Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Historic Wintersburg named one of Orange County's Most Endangered historic places


   Preserve Orange County was founded in 2016 by Orange County residents who identified a need for a central organization concerned with historic preservation in the County. As a nonprofit organization, their mission is to work through education and advocacy to promote conservation of Orange County’s architectural and cultural heritage. 

   Preserve Orange County believes that "historic resources are essential to maintaining and improving the livability, diversity, sustainability and economic vitality of our communities. Our goal is to strengthen the work of local activists and volunteers with county-wide support, and increase awareness throughout the county of our shared built heritage."   

LEFT: The Sexlinger Orchard and its 1914 bungalow in Santa Ana is considered "one of the region’s oldest unaltered orange groves" and is included with Historic Wintersburg as one of the County's Most Endangered.  The land was acquired by the Sexlinger family in 1913, three years after the Wintersburg Mission opened its doors.  Only a handful of the original 500 citrus trees on the five-acre parcel remain today, even though the property had received historic designation by the City and after the Old Orchard Conservancy offered to purchase the property for historic preservation.  Demolition occurred in May 2016, during national Historic Preservation Month.  The property--expected to retain only 16 citrus trees after residential development--remains endangered.  (Photograph courtesy of Los Angeles Times, Christina House, "One of O.C.'s last orange groves gets historic designation", June 6, 2012)

   "Orange County’s built environment is made up of historic resources (buildings and landscapes) that date from the late 1700s when Native American and European people made contact and permanent settlements were established," explains Preserve Orange County. "Each era since has left us with reminders of who lived here, and how they contributed to Orange County’s success. Early on there was Mission San Juan Capistrano, and Los Rios Street, the oldest continuously-occupied residential street in California."

RIGHT: The view from the 1794 Montanez Adobe in the Los Rios Historic District of San Juan Capistrano.  The Montanez Adobe was restored by the City of San Juan Capistrano and the County of Orange, and is now part of a historic park in the Los Rios neighborhood.  The San Juan Capistrano Historical Society is currently restoring the Silva Adobe nearby.  (Photograph, M. Urashima. February 13, 2016) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

   "The county has two National Landmarks considered to have significance for the entire nation, Arden- the Helena Modjeska House and Gardens- and the Richard M. Nixon Birthplace," notes Preserve Orange County.  "But these recognized sites are just the beginning: Orange County has been in continuous development for 240 years and has hundreds of historic places, most of which are not yet recognized or protected."  

    Historic Wintersburg has been included on the list of six historic places deemed by Preserve Orange County to be Orange County's Most Endangered.  Historic Wintersburg is the oldest on the list, representing well over a century of both Orange County history and significant American history.

   In 2013, the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service inspected Historic Wintersburg and followed up with a report stating the property is potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A, Japanese American Settlement of the American West.    

LEFT: The 1912 Furuta bungalow is one of six historic structure at Historic Wintersburg, the majority being over a century old. The property retains three structures for the Wintersburg Japanese Mission, founded in 1904, and three structures of the Furuta Gold Fish Farm. The Furuta barn is the last pioneer barn in Huntington Beach. (Photograph, M. Urashima. April 18, 2014) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

   The National Trust for Historic Preservation was formally established through an Act of Congress signed by President Harry S. Truman in 1949, directing the the Trust to acquire and preserve historic sites and objects of national significance and provide annual reports to Congress on its activities.  Congress furthered the importance of saving places important to American heritage by passing the National Historic Preservation Act in 1966.

RIGHT: Initials carved into the side of Pacific City Hall, 122 Main Street, the oldest wooden structure in the original township and the site of the founding of Huntington Beach. The majority of the structure was demolished in 2016. The Pacific City Hall building was moved to the Main Street location by or before 1903 by Phillip Stanton, prior to the involvement of Henry Huntington in 1904. Just prior to its demise, it was a gelatto shop.  The upstairs floor was remarkably untouched and retained its rustic pioneer quality. (Photograph, M. Urashima. April 8, 2015.) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 

   The eligibility of Historic Wintersburg for the National Register of Historic Places was confirmed by the City of Huntington Beach historic resources survey conducted by Galvin Preservation Associates and received by the Huntington Beach City Council in 2014, http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/files/users/planning/Historic_Context_and_Survey_Report_Final_Draft.pdf.
   
