PASSPORT 2 HISTORY MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
March 2020, Vol. 96
This Month's Featured P2H Site:
The Channel Islands Maritime Museum opened its doors in Oxnard in 1991 as the Ventura County Maritime Museum. In 2012, the museum moved across the Channel and took its current name. On your visit, explore exhibits featuring 17 th century Dutch and Flemish masters of maritime art. Ship models on display represent more than 3,000 years of maritime history: from Egyptian reed boats, to local Chumash tomols, to bone models made by French prisoners of the British during the Napoleonic Wars, to modern day car carriers. Exhibits also cover whaling, sailor’s arts, navigation, and local maritime history.
 
Visit free on Free Third Thursdays. Get in touch with the museum to learn about tours and field trips.
Celebration of the Whales
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM | Sun, Mar 22
 
CIMM will host a free family-friendly whale-themed festival March 22, 2020, from 11-3 pm in conjunction with the 23rd annual Celebration of the Whales event at Channel Islands Harbor. The festival will feature hands-on educational booths, including a live touch tank, craft activities, a bounce house, art vendors, contests with prizes, live entertainment, food trucks, and much more. Visitors will be encouraged to follow an interactive migration trail along the Harbor’s west side, where there will be over two dozen chalk artists and clues to solve along the way. The trail begins or ends at the Museum or the Farmer’s Market, and all young participants will receive a prize and be entered into a drawing to win a whale watching trip for four.
 
The Mayflower: Story of a Voyage Across Treacherous Waters
Exhibit Closing Mar 23

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.

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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!
 
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Events Calendar*
Sun, Mar 1
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Santa Monica Conservancy
Julia Morgan Legacy Day
 
Location: 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Parking: $3 per hour or $8 per day
 
Reservations Recommended; Space is limited!
 
Join the Santa Monica Conservancy at the Annenberg Community Beach House in a special commemoration of architect Julia Morgan, California’s first licensed woman architect. Morgan designed the Guest House and pool, which comprise the historic core of the Beach House.
 
The celebration kicks off with a presentation by Chris Marino, Curator of the Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley, on the materials within the Julia Morgan collections at UC Berkeley.
 
Following Marino’s presentation, guests may visit the Guest House to see Morgan’s work first-hand.
 
Photo Credit: Julia Morgan Papers, Special Collections and Archives, California Polytechnic State University
 
Sat, Mar 7
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Planes of Fame Air Museum
Living History Flying Day - Lockheed P-38 Lightning
 
Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino, CA) presents its monthly Living History Flying Day on March 7, 2020, featuring the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. A speaker panel of distinguished aviation experts and historians is featured, followed by a question & answer period and flight demonstration when possible. The Lockheed P-38 Lightning 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, Mar 7
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sun, Mar 8
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Strathearn Historical Park & Museum
Civil War Days
 
Step back with us to another place and time, when President Lincoln could take a break from his Washington duties to give a speech on the steps of our Strathearn House. Here, costumed civilians, as well as soldiers from the north and south, stand ready in their camps, eager to tell their stories to the passing visitor. Sergeants drill groups of local boys and girls curious to experience military life. Skirmishes, as well as artillery, infantry and cavalry demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend.
 
Admission
Adults: $7
Active/Retired Military w/ID: $5
Children 5-12: $3
Children 4/under: FREE
Presale Discount Available at Link
 
Sat, Mar 7
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Leonis Adobe Museum
High Tea

Recurs Weekly

The spring season begins for high tea on the veranda of LA Historic-Cultural Monument #1, hosted by Ye Olde King’s Head of Santa Monica!

Treat yourself to tea, finger sandwiches, scones, champagne, and more. Three seatings will be held – 11am, 12pm, and 1pm.

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

Admission
Champagne included for visitors of age
Full Royal Tea: $40
Children's Tea: $20

Sat, Mar 7
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
Creation Station

Recurs 1 st Saturday of each month

Get creative with history! Using a wide variety of colorful materials, families can experiment with natural materials to create seasonal arts and crafts. March’s theme, Lovely Lavender, celebrates spring. This free, drop-in program takes place rain or shine.

Sun, Mar 8
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Pasadena Museum of History
A Champion for Civil Rights - Esto Broughton

Speaker: Professor Nan Towle Yamane PhD CSUN

We join the nationwide centennial celebration of Women’s Suffrage by shining the spotlight on one of California’s first women legislators, Esto Bates Broughton (1890-1956). As a lawyer, journalist, publicist and politician, Broughton reflects the activism of California’s rural women who were able to gain local support that propelled them into a larger political arena.

