3/17/2013
Re-enactors in period costumes will present “A Living History of the Conejo Valley” on Friday at the Goebel Senior Adult Center in Thousand Oaks.“People should know the beginnings of their community,” said Carol Anderson, coordinator of Living History for the Conejo Valley Historical Society. “Portrayals bring the stories to life. We can understand their interests, concerns and excitemen...
3/14/2013
When Chumash families couldn’t pay him for treating their children, they gave him woven baskets and tapestries. When Mexican-American and Spanish residents couldn’t offer him cash in exchange for delivering their babies, they gave him relics from their native countries. Cephas Bard, Ventura’s first U.S.-trained physician, acquired hundreds of artifacts that characterize the region during the...
3/2/2013
Peter Mullin cracks open the door of a 1935 Voisin Type C25 Aerodyne at the back of the auto museum bearing his name. He points out the intricate details of a vibrant Art Deco interior, restored to its original luster.A small ashtray hangs on the inside of each door — made from etched Lalique crystal.Light streams into the car through three small glass windows in the fully retractable roof. A bo...
2/22/2013
They are the people all around, servicing the air conditioning, walking in the Kmart parking lot or sitting on the street corner spreading the Gospel.The 60 faces of everyday people are part of the Santa Paula Portrait Project at the Santa Paula Art Museum. The people are identified by first name only and were photographed by John Nichols or painted by Gail Pidduck.“We want to emphasize the comm...
2/18/2013
Monday may have been a day off from school, but several hundred children spent it at the  Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum learning about some U.S. presidents. They were there for the library’s President’s Day Celebration, which included arts and crafts and games. Also at the library were president and first lady look-alikes who posed for pictures and gave the children less...
2/8/2013
Strathearn Historical Park and Museum will host a Presidents Day weekend Civil War encampment on Sat. and Sun., Feb. 16 and 17 at 137 Strathearn Place (the street behind Target off Madera Road), Simi Valley.Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.Visitors are invited to step back in time and experience the sights and sounds as reenactors show the soldiers’ way...
2/8/2013
A yearlong series of free historical presentations continues at Strathearn Historical Park at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 20 with “The Chumash: Simi’s First People” at the park, 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley.Presenters Nancy Kidd, Rosemary Jackson and Dorothy Posey will lead off with the song “Hai Hikity,” followed by a detailed talk on Chumash history, archaeology, trade, geography and cli...
2/7/2013
Huell Howser’s ventures into Ventura County were frequently rocky, sometimes oily, but always full of his “amazing” grace.The late public TV host, who visited places and people throughout the state for his “California’s Gold” series and its offshoots, was genuinely interested in everything and everyone.Even a barrel of used vegetable oil.“Oh, boy, look at that — wow!” he says whi...
2/7/2013
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said most Americans thought the country was going in the wrong direction in the late 1970s before  Ronald Reagan became the country’s 40th president in 1981. During a ceremony Wednesday in Simi Valley commemorating what would have been Reagan’s 102nd birthday, Giuliani said that much like today, “most Americans thought there wasn’t much hope of an A...
2/4/2013
Santa Paula artist Norman Kirk demonstrated Sunday how he could turn a sheet of paper with a barn sketched lightly in pencil into what almost appeared to be a 3-D representation of the countryside.Watching him do this were about 30 people in the Calvado Hall of the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula.“I’m just amazed at how with little range in colors, the brush stro...
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