LEFT: Gold glass from the 1934 Wintersburg Japanese Church was installed in windows flanking both sides of the structure during the Great Depression, a time when stained glass manufacturing dropped significantly in the United States due to cost.  Like the 1910 Mission, the local farming community raised funds to construct the Church building.  The gold color of the poured glass is thought to symbolize light or the presence of enlightenment. (Photograph, M. Urashima. October 24, 2016) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

   In June 2014, Historic Wintersburg was named one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, based in Washington, D.C., https://savingplaces.org/collections/11-most-endangered-2014#.WdUtNNEXSM9   It remains the first and only historic place in Orange County to make the list of America's 11 Most Endangered.

   In 2015, Historic Wintersburg was designated a National Treasure by the
National Trust for Historic Preservation, one of less than 100 National Treasures in the United States, https://savingplaces.org/places/historic-wintersburg#.WdUs3dEXSM9Historic Wintersburg remains the first and only historic place in Orange County deemed a National Treasure.

   Is the 21st Century the moment where Orange County begins to recognize and save more of its unique heritage? Once lost, the historic places that anchor us with a "sense of place", community memory, and civic pride can never be recreated.

   Learn more about Preserve Orange County and support their mission to help "promote the conservation of Orange County's architectural and cultural heritage" at https://www.preserveorangecounty.org/

ABOVE: Tattered volumes inside the Orange County Archives in Santa Ana contain the statistics of the County's pioneers, each one of them representing a unique, mostly untold story. Very few sites remain where today's generation can visit the authentic places that share the history and contributions of Orange County's pioneers. (Photograph, M. Urashima. 2014) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Hometown Teams closes Saturday, September 30!

ABOVE: Packing up after Saturday! Historic Wintersburg's joint exhibit with the Smithsonian Institution's "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America" ends this Saturday, September 30, at the Heritage Museum of Orange County.  More information at www.heritagemuseum.org (Photograph, M. Urashima, August 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED     

   This is your last chance to see the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America"--with the exhibit by Historic Wintersburg on Japanese American sports history in early 20th Century Orange County--at the Heritage Museum of Orange County.  

  The exhibit closes on Saturday, September 30.  Information and directions to the Heritage Museum of Orange County at http://heritagemuseumoc.org/

    Our thanks to the Heritage Museum team for including us and for hosting our movie night on the grounds of the 12-acre Museum, with stars Chris Tashima and Derek Mio!  Here's a look back a the Hometown Teams opening and at movie night with the stars, under the stars!

ABOVE: Historic Wintersburg's exhibit is in the Quilter's Cottage at the Heritage Museum of Orange County, along with part of the Smithsonian Institution exhibit. (Photograph, M. Urashima, August 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

ABOVE: Young movie goers arrive early to meet stars Derek Mio (left) and Academy Award winner Chris Tashima (right) before the picnic blanket movie night.  (Photograph, M. Urashima, September 9, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED    

ABOVE: Star of film and television, Derek Mio chats with the early crowd arriving to set up their picnic before movie night. Derek is an alumnus of Huntington Beach High School and made his debut role in the film, Day of Independence, with actor-director Chris Tashima. (Photograph, M. Urashima, September 9, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED    

ABOVE: Derek Mio, to the left of his film poster image for Day of Independence, with actor-director Chris Tashima, at the outdoor movie night at Heritage Museum. The award-winning short film producer, Chris Tashima, also brought film memorabilia for the crowd. (Photograph, M. Urashima, September 9, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

ABOVE: As the sun set and movie-goers finished their picnic, the film screening began.  "Day of Independence" was followed by "The Sandlot". Our thanks to Heritage Museum of Orange County for the beautiful venue, near the historic Maag farmhouse on the gazebo lawn. (Photograph, M. Urashima, September 9, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

