November 2019, Vol. 92
This Month's Featured P2H Site:
The Drum Barracks Civil War Museum displays and teaches the history of the Civil War, with emphasis on California’s role in the conflict. The historical Drum Barracks Junior Officers’ Quarters building makes up the main museum structure and contains artifacts, collections, a library, displays, and Civil War memorabilia contributed by the Museum and the Drum Barracks Garrison & Society.

Visit to explore the Museum’s new exhibition on Los Angeles during the Civil War. You’ll learn about Camp Fitzgerald and Camp Latham, the Union Army tent camps which preceded Drum Barracks, and the Union Army’s push to take possession of Catalina Island during the Civil War.

The Museum additionally offers school tours . The Living History school program, offered April through May, combines a museum tour with hands-on workshops taught by a Civil War Nurse, Infantry Soldier, and Artillery Soldier.
Remembrance Day
2:00 - 3:30 PM | Sat, Nov 16

Remembrance Day celebrates the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and the dedication of the Soldier's National Cemetery. Drum Barracks joins with the Sons of Union Veterans Auxiliary in hosting this free event. An Abraham Lincoln reenactor will deliver the Gettysburg Address and the names of soldiers who died during service at Drum Barracks will be read. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Learn More
Permanent Exhibit:
US Army Camel Experiment

In 1856 and 1857 the army imported more than 75 Bactrian and Arabian camels from Egypt and Turkey to use in military service across the west. By the outbreak of the Civil War, the camel corps had made its way to California, and more than 30 camels were stationed at Drum Barracks between 1862 and 1863.

Image: Camel at the Drum Barracks Quartermaster's Depot, 1863. Photograph by Rudolph D'Heureuse.
👻 Spooky Spotlight 🕷️
Still brewing over where to haunt this Halloween? Flash back to our October calendar. There's still time to decide!
Thurs, Oct 31
2:00-4:00 PM
California Oil Museum
Howl-O-Ween: A Puppy Halloween Fundraiser
Join the California Oil Museum to celebrate Howl-O-Ween, a puppy Halloween fundraiser! On Halloween Day, come to the California Oil Museum dressed in your festive Halloween costumes alongside your furry friend. The Museum will have a dog costume contest, prizes, bake sale, raffle, games, a photo booth, crafts, candy, and animal adoptions with the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC) from 2pm-4pm! The dog costume contest begins at 3pm.

Suggested Donation: $4
Thurs, Oct 31
7:00-9:00 PM
Drum Barracks Civil War Museum
Trick or Treat the Drum
The first floor of the museum will be lit with electric candles and will be open for a walk-through. Children in costume can Trick or Treat through the first floor of the museum and receive candy in selected rooms. This is a free event.
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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*
Sat, Nov 2
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Rancho Los Cerritos
Creation Station
Get creative with history! Using and experimenting with a wide variety of colorful and natural materials, children can create seasonal arts and crafts. This FREE drop-in program takes place rain or shine. October’s theme is Outrageous Orange.
Sat, Nov 2
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Planes of Fame Air Museum
Living History Flying Day
Yakolev YAK-3
Open to the public, Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino, CA) presents its monthly Living History Flying Day on November 2, 2019, featuring the Yakolev YAK-3. A speaker panel of distinguished aviation experts, historians and veterans is featured, followed by a question & answer period and flight demonstration when possible. The Yakolev YAK-3 will be on display and perform a flight demonstration (subject to change).

General: $15
Children 5-11: $6
Children 4 and under: Free
Parking: Free
Sun, Nov 3
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Agriculture Museum
Dia de los Muertos at the Ag
The Agriculture Museum in collaboration with Santa Paula's community wide Dia de los Muertos celebration will once again host a day of fun-filled activities for the whole family. Festivities include performances by the traditional Aztec dance group Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc, as well as music by Mariachi Inlakech and local harpist and artist Xavier Montes. Visit the agriculture inspired altar installation and participate in traditional Day of the Dead crafts like Papel Picado, tissue paper flowers, and much more. Don't miss out on La Catrina photo ops as well as pan dulce & mazapán and tamarindos.
Sun, Nov 3
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
California Oil Museum
Día de los Muertos
Visit the Santa Paula Art Museum, Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum, and the California Oil Museum in Santa Paula on November 3rd to celebrate Día de los Muertos! Following the opening ceremonies, be sure to stop by the California Oil Museum between 11am-3pm. The Museum will have Hojalata Mexican tin art, Catrina Doll crafts, Book of Life movie showing, and art and poetry co-lab with Santa Paula High School Spanish classes and MEHcA club members. Closing ceremonies will take place at the Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery from 3pm-5pm. All ages are welcome!
Tues, Nov 5
9:30 - 10:00 AM
Rancho Los Cerritos
Please join us for Storytime in the RLC library every Tuesday at 9:30am. No RSVP necessary. Rain or shine. FREE.
Sat, Nov 9
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Bolton Hall
Movin' Around in SoCal
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 November 9th. Our program that afternoon focuses on Southern California’s now-vanished landmarks and changes in rail and air transportation since the 1950s.
Our speaker, Gordon Glattenberg, is a Registered Professional Engineer who has lived his entire life in Southern California. A hobby in photography has led to extensive travel in all 50 states and 45 countries.
Sun, Nov 10
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime
Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime Museum is a quarterly concert series aboard Berkeley, an 1898 steam ferryboat that operated for 60 years on San Francisco Bay.

