December 2021

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays from Moulton Museum! We hope that you enjoy the Christmas season with family and friends. Here is one of our favorite Moulton memories from a gathering in 1966. Share your photos with us on social media by tagging our accounts. We hope you try one of the Moulton’s family recipes when you are celebrating together!

Thank you all for having joined us at the closing art reception with Mary Lee Lindquist who attended in historical costume as Nellie Gail Moulton. You can see the digital exhibit of The Art of Nellie Gail Moulton on our website.

From the Archive

Happy Birthday, Nellie!

December 8, 1878 - Nellie Gail Moulton was born in Irving, Kansas to John Lockwood Gail (1848–1926) and Prudence Adelia Stoneman Gail (1853–1894). Nellie showcased her first piece of art at the Chicago World Fair in 1893 at the children's center near the age of this photo. You can see the digital exhibit of The Art of Nellie Gail Moulton on our website.

December 30, 1914 - Louise Marie Moulton was born to Nellie at 36 years old and Lewis at 60 years old in El Toro at the Moulton Ranch.

Moulton Museum's Featured Collection

The far left photo features Domingo Daguerre and Charlotte Moulton, circa 1925 (2021.04) Jill Tipton has been working on a genealogical project for her family. She is the granddaughter of Jean Baptiste "JB" Amestoy and Francoise Hauret Amestoy. She has traced her ancestry to Basque pioneer, Domingo Amestoy, her great-great paternal grandfather. Domingo was a sheep rancher and wheat farmer in the 1860-80s at the Rosecranz Ranch and Encino Ranch. She digitized her family photo albums and provided us with a hard copy that contains images from the Encino Ranch and Moulton Ranch. The physical albums are house at the Autry Museum. These images are courtesy of the family and Copyright-Autry Museum of the West, Ask us about preserving your family's history by digitizing the collection in a long-term format.

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