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February 2022 Newsletter

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In this February edition of our newsletter, we hope you enjoy our Mathis family feature, Moulton love story, city of Laguna Hills Gala, From the Archive, and view our Exhibition.

Introducing the premier issue of Laguna Hills Living Magazine featuring the Mathis family! As the first Laguna Hills family to be featured, you can read all about them to discover their connection to our community’s past, present, and future.

The Love Story of Mr. & Mrs. Moulton in the Summer of 1903 by Jennifer Keil, Museum Director, Original article published in February 2022 Best Version Media – Ladera Ranch Neighbors & Wrangler Living – Serving Rancho Mission Viejo

Society ran by trains and telegrams. On a warm, sunny day in 1903 in El Toro, now Lake Forest, led us to a very important conversation between the Moulton and Gail families. It was in this turn-of-the-century Victorian culture that Miss Nellie Gail first met Mr. Lewis Moulton.

Laguna Hills Gala

Jared Mathis, President of @moultonmuseum, Lisa Bartlett @bartlettforca, and Carl Heft @lagunahillschamber at the 30th Anniversary of the city of Laguna Hills Gala.

Recipients of the Moulton Award were the original Laguna Hills City Council:
Melody Carruth, Joel Lautenschleger, Alan Songstad, Randy Bressette, and R. Craig Scott.

See our event wrap-up film and watch Jared’s entire speech.

"We like to refer to these core values as the Pioneering Spirit. Our great-grandparents Lewis and Nellie Gail Moulton had the pioneering spirit coursing through their veins and left behind a remarkable legacy of business, philanthropic and environmental achievements. Our recipients of the Moulton Award carry that same spirit."

Map Collection

The Niguel Rancho, 1929 (2017.09.03)
We are going to feature the Map Collection in our museum.

February 1895 – Lewis Moulton bought Rancho Niguel and other properties from the Rawsons (Rawson Deed of Trust, 1899-09, 2017.15.05) Louise stated, “In February 1895, Father purchased Rawson’s 17,000 acres. A few months later Mr. Daguerre bought a one-third interest in it.” 
Louise Moulton Hanson, interview by Bettie Webber, March 16, 1994, OH 2355, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.

“Niguel was sold by the grantee to C. B. Rawson and sold by him to Lewis F. Moulton. The original grant was patented for 13,316.01 acres but the ranch has been enlarged by purchase until it now has an acreage of about 22,000 acres.” 

Presidents’ Day 2022 is on Monday, February 21. We honor the past and current President of the United States.

Did you know that President Ulysses S. Grant’s daughter Nellie was married in the White House? On May 21, 1874, eighteen year old Nellie Grant married Algernon Sartoris in the East Room.

Nellie became one of the 19th most popular first names in the 1880s and influenced John Gail’s first name selection for our own Nellie. Stay tuned to more stories from 1874 as this will be our opening exhibit in July 2022 at Moulton Museum located at the Moulton Ranch Center in Laguna Hills.

Take a live virtual guided tour of The Art of Nellie Gail Moulton on February 16th, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST with Jennifer Keil and Bryan Heggie. Our co-curators have decades of design experience from their California art and history institutions.

See the Laguna College of Art + Design virtual experience via Matterport.

We will explore the California en plein air movement from Nellie Gail Moulton, Edgar Payne, William Wendt, Frank Cuprien, and Anna Hills. We will then show you the backside in designing virtual gallery experiences. RSVP to attend.

Moulton Museum | Partner

The museum is opening this year! Thank you to all our supporters. Please consider a charitable donation to our 501c3 that is tax-deductable. Your partnership allows us to install exhibitions, create programs, and open our facility to the public. Thank you for helping us sustain our mission statement!

Are you passionate about local history? Consider joining the Moulton Museum as a volunteer. If you’re interested, go to our form to be considered for a position as a docent, classroom educator, researcher, or event ambassador. Please fill out our form at: Thank you! 

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