PASSPORT 2 HISTORY MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
February 2020, Vol. 95
This Month's Featured P2H Site:
Once the retirement home of silent film star Bill Hart, the William S. Hart Museum in Newhall transports you to 1920s Hollywood and tells the story of Hart’s rise to silver screen legend. Explore the Spanish Colonial Revival style mansion on a guided tour or 3rd Saturday Open House, or wander Hart's original residence at the Ranch House at your own pace. The museum's exhibits feature Hart's personal belongings, his extensive Western art collection, and Native American artifacts.
 
On the surrounding grounds, you'll find a thriving herd of American bison, space to picnic, and trails to hike. Looking to volunteer? Check out volunteer opportunities on the museum’s website.
Newhallywood Silent Film Festival
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Sat, Feb 15 - Sun, Feb 16
Ticketed Kick-Off Events: Fri, Feb 14

Join us in celebrating the 100th wedding anniversary of Hollywood’s first power couple, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. The festival, which will be taking place throughout Newhall and Santa Clarita, kicks off Friday with “Bustour” Keaton, a ticketed bus tour of various Hollywood film locations. The screenings begin Friday evening with a ticketed dinner followed by Douglas Fairbanks’ Technicolor feature, The Black Pirate .

Visitors to the free festival on Saturday and Sunday will see props, costumes, and other memorabilia donated by the superstar couple to NHM. The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society’s train station which will be converted into “Slapstick Junction,” for screening short silent film comic gems for audiences of all ages. Attend film screenings at nearby Newhall locations, along with a special screening of Singin’ in the Rain , and so much more! There will also be family-friendly activities throughout the festival weekend at the Hart Museum. The Newhallywood Silent Film Festival will be a unique chance to explore rarely seen collections and films.

Admission
Sat-Sun Festival: Free
Friday Bus Tour : $55 (includes tour + lunch)

Printable: P2H Valentines!
We love love and we love California history here at P2H HQ. So what could be better than valentines inspired by our beloved state and P2H?

Click here for the free printable PDF. Fold the letter-size paper in quarters to form cut lines, cut out all the cards you like, and present to your favorite California history-lover!
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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  passport2history.com  or check out our social media pages above.
Events Calendar*
Sat, Feb 1
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Planes of Fame Air Museum
Living History Flying Day-Vought F4U-1A Corsair

Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino, CA) presents its monthly Living History Flying Day on February 1, 2020, featuring the Vought F4U-1A Corsair. A speaker panel of distinguished aviation experts and historians is featured, followed by a question & answer period and flight demonstration when possible. The Vought F4U-1A Corsair will be on display and perform a flight demonstration (subject to change).

Admission
General: $15
Children 5-11: $6
Children 4 and under: Free
Parking: Free

Sat, Feb 1
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Santa Monica Conservancy
Downtown Walking Tour
 
Recurs Saturdays, year-round

Tours start at Hostelling International, located at 1436 Second St.

Discover downtown Santa Monica's architecture, history and culture with our team of highly-rated docents. From Art Deco to Victorian and Romanesque Revival, you'll explore the various styles that fill the streets of our city.
Learn about the start of the modern movie industry, visit a lavish Art Deco hotel that attracted Hollywood celebrities with its speakeasy and see where Jim Morrison played his first show. The walking tour covers about 6 blocks in 2 hours and is open to all ages.

Admission
Members: $5
General: $10

Sat, Feb 1
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
Creation Station

Repeats every month until June

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

Sun, Feb 2
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Dudley House Historic Museum
Open House at the Dudley Museum

The 1892 Dudley Historic House Museum is open the first Sunday of each month for docent-led tours. The museum is located at the corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood streets (197 N. Ashwood) in Ventura.

Sun, Feb 2
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Lanterman House
Lanterman House Radio Roundup

The historic Lanterman House ballroom will be the setting for live performances of three different vintage radio shows, including the first episode of Flash Gordon from 1935. Each performance will have live musical accompaniment, sound effects, commercial breaks and audience participation! Visitors can also enjoy a one-day exhibition of vintage radios from the Southern California Antique Radio Society.

