Experience the spirit of a traditional Victorian Christmas of the 1890s. At this family-friendly celebration Father Christmas gives an ornament to each child. A unique range of musical entertainment includes recorders, auto harps, dulcimers, bagpipes, a barbershop quartet, and a youth string orchestra. Be sure to try a home-baked cookie and some secret-recipe hot-mulled cider. See the house set in Christmas finery with greenery, handmade decorations, and mistletoe. Try your own hand at making holiday ornaments. Heritage House is located at 8193 Magnolia Ave. in Riverside. The event is free and open to the public.
Event parking: Due to limited parking at the Heritage House, please park on the street or across the street in the FSA lot. Please note that the FSA parking gate will be locked after 4:30 p.m.

Sun., Dec 9
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Pasadena Museum of History
Holiday Open House

Celebrate the season with festive music, refreshments, and a family craft, while enjoying the beauty of historic Fenyes Mansion adorned with touches of Edwardian style holiday decor. Don't miss the Finnish Folk Art Museum, where members of the Finlandia Foundation will regale you with their history and lore. Plus, enjoy free entry to the landmark fine art exhibition Something Revealed: California Women Artists Emerge, 1960-1960 . We are pleased to welcome back Ad Hoc Consort, performing traditional Christmas music on vintage instruments. The beautiful grounds are a perfect place for a family photo, plus the Museum Store is filled with unique gift items, ornaments, jewelry, and art.

Sun., Dec 9
2:00 PM
Heritage Square
Mrs. Claus Celebrates Cultural Diversity

Come to Heritage Square, where everything old is new again and celebrate over 100 years of diverse cultural populations in Ventura County. 
Mrs. Claus will be the Mistress of Ceremonies as groups and individuals present songs, dances and stories that share their cultural roots. Scheduled so far are representatives from our African American, Latino, Philippine, Japanese and Jewish communities. Also appearing will be Hula Anyone from Santa Barbara, Razzberry Jam a classic American jazz band from the Turn of the Century and Grupo Folklorico La Villa Alegre presenting a live nativity and Dance Identity, performing a traditional dance from Ghana. 
Mrs. Claus will share tidbits of fantasy about her life with Santa through the centuries and how some of today’s holiday traditions originated.
This program and the character of Mrs. Claus is created by Connie Korenstein, living history re-enactor and four time winner of the Uncle Leo’s Stories of Ventura County Contest.
Sponsored by The City of Oxnard.

$5 donation to the Friends of Heritage Square

Thurs., Dec 14
7:00 PM
El Presidio de Santa Barbara
Una Noche de Las Posadas

Una Noche de Las Posadas (The Inns) is the time-honored reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for lodging in Bethlehem as it was once celebrated in Early California and is still observed throughout Latin America. The procession begins at the Presidio Chapel and winds over to State Street, through the De la Guerra Plaza, and continues to Casa de la Guerra with the singing of holiday songs in Spanish. After the event, tamales, traditional desserts, and hot chocolate are served.
Join in this rich cultural tradition and experience firsthand the way in which Santa Barbara’s earliest Spanish and Mexican residents celebrated Christmas with music, food, and merriment.
SBTHP thanks The Towbes Foundation and The Outhwaite Foundation for sponsoring the 2018 Una Noche de Las Posadas.

Sun., Dec 16
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Holiday Festival

Celebrate the holiday season with family-friendly activities, live music, free art workshops for kids, an arts and crafts sale, and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Sun., Dec 16
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Lanterman House
Holiday Open House

Celebrate the holiday season at Lanterman House. The house, festively decorated for the season, will be open for visitors. Vintage Christmas cards will be on display in the billiard room and the dining room will be set for WWI-inspired lunch party, "Welcome Home Lloyd Lanterman." Carolers will perform throughout the house. Enjoy holiday refreshments on the porch.

