Tuesday, February 25, 2014

LA Heritage Day: April 27, 2014

Join all of Los Angeles at 
LA Heritage Day 
on Sunday, April 27, 2014
11am to 4pm


On Sunday, April 27, 2014, from 11am to 4pm, the L.A. Heritage Alliance will host the sixth Annual L.A. Heritage Day to share Los Angeles and Southern California’s history through tours, free museums, children’s activities, presentations, food, and more. The entire event and all activities are free and will take place at the birthplace of Los Angeles, adjacent to world-famous Olvera Street inside the Pico House making for a full day of history, food, and fun.

“In a region sometimes perceived as lacking ‘real’ history, L.A. Heritage Day is an opportunity for people to learn about and enjoy the fascinating people, places, and events that have shaped our history,” said John Bwarie, Founder of the L.A. Heritage Alliance. “We are joining together to show the diversity of our history and breadth of those heritage groups serving people today throughout Los Angeles County.”

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 CenterAlso 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.

Parking is available in surrounding paid lots and attendees are also encouraged to bike or take public transportation. Metro provides Bus and Rail transportation via the Metro Red, Purple, or Gold Lines to Union Station, just across Alameda Street from El Pueblo Historical Monument. For best route or more info, visit the Metro Trip Planner at metro.net or call (323) Go Metro (466.3876). You can also plan your visit via experiencela.com/laheritage.

L.A. Heritage Day is presented by the L.A. Heritage Alliance and El Pueblo Historical Monument, in association with the El Pueblo Park Association (EPPA). Admission is free, including tours and activities. The event is made possible through support from the Office of L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge and Future Studio Los Angeles.

Current L.A. Heritage Day participants include:
American Cinematheque
Angels Flight® Railway
Arcadia Historical Society
African American Firefighter Museum
African American Pioneer Society
Alhambra Preservation Group
Art Deco Society of Los Angeles
Beverly Hills Heritage
Campo de Cahuenga Historical Memorial Association
Chinese American Museum
Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Conference of California Historical Societies
Culinary Historians of Southern California
Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society
El Pueblo Park Association (EPPA)
Filipino American Museum of Culture & History
Friends of Banning Museum
Friends of Griffith Park
Friends of the Michael White Adobe
Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians - Kizh Nation
Genealogical Society of Hispanic America - Southern California
Heritage Square Museum
Highland Park Heritage Trust
Historical Society of Centinela Valley
Historical Society of Southern California
Hollywood Chapter - Daughters of the American Revolution
Hollywood Heritage
Italian American Museum of Los Angeles
LA as Subject
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Lanterman House
Las Angelitas del Pueblo
Leonis Adobe Museum
Little Landers Historical Society
Little Tokyo Historical Society
Long Beach Heritage Museum

Los Angeles City Historical Society
Los Angeles Conservancy
Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation
Los Encinos Docent Association
Los Pobladores 200
Lummis Day Community Foundation
Manhattan Beach-Cultural Heritage Conservancy
Monrovia Historic Preservation Group
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles
Museum of Social Justice
Museum of the San Fernando Valley
Pasadena Heritage
Photo Friends of the Los Angeles Public Library
Point Fermin Lighthouse Society
Public Art Initiative, The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
SAH/SCC - Society of Architectural Historians, Southern California Chapter
San Fernando Valley Historical Society
San Marino Historical Society
Santa Monica Conservancy
Santa Monica History Museum
Southern California Genealogical Society

Soldados y Californios de SoCal
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Topanga Historical Society
USC Pacific Asia Museum
Venice Heritage Foundation
Venice Historical Society
West Adams Heritage Association
West Hollywood Preservation Alliance
Western Educators, Shooters & Troopers
Yesteryears Dancers 

For an updated list of participating groups or for more information and updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesHeritage.