Wed, Feb 5
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
Gardening Lecture by Andrew Chaves

Join us for a special California native plant maintenance program co-hosted by Theodore Payne Foundation and Rancho Los Cerritos taught by Andrew Chaves. Subjects covered include watering, fertilizing (or not), grooming, mulching, pest management and other aspects of garden maintenance. You’ll also discover how native plants respond to pruning cuts (good and bad), what we trigger with our gardening activities, and how to develop good maintenance goals. Part of the class will be held outdoors; bring your hat and water bottle. Presentation will be followed by a tour of the Rancho’s grounds.

Admission
Members: $25
General: $35

Thurs, Feb 6
7:30 – 9:30 PM
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Scott Ainslie & Reggie Harris

Two noted troubadours together in concert. With a variety of acoustic instruments, stories, and songs, Scott Ainslie and Reggie Harris – passionate performers and friends – personalize America’s history and our shared struggle to better our lives.

Admission
Non-Member: $30
Student/Senior: $20
Member: $15

Sat, Feb 8
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Mullin Automotive Museum
Open Day

Recurring: monthly, 2nd and 4th Saturdays

The Mullin Automotive Museum is open to the public today!

Current Exhibit: The Art and Times of the French Coachbuilders

Semi-private visits are offered Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 11am. Please call (805) 385-5400 for reservations.

Admission
General: $16
Senior (65+): $14
Students w/ID: $14
Children (3-12): $10
Children (under 3): free
Active Military w/ID: free
Groups 10+: $14 each

Sat, Feb 8
12:00 – 3:00 PM
Riverside Metropolitan Museum - Heritage House
Be My Valentine

On February 8 from noon to 3 p.m., Heritage House presents an afternoon of “Be My Valentine” activities. Play a rousing game of croquet and learn about croquet’s scandalous history, make a Victorian-inspired Valentine, and take a docent-led tour to learn more about Victorian Valentine traditions, love and courtship. Admission is free, suggested donation $5.

Sat, Feb 8
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Banning Museum
15th Annual Valentine's Tea and Tunes

Guests will enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day inside the Banning Museum’s historic Stagecoach barn. Presented in a vintage setting you will enjoy an elegant luncheon served on exquisite fine china with a special selection of teas chosen for the occasion. There will be live entertainment as well as complimentary tours of the Museum and Visitor Center. A special exhibit has been assembled in the Museum especially for this event as well as a Victorian Fans exhibit in our Visitor Center. Don’t forget to don your hats, gloves and finery as there will be a gift awarded for the “Best Hat.”

Admission
Members: $65
General: $75

Thurs, Feb 13
6:30 – 9:30 PM
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Jazz Festival Preview Reception: Bill Cunliffe Trio

Once again, our pep-rally, celebration, and thank you to Jazz Fest season ticket holders is the best Valentine’s Week event in the County. Join us to hear Grammy-winning Jazz piano brilliance from Bill Cunliffe.

Admission
$150 (includes Jazz Fest 2020 season pass)

Fri, Feb 14 – Sun, Feb 16
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
William S. Hart Museum
Newhallywood Silent Film Festival

Ticketed Pre-Festival Events Friday, Times Vary
Free Film Festival Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Join us in celebrating the 100th wedding anniversary of Hollywood’s first power couple, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. The festival, which will be taking place throughout Newhall and Santa Clarita, kicks off Friday with “Bustour” Keaton, a ticketed bus tour of various Hollywood film locations. The screenings begin Friday evening with a ticketed dinner followed by Douglas Fairbanks’ Technicolor feature, The Black Pirate .

Visitors to the free festival on Saturday and Sunday will see props, costumes, and other memorabilia donated by the superstar couple to NHM. The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society’s train station which will be converted into “Slapstick Junction,” for screening short silent film comic gems for audiences of all ages. Attend film screenings at nearby Newhall locations, along with a special screening of Singin’ in the Rain , and so much more! There will also be family-friendly activities throughout the festival weekend at the Hart Museum. The Newhallywood Silent Film Festival will be a unique chance to explore rarely seen collections and films.

Admission
Friday Bus Tour : $55 (includes tour + lunch)
Sat-Sun Festival: Free

Fri, Feb 14
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Gamble House
Valentine's Day at the Gamble House

Join us Friday, February 14 for Valentine’s Day at the Gamble House. Explore the Gamble House at your own pace during this open-house style event. Guests are invited to present their ticket at the reception area on the rear terrace for a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or water. Light refreshments will be provided. Guitarist Shane Savala will be on hand to provide romantic background music throughout the evening.

Admission
$15

Sat, Feb 15
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Leonis Adobe Museum
Valentine’s High Tea

Sweep your sweetheart off their feet with a luxurious full-service high tea on the veranda of the Leonis Adobe, hosted by Ye Olde King’s Head of Santa Monica!

Treat that special someone to tea, finger sandwiches, scones, champagne, and more. Three seatings will be held – 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. This season, Ye Olde King’s Head are offering a la carte options in addition to the full Royal Tea. Menu prices start at $12, or $40 for a Royal Tea with champagne.

Please call Ye Olde King’s Head for more information or to make a reservation: (310) 451 1402. Walk-ins welcome!

Admission
Menu Prices $12+
Royal Tea: $40

Sat, Feb 15 & Sun, Feb 16
12:00 – 4:00 PM
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
Art Comes Alive

Art Comes Alive brings Maritime models and paintings to life with the help of live characters. Visitors have the unique opportunity to interact and speak with characters from many ages of Maritime history. Join the Channel Islands Maritime Museum on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16, 12-4 PM as friends of the museum dress up in costume and activate the spirit of various paintings, ship models, and time periods featured in the pieces on display in the galleries. The characters, brought to life, will share stories and facts about the art pieces they represent, creating an exciting experience unlike any other in the hallways and galleries of the Museum.

The event is family friendly and guests are encouraged to come in maritime themed costumes, or as a favorite maritime character or artist!

Admission
General: $10
Members/Seniors/Military/Children 12 and under: $7
Family of Four: $20

Sat, Feb 15
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Lanterman House
Lecture: Built for Health
 
Location: La Cañada Flintridge Library, 4545 North Oakwood Ave, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
 
Writer Lyra Kilson will explore the evolution of building for health and its influential export to sun-drenched California. Sunlight used to be considered medicinal, a substance doctors prescribed in measured daily doses. Such early 20th-century ideas about health also impacted architecture. As doctors and architects began collaborating on European sanatoriums, the results ranged from eccentric sun-chasing devices to sleek modernist landmarks. These health-focused designs soon shaped housing and even furniture.
Lyra Kilston is a writer in Los Angeles focused on architecture, urbanism, and lesser-known histories. Her recent book is Sun Seekers: The Cure of California (Atelier Éditions, 2019).
 
Thurs, Feb 20
7:30 – 9:30 PM
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
9th Annual Muck Speakeasy

The Muckenthaler staff has been hosting this event almost as long as the institution of prohibition lasted! Join us once again as we convert the Muck into a 1920s Speakeasy bringing the Gatsby Era to life! But will the live music and flowing booze attract the constabulary? You bet it will! Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition with us!

Admission
Non-Member: $30
Student/Senior: $20
Member: $15

Sat, Feb 22
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Murphy Auto Museum
Grand Reopening Party

Join us to celebrate our reopening at our new Oxnard location! Refreshments and fun will be served up at this very special day at The Murphy Auto Museum! Enjoy international and local automotive artists showing in the Fireball Art Gallery.

Admission
$10

Exhibits*
Opening Feb 1!
Ojai Valley Museum
22 Miles

Opening Reception: Sat, Feb 1, 5:30-7:30 PM

21 artists present landscapes and local art within 22 miles of the homes of artist Gail Pidduck and Jennifer Moses.

Open Feb 7-16
Riverside Metropolitan Museum - Heritage House
Be My Valentine or Not: Victorian Traditions for Valentine’s Day
 
Please join us on February 7-9 or February 14-16, 2020 from noon to 3:15 p.m. for our Heritage House Valentine presentation of “Be My Valentine or Not: Victorian Traditions for Valentine’s Day.” Admission is free, suggested donation $5.
 
Closing Feb 16!
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Pre-Season Showcase of Fullerton Union High School District Student Art
 
Before we officially open our gallery with the accomplished artists in our 2020 season, join us to celebrate the artists of tomorrow! This annual exhibition showcases the best work by local students from La Habra, Fullerton, Troy, Sunny Hills, Sonora, Buena Park, La Vista, and La Sierra high schools.
 
