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“The Art of Glass Paperweights”- January 18, 2014

| December 13th, 2013 | Comments Off on “The Art of Glass Paperweights”- January 18, 2014

  Join us for a presentation by Colin Mahoney on “The Art of Glass Paperweights” . Learn more about this wonderfully creative art that was introduced in the early 19th century and lives on today. Light refreshments will be served.   Event Details: Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:00 a.m. Admission: $5.00 For reservations please call (310) 548-2005.       Colin Mahoney is a retired electronics engineer who spent 45 years building space instruments for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.  Some of his instruments have landed on the moon and on Mars, and some have orbited the Earth, Jupiter and

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Victorian Christmas – December 7 & 8 RAIN OR SHINE!

| October 18th, 2013 | 3 Comments »

Join us as we kick off the holiday season at our annual Victorian Christmas Celebration and Open House from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8. Bring the whole family FREE of charge to enjoy festive period entertainment, tours of the Museum decorated in holiday splendor, refreshments, a children’s Victorian craft and a horse-drawn trolley ride between The Banning Museum and Drum Barracks Civil War Museum. Back by popular demand, the weekend will also feature local food and craft vendors. As a special treat, a Queen Victoria re-enactor will receive guests and Jolly St. Nick

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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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