You are invited to  join the channel islands maritime museum as it explores a wide variety of interesting topics through its speaker series



Free for CIMM Members
$7.00 for Non-Members
$5.00 for Seniors (65+)
Free for Children Under 12

Wednesday, January 15

6:30 pm – Refreshments served

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Speaker

Paul Swanson – CIMM Docent

“Pleasure Cruising in the Channel Islands”

 Join CIMM Docent Paul Swanson as he shares his many experiences cruising the Channel Islands.

Wednesday, February 19

6:30 pm – Refreshments served

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Speaker

Holly Lohuis – Author

Embracing Change through Ocean Exploration

Holly Lohuis is a marine biologist and educator with Ocean Futures Society, and has been diving the world’s oceans with Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team since 1996. 

Wednesday, March 18 – Canceled

6:30 pm – Refreshments served

7:00 – 8:00 pm _ Speaker

Barbara Tomblin – Naval Historian/Author

Barbara Tomblin is a naval and military historian and author of several books. She has a doctorate in American history from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey where she was a lecturer in military history. She will be discussing officer and sailor life in the Confederate Navy during the American Civil War.

Wednesday, April 15 – Postponed

6:30 pm – Refreshments served

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Speaker

Keri Dearborn – FIF Program Director & Mike Watling

“All About the Island Fox”

Friends of the Island Fox, a program of Channel Islands Restoration, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which supports efforts to preserve and protect the island fox (Urocyon littoralis) on the California Channel Islands through conservation and education programs.

Wednesday, May 20 – Postponed

6:30 pm – Refreshments served

7:00 – 8:00 pm _ Speaker


Leslie Compton – Teacher and Author

Leslie Compton will be discussing her book “Dearest Minnie, a Sailors Story: Travel With Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet 1907-1909.”

Wednesday, June 17 – Canceled

6:30 pm – Refreshments served

7:00 – 8:00 pm – Speaker

Steve Lund – Historian and Model Builder

Steve Lund will be discussing WWII bombardments of the West Coast of the United States by Japanese submarines.

Wednesday, July 15

6:30 pm – Refreshments

7:00 – 8:00 pm – Speaker

Mark Frees – Historian

“Rum Runners: How Prohibition Changed Ventura County.”

CIMM Docent Mark Frees will be discussing how Prohibition (which started in 1920) changed Ventura County.

Wednesday, August 19

6:30 pm – Refreshments

7:00 – 8:00pm – Speaker

Dr. Kathleen Roos, Ph.D – Teacher, Environmental Scientist

“The Mysteries of Antarctica”

On the southern-most tip of the planet rests one of the world’s most massive and mysterious landmasses – the frozen realm of Antarctica.



Wednesday, September 16

6:30 pm – Refreshments

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Olaf Engvig – Norwegian-American Maritime Scholar, Non-Fiction Author

“The Ships that Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy”

Engvig’s latest book is full of stories of the maritime history of numerous Scandinavian ships, captains, sailors and how they helped build the U.S. west coast.

Wednesday, October 21

6:30pm – Refreshments

7:00 – 8:00 pm – Speaker

Ryan Kittell – Forecaster, Marine Program Manager for the National Weather Service

“National Weather Service Marine Program & Area Weather Overview”

Wednesday, November 18th

6:30 pm – Refreshments

7:00 – 8:00 pm – Speaker


Captain Paul Amaral – Owner

TowBoat US Ventura

“I’m Sinking: What Happens When the Worst Happens”

What every boater dreads, an emergency at sea… Captain Paul Amaral will share many years of experiences  in maritime rescue.