Closing Feb 16!
California Oil Museum
Vintage Toy Wonderland: Memories of Our Youth from 1960s-1980s

Test your knowledge in vintage toys of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, and view a wonderful collection of vintage toys. Be sure to stop by the California Oil Museum to check out all the fun!
 
Through Mar 23
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
The Mayflower: Story of a Voyage Across Treacherous Waters
 
2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage across the Atlantic. The Pilgrims arrived on the shores of what is now America in 1620 in hopes of making a better life for themselves and their children while being able to worship freely and in peace. Undoubtedly the most famous colonists in world history, their faith and fortitude are legendary. Their perseverance laid the cornerstone of a new Nation. The Pilgrims' courage, gratitude to God, and love for one another still inspire people today.
 
Through May 31
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Wish You Were Here Exhibit Opening at MMSD
 
MMSD announces the opening of Wish You Were Here , a new exhibit featuring an array of vintage postcards and photography from around the globe.
 
Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., President/CEO, explains the experience as “an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to stroll down memory lane as the Museum unveils a collection of scenic San Diego backdrops that stun and inspire pride and return visits to America’s Finest City.” From landmark events to world-class attractions, guests will see why the region has for more than 100 years earned a reputation as one of the world’s most popular spots for travel and adventure. Visitors to the exhibit will also receive a commemorative postcard to send to friends and family.
 
Through Jul 3
Pasadena Museum of History
Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890-1930

Starting Anew explores Pasadena's private and public sector development by examining themes such as: Why did people come to Pasadena? Why did they choose to stay? Where did they live and what did they see and do? What local, national, or international influences served as a catalyst for the city’s remarkable transformation? Historic images, documents, artwork, clothing, and ephemera, many selected from the Museum's collection – along with research compiled over decades by scholars, PMH staff, and volunteers – illustrate the scope of these vibrant decades in Pasadena’s history.

Ongoing
Lomita Railroad Museum
New Exhibits At The Lomita Railroad Museum
 
The Lomita Railroad Museum is dedicated to educating the public about railroads, particularly of the steam era. Thanks to a large donation made by the Lomita Railroad Museum Foundation in 2018, the museum staff continues to present and rotate a large collection of rare railroad artifacts in new displays within the museum gallery. New exhibits include an air powered musical calliope and a display focusing on the history of our founder, Mrs. Irene Lewis.
 
Ongoing
Los Angeles Maritime Museum
SS Poseidon
 
Visitors to the L.A. Maritime Museum will find a movie star on the second floor! The model of the SS Poseidon was the original prop in the 1972 classic film “The Poseidon Adventure.”
 
Fifteen men built the model over a period of three months. Poseidon is 21.5 feet long, and weighs one ton. The builders relied on the plans of the RMS Queen Mary , now permanently docked as an attraction in Long Beach, California.
 
The film’s plot required Poseidon to suffer repeated explosions and a rollover, but the model was successfully repaired and used in television commercials before arriving at the Museum.
 
Loan Courtesy Fox Studios
 
Announcements*
Volunteer Training
Drum Barracks Civil War Museum

Join the wonderful volunteer corps of the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum. As a volunteer you will attend classes, lectures and behind the scenes tours so you can learn the history of Drum Barracks and California’s role in the Civil War. Volunteers can choose to lead museum tours, participate in the school program or help with special events. Classes are held March 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Classes are free and attendance at all four classes is mandatory for graduation.

House Docents Wanted
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site

Explore the history of the land and the people of the Rancho, and learn to guide visitors through the historic adobe home. Training meets for seven consecutive Saturday mornings starting on February 22nd. Tours are led Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5.

Animals for Sale
Hathaway Ranch House
 
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.
 
New Volunteers Needed
Banning Museum

Get to Know Us Receptions: Feb 21 & 22, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Banning Museum Conference Room
RSVP 310 548 7777

Volunteers at the Banning Museum attend a flexible training course to gain the background necessary to offer public tours and special group tours of the interior of the Museum, Stagecoach Barn and grounds. Once the training course is completed the volunteers are able to 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.

* 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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