ABOVE: Heritage Museum of Orange County board of directors chairman Drew Hatcher (left) with Heritage Museum director Kevin Cabrera on opening night of "Hometown Teams", in front of the Historic Wintersburg exhibit. (Photograph, M. Urashima, August 18, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED    

ABOVE: One of the images included in the Historic Wintersburg exhibit at "Hometown Teams" is of Kaizo Nishi at the Xth Olympiad at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1932. This was the first time a martial arts demonstration had been held at the Olympics. Students who had practiced in the Huntington Beach chile pepper warehouses of Masami Sasaki and the Orange County judo-bu were included in the demonstration, receiving special Olympic medals.  Los Angeles is home to the summer Olympics again in 2020! (Photograph snip: Kaizo Nishi at the Los Angeles Coliseum, 1932, University of California Fullerton Center for Oral and Public History, PJA 089) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 

ABOVE: Also in Historic Wintersburg's exhibit at "Hometown Teams" is a spotlight on Huntington Beach High School alumnus and member of the "Go For Broke" 442nd during World War II, Kazuo Masuda.  The image on the right his Kazuo Masuda's uniform, as the Smithsonian Institution prepared it for exhibit earlier this year in Washington, D.C.  Excerpts from a historical booklet on local sports from Hungtington Beach High School coach "Cap" Sheue, "Oiler History and Traditions", explains the contributions of Japanese American athletes at the high school. (Photograph collage, M. Urashima, August 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED      
ABOVE: Media coverage for the outdoor movie night in the Rafu Shimpo newspaper, the Japanese-English daily based in Los Angeles.  The Rafu Shimpo once had a branch office and post office box in downtown Huntington Beach in the early 20th Century. (Courtesy of Rafu Shimpo)

ABOVE: Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force member Barbara Haynes gets her photo with star Derek Mio next to the film poster for "Day of Independence". Barbara is wearing a "yogores" shirt from the film, which means she might be up to a little trouble. (Photograph, M. Urashima, September 9, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED    

LEFT: Adam England, Iron Pear Tree Inn, (right) and Kathy Williams in historical sports attire at opening night for "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America" at the Heritage Museum.  England perfected a Scottish accent for the event and stayed in character.  In case he looks familiar, England is a regular at the Huntington Beach Historical Society's annual Civil War Days. (Photograph, M. Urashima, August 18, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

   What's next?  Time to start finding your pioneer duds and start the holiday season in historic fashion!

   Mark your calendar for the evening of Friday, December 1, when Historic Wintersburg joins the Huntington Beach Historical Society for a pioneer gathering, Holidays in Huntington Beach 1917, at the Newland House Museum!


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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Thanks for coming to picnic blanket movie night!

ABOVE: On the lawn of the Heritage Museum of Orange County, the historic Maag farmhouse in the background. The "picnic blanket" movie night was part of the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America".  Historic Wintersburg's exhibit in the Quilter's Cottage, along with the Smithsonian exhibit, can be seen through September 30.  Check the Heritage Museum website for days and hours, http://heritagemuseumoc.org/   © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED    

   We'll be publishing more photographs of our movie night at the Heritage Museum of Orange County, but for now, a thank you to all who came to enjoy a late summer night picnic with us!  Special thanks to our stars of "Day of Independence", Academy Award winning actor-director Chris Tashima and star, Derek Mio!

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Monday, September 4, 2017

"Picnic blanket" movie night 6 pm, Saturday, Sept. 9, at Heritage Museum of Orange County

ABOVE: It's the Yogores vs. the Desert Carps in the award-winning "Day of Independence".  Our FREE outdoor, “picnic blanket” movie night is 6 pm, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, on the lawn at 12-acre Heritage Museum of Orange County.  This is a casual family event.

