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May 2022

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In this edition of our newsletter, we highlight Lewis F. Moulton’s Arrival Day, Mother’s Day, and National Preservation Month. Please enjoy our recent event photos and stay tuned to our Summer 2022 opening!
Jared Mathis received a Lewis F. Moulton Arrival Day proclamation from the city of Laguna Hills. We honor the pioneer spirit of Lewis who arrived in Orange County on May 6, 1874 at midnight. This year, we are commemorating his journey with a featured film at our inaugural exhibit, 1874: Into the West.

We are excited to announce the current production of our film written by Scott T. Barnes and directed by Jon “Jags” Nee. It includes original scores and animation.

We honor our Moulton matriarch this Mother’s Day. Learn more about our history from this OC Register article.
Nellie Gail Moulton with Baby Louise and Charlotte at the homestead, 1915 (2017.05.163)

Aliso Viejo Ranch

 Happy Preservation Month! It’s been an entire year since the site opened to the public. We have digitally captured the exhibit showcasing Lewis Moulton’s office. View the site on our webpage which contains archival materials and a brand new Matterport tour.

Moulton Museum hosted the Orange County Docent League at Aliso Viejo Ranch on April 11, 2022. Scott T. Barnes signed his books for guests and Jennifer Keil presented the history of the site and museum.

Tea at Heritage Hill Historic Park

From the Archive

Eddie Grijalva, Saddleback Area Historical President, and Jared Mathis, Moulton Museum President, hosted a tea on April 23, 2022 at Heritage Hill Historical Park. Moulton family members attended with their daughters to share about the history of the museum. Jennifer Keil, Museum Director, shared about the history of tea and pioneer ladies of Saddleback.
Judge Egan and Lewis Moulton were friends and colleagues. This picture was taken at the Moulton Homestead with Charlotte and Louise Moulton. This photo is part of the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society & Moulton Company Retreat Collection (2022.04.27).
The museum is opening this year! Thank you to all our donors and partners. Please consider a charitable donation to our 501c3 which is tax-deductible. We have some amazing programs that you can direct your funds towards. See our website for more details.

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

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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