Don’t know much about history—especially the history of our Port? The Port Hueneme Friends of the Library are sponsoring a very special speaker at their 31st Annual Meeting from 2-4 PM on Sunday May 3, 2014.
If you have visited the Channel Islands Maritime Museum during the last two months, you saw the new permanent exhibit on the Port or Hueneme.
That particular exhibit grew out of a curriculum project by Connie Korenstein, who has agreed to present ”The Port of Hueneme: A Father and Son Legacy” at the Prueter Library (510 Park Avenue, Port Hueneme)
She describes her presentation as “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.”
Korenstein promises to weave stunning archival photographs with the fascinating narrative of the struggles and conflicts experienced by Richard Bard as he worked for nearly two decades to realize his father’s (Thomas Bard) dream.
Not only is the Port of Hueneme the sole deep water port between Los Angeles and San Francisco, but it is also an operating facility of Naval Base Ventura County.
Korenstein comes to us after retiring from a 30-year career teaching Ventura County history. Not one to remain idle, she has embraced a second career that combines both historical research and community service.
Korenstein is 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.