Tending to the Heritage Rose Garden
Oct
27
8:30 AM08:30

Tending to the Heritage Rose Garden

Members of the Ventura County Rose Society meet at the museum on the fourth Saturday of every month, and work (and have fun) from 8:30 to 10:00 A.M. But you don’t have to be a member to join our work party!

Join us on October 27th for rose maintenance and garden projects.

Call Kathy Ayres at (805) 231-8973 for more information, or just show up!

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Oct
28
1:00 PM13:00

Richard Senate gets spooky at the museum

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Richard Senate has decades of experience as a world-renowned paranormal investigator and ghost storyteller. Mr. Senate is also a historian and lecturer specializing in early California history, especially Ventura, Ojai, and Ventura County.

Join us at the CVHS Annual Meeting for ghost stories in our own neighborhood. A short business meeting, including a vote for 2019 CVHS Officers and Trustees, will be followed by Mr. Senate’s talk, and refreshments.

Free, but seating is limited. Reservations please at (805) 498-9441. Museum tours will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 at the regular price.

For more information on Richard Senate, go to: www.richardsenate.com

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Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

Blacksmith Shop Open for Business

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The museum’s Hunt Blacksmith Shop will be open with the forge fired up and a smithy at work. Come and experience a bit of Conejo Valley history: blacksmiths were a vital part of our farming and ranching industry.

Most ranches would have had their own blacksmith workshop and the ranch blacksmith fashioned or fixed just about anything made out of metal, including horseshoes, farm equipment, and wagon parts. Blacksmith shops could also be found in most settlements. In Ida Addis Storke’s 1891 history of Ventura County, she mentions a blacksmith shop in Timberville, the hamlet which grew up around the Conejo Hotel in the late 1800s.

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Nov
15
9:30 AM09:30

Around the World - Objects from Foreign Travels ...... Antiques and Collectibles Study Group

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Brenda Harvie and Penny Strowger will present collectibles from travel in Asia and the Pacific.

The word of emphasis is “few”, so bring some of your own collectibles, preferably from Asia or countries on the Pacific Rim, for show and tell. Keep in mind that this is an Antiques and Collectibles STUDY Group and do some research on your items in order to present them at the meeting. If possible let Penny know what you’re bringing so she can plan a logical flow of topics.

Of course, refreshments will be served. Your contributions to the goodies table are always welcome.

Penny, pen1@verizon.net or home 805-495-3297 (cell for texts: 805-444-3160) or Roz, rozgold@yahoo.com or home 818-889-6904 (cell: 818-667-3899).

 

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Oct
18
9:30 AM09:30

All That Glitters: A Brief History of Rhinestones

Antiques and Collectibles Study Group with Brenda Harvie.

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In the past these faux diamonds - made to imitate real and very expensive diamonds - have been known at strass or paste. Wealthy people copied their jewels as highway robbery was very common. After Daniel Swarovski’s electric cutting machine allowed mass production, rhinestones were used on many items: costume jewelry, clothing, purses, perfume atomizers, etc. Brenda will also talk briefly about a few of the over 900 costume jewelry manufacturers in the U.S. in the mid-century period and display a few of the rhinestone-studded items. Please bring some of your own rhinestone things for show and tell.

No charge; public welcome; refreshments will be served. Meet at the museum downstairs in Anderson Hall.

Call Penny at (805) 495-3297; pen1@verizon.net; for more information.

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Volunteer Meeting: Quilters-A Short Play
Oct
9
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteer Meeting: Quilters-A Short Play

Ostensibly the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters, QUILTERS blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories contained in various patches or "blocks" with music, dance and drama, the action depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death.

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Oct
6
to Oct 13

Calling All History Nerds! 2-Day Training for New Docents

Have you always longed to dress up in Victorian costumes, put on your cowboy gear in the morning, or play the part of a pioneer in the Old West?

If the answer is yes, then you're the man or women we've been looking for.  Our docents interpret Conejo Valley history in costume, sharing their love of history with museum visitors: young, old, and in-between.

