More than seventy heritage groups will have booths and activities in and around the historic Pico House. The diverse range of groups represents the native peoples of Los Angeles, cultural groups, preservation organizations, geographically focused organizations from across Southern California, and more. Attendees can also visit seven free museums on site, from the oldest house in Los Angeles to LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and América Tropical Interpretive Center. Also featured is the “L.A. Heat” exhibit at the Chinese American Museum.
This year’s L.A. Heritage Day will feature an expanded children’s activity area with activities from photo booths to craft making. A dozen experts will make free presentations on topics ranging from Leo Politi (noted artist who captured the communities in and around Olvera Street) to Hollywoodland and the world’s most famous sign to the history (and importance) of L.A.’s Backyard BBQs, among many others. Costumed historians and reactors will be entertain attendees, historic cars will be on display, and entertainment will fill the plaza.
“With so many groups attending this event, there will be something for everyone,” said Chris Espinosa, General Manager of El Pueblo Historical Monument. “The legacy of the Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Spanish and African immigrant communities, along with our region's indigenous people, will be honored for their role in making Los Angeles the diverse metropolis it is today.”
L.A. Heritage Day takes place inside the historic Pico House and in the Plaza at El Pueblo Historical Monument (http://elpueblo.lacity.org/) at 424 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, adjacent to Olvera Street and across the street from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. El Pueblo is the birthplace of L.A., the site of the early pueblo where the city was founded in 1781. Special tours of Olvera Street, Avila Adobe, Chinese American Museum, and Plaza Firehouse Museum will be available, as well as the Museum of Social Justice.
Current L.A. Heritage Day participants include:
Angels Flight® Railway
Arcadia Historical Society
Southern California Genealogical Society
Soldados y Californios de SoCal