In celebration of National Women’s History Month we will honor the contributions of Emily Barany, Kristin Decas, Dr. Cynthia Herrera, Jonnie Lisman, Barbara Volante, Dr. Christine Walker
to the history of Port Hueneme at the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum on March 7 at 11:00AM.
The tradition of strong, hard-working and independent Port Hueneme females began soon after the Civil War. Among women whose efforts proved integral to the history of Port Hueneme were Mollie Bard (who funded the Women’s Improvement Club), Lucy Levy (charities included Red Cross, WWII vets and St. Francis Dam Disaster victims), Ruth V. Winneck (Hueneme Elementary school teacher), Barbara Silveria Huhn (owner of the Silver Dollar Saloon), Mildred Gadker (first female city council member), Mary Bastle (first female president of the Chamber of Commerce), Ann Haycox (City Librarian), Dorothy Ramirez (Grocery Store owner whose volunteer work brought her 1998 California Women of the Year), and Elaine Garber (50-yr School Board member and founder of Hueneme Historical Society.
This year’s honorees also include entrepreneurs, professional women, volunteers with non-profits, educators, and a couple of females who were “the first to…” They will be engaged in a free-wheeling discussion of the past, present and future of the “friendly city by the sea.”