Friday, January 10, 2014

No-Cost MBA Consulting for Heritage Non-Profits

For smaller historical non-profits, check this out from the Center for Non-Profit Management:

UCLA Anderson | Net Impact Consulting for Nonprofits
The UCLA Anderson chapter of Net Impact pairs MBA student teams of 4-6 students with nonprofits/social ventures to work on a strategic issue the organization is facing. It’s no-cost MBA consulting for the organization. Click here to download a flyer with more information.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

LA Heritage Day 2013 a Resounding Success!

On April 14, 2013, thousands of people from across Southern California descended upon the heart of LA, the birthplace of the City, for the 6th LA Heritage Day at El Pueblo.

Inside the Pico House and Hellman Quon Building, over 75 organizations set up exhibits to share their organizations' good works, passions, and their portion of LA history. The Heritage Showcase featured over a dozen speakers in a crowded mini-auditorium, including elected officials, museum curators, archivists, and historians -- all experts! Hundreds of children were able to make a craft or participate in some activity that created a fun experience for the whole family as they connected with our shared past.

With interactive dancing in the Plaza (in the Kiosko!), costumed historic interpreters, historic vehicles free guided tours, and lots of give-aways, the day had something for everyone!

You can see photos and get updates of other LA heritage news and events at www.facebook.com/LosAngelesHeritage.

Started in 2008 with the first LA Heritage Day, the LA Heritage Alliance serves its members by providing no-cost resources, workshops, consulting, & training to support their efficacy and provide support as needed. All this work is done to improve the communication and collaboration of the over 230 heritage organizations across LA as they work to preserve and promote our shared heritage.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

LA Heritage Day Speakers Announced

LA Heritage Day is proud to present expert speakers from across L.A. in its Heritage Showcase. Don't miss these compelling and authoritative presentations!

The schedule* for Heritage Day is as follows:

11:15            Richard Atkins, Hollywood Heritage:
                      “History Is Not Always Set in Stone”

11:30             Marva Felchlin, Autry National Center: 
“The Pico House, as Told by Its Original Registry”

11:45            Jerry Fecht, Museum of the San Fernando Valley:
“Surveying the San Fernando Valley's Population of Ghosts”

12:00            Councilman Tom LaBonge

12:15            Charles Perry, Culinary Historians of Southern California:
“How L.A. Spawned the Cafeteria, for Better or Worse”

12:30            Christina Rice, Los Angeles Public Library, Photo Collection: 
“Hidden Photos of LA Public Library”

12:45            Leslie Kendall: Chief Curator, Petersen Automotive Museum

1:15             Keith Rice, Los Angeles United Methodist Museum of Social Justice:
“The Founding Members of La Plaza Church”

1:30             Venice Heritage Museum:
“Envisioning a Venice History Museum & Abbot Kinney's Dream”

1:45             Friends of Griffith Park:
“Anza National Historic Trail”

2:00             Amorette Crespo, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes:
                        “Forgotten Histories: A Place to Speak Freely”

2:15            Marc Wanamaker:  
“The first film studios in downtown Los Angeles and Boyle Heights”

2:30            Nathan Masters, USC Libraries/LA as Subject:
                        "Roots of LA: Trees & the History of LA"

2:45            Elizabeth Morin, City of Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs: 
“Los Angeles: The Big Read”

*subject to change

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Celebrate Los Angeles at LA Heritage Day!


On Sunday, April 14, 2013, from 11am to 4pm the L.A. Heritage Alliance will host its Annual L.A. Heritage Day to share Los Angeles and Southern California’s history through tours, five museums, children’s activities, presentations, giveaways, food, and other activities. The entire event and all activities are free and will take place at the birthplace of Los Angeles and adjacent to world-famous Olvera Street, making for a full day of free history, fun, and entertainment.

“In an area sometimes perceived as having no ‘real’ history, L.A. Heritage Day is an opportunity for people to learn about and enjoy the fascinating people, places, and events that have shaped Southern California,” said Cindy Olnick, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Conservancy. “It’s also a chance to learn about the incredible variety of local preservation groups, museums, libraries, and historical societies serving people today throughout Los Angeles County.”

