The Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum Distinguished Speaker Series

Educator Denis O’Leary

will be speaking on the topic

“History and Significance of Cinco de Mayo”
at the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum

220 Market Street

 May 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM.


Did you know that 42.3 percent of the population in Ventura County is Hispanic or Latino?

Yet you don’t have to have Mexican roots to party on Cinco de Mayo. While it’s great fun to indulge in margaritas, mariachi music and Mexican fare, many revelers are mistaken when they believe the event they are celebrating is Mexican Independence Day.

Cinco de Mayo possesses a history and significance all its own, and the Museum invited Denis O’Leary to tell you all about it—in advance of the big day.

With a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from CSU San Bernardino and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and BCLAD from Fresno Pacific, O’Leary has written about Latino culture and history, has served as an educator for nearly three decades, and represented the Oxnard School District as a Trustee for 16 years. A passionate advocate for educational issues, O’Leary has addressed immigrants’ and civil rights issues as a member of LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) and as Regional President for the California Association for Bilingual Education.

And as an interesting side note, in his role as a mediator, O’Leary once helped resolve a Geneva Convention violation between the Mexican government and Ventura County

The City of Port Hueneme, Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum, Sea Cadet Corp Ben Moreell Battalion, Navy League

and Hueneme High NROTC

cordially invite you to the

Third Annual Memorial Day Celebration

on Monday May 27, 2019 at 8:30 AM

The ceremony will be held in front of City Hall,

250 N. Ventura Road, Port Hueneme, California

On May 30, 1868, a crowd of 5,000 gathered at Arlington National Cemetery for the first Decoration Day exercises.  Before scattering flowers over the graves of the dead, the crowd listened to an address by Major General James A. Garfield, a Civil War veteran who would later become the 20th President.  

Garfield wanted to honor those who died “in defense of their country during the late rebellion.”  The Civil War claimed 617,528 American lives, more than any other military action in which the United States. has taken part. 

After World War I, Memorial Day, as Decoration Day would later be called, was broadened to pay tribute to all men and women who have lost their lives in any war or military action. 

Join us on Memorial Day as Port Hueneme remembers all those who made the ultimate sacrifice

 Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum

220 Market St, Port Hueneme 93041


Hours:  W, Th, Fri, Sat 9:00 AM-3:00PM Sun 12:00-3:00PM and MW by appt.   

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The current featured exhibit at the Museum is a recently acquired collection of World War II model fighter aircraft, transport planes, and bombers—including the Enola Gay which was autographed by the actual navigator Theodore Van Kirk.

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 July 20, 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.

The Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum

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