This presentation tells the story of the development of the Port of Hueneme–beginning in 1865 with Thomas Bard’s vision of a wharf capable of shipping out all the crops harvested by local farmers.
Central to this story are not only the ups and downs of the wharf through two generations, but also the dream of a thriving port in the sleepy little town of Hueneme that the father, Thomas, passed on to his son, Richard. Richard Bard’s struggle to build the port, though, was finally realized, despite considerable opposition, controversy and a World War.
Connie Korenstein is a retired educator who devotes her time to historic research, tours, living history presentations, historic fashion consulting, and community events. She has a collection of historical characters that she has researched and portrays in costume, sometimes solo and sometimes with a cast of other characters. Connie is a docent at Heritage Square and the Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard, as well as the Dudley House in Ventura. She has also been trained to guide tours at the Bard Mansion.