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July 2022

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In this edition of our newsletter, we celebrate 4th of July! Moulton Museum reflects on the 246th historic birthday of the United States.

We are grateful to our corporate and community sponsors. Lisa Bartlett’s office just provided us with a generous check for our September 3rd opening of our museum. Please stay tuned for an invitation to our community party.

Moulton Museum | Sponsors

Sergio Prince, Community Relations Advisor to Lisa Bartlett, presenting Scott Barnes, Moulton Museum Treasurer, with a sponsorship check.

1874: Into the West

Traveling 1874: Into the West was not an easy journey. We chart Lewis Fenno Moulton‘s five week travel to California in our forthcoming exhibition. You will see an illustration in our film detailing Lewis’ life story.

Happy 246th Birthday, America!

“Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

— Preamble to the Declaration of Independence

According to the National Archives, “John Hancock is the person whose signature is so valuable and significant. He is primarily remembered by Americans for his large, flamboyant signature on the Declaration, so much so that John Hancock became, in the United States, an informal synonym for signature.”
John Hancock Cover courtesy of the Smithsonian Museum (2014.2002.1)

Brigadier General Jonathan Moulton (July 21, 1726 – September 18, 1787) established himself as a military man and founder. The New England Historical Society stated in 1763 that he gave tribute to the governor and was given land. Moulton House, his residence in Hampton, New Hampshire is an historic site.

“For the first two years of the American Revolutionary War, Moulton’s regiment guarded the 18-mile seacoast of New Hampshire against British invasion. But in the fall of 1777, he marched with his men to the Battle of Saratoga in New York and the defeat of Lt. General, John Burgoyne’s British army invading from Canada. He lends his name to the town of Moultonborough in Carroll County.”

Marion Mathis has been busy working on creating a cookbook! Here’s a sneak peek of her son Wade’s favorite parfait. Stay tuned!

From the Archive

“‘First Lady’ of Pioneer Ranchers Views ‘Old Site'” article was published in Leisure World News on Thursday, July 29, 1965. It features Nellie Gail Moulton and William Pereria, architect. Shelli Andreski Collection (2019.20.142)

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

Howdy! Moulton Museum is proud to announce our mascot, “El Toro”! Be a part of our summer education training with docents, educators, and partners.
Jennifer Keil and Cindy Keil, the Moulton Museum Directors, are excited about the summer docent trainings. Become a volunteer as a docent, classroom educator, researcher, advisory board, or event ambassador. Please fill out our form at: Thank you!
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