“Ada Hancock Maritime Disaster of 1863”

Please join Friends of Banning Museum for a special lecture on Saturday, October 11 at 10 am in the historic Stagecoach Barn at the Banning Museum. The Ada Hancock Disaster remains the most tragic loss of life event to take place in the Los Angeles Harbor. Banning Museum Director, Michael Sanborn will lecture on the... Read More

Wisteria Regale

“Victorian Masquerade Gala” Join us for an evening of fun and mystery at Friends of Banning Museum’s largest fundraiser of the year, Wisteria Regale – “Victorian Masquerade Gala” on Saturday, March 28 from 5 pm – 9 pm. The event will once again be held at the beautiful Banning Museum. Event guests will be formally greeted at... Read More

“Shipwrecks of the California Coast” lecture by author Michael White

Saturday, January 12, 2019 11:00 am Banning Stagecoach Barn Please join us as we kick off our 2019 Keeping History Alive Lecture Series with a special presentation given by Mr. Michael D. White, a vocational maritime historian and researcher. Mr. White will be sharing anecdotes and images from his 2014 book, “Shipwrecks of the California... Read More

“California Confederates: The Curious Tale of the Schooner J. M. Chapman and the Knights of the Golden Circle”

Saturday, June 22, 2019 10:00 am Banning Stagecoach Barn In 1863, a group of California secessionists conspire to outfit a small schooner as a privateer, steal gold and silver shipments bound for the Union, and revitalize the increasingly cash-starved Confederacy. Join us for this fascinating lecture by Michael D. White, a vocational maritime and Civil... Read More

Iron Highway That Unified Our Country

Please join us as we recognize the 150th Anniversary of the “Golden Spike” at Promontory Point, Utah and learn how the Transcontinental Railroad transformed Los Angeles and our Nation. The lecture will be presented by lifelong railroad enthusiast, Jay Kelly with a question and answer session immediately following. Admission is free for Friends of Banning... Read More

Alchemy and Art: An Exploration into Wet Plate Photography

Keeping History Alive Lecture Series presented by Friends of Banning Museum Historic Barn – 10:00 am Learning wet plate photography can seem like an incredible hurdle. The equipment is expensive, the chemicals are illusive, and the process can feel as much like alchemical magic as it does technology. In this lecture, Matthew Schnittker will reveal how... Read More