Sign up to be a volunteer docent and join our next 2-day training session at the museum. Leave a message for Nellie Cusworth at 805 497 1930 or nelliekerrcusworth@gmail.com.

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Voices of Old Conejo 2018 BUY HERE
Sep
22
to Sep 30

Voices of Old Conejo 2018 BUY HERE

It's fall of 1876 on "El Rancho Conejo" (later known as the Conejo Valley), and the Grand Union Hotel is open for business!  Newbury Park has it's own post office and Timberville will soon be a hamlet surrounding the hotel.  It's the year of Custer's Last Stand, the last year of President Ulysses S. Grant's term of office, and the nation's Centennial Celebration. 

Catch a stage to the Stagecoach Inn Museum for an Old West theater experience.  Watch historical vignettes at several locations around the museum grounds, and meet some of the local pioneers. There are two routes through the performances, for different walking abilities. 


Reservations are required. Purchase them here.

Performances at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 on September 22, 23, 29, and 30.
12 guests per performance.
$20 per ticket, CVHS members $15 w/discount code.

Please arrive 10 minutes before your performance time.  Park in the Susan Drive parking lot or the park grounds, which are accessed from Lynn Road.  Wear comfortable shoes.

Guests must be at least 8 years old.

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Rock for a Cause - Karaoke Challenge!
Sep
21
5:00 PM17:00

Rock for a Cause - Karaoke Challenge!

Support the Stagecoach Inn Museum and SIM's own chanteuse, Melanie Lindgren, as she sings Patsy Cline's "Crazy" (best song ever!).  It's a Charity Karaoke, with live band Microphone Heroes, benefiting 20 Conejo Valley nonprofits, each featuring their own karaoke singer. The Sept. 21 performance will start at 6 p.m. and will be emceed by Patrick Cassidy, an actor known for his roles in musical theater and television.

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Donate here to support Melanie's performance (it all goes to fund the Museum and our programs); any amount is gratefully accepted!

To join in the fun at Borderline Bar and Grill, purchase tickets to attend the event at charitykaraoke.org.  On the night of the event, audience members - in person and those watching via live streaming - vote for “Best Performance” and “Most Money Raised.” A $1,000 prize will be awarded for each category and will go directly to the singer’s nonprofit. 

The show will be streamed live on Facebook on the Conejo Senior Volunteer Program page. The community can also go on Twitter @conejovolunteer for updates.

Borderline Bar and Grill, 99 Rollling Oaks Drive, Thousand Oaks.  Doors open at 5:00; show starts at 6:00.  Food and drinks available for purchase.  Event will be streamed live on Facebook.

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Sep
11
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteer Field Trip: Reyes Adobe

Enjoy this historic home and its legacies. It's a cultural landmark significant to many areas of California history: the rancho period, oral history, and Spanish Rancho architecture. The Reyes Adobe’s hearth draws people from the many different cultures that have influenced this scenic and strategically located property along the state’s famous El Camino Real. Through restoration and research efforts, the City of Agoura Hills has created an interpretive center and museum for visitors to hear their stories for years to come.

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An Old-Fashioned Day at the Fair BUY HERE
Sep
8
4:30 PM16:30

An Old-Fashioned Day at the Fair BUY HERE

Fun, fun, fun at a country fair fundraiser!   Wear your straw hat and best suspenders and enjoy a parade, game booths, a hat decorating contest, a cake walk, snow cones and popcorn....that's just for starters!  Then get ready for a gourmet dinner, dancing, live music, and silent and live auctions.  Proceeds from this event, our annual fundraiser, support CVHS' educational programming for children and adults.

Don and Dona Triunfo Awards will be presented to two members of the community, honoring them for their service to the Conejo Valley.

Attire: Western or Dressy Casual

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4th of July Ice Cream Social
Jul
4
1:00 PM13:00

4th of July Ice Cream Social

Let the fireworks begin!  Well, actually, let the ice cream sundaes begin.  Join us for a 4th of July celebration, with complimentary ice cream, music, and singalongs.  The Stagecoach Inn Museum will be celebrating not only the birthday of our nation, but its own birthday as well. Tradition has it the the original Inn opened on July 4th, 1876.