DAY OF INDEPENDENCE
Come for a baseball theme, double-header movie night, beginning with award-winning short film "DAY OF INDEPENDENCE". Meet the stars under the stars: we'll be joined by Academy Award winner Chris Tashima and star of television and film Derek Mio (a Huntington Beach High School and Ocean View Little League alumnus!).  A perfect film for Hometown Teams: a story about how baseball can be more than a game.

THE SANDLOT
This is followed by "THE SANDLOT", a true cult classic and coming-of-age movie for baseball fans. Who remembers the line, "You're killin' me, Smalls!"?

HERITAGE MUSEUM OF ORANGE COUNTY:
3101 W Harvard St, Santa Ana, CA 92704 
About 15 minutes east of Historic Wintersburg, off Warner Avenue and South Fairview.   
Movie night is on the lawn of the 12-acre Heritage Museum, near the Maag farmhouse. We'll have movie concessions in the garden's gazebo.

DETAILS:
More details about our movie night and our exhibit with the Smithsonian Institution's "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America" at https://historicwintersburg.blogspot.com/2017/08/historic-wintersburg-joins-smithsonian.html

JOIN US for a late summer outdoor movie night in a beautiful garden and meet the stars under the stars!  Don't forget to bring your picnic blanket and wear your favorite team jersey! We'll have some surprise door prizes for all ages, courtesy of Cedar Grove Productions!


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Historic Wintersburg Joins Smithsonian Institution exhibit 'Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America' at Heritage Museum

ABOVE: Take a look!  The Historic Wintersburg exhibit on Japanese American sports history in early 1900s Orange County is in the "Quilter's Cottage" at the Heritage Museum of Orange County, with a portion of the traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution. (Photo: Heritage Museum of Orange County, M. Urashima, August 19, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

   Historic Wintersburg joins the team for the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit, Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, for a limited, six-week engagement, August 19 through September 30, 2017, at the Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana, California.  

LEFT: Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America is open in two of the historic structures at the 12-acre Heritage Museum of Orange County. Historic Wintersburg is in the Quilter's Cottage, at left, near the Carriage House and blacksmith barn. (Photo: Heritage Museum of Orange County, M. Urashima, August 19, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

   Historic Wintersburg’s exhibit in Heritage Museum’s Quilter's Cottage shares history of early 20th Century Japanese American sports teams of Orange County. The exhibit includes images and sports news, in the words of the Nisei (second generation Japanese American) and clips from the Santa Ana Register. Among the teams featured are the Orange Groves, a baseball team that practiced across the road from the Wintersburg Japanese Mission in the 1920s.

   The exhibit is open 11 am to 3 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.  Heritage Museum docents are in the exhibit areas to help with information and answer questions.

RIGHT: The Orange Groves were one of the first Japanese American baseball teams in Orange County. They practiced and played games at the "Wintersburg diamond", an open lot in Wintersburg Village that is now part of Huntington Beach, near the Tashima market (where they changed into their uniforms). (Photo snip, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University Fullerton, PJA 188) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

   Bring your picnic blanket and meet the stars under the stars!  An outdoor "picnic blanket" family movie night will be hosted by Historic Wintersburg and Heritage Museum, 6 pm, Saturday, September 9, on the lawn near the historic Maag farmhouse.  

LEFT:  Historic Wintersburg will host a screening of the award-winning short film, "Day of Independence", directed by Chris Tashima. The film stars Derek Mio, who grew up in Huntington Beach and played baseball with the Ocean View Little League. (Poster image, ©2003 Cedar Grove Productions,Photography/design by Dennis Mukai) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

   There will be movie theater concessions and some surprise gifts for movie-goers.  Admission is free for this baseball-themed family film night under the stars! 

   The double-header includes "Day of Independence" with Academy Award®-winning director-actor Chris Tashima ("Visas and Virtue", "Lil Tokyo Reporter", "Under the Blood Red Sun", the upcoming "Go For Broke") and actor Derek Mio ("Greek", "House M.D.", CSI", "Bones", "NCIS:LA, and "The Good Wife").  Mio is an alumnus of Huntington Beach High School and played baseball with the Ocean View Little League in Huntington Beach.  