Mischief and wry humor abound in 2019’s final concert, Frog and Hair, featuring quirky miniatures by Andrew Norman and Igor Stravinsky to go along with two of Haydn’s most creative and unique contributions to the string quartet repertoire, his so-called “Frog” and “Lark” Quartets. Come enjoy some clever musical jokes, winks and nods as you enjoy the beautiful sunset aboard the Berkeley. Each creative program will also include informative and entertaining commentary from noted UC Santa Barbara musicologist Derek Katz.

VIP Reserved: $50/$60 at door
General: $25/$28 at door
Members: $20/$22 at door
Students/Military: $10/$12 at door
Museum + Concert Package Deal: $40
Thurs, Nov 14
8:00 - 9:30 AM
Rancho Los Cerritos
Bird Walk
Repeats Monthly
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, Nov 16
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Banning Museum
Iron Highway that Unified our Country
Come join us as we learn about the 150th anniversary of when the “Golden Spike” was driven at Promontory Point, Utah and how the Transcontinental Railroad affected Los Angeles and our Nation. This lecture will be presented by life long railroad enthusiast Jay Kelly and there will be a question and answer period after the lecture.

RSVP: (310) 548-2005

Members: Free
Children under 12: Free
General: $5
Sat, Nov 16
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Drum Barracks Civil War Museum
Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day celebrates the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and the dedication of the Soldier's National Cemetery. Drum Barracks joins with the Sons of Union Veterans Auxiliary in hosting this free event. An Abraham Lincoln reenactor will deliver the Gettysburg Address and the names of soldiers who died during service at Drum Barracks will be read. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
Sun, Nov 17
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Lanterman House
Family Day at Lanterman House
Tour the Lanterman House, which is festively decorated for the season. Master baker Paula Scott of Jane's Cakes will give a demonstration of gingerbread decorating techniques as she creates a custom creation for the Lanterman House. Visitors can create ornaments to decorated the Lanterman Christmas tree and your own family tree! Girl Scout Troop 9741 will assist visitors in creating custom gingerbread-inspired ornaments.
Sat, Nov 23 9:00 AM - Sun, Nov 24 8:30 AM (overnight)
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Youth Adventure Camp Out at MMSD

Advance Registration Encouraged

MMSD introduces Youth Adventure Camp Out, a new 24-hour immersive sailing sleepover experience. This new exciting tall ship sailing and dockside overnight experience is offered for youth ages 10-17.

Jacob Keeton, Director of Education, says, “The new Youth Adventure Camp Out combines the excitement of a San Diego Bay tall ship sailing adventure aboard the schooner Californian with the unforgettable dockside camping thrill on Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship.”

Tickets are $100.00 and include meals and accommodations. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so participants are encouraged to book in advance online.


Sat, Nov 23
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Rancho Los Alamitos
Annual Holiday Workshop
Begin your Fall Saturday morning at tranquil Rancho Los Alamitos by enjoying a beverage created with a selection of Sutter-Buttes cocktail mixers with Prosecco or sparking water and tasty seasonal holiday treats. Andrew Anderson (of The Spicy Kitchen) will help you create a unique Holiday Pine Cone centerpiece and will inspire you with fun ways to entertain and decorate for the upcoming holiday season. Cooking demonstrations of seasonal foods and holiday cocktails, complete with tasting and recipes. At the end of the morning you will take home a one-of-a-kind centerpiece and a collection of delectable recipes.

General: $89
Member: $69

Fri, Nov 29
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Adamson House
2019 Special Holiday Tours Begin
Throughout day. Offered through end of year.
Come and enjoy our Special Holiday Tours at the historic Adamson House in Malibu, splendidly decorated for the season. Explore this classic 1930 home, filled with original furnishings and stunning ceramic tiles produced by Malibu Potteries. There will be music, refreshments and a small gift with each adult ticket purchased. All profits from this winter fundraiser, as well as purchases at the Visitor Center go to the non-profit Malibu Adamson House Foundation for the upkeep and preservation of this beautiful house.

Tours last 45 minutes and start every half hour. Paid parking is available at the Surfrider Beach parking lot directly in front of the entrance to the park.