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Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

An Evening of Americana Music

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The City of Thousand Oaks presents An Evening of Americana Music on Friday, June 22nd, part of the Pop Up Art and Music Festival Series that runs three weekends in June 2018.  The Stagecoach Inn Museum grounds  open at 6pm, performances start at 7pm for this FREE concert!   

The evening is a B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Chair) event. Performing will be The Honeysuckle Possums, and all woman string band, playing old-timey mountain music, originals, & bluegrass. Soaring three part harmonies are their specialty, with a driving stand up bass, and an Appalachian Flatfoot dancer.  These gals have foot-stomping, down home, back porch style and their intention is to create and share joy wherever they go!  Also performing will be John Zipperer and The Current Band who bring a unique and refreshing blend of rock, folk, country and blues. Fans remark over and over about the joy when the band hits the stage and describe the music as “dynamic” and “original,” characterizing the shows as having smiles, laughs, foot-stomping and handclapping.  Pack up the family and join us for this fun outdoor concert!

For more information please contact art@toaks.org or call 805-449-2766. 

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Antiques and Collectibles Study Group - trip to Antiques Adventures
Jun
21
9:30 AM09:30

Antiques and Collectibles Study Group - trip to Antiques Adventures

We'll carpool from the museum on a field trip to Antiques Adventures, an antique mall in Ventura, and eat lunch out after our visit.

Antique Adventures is a unique shopping experience.  They offer a wide range of antiques and one-of-a-kind items, as well as personally crafted items and both rustic and modern furniture.  Shopping here is a journey through history or a walk down memory lane.

Antique Adventures is owned and operated by Chuck Ackerman, a California native, whose ancestors immigrated from Holland in 1662.

 
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Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Pioneer Jamboree- for the whole family!

Bring the whole family to pan for gold, lasso like a cowgirl or cowboy, play 19th century games, churn butter (and eat it!) and make old-time crafts.  Wear your Western costumes and join the fun!

We have two parking locations- one next to the Museum on Ventu Park and one behind the Museum on Susan Drive. Don't forget to bring the whole family!

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May
19
9:30 AM09:30

Green Jadeite and Blue Delphite - Antiques and Collectibles Study Group

Jane Robin will discuss her collection of green Jadeite and blue Delphite and her colorful glass knives.  Jadeite and Delphite were manufactured by the Jeanette Glass Company between 1932 and 1936 in Jeanette, Pennsylvania.  Jane will explain how to distinguish it from later versions (1950s), made by other companies, and from modern imitators.  Glass knives were patented as early as 1920 and manufactured until about 1940.  They were marketed as the perfect implement to cut fruits and cakes.  Never mind that they chipped like crazy!

For show and tell, be sure to bring any items that you have or can borrow in these categories.

This will be held in Anderson Hall at the museum.  Refreshments will be served.

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Volunteer Hike at Malibu Creek State Park
May
8
9:30 AM09:30

Volunteer Hike at Malibu Creek State Park

Get into the mountains with us on a gentle, 1-mile hike in Malibu Creek State Park, led by Fred Nuesca, and learn about chapparal

Malibu Creek State Park is over 8,000 acres of beautiful scenery with 15 miles of streamside trail through oak and sycamore woodlands and chaparral-covered slopes.

There are dramatic, jagged peaks, stunning canyon vistas, oak woodlands, rolling hills of tallgrass, a large volcanic swimming hole.  Little has changed since the Chumash settled here 5,000 to 10,000 years ago.

We'll gather at Ladyface Ale Companie in Agoura Hills for lunch following the hike.

 

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Mother's Day Photo Session
May
6
1:00 PM13:00

Mother's Day Photo Session

to benefit the Stagecoach Inn Museum.  Presented by Lisa and Lissa with Aviara Real Estate.  A professional photo session with Maria McCarthy, photographer, on the grounds of the beautiful Stagecoach Inn Museum Complex.  Includes two digital retouched photos.  Capture the moment with your family!  $30 (cash only) Half of the proceeds go to new exhibit cabinetry for the museum's educational program.  Call Lisa (805) 358-0896 or Lissa (805) 558-1083 for more information.

