March 2021, Vol. 108
Happy almost-spring! We're looking forward to warmer weather and the gradual reopening of our Passport 2 History partner museums. Remember to continue to practice safe museum-going: wear your mask, stay six feet or further from other visitors, and wash your hands frequently. You can easily reschedule your visit if you've got the sniffles!
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Header image courtesy of the Leonis Adobe Museum. Keep up with Francis and the other 2021 lambs on the museum's social media. Find a video from the Leonis Adobe about merino sheep featuring Francis and friends in this volume of P2H!
Explore Online
Painting California..."a very valuable thing..."
Pasadena Museum of History
After moving to Pasadena, Eva Scott Fenyes studied Spanish, explored California, and read California history. She then made a plan to systematically paint the crumbling adobes of California as they still survived. Eva worked for the next twenty-six years painting adobes for her project, from 1904 until 1930, and in her will she provided for their donation to the Southwest Museum. The Autry National Center Museum Of American West now houses and preserves Eva's adobe paintings. This blog describes her process and shows several of her initial 1904 field sketches that are housed at PMH.
Image: Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). San Gabriel, San Gabriel, California, 21 October 1902. Watercolor on paper, 7 x 10 in. (Fenyes Collection, ESF.008.2075)
Virtual Tour: McCrea Family Miniature Stagecoach
Stagecoach Inn Museum
Take a Virtual Tour of this down-sized replica of a Wells Fargo circa 1852 Stagecoach, owned by local ranchers/actors the McCreas. Plan a visit to see it in person at the Stagecoach Inn Museum in Newbury Park, open Saturdays only 1-4:00 pm. The full outdoor museum experience is just a $5 suggested donation per person and includes not only the Carriage House and full-size stagecoaches but also doorway viewing of a working blacksmith shop, one-room schoolhouse, pioneer home, California adobe, Chumash ap, and the inn itself, plus nature trail, rose garden, and farm heritage trail.

Masks are required and social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed for the safety of our guests and volunteers.

To learn more about McCrea Ranch, the original home of this charming replica, visit the Joel and Frances McCrea Ranch Foundation.
Merino Sheep, ft. Francis the Lamb!
Leonis Adobe Museum

In our latest video, join museum guide Laura and bottle baby Francis to learn about the fluffiest rancho residents: our merino sheep.

In the 1800s, merino sheep roamed this same property, raised by Miguel Leonis and his ranch hands. Their wool is considered some of the finest in the world. And their lambs - well, see for yourself just how absolutely adorable merino lambs are!

Keep up with the 2021 lambs on our Instagram and Facebook.

