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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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Banning Family Treasures: Selected Items from 1860-1920

| March 26th, 2013 | Comments Off on Banning Family Treasures: Selected Items from 1860-1920
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This special exhibit features a selection of Banning Family items many of which have never been on display. The Exhibit is on display in our Norris Visitor Center from March 9 – August 4, 2013.

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The Snake Oil Salesman Cometh- March 2, 2013

| February 20th, 2013 | Comments Off on The Snake Oil Salesman Cometh- March 2, 2013

Join us for this fun and informative program and learn about the hidden dangers of bottled “medicine” sold by Snake Oil Salesmen and the claims of phrenologists as well as inventions of questionable merit being paraded before an unsuspecting public in the 18th and early 19th Century America. These salesmen lacked the knowledge of the medical profession and had a total disregard of the facts and consequences of the bottled elixirs they would sell. There were claims that these elixirs would cure anything and often contained alcohol, cocaine and heroin.  A Q-and-A session will follow with light refreshments served.   Event

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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 Luncheon

| November 20th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Victorian Christmas Luncheon Friday, November 30, 2012 SOLD OUT    

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