⛄ Holiday Tours and Series!* ⛄
Your Passport to Historical Seasonal Cheer
With so many holiday tours and festivals, we're introducing a special holiday feature to highlight recurring seasonal events in November, December, and January. Take your pick of seasonally spruced-up sites to see how California's celebrated the holiday season over the years.
Pasadena Museum of History
Fenyes Mansion Holiday Tours
12:15 PM
Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays
Through Jan 6

Experience the elegant 1906 Beaux Arts Fenyes Mansion on docent-led tours that tell the history of the art, architecture, and lifestyle of early Pasadena. Edwardian style Christmas trimmings will embellish the original furnishings in the reception hall, drawing, room, dining room, conservatory, and studio throughout the holiday season. Tickets include entry to the exhibition galleries and optional tour of the Finnish Folk Art Museum.


Photo: Fenyes Mansion Drawing Room and Conservatory Trees

Dudley Historic House
Dudley House Holiday Boutique
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Dec 1, 2, 7, 8, & 9

Come celebrate the spirit of holidays past at the historic Dudley House. The 25th year of this annual fundraiser for the museum features quality crafts, home décor, antiques and collectibles and a tearoom with refreshments, silent auction and bargain items. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a flea market added on Sundays.

Admission is free.

Call (805) 642-3345 for information.

Adamson House
Special Holiday Tours
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays
Dec 7-30

* Please Note: Adamson House holiday tours have been cancelled for the weekend of Nov 30 - Dec 2. Regular public tours will still be held on Nov 30 and Dec 1.

Come and enjoy our special Holiday Tours at the historic Adamson House in Malibu, splendidly decorated for the season. Visit the Adamson House in its beautiful, whimsical splendor while fully decorated for the season. Enjoy lighted Christmas trees, yuletide music, historical decorations, hot apple cider/snacks, a handcrafted gift, and a tour of the house with a nod to its history during the holidays.
All profits from this winter fundraiser, as well as purchases at the Visitors’ Center, go to the non-profit Malibu Adamson House Foundation, for the upkeep and preservation of this beautiful house. To make a reservation for a special holiday tour, please call (310) 456-9378 or visit

Adults: $25
Children: $10
5 and under: FREE

In addition to our Special Holiday Tours, we will be offering our regularly scheduled tours throughout the season (no reservations required).

Camarillo Ranch House
Santa Night Series
4:30 - 7:30 PM
Dec 5, 12, & 19

Camarillo Ranch Foundation’s Santa Night series is a not-to-be-missed holiday experience that offers fun for the entire family!
Victorian carolers will welcome you for a unique holiday experience at Adolfo’s historic Camarillo Ranch. This one-of-a-kind event includes holiday home tours of the 1892 Victorian Mansion. Plus, the 1905 Red Barn will be transformed into Santa’s Workshop!
This year’s event features photo packages with Santa, holiday dance performances, live classical piano tunes, an outdoor holiday market, festive adult beverages, a cookie decorating station, and a hot cocoa bar!

Heritage Square
10th Annual Gingerbread Celebration
Sat. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Sun. 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Weekends in December

Come see the Square decorated at the best time of year. View our magnificent display of gingerbread creations at Heritage Square Hall. While visiting us take a guided tours of the former house’s exteriors w/select interiors. Tours $5 per person. Evening and weekday Group Tours by appointment.

Doctors House
Candlelight Tours
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Sat., Dec 8; Sat., Dec 15

Bring the whole family and friends to celebrate the season with self guided tours of the Doctors House, an authentically restored Queen Anne-Eastlake style home built around 1888, which will be decorated for the holidays in traditional Victorian style. Live holiday music and refreshments will be served in the gazebo. 
Rain may reduce outdoor activities but will not cancel the event.

Suggested Donation
$10 (cash or check)

Closing Dec 30!
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Gallery: Ann Phong

Gallery Opening
Thurs., Nov 8
6:30 PM
FREE Admission

Gallery Tour
Thurs., Dec 6
7:30 PM
FREE Admission

“Living in the 21st century, we make use of all material goods on earth to serve us a comfortable life. It seems like the more civil we are as humans, the more trash we create.” For three decades artist Ann Phong has incorporated materials meant to be thrown away into lush paintings that both chronicle the state of our world, and contemplate her own trans-pacific, cross-cultural journey from her native Vietnam to California.