Admission
Refreshments and entry to exhibit galleries included
General: $12
Members: $10

Thur, Mar 12
8:00 – 9:30 AM
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
Bird Walk
 
Recurs 2 nd Thursday of each month
 
Stroll the historic grounds and watch both resident birds and seasonal migrants. We have a limited number of binoculars to lend, thanks to the generosity of Vortex Optics. Free, no RSVP necessary. Rain cancels.
 
Thur, Mar 12
7:30 – 9:30 PM
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
The Praties: St. Patrick's Celebration

Our St. Patrick’s week celebration features a band new to the Muck, The Praties. They’re a traditional Irish band specializing in jigs, reels, polkas and shanties. The five-piece band bring fiddles, flutes and tin whistles to every party.

Admission
$30

Sat, Mar 14
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
International Printing Museum
Book Arts Patch Day for Girls

Partnering with local printing industries and working book and paper artists, the Printing Museum has structured a day for participants to learn about & practice book arts through hands-on activities such as bookbinding, letterpress printing, paper making, and screen printing. Go home with fantastic keepsakes and a t-shirt! Though the day is structured around the Girl Scouts Book Artist Cadette badge you DO NOT have to be a scout to participate. Any girl 10 and up may sign up for the event (parents too!)

Admission
$40

Sat, Mar 14
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Mullin Automotive Museum
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, Mar 14
12:00 – 2:30 PM
Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch & Gardens
A Curated Tour of Florence Bixby's Gardens

Rancho Los Alamitos' nationally recognized gardens were developed early in the 20th century under the guidance of owner Florence Green Bixby with the help of outstanding landscape architects and plantsmen of the era. Your guide will be the Rancho's Historic Garden Associate, Janet Brown Becker. Ms. Becker has a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture with an emphasis on California garden design and history from UC Berkeley. She studied under the Rancho’s preeminent landscape architectural consultants, Russell Beatty and David Streatfield.

The tour is appropriate for adults and interested teens. Please allow 2 1/2 hours for your tour. Allow more time if you would like to visit the Barnyard, Rancho Center and Gift Shop. Visitors will be on their feet, standing and walking for the entire tour.

Admission
$15

Sat, Mar 14
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Los Angeles Maritime Museum
"Ships that Built the West"

Location: Malaga Cove Library, 2400 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates CA 90274

Olaf Engvig, author of “The Ships That Built the West” will detail the history of the Scandinavian Navy and will share his first-hand adventures restoring the hybrid ship Værdalen , now the sole survivor of a fleet of over 300 Scandinavian Navy lumber carriers.

Sat, Mar 14
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Bolton Hall/Little Landers Historical Society
Why Is Hollywood Here?
 
Little Landers Historical Society announces the next in its series of monthly 2nd Saturday historical and educational programs. Join us at Bolton Hall Museum at 1 p.m. on March 14th, 2020 for a look at the history of the American film industry in Southern California. This program focuses on the reasons the film industry first came to Southern California and what part our community played in the early days of filming.
Our speaker for this program, E.J. Stephens, is a Hollywood historian who has written a dozen books about the Southern California film industry.
 
Additional Information is available from Little Landers Historical Society, (818) 352-3420 or BoltonHall.org or e-mail LLHS@BoltonHall.org.
 
Thur, Mar 19
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Spring Family Arts Night
 
Join us for our annual Spring Family Arts Night, as we open our art studios for your budding artist to get to see our space and meet some of our on-staff artists. Kids of all ages can come and enjoy as they get their hands dirty trying ceramics, drawing, and painting along with a multitude of other artistic crafts.
 
Thur, Mar 19
5:30 – 9:00 PM
Long Beach Heritage
Preservation Awards
 
All aboard the Queen Mary for food, fun, and fabulous stories, hosted by Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix! Hear from homeowners, architects, and artisans how they gave new life to some of Long Beach’s oldest treasures. Toast the former auto shop that’s now a local brewery. Rejoice at the rescue of a home once deemed a public nuisance. Celebrate this year’s seven honorees (including our host), who help keep the city’s unique heritage alive. And pick up a treasure of your own in our silent auction. Have a great time supporting a great cause!
 
Admission
$125 (sponsorships available)
 
Sun, Mar 22
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
Celebration of the Whales
 
CIMM will host a free family-friendly whale-themed festival March 22, 2020, from 11-3 pm in conjunction with the 23rd annual Celebration of the Whales event at Channel Islands Harbor. The festival will feature hands-on educational booths, including a live touch tank, craft activities, a bounce house, art vendors, contests with prizes, live entertainment, food trucks, and much more. Visitors will be encouraged to follow an interactive migration trail along the Harbor’s west side, where there will be over two dozen chalk artists and clues to solve along the way. The trail begins or ends at the Museum or the Farmer’s Market, and all young participants will receive a prize and be entered into a drawing to win a whale watching trip for four.
 
