Treasures and Tales from Sherman Library’s Collections

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 »

Ostrich Farms: An Early Southern California Tourist Destination

Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, ignited a fashion trend when she accessorized headpieces and hats with beautiful dyed ostrich feathers. Ostrich feathers quickly became a flamboyant accessory for hats, headpieces, trim on dresses or jackets, along with colorful boas. More than a century after Marie Antoinette was led to the guillotine, ostrich feathers were… Read More »

Founding Sherman Library & Gardens

Sherman Library & Gardens’ origins can be traced to one day in April 1914. On that day, Moses Hazeltine Sherman approached Arnold Haskell,  a young man working as a clerk at the reception desk of the Mission Inn in Riverside, with a job offer.  Years later Haskell recalled, “The General [Sherman] came in and he… Read More »

M. H. Sherman, Arnold Haskell, and the Hollywood Sign

What does the Hollywood sign have to do with Sherman Library & Gardens?  Quite a lot, as it turns out.  The Hollywood sign started out as the Hollywoodland sign, an advertising gimmick designed to attract buyers to a new luxury housing subdivision: Hollywoodland.  Dubbed “the supreme achievement in community building,” the subdivision land was owned… 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 »

Fall Rains Supreme

  Erin Aguiar, Manager of Horticulture Even for the experienced gardener the most challenging plants should also be planted in fall. Some California natives easily succumb to the challenges of the summer dormancy. Woolly bluecurls, Tricostema, is a tricky plant, but the bright blue flowers spikes and the unique aroma makes it totally worth the… Read More »

Costa Mesa “The Gateway to Newport Harbor”

In 1999, Costa Mesa changed its city slogan from “The Hub of the Harbor” to “The City of the Arts.”  It is home to Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Repertory theater and South Coast Plaza, one of the nation’s most successful shopping centers.  Yet, Costa Mesa was not always known for these attractions…. Read More »

Supermarkets come to Newport Beach

From the start of World War II through the early 1960s California’s population increased dramatically, making it the most populous state by 1962.  Like California as a whole, Newport Beach  grew faster than any point its history, from 4,438 residents in 1940 to 26,564 in 1960.  The influx of new residents also meant an increased… Read More »