April News From Channel Islands Maritime Museum



Channel Islands Maritime Museum


Channel Islands Maritime Museum
News & Updates

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is Reopening!
Hello and Welcome Back to CIMM starting April 9th!

What a year it has been! We are thrilled to announce the reopening of the Channel Islands Maritime Museum coming up on April 9th.

Thank you to our friends, members, supporters, and our community for their support during the last thirteen months. We are only as strong as they are and they have stood behind the Museum and offered it their strength and support. We are so very grateful.

Thank you for being so patient. We have so appreciated your many phone calls and emails asking when the Museum might be opening again. We can certainly tell that you have been missing us as much as we have been missing you!

We have been busy behind the scenes at CIMM and have some new exhibits to share with you. Our new Navigation exhibit is completed and we are preparing the Annual Oxnard Union High School District Art Show for judging and in-person viewing. Coming up later in the year we will be exploring Sailors’ Folk Art and voyaging into the world of whales with the “Tales of the Whale Whisperer.”

Welcome back aboard!
Adri Howe
Executive Director

Initial Museum and Gift Shop hours will be Friday- Sunday, 12 pm to 4 pm. To see how CIMM is working to keep its visitors safe and healthy, please click here.

Celebrating 30 Years Continues
The Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) is happy to announce its April event/contest as part of its continuing 30th anniversary year celebration and Earth Day

The Museum is calling for mini “eco-boat” contest entries which are boats that utilize recyclable or compostable materials. Entries should be no larger than 24” in length. Winning entries will be chosen based on the most creative use of materials. Wood, paper, glass, aluminum, cardboard, and plant fibers (including cotton fabric, canvas, hemp, non-nylon rope, etc.) are all acceptable materials. Plastics and foams may not be used in the construction of boats. Cash prizes will be awarded in four age categories: Adults (18 years and older), Young Adults (13-17 years of age), Kids (7-12 years of age), and Kids (6 years and under).
For all contest details and rules, please click here.

THANK YOU to our contest and cash prize sponsor, the Channel Islands Harbor Lessees Association, for its generous support!

Coming to the CIMM Speaker Series in April

New York Times bestselling author Robin Hutton will be sharing stories of American and Allied dogs, horses, mules, birds, and a cat that assisted the war effort as part of the Greatest Generation. This is an online event and will be available for viewing on the CIMM website on April 21.
Upcoming Exhibitions at CIMM
CIMM is proud to host the annual art show of the Oxnard Oxnard Union High School District once again during the month of April.

This show not only highlights the amazing creativity of local students it also serves as an illustration of what the students feel and have experienced. The exhibition starts on April 9th and runs through the end of the month.
When sailors left their homes to voyage across the sea, oftentimes they faced dangerous and extreme working conditions, horribly cramped quarters, and a journey that could stretch months to years. When stuck in these difficult and wearisome circumstances, some sailors used art to express themselves. 

The designs they engraved onto bone or embroidered with wool, the types of useful and decorative items they made, and the various ways they used these objects all tell us something about the sailors themselves, their experiences, and the extraordinary world they lived in.  

The exhibition runs from 13 May 2021 through 23 August 2021.

Earth Day History
On January 28, 1969, a well drilled by Union Oil Platform A off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, blew out. At the time of the Santa Barbara Channel Oil Spill, it was the largest oil spill in U.S. waters, spewing more than four million gallons of oil and killing thousands of seabirds, dolphins, seals, and sea lions. Today it ranks third in size after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon and 1989 Exxon Valdez spills.

As a reaction to this disaster, activists were mobilized to create organizations and regulations that are the foundation of our environmental protections today. On March 21, 1969, President Nixon came to Santa Barbara to see the spill and cleanup efforts, telling the crowd, “…the Santa Barbara incident has frankly touched the conscience of the American people.” During that same period, Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin saw the 800 square-mile oil slick from an airplane, which gave him the impetus to ratify a national day for environmental education, which he called Earth Day.

On April 22, 1970, over 20 million Americans attended Earth Day teach-ins and gatherings across the US.
CIMM Backstories
The lives of works of art…

This artwork by Bonaventura Peeters, painted in 1645, has certainly had a series of owners before coming to its current home at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum. We wanted to share a bit about one of its very interesting previous owners, John Patrick Crighton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute.

John Patrick Crichton-Stuart (1847 – 1900), was a landed aristocrat, industrial magnate, antiquarian, scholar, philanthropist, and architectural patron. Succeeding to the marquisate at the age of only six months, his vast inheritance reportedly made him the richest man in the world. His conversion to Catholicism from the Church of Scotland at the age of 21 scandalized Victorian society and led Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli to use the Marquess as the basis for the eponymous hero of his novel Lothair, published in 1870. His enormous expenditure on building and restoration made him the foremost architectural patron of the 19th century.

The Marquess’s vast range of interests, which included religion, medievalism, the occult, architecture, traveling, linguistics, and philanthropy, filled his relatively short life. A prolific writer, bibliophile, and traveler, as well as, somewhat reluctantly, a businessman, his energies were on a monumentally Victorian scale. Lord Bute died at the age of only 53 in 1900; his heart was buried on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. 
“Finding the Way” Navigation Exhibit at CIMM
CIMM is happy to announce its latest addition to the Museum galleries! The new navigation exhibition, “Finding the Way: Our Sea Voyaging Destiny” is now finished.

The exhibition features navigational artifacts and information and a new touchscreen exploration of the history of navigation. Make sure to visit the Museum’s Upper Gallery to learn about our navigational journey throughout the centuries.
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