Thur, Mar 26
7:00 – 8:15 PM
Oakbrook Chumash Indian Museum
Allison Hill: Coiled Basketry Production
 
Join us to hear from archaeologist Allison Hill as she discusses her research on how coiled basket production was organized by Native California tribes in the past. Through a review of traditional tribal knowledge, experimental replication, and stone tool analysis, Hill covers how Emigdiano Chumash women likely scheduled the stages of basket production around primary food gathering activities at different locations throughout the year, engaging in basket manufacture across the cultural landscape.
 
Sat, Mar 28
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Heritage Museum of Orange County
HMOC Annual Easter Egg Hunt
 
Join us for this free and open to the public event! Egg hunts are designated by age. There will be an opportunity drawing and every attendee receives one ticket to enter! For an additional $5 per family, you'll receive an additional 10 tickets and a photo with the Easter Bunny! Refreshments will be available for purchase.
 
Sat, Mar 28
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
International Printing Museum
Krazy Krafts Day

For kids and the “kids-at-heart” in all of us…
Activities On-going All Day!
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
All day activities for guests include unique crafts like
*Letterpress Printing
*Typing on Typewriters
*Paper Making
*Paper Marbling
*Foil Stamping
*Cartooning
*Origami
*Calligraphy
*Rubber Stamping
*Bookbinding
Make sure to bring a blank t-shirt to *screen print* your very own shirt!
History enthusiasts will enjoy tours of our working antique printing presses and will even get their name cast in hot metal type on our amazing Linotype machine!

Admission
$10

Sat, Mar 28 & Sun, Mar 29
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Santa Monica Conservancy
Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour

The SMC’s Preservation Resource Center will be featured 3/28

The Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour returns in March with a unique two-day, self-guided journey through the Los Angeles region’s most beautiful and inspiring home landscapes. The garden at our Preservation Resource Center will be featured on Saturday, March 28. Designed by Cassy Aoyagi of FormLA Landscaping, our petite garden palette contains 100% native plants like Island Snapdragon, California Fuschia and Coyote Mint as well as a bioswale that clears runoff water to the ocean.

Guests can meet garden owners and designers at each site. Knowledgeable docents will be on hand to discuss native plants, garden design and wildlife habitat.

Photo Credit: FormLA Landscaping

Admission
Admission: $25-$40 with advance purchase pricing available before March 14

Sat, Mar 28
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing
Living History Presentation - Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy

The CAFSOCAL will be hosting a talk by Francis Gary Powers Jr., son of famed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. This unique event will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2020, starting at 11:00 AM. After the talk the author will be available for questions and the signing of his latest book; Spy Pilot - Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy by Francis Gary Powers Jr. and Keith Dunnavant.

Admission
$10 Donation

Sat, Mar 28
5:00 – 9:00 PM
Banning Museum
Wisteria Regale - "The Time Machine"
 
Join us as we travel back in time through the eyes of H.G. Wells. The evening will include an elegant dinner, silent auction, raffle, live entertainment by the Big Lucky Band, a hosted bar and the Wisteria Scholarship presentation.
If you love dressing in Steampunk attire or fashion from the Victorian Era that the book “The Time Machine” was written in, then make plans now to join us for this fun event.
 
Tickets are $150.00, reservations are required and space is limited. Please call Friends of Banning Museum at (310) 548-2005 for further information or to make a reservation. Reservations may be made online at: www.thebanningmuseum.org.
 
Admission
$150
 
Tues, Mar 31
12:00 – 4:00 PM
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Silk Road Unity Festival in Anaheim
 
Offsite Event: Brookhurst Community Center and Park, Anaheim (2271 W Crescent Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92801)
 
Celebrating the cultures along the ancient trade route through their art, performance cuisine, and more. This is an event for the whole family featuring a day long stage presentation of acts that originated around the world, an international food court, a bazaar, and a kid’s crafts room.
 
Exhibits*
Opening Mar 1
Through Apr 26
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
The Upright Revolution

Reception: Sun, Mar 1, 12:00 PM
Reception will feature a reading by Ngugi wa Thiong'o.

The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright, Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o’s parable of the interconnectedness of life during a time of struggle and conflict has been translated into 63 languages around the world. Now this engaging African fable is interpreted by visual artists drawing on diverse cultural traditions of their own. Guest curated by Jimmy Centeno.