This year’s LA Heritage Day will feature a children’s activity area with activities from groups like the Chinese American Museum with a lantern-making workshop. Historic cars of LA will be on display from various museums, including the Petersen Automotive Museum. Twenty presentations will be given including talks on the history of the Pico House as told through its original guest book, culinary history of LA, and their favorite “piece” of LA History by special guests.

The diverse groups participating in this year's L.A. Heritage Day represent the native peoples of Los Angeles to cultural groups to geographically focused organizations from across Southern California. “With so many groups attending this event, there will be something for everyone.  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,” said Chris Espinosa, General Manager of El Pueblo Historical Monument.

L.A. Heritage Day takes place inside the historic Pico House and in the Plaza at El Pueblo Historical Monument
(http://elpueblo.lacity.org/), 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 newly opened América Tropical Interpretive Center.


Parking is available in surrounding paid lots and attendees are also encouraged to bike or take public transportation:

Metro provides Bus and Rail transportation to L.A. Heritage Day located at the Plaza at El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Take the Metro Red, Purple, or Gold Lines to Union Station and walk across Alameda Street to El Pueblo Historical Monument. For your best route or more info, visit the Metro Trip Planner or call (323) Go Metro or (323.466.3876).


L.A. Heritage Day is Sunday, April 14, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is presented by the LA Heritage Alliance and El Pueblo Historical Monument, in association with the El Pueblo Park Association (EPPA).  Admission is free, including tours and activities. The event is made possible through support from the Office of LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, and FutureStudio. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

LA Heritage Day Sponsor Announced

The LA Heritage Alliance is proud to announce a Silver Sponsor for LA Heritage Day: The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Aquaduct in 2013, the LADWP is a strong partner and influences much of LA's history for over a century. We're proud to have them support this important community event that impacts organizations across LA. Make sure to thank them when you visit their booth on April 14th at LA Heritage Day!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

LA Heritage Day Participants Announced

LA Heritage Day is coming on Sunday, April 14th, 2013 from 11am to 4pm at the Pico House at El Pueblo Historical Monument, home of the world famous Olvera Street!

As of February 28th, over 50 groups have registered. We have space for more heritage organizations, so if you're not on the list yet and want to be, please register today at this form.

Here are the groups attending so far:


African American Firefighter Museum
Alhambra Preservation Group
American Cinematheque (pending)
Art Deco Society of Los Angeles
Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
Conference of California Historical Societies
Culinary Historians of Southern California
Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
Drum Barracks Civil War Museum
Drum Barracks Civil War Museum
Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society
El Pueblo Park Association
Friends of Banning Museum
Friends of Griffith Park
Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians - Kizh Nation
Genealogical Society of Hispanic America - Southern California
Grier Musser Museum
Heritage Square Museum
Highland Park Heritage Trust
Historical Society of Centinela Valley
Hollywood Heritage
Homestead Museum
Horses Across the Valley Project (Art Initiative Division of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley)
LA as Subject
La Senora Research Institute
Lanterman House
LAPL Photo Collection / Photo Friends
Las Angelitas Del Pueblo
Leonis Adobe Museum
Little Landers Historical Society/Bolton Hall Museum
Little Tokyo Historical Society
Long Beach Heritage
Los Angeles Conservancy
Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation
Los Angeles Police Museum
Los Encinos Docent Association
Malibu Adamson House Foundation
Monrovia Historic Preservation Group
Montebello Historical Society
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Occidental College Library
Pasadena Heritage
Petersen Automotive Museum
Point Fermin Lighthouse
San Fernando Valley Historical Society
Santa Monica Conservancy
Southern California Genealogical Society
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
Venice Heritage Museum
Venice Historical Society
West Adams Heritage Association
Western Educators, Shooters & Troopers (WEST)
Yesteryears Dancers