Closing Dec 30!
Murphy Auto Museum
Classic Chevrolets Exhibit

When you hear "Chevy" do you automatically think about the '57? Who doesn't and you can bet we'll have them here.
Bring the whole family to the museum on November 17th and check out the Classic Chevys on display inside our museum, plus the Chevys on display for the day in our parking lot. We will have some amazing cars from private owners for you to enjoy, plus our cars inside the museum, a display of Americana, and our massive HO train display. Have a Chevy you would like to display for the day on Nov. 17th? Register to show your Chevy here , no fee to show your car.

Closing Dec 30!
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California History

Explore the rich and surprising history of women and tattoos in California at CIMM’s newest exhibit.
While many may think of tattoos as a recent trend, inked women have a long history in California. From the working-class Tattooed Ladies who performed in circus sideshows to the upper-class inked women who helped popularize the tattoo craze, visitors will discover the largely unknown history of women and tattoos through photographs, personal histories, and artifacts. “We are so excited to share the remarkable stories of these women and connect them with tattooing today,” said Heather Behrens, Curator and Collections Manager at CIMM.

Through Dec 2018
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. 

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

Through Jan 27
DANA Adobe
Sun and Wind, by the Sea: California Landscapes exhibit by Milford Zornes

The DANA Adobe Cultural Center invites you to attend the exhibition Sun and Wind, by the Sea: California Landscapes by Milford Zornes
This ten-week exhibition begins Saturday, November 17th, and runs through Sunday, January 27th, 2019. 

Through Jan 2019
Bolton Hall Museum
Panoramas of Sunland-Tujunga
See what our community looked like in the olden days.

We've pulled some of the best panoramic photos from our extensive photo collection end enlarged parts of those photos to show details that may not be noticeable at first glance. Our community had wide open spaces before all the houses and apartments were built. Maybe you can even find your street!

Enjoy the beautiful views from various vantage points around town.

Through Feb 17
California Oil Museum
Insectology: An Up Close Look at Bees, Bugs, and Butterflies
Buzz on down to the California Oil Museum for our newest exhibit, Insectology: An Up Close Look at Bees, Bugs, and Butterflies !
Immerse yourself in a cocoon of facts, photos, and buggy specimens! Enjoy some of the most beautiful specimens flying, crawling, walking, and swinging on this earth.

Through Mar 10, 2019
California Oil Museum
Hot Wheels Exhibit

Who : Hot Wheels and Toy Fans of Any Age
What : An Amazing Hot Wheel Collection from BMH Hobbies
Where T he always fascinating California Oil Museum
When : November 17 through March 10, 2019
Why Because we love Hot Wheels!

Do you remember playing with your first Hot Wheel? The fun of driving it around the make-believe race track in your parent’s kitchen? Using a shoe box for a garage or finally receiving a track for Christmas? This is your chance to relive that wonderful childhood memory and pass it on to your little ones!

Hot Wheels is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and collectors Brian and Maria Hernandez are lending their extensive Hot Wheel collection to the California Oil Museum in celebration of the Silver Anniversary of this historic die-cast model car we grew up with. The exhibit will have some very rare cars such as the “Sweet Sixteen,” the first set of Hot Wheels cars sold by Mattel on May 18, 1968, eleven of them designed by Harry Bentley Bradley.

Come to the California Oil Museum’s South Gallery to see this remarkable collection of Hot Wheels through the years!

Through Mar 31, 2019, with partial reinstall in Jan 2019
Pasadena Museum of History
California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960
Pasadena Museum of History is proud to present this landmark fine art exhibition of over 250 works, offering a new appreciation of the women who defied gender and expectation in an era of inequality. Although some achieved name recognition, the exhibition focuses on historically important yet unknown and underappreciated artists and the role they played in shaping California’s arts and culture over 100 years. In order to showcase as many works as possible, the galleries will be partially re-installed with numerous additional artworks in January 2019.