Closing 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 Apr 12
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Egypt's Lost Cities

It's the final month of Egypt's Lost Cities at the Reagan Library! For over a century, priceless Egyptian treasures, including some from Cleopatra's personal sanctuary lay forgotten at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea… until underwater archeologists made a remarkable discovery.

Now, in its west coast premiere, come face-to-face with 250 of these extraordinary Egyptian artifacts resurfaced from the bottom of the sea. Featuring sixteen foot colossal statues, sculptures, and treasures showcasing Egyptian hieroglyphics, including those once in Cleopatra's personal collection.

You won’t want to miss this. Dive into Egypt’s Lost Cities at the Reagan library, closing soon.

Through Apr 19
Ojai Valley Museum
22 Miles: Ojai Valley Landscapes

We have a fabulous landscape exhibition that we can't wait to share with you. Curated by Jennifer Moses and Gail Pidduck, the title refers to the distance between their two studios. They asked their favorite Southern California artists to paint scenes from around the valley, in both small and large sizes. The results are stunning.

Through May 18
Bolton Hall/Little Landers Historical Society
Tujunga's Mid-Century Modern Homes

Tujunga's Mid-Century Modern Homes provides an historical glimpse into Tujunga's mid-century built environment through vintage and contemporary photographs, architectural plans, drawings, and magazines, a photo-narrative of an original resident, and recollections of a daring client who embraced the architect's vision and iconoclastic spirit of the time.

World-class architects Pierre Koenig, Richard Neutra and Eugene Weston III - who were responsible for introducing radical new ideas in floor plan, materials, and energy- efficiency through their work for local clients - are featured in the exhibit.

Hours: March: Tuesday and Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m.
Hours: April - May: Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m.

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.

Through Sept 27
California Oil Museum
Voyage of Discovery: Women in STEM
 
Celebrating the Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
 
The California Oil Museum is proud to present their newest exhibit: Voyage of Discovery: Women in STEM, which highlights women throughout history who were pioneers and played important roles in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Starting on February 29th, the Museum will celebrate the many women, past and present, whose contributions left a major impact on advancements in the STEM fields. Their stories will be highlighted throughout the walls of the Museum’s Iron Room, taking visitors on a journey of scientific triumph and the importance of women in STEM.
 
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.
 
Announcements*
Rancho Los Cerritos To Receive California State Superintendent’s Award For Long Ago Long Beach
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
 
The California Department of Education, in partnership with the California Association of Museums, will present Rancho Los Cerritos with the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education for its Long Ago Long Beach program. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of California museum programs that serve K-12 students. Meighan Maguire, Director of Education at Rancho Los Cerritos, will attend CAM’s annual conference in Los Angeles on March 4, 2020 to accept the award.
 
Bolton Hall Museum - New Hours
Bolton Hall/Little Landers Historical Society

Effective April 1, 2020 Bolton Hall Museum will be open to visitors on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. Customary visiting hours for many years have been Tuesday and Sunday afternoons. The change to Saturday and Sunday afternoons makes it possible for Little Landers Historical Society and Bolton Hall Museum to serve larger numbers of visitors who want to learn more about the rich history of our community. Entrance to the Museum is free and everyone is welcome.

Special date and time arrangements can be made for any organization or group wishing to schedule a private group tour of Bolton Hall Museum.

Adamson House Garden Tours
Adamson House

Join us for a docent-led tour of the beautiful Adamson House grounds and gardens. The multilevel gardens were designed in the 1920s by noted landscape architect Dewitt Norris and Morgan “Bill” Evans, who later landscaped Disneyland. Tours highlight noteworthy flora including collections of mature palms, roses, exotic trees and shrubs. The Garden Tours conclude with a guided tour of the historic Adamson House, a Spanish Colonial style beach cottage famous for its lavish use of Malibu Potteries ceramic tiles. All this is set against the unforgettable backdrop of Surfrider Beach and the Malibu Lagoon!

Garden Tour: Every Friday at 10 am.
House tours: 11am-2pm Wednesday-Saturday.

Women in STEM Speaker Series
California Oil Museum

Held every 3rd Thursday of the Month from 6pm-8pm, March - September

The Museum is thrilled to announce their new exhibit, "Voyage of Discovery: Women in STEM," and the return of their Spring Speaker Series, which will feature women in various STEM professions sharing their knowledge and expertise. The Women in STEM Speaker Series will run from March to September. The presentations will take place every third Thursday of the month from 6pm-8pm in the Museum’s California Energy Education Center. Weekend speaking events will also be held throughout the year, including the Women in STEM Brunch, STEM Career Day and College Night.

* 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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