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OPERATION: RESTORATION – $10,000 Matching Gift Pledged!

| May 16th, 2013 | Comments Off on OPERATION: RESTORATION – $10,000 Matching Gift Pledged!

If you have visited the Museum recently, you may have noticed that our beloved Banning house is in dire need of some serious TLC. Beleaguered by peeling paint and exposed raw wood caused by harsh coastal conditions, the grand ‘ole mansion desperately needs extensive exterior refurbishment and restoration. We’re not just talking about a new coat of paint. It’s much more than that. It is about conserving and safeguarding a National Historic Landmark that is a vital link to Southern California’s past. To address the situation and prevent further damage to the house’s exterior and structural elements, we recently launched

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“From Darkness to Light: Discovering Harriet Mason” – April 27

| April 3rd, 2013 | Comments Off on “From Darkness to Light: Discovering Harriet Mason” – April 27

Please join Friends of Banning Museum for a special lecture by Museum Director, Michael Sanborn. The lecture will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 10:00 am in the historic Carriage Barn. Former slave Harriet Mason worked for the Banning Family in the early 1860’s at the height of the Civil War. It was her heroic actions that helped save many lives in the Los Angeles Harbor after the Ada Hancock disaster in 1863. Come and learn about this fascinating woman and the historic contributions that her family made to early Los Angeles history. There will be a Q &

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