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October 2022

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It’s harvest season! We are celebrating our farmers and ranchers. In this edition of our newsletter, we are featuring the First Annual Heritage Day, exhibit tours, and our film series. Moulton Museum was rated as one of the top 15 Best Things to Do in Laguna Hills by Travel Lens Stop by soon!

Thank you for having attended the Laguna Hills Heritage Day on Sunday, October 2nd, 2022. It was featured in O.C. Register on October 6, 2022.

Jared Mathis, Moulton Museum President, interviewed by Joone Lopez, host of OC World on September 26th which aired on PBSSoCal. Watch the episode here.

1874: Into the West

Enjoy our featured exhibition film on YouTube. Visit us in person to experience this film along with our exhibition titled 1874: Into the West. The exhibit chronicles Lewis’ journey to California.

Our guests are saying:
“Exciting day for early Orange County history!” -Dale
“Congrats! What a joy to have Moulton Museum in our community!” -Sam
“Thank you for your work and passion to make this possible!” -Florina

We are now accepting Fall bookings for local schools. Make reservations today! Email Jennifer Keil, Museum Director, at to learn more.
Visit us on Tuesdays from 11am-3pm and on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays by appointment to explore 1874: Into the West and Nellie's Gallery. We are scheduling group tours. Taste a piece of history with our Mathis Ranch almonds (Blue Diamond) shared with guests.

We are sharing a part of Moulton history with this San Diego County Farm Bureau Agriculture cover feature of the Barnes Family in the October 1978 issue. Manzanita Ranch has been in operation in Julian, CA by the Jane Barnes. Read more of the family’s history in Scott T. Barnes’ Woody Barnes book. Image courtesy of the Barnes Family (2019.10.01.42)

Stop by Moulton Museum on Tuesdays from 11-3pm for a slice of Julian pie!

Did you know?

  • October 7, 1886- Marie Eugenia (Jennie) Duguet Daguerre married Jean Pierre at the Amestoy residence.
  • October 8, 1808- Lewis’ father, Jotham Tilden Moulton (1808-1881) also known as John, was born in Bucksport, ME.
  • October 15, 1848 – John Lockwood Gail was born in Illinois. He served as a private in the US Army during the Civil War at the age of 17.
  • October 23,1971 – Jared Mathis was born to Glenn and Marion Mathis. He is our Moulton Museum President and CEO of Moulton Company.
  • October 28, 1964- Franklin Lockwood Barnes III was born at “Stork Club” Sharp Hospital in San Diego.

Moulton Museum Donors

We would like to thank our donors who supported us during our grand opening:
Jane Barnes, Orva Bohm, Don Caskey, David & Suzanne Chonette, Lisa Dallendorfer, Dave & Tina Van Dam, Kathleen D’Angelo, Arthur & Megan Flores, Tracy Hartman, Tina Han, John & Bonnie Livingston, Dan Mandel, Ilona Martin , Marion Mathis, Nancy Milby & Steven Nahm, Alissa McCanta, Bryan & Jackie Stevens, and Tony & Janet Terreri.

Please consider making a charitable donation to our 501c3. It is tax-deductible. We have amazing programs to which you can direct your funds such as our classroom tours, exhibitions, and oral history program.

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

Jennifer Keil and Cindy Keil, the Moulton Museum Directors, are training volunteers who will provide tours. Here they are with the Laguna Woods History Center who scheduled a private tour with them.

Learn about the history of our area and become a docent. Join us on Thursday, October 27th 2pm for our docent training. We are also actively recruiting a classroom educator, researcher, and event ambassador. Please request to join our advisory board. Fill out our form at: Thank you!

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