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City of Ventura Sesquicentennial 2016
City Hall Centennial Celebration 1913-2013
Residents, visitors and city employees made our Centennial celebrate very successful. Hundreds of people visited City Hall, enjoying the tours, the workshop, the time capsule dedication, and the Public Art Centennial Sculpture unveiling ceremony and reception.
Commemorate Centennial Book
The first run of this historic book (pages may be viewed as PDFs below) are sold out. However, one-book-at-a-time purchase of the City Hall Centennial Book can be ordered from Mixbook at a price ranging between $28.24 (plus tax and shipping) to double that depending on whether Mixbook is having an up-to-half-price sale or not. Sales are frequent, however, and potential customers can signup to get timely notices of sales to order the book at the best possible price at http://www.mixbook.com/.
- List of time capsule items donated.
- View time capsule items.
- View Matthew Furmanski's initial concept for the centennial sculpture "Spolia"
DISPLAYS: View interpretive panels (click pdf links below) with rarely seen photographs in the Treasury Office (first floor Room 107), the Bridge Gallery (second floor staircase left hallway) and documentary in the Santa Cruz Room (City Hall West second floor)
VIDEO: View an eleven-minute documentary video in vimeo format here
INTERPRETIVE PANELS IN BRIDGE GALLERY (2nd Floor Rear Entrance) & TREASURY OFFICE (Room 107)
- A Century of Growth: Early County Leaders
- William Dewey Hobson: Father of Ventura County
- Abram Lincoln Hobson: Flying H Meat Packing Company
- William Arthur Hobson: 1913 Grand Marshall & Chairman
- Ventura's Triple Celebration: July 4-5, 1913
- Our Greatest Independence Day Parade: July 4, 1913
- Grand Projects 1913: The Year of Ventura's "Big Bang"
- The Courthouse Architect: Albert C. Martin
- A Magnificent Affair: Building in Marble, Bronze & Terracotta
- Crime & Punishment: Notorious Courtroom Cases & Erle Stanley Gardner
- Rebirth: The Old Courthouse becomes Ventura City Hall
- New Roles for an Historic Building: Music, Art & Commerce
- A Century of Grandest Views: Courthouse Photos From 1913 To Today
- Oil and Ventura
- Ventura, Agriculture & Lima Beans
- Women's Fashions Circa 1913
- City Hall Centennial Time Capsule
- City Hall Centenary Art Project: Matthew Furmanski's "Spolia"
- City Hall Centennial Project Acknowledgements
- City of Ventura Beginnings: Mission, Namesake & First City Council
- 1973 Souvenir Newsletter: Old Courthouse Opens as New City Hall
- Serra statue history from concrete to wood to bronze
July 4 Open House, 11am - 4pm, during the 4th of July Street Fair: Visit Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli Street, to view historic exhibits and take guided tours (see below) of the building's architecture, ghosts and Municipal Art Collection (MAC) and receive a special commemorative gift magnet while supplies last (free). Read the July 4th media coverage:
A rich history of transformation: From courthouse to city hall, Ventura celebrates 100 years - by Carla Iacovetti 07/03/2013
New Time Capsule for 501 Poli Street: The art and culture of a centennial celebration - by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer 07/03/2013
Ventura County Courthouse, now Ventura City Hall, turns 100 by Arlene Martinez06/29/2013
Love, scandal and murder: Ventura County case drew national attention by Arlene Martinez 6/29/13
Your Help Needed: A Time Capsule for Ventura: The city hall is turning 100 with a splashy July party (plus a few stored memories, too). By Alysia Gray Painter 6/25/2013
July 15-19 Summer Art Camp 9am-12pm: Students 9-14 year-olds create artworks inspired by City Hall's architecture and art with Focus on the Masters, meet MAC artists and study various art forms in the Atrium. Register: $150 at 805.658.4726 or www.cityofventura.net/recreation.
July 18 Dinner at the City 5pm: Purchase tickets for an elegant feast hosted by Totally Local VC as a benefit for Future Farmers of America, held on City Hall's expansive front lawn. Info at http://www.totallylocalvc.com/dinner-at-the-2013-dinner-series/
Help Us Capture Time in a Capsule - Submit Your Items by July 10
There’s one on the moon, one in Disneyland and in July Ventura City Hall will have three – time capsules – all designed to “backup” a lifetime of memories to share with future generations when these “dormant museums” are opened in 2066, 2076 and 2113. Jim Croce sang “If I could save time in a bottle” and “If I had a box just for wishes” and that’s what we are asking our residents.
What should go in the vault for the new City Hall Centennial Time Capsule – an airtight 14” steel cube – when it joins the existing U.S. Bicentennial (1776-1976) and City of San Buenaventura Centennial (1866-1966) time capsules buried by the landmark building's front steps to mark its 100th birthday.
Tme capsules typically contain objects and artifacts that represent slices of everyday life or snapshots of today’s culture and important issues, but also personal memories and messages. We are looking for your ideas and especially your donations! Time capsules – “arks of time” and “presents from the present to the future” – are the perfect way to write yourself and family into history and to make a connection with the future. Won’t you help us make our new time capsule memorable? Read more about what items you can donate to the time capsule.
Send your Centennial Time Capsule ideas and donations by July 10 to:
Richard Newsham at firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 99-501 Poli Street, Room 206, Ventura, CA 93002.