Treasures and Tales from Sherman Library’s Collections

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Sherman Library’s Mini Art Makeover

The interior of Sherman Library has had a mini makeover! If you have not visited recently, it is a good time to reacquaint yourself with the library’s art collection. Sherman Library is home to a charming collection of Early California Impressionism and plein-air painting, styles that originated in France, and later were adopted by Laguna’s… Read More »

Pancho Barnes “Fastest Woman on Earth”

A selection from Sherman Library will inspire this month’s exciting read. In honor of Women’s History Month, we recommend Lauren Kessler’s The Happy Bottom Riding Club: The Life and Times of Pancho Barnes (New York: Random House, 2000). Florence “Pancho” Barnes (1901-1975) remains one of the greatest 20th century American female characters. She was a… Read More »

A Real Catch: The Newport Harbor Lady Anglers

…When a woman is serious about fishing, watch out… Mrs. Burns, Member of the Newport Lady Anglers, Los Angeles Times Article , 1971 In 1949, eleven women established the Newport Harbor Lady Anglers to create opportunities for women to practice their fishing skills and to meet other women with similar interests, at a time when… Read More »

Santa Ana: The Heart of Orange County

It is that time of year when Valentine’s Day decorations and advertising pop-up everywhere and the old tradition of exchanging hearts begins. The heart, as a symbol, has been used for many other types of advertising.  Interestingly many cities have described their cities as having “heart.”  Remember, the “I Love NY” slogan?  Well, as a… Read More »

Dana and Ginger Lamb: Orange County’s Enchanted Vagabonds

On February 19, 1933 when Dana Lamb and Virgina “Ginger” Bishop married, Orange County was a quiet place compared to today. The couple had grown up in Orange County, both having graduated from Santa Ana High School.  But for Dana and Ginger Lamb, civilization had encroached too far into Orange County.  They yearned for adventure… Read More »

The Tournament of Lights

In another reminder that 2020 is a year like no other, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade has been canceled.  Next year we will undoubtedly see a return of this popular event. In another reminder that 2020 is a year like no other, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade has been canceled.  Next year we… Read More »