Ag Museum Exhibit Commemorates 90th Anniversary of the St. Francis Dam Disaster

Never-before-seen letters and photos reveal desperate searches for loved ones

Santa Paula, Calif.Letters for the Lost, an exhibit marking the 90th anniversary of the St. Francis Dam Disaster, commemorates the lives lost during one of America’s worst civil engineering disasters of the 20th century. Opening March 10 in the historic Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula, itself a St. Francis Dam survivor in one of the heaviest damaged cities within the dam’s flood path, Letters for the Lost provides an intimate look at never-before-seen letters of correspondence between Oliver Reardon, Ventura County’s Coroner in 1928, and the families and friends of missing loved ones desperately seeking answers. The exhibit runs through July 16, and admission is included as part of the museum general admission ticket. The Ag Museum is located at 26 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit or call 805-525-3100.


The Museum of Ventura County celebrates, preserves and interprets the art, history and culture of Ventura County, the California Channel Islands and the surrounding region through its collections, exhibitions, events, educational programs, publications and its research library, and serves as a gathering place for the community. Located at 100 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001, the Museum of Ventura County is open Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Phone 805.653.0323 for more information.


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