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….

Source: Museum of Ventura County

Women’s Long Road to the Vote in Ventura County (via Museum of Ventura County)

Written by Andy Ludlum, Library Volunteer

In the 1896 statewide general election, national leaders saw California as a turning point, a chance to prove their movement could succeed beyond…

Source: Museum of Ventura County

African American Voices from Ventura County’s Past (via Museum of Ventura County)

Written by Andy Ludlum, Library Volunteer

Recorded interviews in the Research Library’s oral history collection give us a glimpse into the lives of two remarkable women who were members of the earliest African American families to settle in Ventura.

Source: Museum of Ventura County