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“Phineas Banning as Advertised” – Saturday, October 12

| September 17th, 2013 | Comments Off on “Phineas Banning as Advertised” – Saturday, October 12

Please join Friends of Banning Museum for a special lecture by Museum Director, Michael Sanborn on Saturday, October 12 at 10:00 am in the historic carriage barn. Phineas Banning was a “Financial Wizard of the Old West.” Banning used various forms of media from the 1800s to promote his vast business ventures. Join us and learn how newspapers, hand bills, letters and of course, the telegraph helped to make him one of the most influential and wealthy businessmen in Wilmington and Los Angeles. There will be a Q & A session after the lecture. Admission is FREE for Friends of

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Get to Know Us Reception for Prospective Volunteers August 23 or 24, 2013

| August 5th, 2013 | Comments Off on Get to Know Us Reception for Prospective Volunteers August 23 or 24, 2013

Join us on August 23 or on August 24 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm to learn how you can become a Banning Museum volunteer. At the reception, we will answer any questions you may have regarding the process to becoming one of The Banning’s most valued group of supporters. Should you decide after attending the reception that you want to volunteer, training classes are provided for you to gain the background necessary to offer public tours and special group tours of the interior of the Museum, Stagecoach Barn and grounds. Once you’ve completed the training classes, you will be able

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OPERATION: RESTORATION $10,000 Challenge Gift Met!

| July 10th, 2013 | Comments Off on OPERATION: RESTORATION $10,000 Challenge Gift Met!

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of Friends of Banning Museum members and supporters, the $10,000 matching gift challenge for OPERATION: RESTORATION was met and exceeded! We now have the funds necessary to move ahead with restoring and painting our beloved Banning Mansion. At the time of this post, painters are hard at work on the West side of the house painstakingly scraping peeling paint and filling any holes in preparation for paint. If all continues to go well, we hope to start painting by the end of this month! Because of you, this grand ‘ole place is receiving the care and

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Phineas Banning Birthday Concert – August 17

| July 8th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

On Saturday, August 17, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the “ The Stingrays” will perform on the front porch of the historic Banning Museum. Join us for an evening of high energy, toe tapping, nostalgic, dance ‘til you drop music of the 1950s. VIP admission includes a boxed meal, dancing and dance lessons, reserved seating and gated parking for $35.00. For general admission, bring your own picnic, wine, blanket or low chair and enjoy the concert and dancing on the front lawn of the Mansion for $10.00. 1950s attire is admired but not required! Our 5th Annual Phineas

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“Layers of the Past: Construction History of the Banning Mansion” – Saturday, June 22, 10:00 am

| May 16th, 2013 | Comments Off on “Layers of the Past: Construction History of the Banning Mansion” – Saturday, June 22, 10:00 am

Friends of Banning Museum continues its Keeping History Alive Lecture Series with “Layers of the Past: Construction History of the Banning Mansion” The Banning mansion was built by Phineas Banning in 1864. The 23-room Victorian residence remains the finest example of domestic Greek Revival architecture in Southern California. The home’s construction symbolized Phineas Banning’s confidence in the future of his community. The lecture presented by Museum Director, Michael Sanborn, will focus on the evolution of the Banning residence and will include the current painting and restoration project that the residence is undergoing. There will be a Q&A session after the lecture. Friends

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