Adults: $25.00
Children: $10.00
Age 5 and Under: Free

Sat, Nov 30
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
California Oil Museum
Vintage Marketplace on Small Business Saturday
Join the California Oil Museum for Small Business Saturday on November 30th from 10am-3pm. Located in the courtyard, the Museum will have a holiday yard sale with vendors, a bake sale, food, and music. Be sure to stop by the Museum's booth and shop at the Museum Gift Shop to support Small Business Saturday! It is sure to be a fun and festive event!
Interested in becoming a vendor? If so, email
Sat, Nov 30
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Boarded! A New Pirate Adventure at MMSD
The popular pirate performance, 'Boarded! A New Pirate Adventure,' announces two return performances on Saturday, November 30 and December 28.
This hilarious interactive show puts visitors right in the middle of the pirate action. Participants will be sworn in as part of the ship crew, trained how to navigate, sword fight, bail water from a sinking ship, escape from the King’s Jail, swab the deck and other pirate skills. A NEW Little Pirate Costume Contest is planned for children 12 and under!

Performances are 90 minutes and check in times are 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

Adults: $40
Children 12/under: $25

Closing Nov 11
Bolton Hall
Honoring Those Who Served
Visit "Honoring Those Who Served," Bolton Hall Museum's newest temporary exhibit. The exhibit is a display of items from the Museum's permanent collection of military service items donated by local Veterans and their families. Pictures and biographies from Bolton Hall Museum's extensive Veterans Registry are featured as well. Honoring Those Who Served will be available for viewing until Veterans Day, November 11, 2019.
Opening Nov 13
Through Jul 3, 2020
Pasadena Museum of History
Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890-1930
Opening Reception: Sun, Dec 8 1:00 - 4:00 PM
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.
Opening Nov 15
Ojai Valley Museum
Legacy: Krishnamurti and Ojai
Come to the Ojai Valley Museum and learn about Jiddu Krishnamurti and his influence on the Ojai Valley.
Opening Nov 16
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Wish You Were Here Exhibit Opening at MMSD
For opening day of the exhibit Saturday, November 16, representatives from the US Postal Service will be on-site from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an exclusive Maritime Museum of San Diego pictorial cancellation postmark that will be placed on visitor’s commemorative post card. In addition, FROM ( will be on site with Al Green, the retired postal machine, offering recycled greeting cards!
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.
Closing Nov 17
California Oil Museum
Discovering Flight: Exploring Remote & Model Aviation
The California Oil Museum is excited to announce their newest exhibit “Discovering Flight: Exploring Remote and Model Aviation,” which will be open August 17 - November 17. The Museum will display a collection of aviation models, demonstrations and equipment, presented by the Ventura County Comets. Come check out the exhibit and see current flying machines, in-process airframes and scheduled opportunities to speak with members to learn first-hand about the hobby. There will also be opportunities to experience a first-person viewing through the computer flight simulator. Check back for the scheduled listings when the Museum will be staffed with hobbyists who will demonstrate the design, technology, and engineering of remote aviation.
Through Dec 30
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
The American Society of Marine Artists is proud to bring their West Regional Exhibition of the finest in contemporary marine art to the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Oxnard, CA. Our jurors, Fellows Len Tantillo and Len Mizerek, have selected the best of the best including work from ASMA members all across the USA, 33 Signature members, 5 Fellows and 13 regular members. We hope you enjoy this powerful show of 51 paintings and sculpture. Please see the ASMA website for more information about the Society.
Through Feb 16
California Oil Museum
Vintage Toy Wonderland: Memories of Our Youth from 1960s-1980s

Opening Reception
Sat, Sept 21, 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Featuring toys, trivia, and prizes

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!
Los Angeles Maritime Museum
20,000 Jobs Under the Sea
Hardhat (commercial) divers perform much of the underwater construction in the harbor. If you have ever crossed a bridge, fished from a pier, or even flushed a toilet, you have benefited from the work of commercial divers. A divers’ locker features authentic gear used in the Port of Los Angeles in the 20th century. An abalone fishing diorama reminds visitors that the once-plentiful abalone was harvested by Chinese and Japanese divers off the California coast. A life-size scene of a diver repairing a sewer is a testament to the importance of maintaining infrastructure so vital to our quality of life.
The Museum also has an extensive archive of commercial diving, donated by Torrance Parker. Visit the Online Archive of California for the finding aid.
Collections available online!
Los Angeles Maritime Museum
The Los Angeles Maritime Museum is pleased to announce a new digitization project providing access to its collection of historic photographs depicting the history and growth of the port of Los Angeles. The images may be searched and viewed at under the "research" tab. New images are added daily! This project was made possible by the generous support of the David Weinstein Family and the Friends of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. The project manager is archivist Derek Spinei.
Dudley House Holiday Boutique
Dudley Historic House Museum
Nov 29-Dec 1; Dec 6-8 & 13-15
The 26th annual fundraiser for the 1892 historic house museum features quality crafts, home décor, antiques and collectibles plus a tearoom, silent auction and bargain items. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a flea market added on Sundays. 197 N. Ashwood in Ventura. (805) 642-3345. Free.
* 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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