County of the Month
Congratulations to our March County of the Month, Ventura! Formed in 1872, Ventura County boasted a population of 823,318 people as of 2010. In addition to having several historic preservation organizations, Ventura is also home several historic oil fields, CSU Channel Islands, two naval bases and Los Padres National Forest. If you are looking for exciting local history resources in the California History Section's rich collections, then check out what we have for this county!
Did you know that Ventura County was a prime overnight stop for many of California’s early European explorers? It’s true! Cabrillo, Portola and De Anza all stayed briefly in Ventura County.
Did you know that Ventura County helped inspire a bestselling book? It’s true! In Ramona, Helen Jackson Hunt based her protagonist’s childhood home on Rancho Camulos in Ventura County.
Want to learn more? Check out our County of the Month Research Guide!
In August of 2017, in an effort to better support the work of local governments and historical societies in promoting and preserving the past, the California History Section started the County of the Month program. This recognition honors the diverse character of California's many counties while providing research tips to individuals interested in finding out more about California local history. If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us.