August 2021

It's back to school month 🏫

Moulton Elementary Mural | 29851 Highlands Ave, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

It’s almost time to roundup the kids for school! We hope that you enjoy the rest of your summer vacations and staycations!

Maxwell Ranch | 2020 Roundup

Tustin Union High School, 1921, Charlotte Moulton standing in the second row second to the last. If you know anyone else in this photo, please share this information with us. Tustin Union High School is celebrating its centennial this year. 

Charlotte Moulton shared in her oral history, “Mother had been a teacher, so for some reason, when I entered school I was sent to Santa Ana…I entered Tustin High School when I was twelve, and Pomona College when I was sixteen. When I entered Tustin High School–it was called Tustin Union High School then–it was brand-new. We had students from Laguna Beach, El Toro, and, of course, Tustin. Up until then, the Tustin kids had to go to Santa Ana [High School].”

Moulton Museum's Featured Photo Collection

Celebrate World Photo Day on August 19th!

“Cape Town near Cape of Good Hope” taken by Nellie Gail Moulton in 1954 (2017.13.88).

From the Archive

National Beach Day – August 30th
“208 – In the Surf, Long Beach, California”
The postcard features a painted image depicting daily life at the Long Beach Pier between 1910 through 1920.

“Made in America by Edward. H. Mitchell at San Francisco California” {2018.05.15.01)

Orange County History

Map of Orange County, California in 1889
Library of Congress

August 1, 1889- Orange County separates from Los Angeles County. “Santa Ana is named the County Seat. The first Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting is held on August 5.”

Nellie Gail Moulton was named President of Laguna Beach Art Association (LBAA) from 1948-1949. LBAA was formed in August 1918 and was precursor to the Laguna Art Museum. Nellie donated funds for Moulton Hall. Nelle was a Life Member along with Mr. and Mrs. James Irvine.

Photo courtesy of OC Public Libraries

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1842 Diseño Map of Rancho Niguel donated by Douglas Westfall (2017.09.43).

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