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Save the Date: Saturday August 23!

Champagne Brunch at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please check back for details.


A Class Action Exhibit Coming Soon to San Francisco!

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MOTAL Receives National Award



In the fall, board member Dyan Venters represented MOTAL at the award ceremony held by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) in Birmingham, Alabama. MOTAL was selected as a national winner of the 2013 Award of Merit for its A Class Action exhibit.

The Leadership in History Award is the nation′s most prestigious competition award for recognition and achievement in state and local history. Dyan accepted the award on behalf of the many individuals who came together to plan, create, and support the initial 2,000-square-foot exhibit. Learn more about the award.



(from left) Lynne Ireland (AASLH chair), Dyan Venters (MOTAL board member), Terry Davis (AASLH president and CEO)
Photo credit: AASLH, 2013. Photographer: Stacy Jones Photography.


Recommended Exhibit: Anne

Exhibit on Anne Frank at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Learn more.


School Tools?

Do you own or have access to an interesting “school tool” from the past? MOTAL is interested in borrowing, perhaps accepting as a donation, an artifact that can help represent the story of educational technology throughout history. If this is YOU, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


LISTENING STATION: Open Now at the Heritage Museum

Memories of Mexican Schools • Our listening station has moved from the California Welcome Center in Buena Park, where it celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month, to the Heritage Museum of Orange County (HMOC). The interactive exhibit shares authentic stories as told by Hispanic Americans who experienced school segregation as children in the years prior to 1945. 

The Heritage Museum is open Fridays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and other times by appointment for groups of 10 or more. It is located at 3101 West Harvard Street, Santa Ana, CA 90704.


LEASE Our Featured Exhibit



Our MOTAL exhibit, A Class Action, which had a successful 9-month run from September 2011 to June 2012 at the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana, CA, is available for lease.

The exhibit is appropriate for visitors of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. We are pleased to have welcomed visitors from many ethnic groups, including many in the Hispanic community—from cities near and far. It holds special appeal for college instructors, high school teachers, and their students.

We are entertaining offers from those interested in leasing the exhibit. For more information, please download the prospectus (3.1 MB PDF).


What a Teacher Had to Say

This is a fabulous exhibit and was a wonderful field trip. I highly recommend it. It’s very inspirational to think that this history took place right in Orange County. Most people don’t even know about it. The higher the grade level, the more the kids will get out of it. There are very high-level concepts about fighting for rights, etc. Older kids will not be bored! But it’s also appropriate for fourth-graders; there are many California standards that are covered and lots of hands-on activities to keep them learning. My fourth- and fifth-graders got a lot out of it; many were touched deeply.

Marcy Fry, Fullerton School District

WANTED: Student Work on “A Class Action” Themes

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