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May
4
to May 31

Donna "Conejo" Fargo: "Let's give it a try!"

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Join us as we give a nod to Donna "Conejo" Fargo.  The dining room table is set with her china and Donna's cowboy hats and vest show off her infamous badge collection.  The doors to "Queenie's Garage" are open for you to take a peek at her 1930 Model A pickup truck!

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  Donna Fargo was born in Chicago on August 14, 1917. Around age two, she moved to Beverly Hills with her family and later attended Beverly Hills High School. She had small parts in the second “Our Gang” series. Because of her expert horsemanship and athleticism, she became a stunt woman in Hollywood for many years. Her biggest claim to fame was standing in for Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara during the buggy scene driving through the burning streets of Atlanta with Rhett Butler in “Gone with the Wind”. After her mother died, she moved to New York as a radio show host and was a radio and TV reporter.

 After World War II, she moved back to California and took over her father’s company that supplied drafting equipment to the armed forces and defense industries. Then she and her long-time friend, Lois Landon, started a new firm called Telefex, which adapted the rear projection process used in films to television. Donna and Lois moved to the Conejo Valley in the ‘50s, began working in real estate offices, and opened a publishing office. They published a weekly newspaper for a while as well as the Conejo Valley Business Directory, maps, books and brochures.

Donna became very involved in the community, volunteering with many organizations. She was a founding member of the group that developed the Conejo Valley Days events. The popular “Badgeroo Contest” was her fund raising idea. She always drove her 1930 Model A pickup truck named “Queenie” or rode her horse in the Conejo Valley Days parade. Donna was also instrumental in saving the Stagecoach Inn from destruction in 1964 and was an active member of the CVHS Board of Trustees. She was selected as Dona Triunfo at the Fiesta del Triunfo in 1977.

 Donna was famous around the Conejo and was always dressed western wear style with boots, cowboy hat and a vest covered with badges from Conejo Valley Days and pins from local clubs. Her favorite saying was, “Let’s give it a try!” whenever a new idea was suggested.

 Donna died on July 22, 1984 after a courageous battle with cancer. Her pickup, “Queenie,” was donated to the Museum and now rests in “Queenie’s Garage,” located on the back left side of the Carriage House. Queenie is still in good working order and runs quite well, thanks to the continued efforts of the local Model A Club. She is brought out on several occasions each year for special functions. Also in the garage are several pieces of memorabilia about Donna “Conejo” Fargo.

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Apr
22
1:00 PM13:00

YOUR MUSEUM, OUR COMMUNITY, with William Maple, interpretive exhibit designer

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con·nect (v) /ke’nekt/
Bring together or into contact so that a real link is established.
Join together so as to provide access and communication.

CVHS Annual Spring Membership Meeting

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Our speaker is William Maple, Creative Director for Maple & Associates, a multi-disciplinary interpretive design firm with a wide range of experience in the creation of environments for museums, visitor centers, temporary and traveling exhibitions. William is also a past member of the Ventura County Cultural Heritage Board.

We welcome all CVHS members and invite everyone from the community to join us too.  Be ready to join a conversation about how YOUR museum can better connect with OUR community!  No charge.  Delish refreshments provided.

Read about William Maple:

William Maple is a global interpretive designer with very local roots. As a graduate from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in “Environmental Design,” he got his start working in the campus art gallery—never knowing it would be the beginning of a lifelong career. For over 30 years William has been designing a variety of exhibits throughout the United States and in countries as far away as Korea.

His favorite projects can become deeply personal. These include: The National Prisoner of War Museum, The Cherokee Trails of Tears Exhibit and the redesign of the George H.W.  Bush (41) Presidential Library and Museum. William has used his professional skills to develop exhibits at Mission San Juan Capistrano and at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library where he designed the President’s centennial exhibit.

William has also been an active member in our local community. He spearheaded the landmark evaluation of both the first built Thousand Oaks City Hall (401 Hillcrest) and Timber School (Conejo Valley High School). He eventually served on the Ventura County Cultural Heritage Board working toward the preservation of various points of interest in our community. 

