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January 2022

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What an incredible year we all had celebrating the opening of Aliso Viejo Ranch, Laguna Playhouse’s 100th anniversary, Bunkhouse BBQ with California Rangeland Trust, OC Parks, and the retrospective exhibit of Nellie at LCAD Gallery during the college’s 60th anniversary. We appreciate you and our partners. Thank you!

Wishing you all a great start to 2022! We’ve been in construction from 2021-22 preparing our museum for the community. We are looking forward to sharing some exciting announcements with you this year!

Every start of the year, the Rose Parade is held in Pasadena. This tradition is part of the Moulton Ranch history. Charlotte and Louise are sitting in a wicker buggy with “Dickie” in front of the Daguerre’s home circa 1920 (2017.05.300).
According to Louise’s oral history, “When I was around five years old and my sister Charlotte was nine or ten, my father bought us a beautiful sorrel pony, complete with a wicker-seated pony cart from the parade entries at the historic Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.”

Witness History: Visit our Sites

Today, you can visit this same historic scene at Laguna Hills' first mural at the Moulton Ranch Center! Stop by to take a selfie and tag us with #MoultonMuseum.

Moulton Ranch Trivia

January 4th is National Trivia Day. Where was the Moulton homestead located?

If you guessed Oakbrooke Village in Laguna Hills off the 5-Freeway, you’re right! Visit the Moulton Ranch homestead where you will find a walk-through OC history timeline.

From the Archive

Happy Birthday, Lewis and Charlotte Moulton!

January 17, 1854– Lewis Fenno Moulton was born in Chicago, Illinois to John Tildon Moulton, his Harvard educated lawyer father, who was one of the first editors of the Chicago Tribune and mother Charlotte (Harding) Hiller Moulton of Maine.

January 21, 1910 —Charlotte Gail Moulton (January 21, 1910 – April 12, 2006), Lewis and Nellie’s first daughter, was born at Clara Barton Hospital in Los Angeles. Nellie Gail Moulton was 31 years old and Lewis was 56 years old.

Laguna Hills Awards & Installation Gala

The city of Laguna Hills with the Chamber of Commerce is hosting an awards and installation Gala on January 14, 2022 at The Hills Hotel 25205 La Paz Rd. Laguna Hills, CA 92656. Learn more and register on their site. Moulton Museum is proud to be one of the event sponsors. The Moulton Award will be presented for the first time in honor of the pioneering spirit of the city.

Saddleback Area Historical Society

Please join us at the Saddleback Area Historical Society at Heritage Hill Historical Park on Saturday, January 29th, 2022 at 2pm. Moulton Museum will be presenting on the opening of our museum in Laguna Hills. We will feature the our partnership with Aliso Viejo Ranch and OC Parks.

Heritage Hill Historical Park is located at 25151 Serrano Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630.


Did you know...?

Cows don’t have top front teeth?
(Moulton Ranch cattle, circa 1960, 2017.05.366)
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Week takes place in Elko, NV from January 24-29, 2022. “Generations of ranch families experience the enjoyment of hearing a well-told story with a new twist or two, a poem passed down, or cutting a rug to live western music.” 

Do you have any personal collections that pertain to Rancho Niguel or Moulton Ranch? Please send us a digital copy to

Diane Rifkin and Bill Moorhead, MNWD Board of Directors

Moulton Museum | Sponsors

Thank you to all our ongoing support. Please consider a charitable donation to our 501(c)(3) that is tax-deductable. We have some amazing partner opportunities for our programs that you can direct your funds towards. Thank you to Bill Moorhead and Beverly Kelly and David and Suzanne Chonette Charitable Fund for their recent partner level donations. Please contact us directly with questions.

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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