Monday, October 27, 2008

Preservation and Sustainability: An Evening with Richard Moe

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, the Los Angeles Conservancy welcomes Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Mr. Moe will discuss the critical links between historic preservation and sustainability. A reception follows the discussion. Reservations required. For details, visit the L.A. Conservancy's website.

L.A. NOIR-chitecture Tour Sunday, November 9

The Los Angeles Conservancy presents a one-day-only tour of seven historic sites associated with Los Angeles noir fiction, from the Glendale Train Depot (scene of the crime in Double Indemnity) to the Parva-Sed-Apta Apartments in Hollywood (where Nathanael West lived while writing The Day of the Locust). The tour is Sunday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details, visit the L.A. Conservancy's website.

Friday, October 17, 2008

3rd Annual Archives Bazaar

LA as a Subject will be hosting their 3rd annual Archives Bazaar on October 25th from 10am to 5pm at the USC Davidson Conference Center. This event showcases those groups preserving archive collections and allows for an up-close look at these documents. More info can be found at their website, and the flyer is available here.

So, what, you ask is LA as a Subject?  From their website:

What Is L.A. as Subject?

Hosted by the USC Libraries, L.A. as Subject is an alliance of research archives, libraries, and collections dedicated to preserving the rich history of the Los Angeles region. L.A. as Subject is working to increase the visibility of local archives and improve access to them for students, researchers, K-12 educators, and everyone else with a stake in Southern California history. L.A. as Subject promotes tools and mentoring to help its members with everything from preserving and cataloging materials in their collections to fundraising and public outreach.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Celebrate the 86th anniversary of the Egyptian Theatre!

Come join the celebration in honor of the Egyptian Theatre's 86th anniversary. On October 18th, attend a behind the scenes tour of the historic Hollywood Theatre built in 1922 by Sid Grauman. This tour of offered monthly; but this is the special 86th anniversary weekend, so don't miss it! 

To find out more about the tour, the anniversary, and to make a reservation, visit the American Cinematheque website.

Port Director to Speak on History: "From Shallow Bay to World-Class Harbor: San Pedro"

The LA City Historical Society will present  Dr. Geraldine Knatz, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, at their final lecture in their annual Marie Northrup Lecture Series on October 19th at 2pm at the Riordan Central Library. She will present a lecture on the history of the Port of Los Angele entitle "From Shallow Bay to World-Class Harbor: San Pedro." 

For more details on this free presentation, visit the LA City Historical Society Website.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


From the The Historic Italian Hall Foundation, an ongoing exhibit through mid-November on the Italian contribution to Los Angeles:
The Historic Italian Hall Foundation in collaboration with El Pueblo Historical Monument will present SUNSHINE AND STRUGGLE: THE ITALIAN EXPERIENCE IN LOS ANGELES, 1827-1927 through November 15, 2008 at the Pico House Gallery. The history of Italians in Los Angeles is a seldom-examined topic that when explored, provides a more meaningful understanding of the city’s rich history and unparalleled diversity.  While few reminders of Los Angeles’ long-disappeared little Italy remain, the Italian enclave was located in the heart of the city, in the areas surrounding El Pueblo Historical Monument, present-day Chinatown and Union Station, spreading eastward in the later years to Lincoln Heights. From the time of the first Italian settler’s arrival in 1827, Italian immigrants held important civic and entrepreneurial positions and played an instrumental role in the city’s economic development.  SUNSHINE AND STRUGGLE features dozens of never-before-published photographs and numerous historical artifacts pertaining to the Italian American presence in Los Angeles, an experience that both mirrors and contrasts from that of their counterparts elsewhere in the United States. It is written and curated by historian Mariann Gatto. The Pico House Gallery at El Pueblo Historical Monument: 424 North Main Street, Los Angeles, 90012.