Currently he is designing an exhibit in Minnesota featuring the history of the First Avenue music venue and an installation of the Cherokee, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum.

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Antiques and Collectibles Study Group
Apr
19
9:30 AM09:30

Antiques and Collectibles Study Group

For CVHS members only--we're invited to a home in the Wildwood area to see a collection of antique spooners.  What's a spooner, you say? 

"A popular collectible today, the spooner or spoonholder, provided as much symbolic value as function for Victorian society. The prominently displayed spoons were a clear sign of ready hospitality, as well as a status symbol for the increased affluence among the expanding middle class who could now afford silver spoons, or at least a good facsimile. "

This will be a “bring and brag” event. You’re welcome to share any item you wish to transport, whether it illustrates one of our lecture topics or not. Be ready to talk about it, giving us some background to place it in historical context. “Mystery antiques” can still be shared, though.

RSVP to Penny Strowager or Roz Gold for address and directions.

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Bee in your Bonnet
Apr
1
to May 31

Bee in your Bonnet

Join us at the museum to share our passion for hats, the grand finale of any outfit!
Hats trimmed in flowers and feathers, Work bonnets, hats thru the decades, they’re all here.
Wear a hat for $1 off admission fees on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in April and May.

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Mar
13
11:00 AM11:00

For Our Volunteers: Confessions of a Southern Belle...Musings of Miss Carrie Smith

Modenia Kramer from the Dudley House Speakers Bureau will share the story of Miss Carrie Smith, who married into Ventura's Dudley family. 

The Dudley House, is an 1892 Victorian farm house located at 197 N. Ashwood Avenue, the corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista in Ventura.

The house has been an ongoing preservation activity since 1977. Owned by the city since 1977, SBH was formed and took over the project when proposition 13 prevented the city from continuing to fund the project. The interior is complete with much of the original Dudley furniture returning to the house in 2006 from the estate of the late Johanna Dudley Overby.  The house is a living history museum reflecting the life of the Dudley family.

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Feb
11
1:00 PM13:00

SWEETHEART SUNDAY

This year we'll be showing antique valentine's from our own collection, as well as the collections of several of our members.  You'll be fascinated by the many different styles that appeared over the years.  In addition to the valentine's, come to hear Jill Stolicker speak in Anderson Hall at 2:00: "Rare, Unusual and Historical Valentines" is her topic.  She has an amazing collection that is sure to "WOW!" us all.  There will also be sweet refreshments and craft creating for the kids by the Timber School.

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Lights, Camera, Lions!  Memoirs of a Real-Life Dr. Doolittle
Feb
4
1:00 PM13:00

Lights, Camera, Lions! Memoirs of a Real-Life Dr. Doolittle

Meet:            

   Hubert G. Wells, lion trainer at Jungleland, founder of Animal Actors of Hollywood in  Thousand Oaks, and author of Lights, Camera, Lions!

   Doree Sitterly, trains animal actors, worked alongside Hubert for seven years, and is a graduate of Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training and Management Program.

   Steve Mehren, also a graduate of Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training and Management Program, and is Executive Director of Saving Wildlife International.

Join us for a look at Conejo Valley’s long association with exotic animals (and their people!)   A talk with film clips and live animals, followed by book-signing.

At the Stagecoach Inn Museum, downstairs in our Anderson Hall.  Doors open at 1:00 for book purchase and signing and schmoozing with the animals.  Program begins at 1:30.      

The program is free and open to the public.  Books can be purchased at the event.

 

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Jan
15
12:30 PM12:30

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day!

The Conejo Valley HIstorical Society and the Stagecoach Inn Museum celebrate the MLK Day and invite you to learn more about the historical programs being offered in our community this year-

including a program on the first African American to register to vote in Los Angeles County, Mr. John Ballard. The Conejo Valley honors Mr. Ballard by naming the mountain where he lived Ballard Mountain.

The program is on Sunday February 11, 2018 from 3-4:30 pm at 32063 Lobo Canyon Road- program offered by the Santa Monica Mountains Fund. Call 805-370-2341 for details!

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