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    Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum Events for October and November

    All events are scheduled at Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum 220 Market St. in Port Hueneme at 11:00AM except the Charles Johnson presentation at the Bard Mansion.  You have already received information on the September Events:  September 7 Santa Susana Museum’s Curt Osterhoudt “Railroad History of Ventura County”; September 13 Historian Charles Johnson “Dr. Cephas Bard” @Bard Mansion 5:30; September 14 Police Chief Andrew Salinas “State of Cannabis in Port Hueneme”; September 21 Frank Barajas “Chicana/o Movement in Ventura County”; September 28 Gerry Olsen  “Ventura County Western Grades” 

    October 12 Dr.  Joan Peters “#Me Too Then & Now: The Personal is Most Definitely Political”

    October 26 Gary Johnson “Role of Duct Tape in Disaster Preparedness”

    November 2 Anthropologist Dr. Mark Fleischmann “Human Variations”

    November 9 Mayor Will Berg “Fun with Chinese Characters”

    November 11 Fourth Annual Veterans Day (City Hall) @8:30 AM

    November 16 Joy Todd Pleasant Valley and Hueneme: A Shared History”


    For more detail on the above speakers, see flyers below


    Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum Distinguished Speakers Series

    CSUCI Professor Emerita
    Dr. Joan K. Peters

    “#Me Too Then & Now: The Personal is Most Definitely Political”

    at the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum

    220 Market Street

    on October 12, 2019 at 11:00AM

    Dr. Joan K. Peters is a Professor Emerita in the Literature and Writing Department at California State University at Channel Islands. She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago.

    During the 2nd Wave of the Women’s Movement, she created some of the first Women’s Studies courses and programs, she was a founding member of Sagaris, A Feminist Think Tank that brought together women from all over the country to work on a unified political platform, and she’s written two books on working mothers: When Mother’s Work: Loving Our Children Without Sacrificing Ourselves and Not Your Mother’s Life: Changing the Rules of Work, Love, and Family. 

    Not only was she Coordinator of The Creative Writing Program but in addition to offering creative writing and literature courses, she team-taught “Narratives of Southern California” and “The Sixties and Seventies in America” with Prof. Frank Barajas from the history program.

    Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum Distinguished Speakers Series

    Retired Firefighter/Paramedic

    Gary Johnson

    “Role of Duct Tape in Emergency Preparedness”

    at the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum

    220 Market Street

    on October 26, 2019 at 11:00AM

    Gary Johnson, a 38-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, has discovered, first-hand, that duct tape can be employed in a variety of emergency situations.  When Gary talked about emergency preparedness last March, he mentioned duct tape but left our audience wanting to know more.  We figured that inviting Gary back and supplying the first 25 attendees with his or her own roll of tape would be just the ticket.

    If you are confused about the difference between “duct tape” and “duck tape,” a little look back at the history of this versatile tool should help.  You see, to assist in helping the war effort during World War II, the United States military asked Johnson & Johnson to devise a strong, waterproof, cloth-based tape that could keep unwanted moisture out of ammunition cases. The new product was called “duck tape” because it was made from a rubber-based adhesive applied to a durable duck-cloth backing. During the last half of the 20th century, however, a silver version was specifically manufactured to join together heating and air conditioning duct work, hence the differently spelled name, “duct tape.”

    Yet over the years, the sticky tape, which was now manufactured in a rainbow of colors, became an indispensable item in the tool box, craft room, car trunk, backpack, sports bag or junk drawer—not to mention outer space—where back in 1972, it turned a highly dangerous situation into a successful mission for the Apollo 17 astronauts.

    The Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum Distinguished Speaker Series


    Dr. Mark Fleischman

    will be speaking about 

    “Human Variations”

    at the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum

    220 Market Street

    on November 2. 2018 at 11:00 AM

    During the course of his career, Dr. Mark Fleischman assisted local police in skeletal identification, analyzed a slave burial ground from the late 17th Century in Jamaica and helped in a skeletal analysis of a poor house/sanitarium burial ground in Rome, New York.  He did the fieldwork for his Ph.D. from in the Orinoco Delta in Venezuela with the native tribe of Warao Indians.  If anybody can draw thoughtful conclusions about the nature of human diversity, Dr. Fleischman, a longtime friend of the Museum, is the man.

    Dr. Fleischman received his BA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962, and his MA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1964.  With a doctorate in hand in the field of Bio-Anthropology from UCLA, Fleischman entered the field of higher education—teaching courses for a couple of years at Los Angeles City College as well as what is now California State University, Los Angeles.  He would accept a position at Syracuse University in New York in 1970 and would remain there for 32 years, retiring from the university in 2002. 

    Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum Distinguished Speakers Series

                 Port Hueneme’s Mayor

    Will Berg

    will be speaking about

    “Fun with Chinese Characters”

    at the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum

    220 Market Street

    On November 9, 2019 at 11:00AM


    Capitalizing on being conversant in Mandarin Chinese, Berg began escorting various North American groups visiting China starting in 1978.  This experience granted him the distinction of becoming one of the earliest North Americans to step behind the Bamboo Curtain. 

    In addition, he has lectured aboard ships calling on Asian destinations all along the Pacific Rim.

    Finally, Berg has spent two years as a higher education volunteer in South Korea with the United States Peace Corps and holds an MA degree in Comparative & International Politics from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

    A third generation Oxnard native, Berg graduated from the California State University at Chico where, in 2011, he was inducted into Chico’s Athletic Hall of Fame for football.   In addition, he also studied at the National Political Science University in Taipei, Taiwan. 

    Retiring after seventeen years with the Port of Hueneme as Director of Marketing & Public Information, Berg was elected to a four-year term on the Port Hueneme City Council on November 8, 2016.  He is currently M

    City of Port Hueneme, Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum, Oxnard Harbor District, Sea Cadet Corp Ben Moreell Battalion, VFW Post 3935, and Navy League

    Cordially Invite You to the 4th Annual Veterans Day Celebration

    Honoring America’s Military: Past, Present and Future on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM in front of City Hall, 250 N. Ventura Road, Port Hueneme


       Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum Distinguished Speakers Series

    Historian Joy Todd

    at the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum

    220 Market Street

    on November 16, 2019 at 11:00AM


    Daily Drive in Camarillo pays homage to three brothers—Charles (“C.J.”), Erastus, and Wendell Daily—who were early settlers of the Pleasant Valley.  Yet Hueneme can boast a connection to them as well.  At least two brothers were gainfully employed at the 6,000-acre John Patterson Ranch—C.J. as a manager—during the late-1890s.   By 1916, the Daily brothers would own thousands of acres in the fertile Pleasant Valley, where they would introduce lima beans, sugar beets, peas, lettuce, avocados, walnut, and citrus that would eventually end up being shipped out of the Wharf at Hueneme.

    Joy Todd, who has resided in Camarillo for more than 50 years, comes to us from the Pleasant Valley Historical Society, where she presently serves as president.  Her research in the historical society archives—sometimes only short newspaper clips—led to further research

    A Southern California native who grew up in Northridge, Joy graduated from San Fernando Valley State College (CSUN) with a degree in Political Science and History.  In 2014 she received the honorary title of Doña from the Pleasant Valley Historical Society for her volunteer service in the community and served on the Ventura County Civil Grand Jury for two years. 

    There are no speakers scheduled during the month of December.

    The current Featured Exhibit at the Museum is the recently donated WORLD WAR II AIRCRAFT COLLECTION of Thomas Roy Chatham  which includes US Lockheed P-38 Lightning Heavy Fighter, US North American B-25 Mitchell Med. Bomber, US Republic P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter, US North American P-51 Mustang Fighter, US Douglas C-47 Skytrain Transport,  US Martin B-26 Marauder Med. Bomber, German Heinkel He 50 Dive Bomber, North American T-6 Texan Trainer, German Junkers Ju 52 Transport, German Junkers Ju88 Transport, Japanese Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate Fighter, Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero, Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero, UK de Haviland Mosquito Night Fighter, US Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Heavy Bomber, US Boeing B-29 Superfortress Heavy Bomber, US Vought F4U Corsair Fighter, US Consolidated Aircraft PBY Catalina Seaplane, UK Short Stirling Heavy Bomber, UK Fairey Aviation Swordfish Biplane Torpedo Bomber, UK Submarine Spitfire Fighter, US Curtiss P-40 Warhawk Fighter, US Sherman Tank, German Tiger I Tank, and German Tiger II Tank.  The star of the show is the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber named after Enola Gay Tibbets, the mother of the pilot Colonel Paul Tibbets, who dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima Japan on August 6, 1945. The model is autographed by the navigator, Theodore Van Kirk. 

    If you did not receive a copy of our quarterly newsletter (Fall 2019) of The Historic Hueneme Herald, please email and ask to be put on the mailing list.Other Museum sponsored events include the monthly Historic Port Tour on the third Friday of each month.  

    Also offered on a quarterly basis (next is October 19,2019), the Museum and Port provide transportation to the Lighthouse for visitors who cannot make the approximately one-mile round trip walk to Lighthouse.  In addition, the Museum and the Friends of the Bard offer tours of the Berylwood Mansion in conjunction with the quarterly dinners of the Friends of the Bard.

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