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. . . and HIS SWORD

Join us for two fascinating talks

Saturday, October 10, 2015

5:30 pm "Samurai Life During the Edo Period: Arms and Letters"
by Dr. Luke Roberts, UCSB

7:00 pm "The Arms and Armor of Japan's Supreme Warrier"
by Michael Yamasaki and Darin Furukawa

Samurai Life During the Edo Period: Arms and Letters
Edo period Japan was goverend by samurai who were hereditary warriors.  Samurai were expected to cultivate "the dual way of letters and war." Dr. Roberts will introduce the samurai of the Edo period with a particular emphasis on the military skills and cultural activities in their lives.  

The Arms and Armor of Japan’s Supreme Warrior
Michael Yamasaki, founder of Japanese sword dealer and consultant to various productions including the hit show, Pawn Stars, along with Darin S. Furukawa, artist, educator, and samurai arts specialist, present an introductory lecture on the arms and armor of Japan's warrior class. Learn how the iconic armor of the samurai functioned not only as protection, but as a reflection of the wearer's personality and prestige. Michael will demonstrate the sharpest sword in the world – the katana samurai sword.

Tickets to the evening talks are available here or at the gate.

  Facility Rental
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  Samurai - The Warrior
    Horsemen of Japan
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  Golden Age of California
    Women's City Fashions
  Rolling Through the West
  Shining through the
  Uncorked: The Evolution
    of Wine in the SY Valley
  Kimono: Traditions,
    Pattern and Symbolism
  Quilts of Family School
  SYVCH Pictorial History
  Walking Through History
  Hats on Parade
  Women's Fashions in the
    Baby Boomer Era
  Valley Views/Layers
  A Baby Boomer Christmas
  From Painted Caves to
    Mission Arches
  Vintage Wedding Dresses
  Ronald Reagan
  Quilting Thru the Ages
  Down on the Farm
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  Become a Member
  Volunteer Opportunities


Museum Members $10*            Non-Museum Members $15





*Any museum member who brings a potential member with them will receive FREE admission for themselves and their guest. Also, lapsed members renewing their museum membership prior to or at the door will receive FREE admission.


November 13-15, 2015

Events include Gala Preview Party Extravaganza on Friday
evening Two-Day Show & Equestrian Demonstrations & Concert

Everyone is invited to the 31st Annual Vaquero Show & Sale celebration November 13-15, honoring the lifestyle and renowned horsemanship of the California Vaquero (cowboy). The Vaqueros developed their unique skills on the expansive cattle ranchos of Central California during the Spanish/Mexican Colonial period. They blended classic European horsemanship training with the ‘rough and ready’ riding of early California ranchers. In blending these horsemanship styles the Vaqueros created their own distinct method of horsemanship as well as a unique look in apparel, tack, saddles and other horse equipment.

A highlight of the Vaquero Show weekend is the gathering of noted artisans and collectors from throughout the western United States. These artisans who keep true to the Vaquero horse culture and craftsmanship display and sell their hand-tooled leather saddles, braided Vaquero-styled riatas, bridles, reins, and other Vaquero inspired horse tack as well as quality Western artwork, apparel, unique books, memorabilia and jewelry.

Don't miss this opportunity to take in a most unique show and to visit with the artisans who truly inspire with their creativity and skill.

Vaquero Show - Susie tries on Chaps Doug Cox Working on a Saddle

Vaquero Show and Sale Day Tickets


Preview the Show, Visit with the Vendors, Bid on great Silent Auction Items, Enjoy Tasty Appetizers, AND then our Viva Los Vaqueros Dinner to be held at the festive Historical Museum. Musical entertainment by Steve Woods.

Tickets   $70 museum members      $80 Non-members

Viva los Vaqueros Preview Party and Dinner

Tickets include preview show, appetizers, delicious dinner, a complimentary drink, entertainment, silent and live auctions

Friday ~ November 13, 2015
4:30 p.m. Museum Gates Open at 4:30 pm
Viva Los Vaqueros Preview & Appetizers
6:30 pm Viva Los Vaqueros Preview & Dinner Celebration
7:15 pm Special Recognition Honoring Jim and Linda Paisch Grimm for their contribution to the preservation of Vaquero Art and Culture, Honored Vaqueros

Musical entertainment and live benefit auction

Saturday* November 14, 2015
Vaquero Show & Sale * SYV Historical Museum
Show Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$5 one-day admission
11:00 a.m. Pat Puckett, roper extraordinaire, demonstrates his art
Lunch Cowboy BBQ Sandwich Lunch
2:00 p.m. Ramon Beccera demonstrates his bare back roping skills
6:30 p.m. Vaquero Weekend Music Concert at Museum
Music throughout the day by popular early California musician Tony Ybarra
Sunday* November 15, 2015
Vaquero Show & Sale * SYV Historical Museum
Show Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$5 one-day admission
Lunch Cowboy BBQ Sandwich Lunch
11:00 a.m. Jeff Derby demonstrates his unique Vaquero horsemanship
1:00 p.m. Raffle Drawing
Cowboy lunch and no-host cocktails available both Saturday and Sunday

Tickets for the Viva Los Vaqueros preview evening and dinner are available here and at the Museum. Call (805) 688-7889 to order or for more information.