Happening This Month
All Month Long
Virtual Lego Shipbuilding Contest
Los Angeles Maritime Museum
This year's Lego Shipbuilding Contest is all-virtual! Build a lego ship from bricks you own, send us a photo of yourself with you creation, and enter to win prizes! No bricks? No problem! If you do not own Legos, you can build a ship from whatever materials you have at home. Entries will be accepted from March 1 - April 1. Visit the museum's website for more details!
11:00 – 11:30 AM
Virtual Storytime
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
Online. Storytimes are sent out to families every Tuesday mornings at 11am. Bilingual Storytimes are sent every third Saturday of the month at 11am.
Virtual Storytime is here! With each Storytime that is produced, the staff at the Rancho tries its best to bring you and your children the most diverse books that show representation of all. Our staff readers begin with an interactive song (in sign language) and end with a similar song.
Padres y familia, los invitamos a hora de cuento en el Rancho! Cada tercer sábado del mes se manda un enlace por correo electrónico en donde nuestros empleados leen libros en bilingüe.
Sat, Mar 6
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Creation Station (Virtual)
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
Online through Facebook Live. Repeats every first Saturday of the month at 1pm.
Virtual Creation Station is where families and their kids use their creativity to create arts and crafts that represent historical times at the Rancho and to create projects with nature. These activities are made simple so that you can easily access most materials from home. This event is online and is via Facebook Live every first Saturday of the month at 1pm.
Thur, Mar 11
8:00 – 9:30 AM
Birding Opportunity
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
In-person. Repeats at 8:00 am every second Thursday of the month.
Rancho Los Cerritos welcomes all birders to visit the Rancho for a Birding Opportunity. This free opportunity is where we open our site earlier than usual (at 8am), and allow all you bird lovers to safely walk our grounds and our gardens in hopes of spotting some birds! This socially distanced opportunity has a restriction of only 10 people so register as soon as possible! We suggest that you bring your own binoculars, hat, and mask.
Saturdays, Mar 13 – Mar 27
2:00 PM
Ladies of the Conejo: Old-Time Radio Show “live” performance
Stagecoach Inn Museum
Celebrate National Women’s History Month with the return of our “Ladies of the Conejo” old-time radio show broadcast on the Grand Porch at 2:00 PM, Sat. March 13 & 27. This fun & informative “live” performance features 8 inspiring women from Conejo Valley history sharing their stories, complete with nostalgic announcer commentary & sound effects.
The full outdoor museum experience (minus the show) is available every Saturday from 1:00-4:00 pm with doorway viewing of 7 historic structures on our beautiful 4-acre property. Several exhibits are augmented with “Virtual Tour” video enhancements via your smart phone. The Emporium offers books, specialty historic items, unique gifts, & crafts made by our blacksmiths, woodworkers, and volunteers.
$5 museum admission includes Radio Show (exact cash or card)
Rancho Los Alamitos Reopens
Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch & Gardens
Rancho Los Alamitos has reopened to the public for self-guided tours, Wednesday - Sunday, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Safety measures have been enhanced to ensure protection for all, including additional sanitizing stations, contactless payment at the Museum Gift Shop, increased spacing between visitors, plus extensive health and safety training for staff and volunteers. Masks are required for all visitors over the age of 2 and guests are required to stay on designated directional pathways through the gardens and grounds.
Book a reservation online or email us. Details on COVID-19 safety and site etiquette are at our website.
Image Credit: Sharon Connor
Verdugo Hills Cemetery
Bolton Hall/Little Landers Historical Society
The Friends of Verdugo Hills Cemetery organization has initiated activities dedicated to the renovation and restoration of historic Verdugo Hills Cemetery in anticipation of the Cemetery’s 100th Anniversary celebration event scheduled for April 2022.
Although Little Landers Historical Society is not directly associated with Friends of Verdugo Hills Cemetery, we recognize the historic value of the Cemetery and support this celebration to help ensure a successful event.
Additional information and videos about VHC100 are available on the following websites and Facebook page.
Exhibits, Collections, and More
Ojai Eye: Master Photographers
Ojai Valley Museum
Online exhibut focusing on master photographers including Life Magazine photographer Horace Bristol and rock and roll photographer Guy Webster along with Cindy Pitou Burton, Joseph Sohm and Donna Granata.
Looking Back at Beauty and Cosmetics of the Past: 1870-1930
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
Makeup products and cosmetic tools have come a long way from the 19th and early 20th centuries, evolving alongside beauty standards and new technologies.
View this exhibit of tools, cosmetics, and advertisements exemplifying beauty standards of the past. This exhibit was created by RLC's Getty Marrow Intern Taryn.
Pasadena Arts and Culture
Pasadena Museum of History

Pasadena Museum of History invites you to join us in recognizing and celebrating Pasadena’s rich cultural heritage in this gallery of historic photographs featuring our arts and culture colleagues past and present.

Passport 2 History supports our partners documenting and preserving this historic moment in our shared history. To help create a record of life during these extraordinary times, please consider contributing to crisis collecting projects at the following P2H partner sites:
Rapid Response Collecting at the Museum of Ventura County
Museum of Ventura County

Submit your stories, videos, and photos to the Museum of Ventura County via the link below to help document this historic time we’re living through.

Documenting COVID-19 in the Crescenta Cañada Valley
Lanterman House

The Lanterman House has launched a new project titled "Documenting COVID-19 in the Crescenta Cañada Valley." We are asking local residents to share their stories during this challenging time.

Little Landers Historical Society Seek COVID-19 Stories, Thoughts, Photos
Bolton Hall Museum/Little Landers Historical Society
Are you keeping a journal or record of your thoughts? Are you taking photos?

Your "stories" can be sent as notes or short answers to the above questions or any other subjects that relate to this historical event, or a paragraph, an article or a longer journal and can be transmitted by regular mail or e-mail to:

LLHS, P.O. Box 203, Tujunga, CA 91043 or
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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 the regular monthly newsletter.
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