The House of the Angel (via Museum of Ventura County)

By Library Volunteer Andy Ludlum

When two pirate ships appeared off the California coast in November 1818, it was a moment the governor of the Royal Presidio of Monterey had been dreading for six weeks…

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Stolen Liberty (via Museum of Ventura County)

By Library Volunteer Andy Ludlum

The Sunday, December 7, 1941 edition of the Oxnard Press Courier ran a banner headline “FIRST WAR EXTRA” and described the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Wartime hysteria and long-simmering racial prejudice would lead to 120,000 people of Japanese descent losing their homes, farms, jobs, and businesses as they were forced to spend the next several years in desolate concentration camps….

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Lithuanian independence

Kovo 11 means March 11, the day 30 years ago when Lithuania declared its independence.

I took this photo in June 1992 in front of the Lithuanian Parliament building. 

The barbed wire was from 1990-1992 when leaders of the newly independent State of Lithuania barricaded themselves in the building which was the “heart of Lithuania” and political center of the country. 

“Kovo 11” means March 11, the day in 1990 when Lithuania became the first Soviet state to dare to declare its independence from the Soviet Union.  “Islandja” refers to Iceland, the first country to recognize Lithuania’s independence. 

The Soviets grudgingly accepted Lithuanian independence a year and a half later in September, 1991.  The barbed wire and other signs of the barricades were still there when I took this picture 9 months later in a symbolic protest of the Red Army troops that were still stationed in the country.