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November 2022

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We are thankful for our friends at Moulton Museum. You helped us open our doors and support our programs. Visit us soon and schedule your private tours.

Our guests are saying:
” Amazing job setting up the fantastic museum layout. The flow is great, the artifacts are fun and interesting and the maps are top notch.” -Van
“Very impressive start.” -Steve
“Thanks for your hard work in putting the Moulton Museum together. My family and friends and I had a wonderful time.” -Eddie

Visit us on Tuesdays from 11am-3pm and on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays by appointment to explore 1874: Into the West and Nellie Gail Moulton exhibit.

Jared Mathis, Moulton Museum President, was interviewed for Laguna Woods Village’s This Day TV on October 14, 2022. Please watch the recorded live show here.

Happy Thanksgiving

We honor this historic day and proclamation originally given by President Lincoln in 1863. We celebrate on Thursday, November 24, 2022.

Abraham Lincoln and Lewis’ father, Jotham Moulton, were fast friends. Lincoln used to visit Moulton in Chicago and bounced a young Lewis on his knee. Lewis’ father Jotham T. Moulton “served as master in chancery for the United States Court of Chicago. Among the many great men of the day who were numbered among his personal friends was Abraham Lincoln, who visited the Moulton home many times when our subject was a youth. Mr. Moulton well remembers talking with him who was to be the ‘Great Emancipator.’” –Santa Ana Register, Santa Ana, CA. Dec. 05, 1938, Mon. Page 13.

Did you know that Lincoln’s Personal Papers went to DC in 1874 for an
authoritative biography? See Lincoln’s Home Virtual Tour in Springfield, IL on our website:

From the Archive

Lewis Fenno Moulton’s personal papers show daily life and business correspondence with his network. Look at this telegram from November 22, 1907 from Lucus in Winnemucca, Nevada (2017.14.232)

Did You Know?

  • November 1, 1776- San Juan Capistrano Mission is founded by Father Junípero Serra, a priest in the Franciscan order of the Catholic Church on behalf of Spain.
  • November 1, 1853 – Prudence Adelia Stoneman, Nellie Gail’s mother, was born.
  •  November 24, 1874 – Inventor Joseph Glidden patents barbed wire.
  • November 28, 1908 – 54-year-old Lewis and 29-year-old Nellie Gail married in Camarillo and had a honeymoon in Hawaii. Nellie shared, “Our house, still standing at El Toro and now the home of daughter, Charlotte, was being built while we were away.” (Nellie Gail Moulton’s Memoir, p. 75)

We are now accepting Fall reservations for local schools. Email Jennifer Keil, Museum Director, at to learn more.

Moulton Museum Donors

We would like to thank our donors:
Brad Nielsen
Bertrand & Kimmy Richardson
Laguna Woods History Center
Moulton Niguel Water District

We are proud to serve a community who values the history and ranching heritage of Orange County. We have been working hard to provide an inspiring educational experience for local students, to bring art to our communities and to make history come to life for all our museum visitors.

We are pleased to share that an anonymous donor has noticed our hard work and is generously willing to match any contributions we receive from now until the end of the year!

Please help us make the most of this opportunity! We hope you can summon your spirit of giving and donate today. We truly appreciate your support.

Do you have any personal collections that pertain to Rancho Niguel or Moulton Ranch? Please send us a digital copy to Let us know if you’d like to become a volunteer. We will be hosting a docent training on Tuesday, November 29th at 3pm.

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