Santa Barbara Historical Museum
The West-Dressed Woman

Opening Reception
Oct 18, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
The role of guest curator for this special exhibition is held by Sharon Bradford. She will highlight the fascinating collection and shed light on some of the most influential and illustrious women in Santa Barbara history.
The landmark exhibition is being sponsored by the Whittier Foundation and the Costume Council.

For more information about the Council, click here .

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Rancho Los Cerritos
Tibahangna to Today: Stories of the Tongva People
Join us to celebrate our new exhibition of artifacts, photographs, and historical documents highlighting the history and culture of the Tongva/Gabrielino people. To learn more or RSVP, click below:

Mullin Automotive Museum
L'Epoque Des Carrossiers - The Art and Times of the French Coachbuilders

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.  

Adults: $16
Seniors: $13

Please call 805-385-5400 or visit our website for information or to make reservations.

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 home to 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.)

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."

Juan Matias Sanchez Adobe
Kit Carson Exhibit

Kit Carson,1809-1868, was a famous American mountain man, Indian fighter, scout and soldier who helped implement the westward expansion of the United States. One of the battles he participated in during the Mexican-American War, was the Battle of Rio San Gabriel, 3/4 miles from the Lobo Adobe (later the Juan Matias Sanchez Adobe). Come learn about a forgotten American legend.

Carnegie Library
Paso Robles Area Historical Society
Newspaper Preservation Project

Old newspapers are invaluable, they help us to understand and connect with people and events of the past. The Paso Robles Area Historical Society is in possession of some very unique newspapers. We have in our collection newspapers that date back to 1886, many of which no one else has. Realizing the importance of preserving these papers and making them available to the public has become one of our society’s primary goals.
The best way to preserve newsprint today is by microfilming. Microfilm, although old technology, creates master negatives and has a lifespan of 200 years. The process of digitization, which evolves about every 20 years, is also extremely important as it provides online searching capability.
Our collection has been inventoried and is ready for the next step of preservation. We have been in contact with the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research at University of California Riverside (CBSR). The CBSR has taken on the responsibility for the California Newspaper Project, the goal of which is to preserve thousands of volumes of deteriorating newspapers for the use of future generations. They have reviewed our inventory and are currently guiding us in identifying which papers have already been microfilmed and which papers need to be preserved. They have advised us to focus on preserving (microfilming) the newsprint first since it is most at risk and to digitize at a later date.
We have identified The Leader as top priority to be microfilmed (the paper dates from 1886 to 1919).  
Our next papers of priority include The Moon 1892-1894, The Record 1895-1917, Paso Robles Spotlight 1929-1931, and The Independent 1894-1895 & 1899.  
Janice Cannon
Director of Research
Camp Roberts Historical Museum
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Exhibit in Development

The Camp Roberts Historical Museum is currently working on a new exhibit dealing with the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) program at the camp. UAVs ("drones") are very important to the military. They can be sent on reconnaissance missions and identify targets for indirect fire, saving many lives, and they have many other uses as well. The camp has had a large UAV training and testing program for several years now, and even Royal Artillery soldiers from the UK come to train on UAVs at the camp. We are currently hanging various sized UAVs and painting a mural backdrop. The finished exhibit will include both photos and video.

We are shooting for completion by next summer. Until then, you can always find new exhibits here, at California's official military museum. We're the largest Army museum in the United States and one of the few places you can actually climb inside the tanks, SP howitzers, APCs, and helicopters.
Thank you. 
Gary McMaster
Volunteer Chairman and Curator
Camp Roberts Historical Museum
Photo of large drone flying toward a mural of a runway. Via Camp Roberts Historical Museum
* 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!
Copyright © 2018. All Rights Reserved.