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Wisteria Regale – “Mysteria Regale – The Last Gala”

| February 21st, 2013 | Comments Off on Wisteria Regale – “Mysteria Regale – The Last Gala”
The Banning Museum - Wisteria Regale 2013 - Mysteria Regale

  Join us on Saturday, March 23 for Friends of Banning Museum’s annual scholarship presentation and largest fundraiser of the year. Set in the Roarin’ Twenties, this year’s event will be unlike any other. Guests will enjoy a fun-filled evening of suspense and intrigue as active participants in the murder mystery of the The Last Gala. With Cole Porter tunes as the backdrop, it will be a classic “Who Done It” with each table working together to solve the mystery of who killed Miss Otis. So, don’t miss it! Here’s your chance to have an entertaining night out and support the

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Over 4,000 Visitors Enjoy a Rainy Victorian Christmas!

| December 6th, 2012 | Comments Off on Over 4,000 Visitors Enjoy a Rainy Victorian Christmas!

Even sporadic rain showers couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of over 4,000 visitors for the Victorian Christmas Open House weekend. According to some, the rain actually enhanced the event, making it feel even more like Christmas. All of the holiday festivities went on without a hitch. Folks waiting in line for the house tour were entertained by the Yesteryears Dance Troupe and the West High School awarding-winning choir. Music filled the air as Santa greeted the little ones. And, the historic carriage barn teemed with activity as both young and old created one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments. Visitors were even able to do a little Christmas shopping in

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Victorian Christmas

| August 5th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Join us for a Christmas to Remember! Victorian Christmas Open House Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, 2012. 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. RAIN OR SHINE! For our Victorian Christmas event this weekend, the Banning Museum and grounds will be transformed into a Christmas festival featuring Victorian period entertainment , self-guided tours of the Museum, refreshments, children’s crafts, and a visit from jolly St. Nick! One of the highlights of the festivities is a horse-drawn trolley ride between The Banning Museum and Drum Barracks Civil War Museum, also in Wilmington. Additionally, visitors will enjoy blacksmith demonstrations, a wreath making lecture,

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Phineas Banning Birthday Concert: August 18

| July 16th, 2012 | Comments Off on Phineas Banning Birthday Concert: August 18

Our 4th Annual Phineas Banning Birthday Concert celebration commemorates the birthday of Phineas Banning, who played a key role in developing the world-renowned Port of Los Angeles. Join us on Saturday, August 18 for this year’s celebration! Gates open at 5:00 pm. We welcome back The Fabulous Esquires Big Band, a 17 piece swing band with two vocalists who will perform on the historic front porch of the Museum. Admission VIP Event Tickets are $75.00 and include reserved seating, gated parking, dinner, beverages, dessert, concert and dancing. Picnic Event Tickets are $25.00. Bring your own picnic, blanket or chair and

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Book Signing and Lecture: Tom Sitton: July 28

| July 16th, 2012 | Comments Off on Book Signing and Lecture: Tom Sitton: July 28

Please join us on Saturday, July 28, at 10 a.m. for lecture and book signing with Tom Sitton, the author of “Grand Ventures: The Banning Family and the Shaping of Southern California.”  For “”Grand Ventures, The Banning Family and the Shaping of Southern California–Two Generations,” Mr. Sitton will be speaking on the role of pioneer, Phineas Banning and his descendants in the rise of this region based on his book.  He will primarily focus on the second generation and their ownership of Santa Catalina Island from 1892 to 1919. Book signing to follow the lecture. Admission: Free to Friends of

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