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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$95 per person
$900 per table of 10
$1500 Platinum Sponsor (includes 10 persons)
$1000 Gold Sponsor (includes 6 persons)
$500 Silver Sponsor (includes 4 persons)
$250 Bronze Sponsor (includes 2 persons)
Sponsor levels include advertisement in program booklet.
If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation use the Donate button at the bottom of this web page.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Step back in time at Heritage Square in Los Angeles. Heritage Square is a living history museum that explores the settlement and development of Southern California from the Civil War to the early 20th Century, offering visitors a look into the everyday lives of Southern Californians at the close of the 19th Century.
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.
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!
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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.
Our annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon will be held at Jackie Pizitz' house. Docents will be honored for their hard work and years of service. Lunch is potluck, so we're guaranteed to have a selection of delicious dishes.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
John and Sue Swearingen are hosting us this month at their home, where they'll share their collection and knowledge of everybody's most exciting find at historical sites: glass bottles!! To join us, please email Roz or Penny for details.
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Join us after the Docent/Volunteer meeting as we explore the Thousand Oaks Library Special Collections. Hosted by Jeanette Berard, T.O. Special Collections Librarian. Drive or car pool.
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.
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.
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!
Although we normally meet on the third Thursday morning of each month, in December the date will be the second Thursday, December 14. Plans are to tour some of the holiday decorations at the Museum and hold a white elephant gift exchange game. More details will be in next month’s Stage Lines.
Our Christmas trees dressed up in true Western style are famous around the county! We have a wonderful Christmas tour, special refreshments and the most homey, sweetly decorated trees in town...Come in your Christmas finest if you like, or wear your cowboy boots. Either way, we welcome you in the traditional Christmas style! Click on pictures below....
ENJOY VIEWING THE FESTIVE HANUKKAH TABLE AT OUR INN- SEE THE LOVELY DREIDELS, AND THE MENORAHS FROM LOCAL COLLECTIONS!
We invite you to come and join us in viewing the wonderful Hanukkah table, made possible by our Docents and other supporters- featuring the lovely Menorahs, dreidels, and other Hanukkah motifs! Click on the pictures below-
REMEMBER YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL MUSEUM BY GIVING ON #GIVING TUESDAY! YOU CAN DONATE TO YOUR FAVORITE COLLECTION, HELP TO DO SCIENTIFIC DATING ON OBJECTS, OR EVEN SUPPORT A MAJOR EVENT. YOUR SUPPORT ALLOWS OUR MUSEUM TO OFFER THE VERY SPECIAL AND UNIQUE PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE EVERY YEAR!
SO, LOOK TO THE "DONATE" BUTTON ON THIS SITE, OR COME IN THIS WEEK TO SEE US AND OFFER YOUR SMALL-OR LARGE- GIFT! IT IS ALL USED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THIS NON PROFIT MUSEUM THAT CONSERVES YOUR LOCAL HISTORY AND CULTURE!
All CVHS staff and volunteers are invited to the 2017 Annual Docent Installation Luncheon, to be held at the CRPD Community Room. Cost is $15.00/person. Lunch is catered by Pierre's Catering. After introducing the new Docent Council Officers and new docents, Deb Roman will speak on the State of the Museum.
At the November Antiques and Collectibles Study Group meeting, Rita Faulders, who many of you know, will be our speaker. She is a prominent expert in antiques and collectibles, and our group has been fortunate to enjoy her presentations over the years. Her topic will be glass paperweights, one of many categories of collectibles.
A fascinating variety of glass paperweights exist. Yet, there are only four distinct categories of decorations inside the glass domes. Please bring your paperweights and also glass jewelry, if you have something using the paperweight techniques, to share at our November meeting. The general public and all SIM members are invited.
Pick up your hammer and tongs and learn the art of blacksmithing at the Stagecoach Inn Museum. Open to all Museum docents.
A blacksmith shapes iron and steel, sometimes called “the black metals,” by heating the metal in a forge, then smithing or smiting (striking) it with a hammer. (Hence the name, “blacksmith.”)
Gary Standke will be returning to the Museum to conduct blacksmith training for our docents. Class start time is 9:00 A.M and will go to approximately 3:00 P.M.
Participants will learn basic blacksmithing and receive hands-on training. After the initial class there will be a follow-up session to practice and learn additional techniques and skills.
Docents who complete the training classes will be expected to actively participate in giving demonstrations at the museum. Anyone who is interested and is not currently a docent will be required to attend the new docent/volunteer training that is scheduled for October 21 and 28, 2017.
Participants must be at least 18 years old and will be required to adhere to all safety rules and regulations. Proper ear and eye protection is mandatory for the classes. Clothing guidelines and additional safety information will be provided prior to the classes.
The class size is limited to a maximum of 8 participants, so don’t wait too long to sign up if you are interested. For additional information and to sign up for the class contact Gary Pederson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Giving Tuesday is coming- the time to support your favorite causes...and your wonderful local Museum and Historical Society!
Donate via our online electronic "Donate" button and you will receive a receipt directly to your email. For Donations over $500, a Letter of Confirmation of donation will be sent directly to your preferred address for any tax benefits.
Our Museum and Society curate over 9,000 years of local history, as well as the fossils from the US-101-Ventu Park Road discoveries from the 1970's. Your support allows us to curate the exhibits as well as perform much needed research on these precious remains in order to understand the short term and the longer term history of our region.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Wear your mourning attire (or dress in black) and join us for an afternoon exploring mourning traditions and rituals from the 1800s: the weeping widow; music played and sung; tragic love stories; ghost stories for the kids; a seance; mourning hair jewelry; and a display of widow's weeds.
During the 19th century, there was great social pressure on Victorians to make grieving public, not private. This "public" mourning had to be practiced in accordance with a highly structured system of etiquette. Wearing mourning attire, both fashionable and correct, was a tradition that Victorian women strictly adhered to. Head-coverings were a mandatory part of mourning etiquette. A widow was expected to wear a long veil of crape "to the bottom edge of her skirt, over her face, as well as down her back. At the end of three months the front veil was put back from her face, but the long veil was worn two years at least, and frequently for life." (Emily Post, 1922)
Come and learn more about these fascinating traditions! It's a devilishly good tour!
Join us on Saturday, October 28th, during our regular hours of 1:00 to 4:00; cost is our normal donation for a museum house tour.