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Moulton Museum is Honored to Open the “Nellie Gail Moulton’s World Travel Photography” Exhibit

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October 1, 2023 (Laguna Hills, CA) – The exhibit “Nellie Gail Moulton’s World Travel Photography” opens on October 26th at Moulton Museum.

Moulton Museum is honored to recognize Nellie Gail Moulton and her international perspectives acclimated by decades of world travel. Nellie visited six continents and over thirty countries throughout her ninety-three years of life. Nellie shared in her memoir, “I have touched just briefly on the history of my travels, leaving out a great deal – what I have forgotten is all to be seen in vivid and minute portrayal in my extensive file of slide films. My next trip is yet to be.”

Nellie Gail Moulton’s World Travel Photography is a retrospective of her experiences which took place from 1908-1960. The exhibit begins with a voyage on December 1st, 1908. Lewis and Nellie Gail Moulton set sail on the “S.S. Mongolia” at precisely 1:00 p.m. from California to their honeymoon destination, Hawai’i. 

As time progresses, the images shift from monochromatic to suddenly a saturation of hues from the Kodachrome slides on display. Nellie made annotations and meticulously added stars to her favorite slide images. Many of the photographs are paired with anecdotes from Nellie Gail Moulton memoir and flight journals. Included in this exhibit are ephemeral that Nellie acquired along her travels such as menus from the ships, postcards, and a travel scrapbook from Japan. This is the first exhibit of Nellie Gail Moulton photography. She was part of the California Camera Club. It is through the lens that the viewer is taken on a journey not only to the past, but also to be able to see what Nellie saw, to experience an itinerary that cannot be duplicated in the present day. This exhibit is curated by Cindy Keil, Jennifer Keil, and Eric Stoner. It opens as part of our series for National Arts & Humanities Month for October.

About Moulton Museum

Moulton Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, works to keep the history of Orange County and its ranching era alive. In 1874, twenty-year old Bostonian, Lewis Fenno Moulton, learned to run a ranching operation by working at Rancho San Joaquin (today known as Irvine Ranch). Over the next twenty years, Moulton leased and purchased 21,723 acres, which later became the Moulton Ranch. Today, the land comprises much of Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and Aliso Viejo. Moulton Museum honors the pioneer spirit. Its core values are reflected in its archives, exhibits, educational programs, and partnerships. For more information on current and upcoming exhibits, visit or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @moultonmuseum.