Connie Korenstein, who retired from a 30-year career teaching Ventura County history, agreed to present ”The Port of Hueneme: A Father and Son Legacy” at the Prueter Library on Sunday, May 3, 2015.
She told the story of the development of the port, beginning in 1871 with Thomas Bard’s vision of a wharf to ship out local farmer’s crops. She based her research on several non-fiction books by the late Powell Greenland—a former Port Hueneme resident and local historian.
Not one to remain idle, Korenstein has embraced a second career that combines both historical research and community service. She has become a popular docent at a number of local must-see spots around Ventura County: the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard, and the Dudley House in Ventura.
Korenstein especially relishes performing in living history presentations and historical fashion shows. And if all that weren’t enough, Korenstein also curates the vintage clothing collection at the Murphy Auto Museum.
The audience, which also included the daughter and three grandchildren of Richard Bard, was thrilled with the way she wove stunning archival photographs with the fascinating narrative of the struggles and conflicts experienced by Richard Bard during his 14-year campaign to locate a port at Hueneme.For those of you who don’t know much about history—especially the history of the Port of Hueneme, the Port Hueneme Friends of the Library (porthuenemefriends.wordpress.com) sponsored a very special speaker at their 31st Annual Meeting.
If you missed her performance, you will have another opportunity to follow this fascinating story by visiting Channel Islands Maritime Museum (http://www.channelislandsmaritimemuseum.org/) and the new permanent exhibit on the Port of Hueneme.