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Current Exhibit at Ventura County Museum

 

The Past on a Plate: The Photographs of John Calvin Brewster
Ventura County life between 1874 and 1909 is captured on the glass plate negatives of Ventura’s first photographer. Brewster’s images, as well as artifacts from then, provide a fascinating look at that time period’s streets, neighborhoods, movers & shakers, and ordinary citizens. The exhibit runs April 25-August 17 at new 89 California Street site

Alternative Photography : Exhibit of Contemporary Photographs Using 19th Century Techniques includes work by Lis J. Schwitters, Isabel Gomes, Lawrence Gund. Runs through July 6.

 

Moorpark College & Museum of Ventura County Launch New Partnership With Historic Journal

 

Moorpark College's newly renamed Journal of Ventura County History features a new editor and a new partnership which is a joint venture with the Museum of Ventura County. Published continuously for the last 53 years as The Quarterly, new editor & Ventura County native Patty Colman, assistant professor of history at Moorpark College, plans to transform the journal’s publication process into an educational opportunity for a whole new generation of historians. History 80, an internship course being offered at the college, will eventually involve Colman’s students in research, editing, and design of future journal issues.

Historian Cherie Brant authors the Journal of Ventura County History premier issue, exploring 19th century Ventura lithographs. Capturing the bird's eye view, a popular technique was used, providing amazingly accurate information about urban growth. Colman worked closely with the author, student assistants, and Moorpark College student and graphic artist Stephanie Ferguson to produce this first issue of the journal. A subscription to the twice-yearly journal is one of the benefits of Museum of Ventura County’s membership. Additional copies may be obtained through the museum’s store by calling (805) 653-0323 ext 24, although quantities are limited.

The next issue of the journal will address Simi Valley history. Editor Colman has a master’s degree from UCLA in American Indian studies, as well as a master’s degree in history from California State University Northridge. She has been teaching at Moorpark College for four years, and was raised in Ojai.

Charles Johnson, Museum librarian who has edited the publication since 1990, will continue to be involved as chair of a committee of museum and college representatives overseeing the publication. Johnson has assumed other added responsibilities as the Museum’s Research Library prepares to double in size during the museum’s upcoming expansion.

 

When visiting Ventura, tourists enjoy seeing the museum and its treasures. Nearby places to stay include some of our favorite California beach hotels such as Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach and  Holiday Inn & Suites Ventura Harbor.

 

 

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