Cancelled: Friends of the Bard Mansion Quarterly Dinner

Special Guest Speaker: Historian Charles Johnson “The Legacy of Dr. Cephas Bard”

Dr. Cephas Bard, who practiced medicine in Ventura from 1868 to 1903, built the first hospital in Ventura, with the support of his brother Thomas Bard, the founder of Port Hueneme. If a patient could not afford treatment, Cephas would accept an object in trade, which resulted in a significant collection of Chumash artifacts. In his will he gifted his collection to the Pioneer Society, with his desire that they build a museum in Ventura. His bronze bust is at the entrance of the Museum of Ventura County, where he is recognized as its founder.

Charles Johnson recently retired as the Librarian-Archivist at the Museum of Ventura County, where he worked for almost thirty years. He also served as Editor of their Quarterly historical publication. In fact, Johnson edited the 2000 issue that was dedicated to Cephas. His History of the Museum of Ventura County 1891-2014 was published in 2017, which incidentally sports an image of Cephas on the cover.
Johnson’s present business, History by Design, specializes in publications, public presentations, exhibits, and collections development.

Because this event is on NBVC, you must fill out form at least two weeks in advance: