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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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Banning Family Treasures: Selected Items from 1860-1920

| March 26th, 2013 | Comments Off on Banning Family Treasures: Selected Items from 1860-1920

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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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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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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