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City of Ventura Sesquicentennial 2016

Summary of Events

Brief History of Ventura

Treasure Map


City Hall Centennial Celebration 1913-2013

City Hall Rental Brochure

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  

Historic Preservation Workshop Centennial Sculpture unveiled

View Matthew Furmanski's initial concept for the centennial sculpture "Spolia"

Time Capsule dedicated--read time capsule's letter of greeting to 2113

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

PODCAST: KVTA's Locals Only with Kelli McKay on the City Hall Centennial




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

Take a virtual tour of City Hall

Ventura Centennial Events: Contribute to the Time Capsule

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

Free City Hall Centennial Tours & Displays on July 4

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

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


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 or P.O. Box 99-501 Poli Street, Room 206, Ventura, CA  93002.