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Fund-Raising Luncheon: Trash or Treasure?
An Antique Appraisal Event with Appraisers to the Stars,
Yvonne Karn & Alyssa Karn

MOTAL invites you to submit your "treasures" for consideration in a live appraisal of attendees' items during this luncheon, which includes welcome reception with appetizers and no-host bar followed by a plated lunch and dessert.

What you can look forward to learning:

  • What you should do to protect your family heirlooms
  • Professional “insider” tips on how to look for an item (including how to know if it is of value)
  • The shocking truth about what’s hot and what’s not in today’s antique market
  • A look at ivory:  An insider’s view on caring for and owning these pieces
  • How to prepare for an appraisal to ensure the highest return

Update! MOTAL has confirmed that individuals interested in having items considered for the complimentary appraisal will have until OCTOBER 10th to submit their item.

Advance purchase necessary to attend. To pay by check or learn more about the event or appraisers, click here. To pay by credit card, you may purchase below.



Visit A Class Action Exhibit in San Diego!

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The exhibit is now open at the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building in San Diego at the hospitality of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society. Please visit with your family or school! 


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 .


LEASE Our Featured Exhibit and Listening Station


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).

Our popular listening station entitled Memories of Mexican Schools is also available for lease or purchase. See details.


What a Teacher Had to Say

A Class Action 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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