RIGHT: Chris Tashima, director of "Day of Independence", also stars in the film as the umpire.  (Photo,Chris Tashima as The Umpire in "Day of Independence", ©2003 Cedar Grove Productions, Photo by Shane Sato)
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   "Day of Independence"—nominated for a regional Emmy in 2005—explores the sacrifices and triumphs of those who endured World War II confinement through courage and the all-American game of baseball.  The screening of this award-winning short film will be joined by stars Chris Tashima and Derek Mio for the film's introduction and discussion with the audience.

LEFT: Star of "Day of Independence", Derek Mio, is an alumnus of Huntington Beach High School and played with the Ocean View Little League in Huntington Beach. He is now a television and film star, and stand-up comic. (Photo, Courtesy of IMDb) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

   Following "Day of Independence" is the feature-length cult classic, "The Sandlot".  Set in the summer of 1962, "The Sandlot" is a coming-of-age story of a group of young baseball players in California's San Fernando Valley.  In an iconic scene, the team unknowingly plays with a ball signed by "the Great Bambino", Babe Ruth.

    Heritage Museum of Orange County is located at 3101 West Harvard Street in Santa Ana, about 15 minutes from National Treasure Historic Wintersburg.  Head east on Wintersburg Road (Warner Avenue), left on south Fairview Avenue, and left on Harvard Street.  Heritage Museum will be on your right.  The 12-acre Museum grounds contain a number of historic structures such as the Kellogg House, wilderness trails, blacksmith shop, and rose garden.

RIGHT: Huntington Beach residents Kathy Williams and Adam England stop by the Historic Wintersburg exhibit at the exhibitor's preview night, for which guests were asked to wear their favorite sports team attire.  Adam—who some might recognize from the annual Civil War reenactments organized by the Huntington Beach Historical Society in Huntington Beach Central Park—is Chief Operating Officer at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center.  He had a spot on Scottish accent!  (Photo: Exhibitors preview night for Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, Heritage Museum of Orange County, M. Urashima, August 18, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

   Hometown sports and more than just sports.  Sports shape our lives, help us survive uncertain times, bring us joy and humor, and unite us as a community with shared experiences.   Join Historic Wintersburg at the Heritage Museum as we explore the history and importance of sports in American life, and in the history of Orange County.

BELOW: The Historic Wintersburg exhibit on the wall of the Quilter's Cottage, during the installation of the exhibit. The cases in front are from the Smithsonian Institution.  This is the second traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit that Historic Wintersburg has participated in at Heritage Museum of Orange County, the first being "Journey Stories" in 2014. (Photo: Historic Wintersburg exhibit, Heritage Museum of Orange County, M. Urashima, August 17, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


BELOW: Heritage Museum Executive Director Kevin Cabrera (far right), with staff and volunteer docents in front of the Historic Wintersburg exhibit. (Photo: Historic Wintersburg exhibit, Heritage Museum of Orange County, M. Urashima, August 15, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  


BELOW: Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force member Art Hasegawa during installation of the exhibit at Heritage Museum. (Photo: Historic Wintersburg exhibit, Heritage Museum of Orange County, M. Urashima, August 17, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


BELOW: The outdoor picnic blanket movie night will be held on the lawn near the historic Maag farmhouse, with movie concessions in the gazebo. Come meet the stars and enjoy a baseball-theme movie night! (Photo: Heritage Museum of Orange County, M. Urashima, August 17, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


BELOW: Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force member Rebecca Nehez lifts a cushion on the Smithsonian Institution's bleacher display to find out how nachos got their name.  This display is inside the Carriage House. (Photo: Rebecca Nehez at Heritage Museum of Orange County, M. Urashima, August 18, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


BELOW: Wear your favorite sports jersey or t-shirt to our Saturday, September 9, outdoor movie night at Heritage Museum! This one is from our featured film, "Day of Independence".  (Photo: M. Urashima, July 31, 2017) © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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