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A Thursday Evening History Series…

"Past Times"

Join us for a series of three fascinating talks on early California history. Come for one talk or all three in the series– there is something for everyone’s interest. Purchase your admission to one, two or all three of the talks!

Thursday, January 28

6:30 pm - Light snacks       7:00 pm Presentation

“The Beginnings of Little LA ~
History of Los Alamos”

Presented by Rich Gamble, author and historian

The sleepy little town of Los Alamos nestled in the Los Alamos Valley was not more than a welcome pit stop for travelers that sped up and down Highway 101 for decades. Not so any more…"little L.A." as some affectionately call it has become a “must stop” that boasts award winning restaurants, a large antique mall, campy wine tasting rooms pouring wine made from the grapes of nearby vineyards and an iconic 1880 vintage hotel.

  Facility Rental
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  Dressed to Impress
  Willy Chamberlin Tribute
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  Golden Age of California
    Women's City Fashions
  Rolling Through the West
  Shining through the
  Uncorked: The Evolution
    of Wine in the SY Valley
  Kimono: Traditions,
    Pattern and Symbolism
  Quilts of Family School
  SYVCH Pictorial History
  Walking Through History
  Hats on Parade
  Women's Fashions in the
    Baby Boomer Era
  Valley Views/Layers
  A Baby Boomer Christmas
  From Painted Caves to
    Mission Arches
  Vintage Wedding Dresses
  Ronald Reagan
  Quilting Thru the Ages
  Down on the Farm
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  Volunteer Opportunities


If one were to take a careful look at the overall history of the Los Alamos Valley it could be viewed as a microcosm of the history of California, for it contains within its span Chumash Indians, mission neophytes, horse and cattle herds, Spanish land grants, great cattle ranches, vaqueros, bandits, oil bonanzas, a stagecoach route, narrow gauge railroad, early automobile, fertile soil for bountiful crops, vast vineyards, tourism, and even an element of Hollywood.

Mr. Gamble will present an overview of Los Alamos history, as described in his book Los Alamos Valley. Gamble will trace the dusty little 1880’s train stop to current times and the phenomenal growth the town has seen in the past decade.

Thursday, February 25

6:30 pm - Light snacks       7:00 pm Presentation

“Rancho Nipomo Dana Adobe ~
A history of the Dana family & home”

Presented by Al & Helen Daurio ~ Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos

The Daurios will present the history of Rancho Nipomo Dana Adobe along with a history of the Dana family and the land grant upon which the adobe was built.

Rancho Nipomo Dana Adobe      


Thursday, March 24

6:30 pm - Light snacks       7:00 pm Presentation

“Early California Mission System”

Presented by Sheila Benedict, Genealogist and Mission Archives specialist

Ms. Benedict will present an overview of the Mission system from inception to the present. In addition, Ms. Benedict will give a brief discussion of the types of records that can be found in the vast mission archives.

Tickets for the talks are $10 for members and $12 for non-members if purchased individually. Discounted three talk package price is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

Tickets are available at the door on Thursday, January 28, the SYV Historical Museum, 3596 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, or online (below). Call the Museum for more information at 688-7889.


All Talks in Series


A History of Los Alamos


Rancho Nipomo Dana Adobe


California Mission History