Friday, May 22, 2009

Free Lecture: The Man-made Wonders of Los Angeles

From the Los Angeles City Historical Society:

The Los Angeles City Historical Society & the History Department, Los Angeles Public Library
Invite You to the Annual Marie Northrop Lecture Series

Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 2:00pm
At the Mark Taper Auditorium of the Richard J. Riordan Central Library
630 West Fifth Street (between Grand Avenue and Flower Street)

Dr. Abraham Hoffman
"The Man-made Wonders of Los Angeles:
A Wonder It’s Man-made"

Abraham Hoffman will discuss seven man-made wonders of Los Angeles that have helped make the city what it is today – a megalopolis of almost four million people dominating the Southwest in both economic activity and urban ills. He will examine the city’s decisions about transportation, water, industry and commerce, and his comments will reflect his views as both a historian and native-born Angeleno.

Dr. Hoffman was born in Los Angeles and attended its public schools, graduating from Roosevelt High, LA City College, Cal State LA —where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees— and finally UCLA, where he earned his doctorate in history. He taught in Los Angeles schools for more than thirty years, and has been an adjunct instructor at LA Valley College since 1974. He serves on the board of editors for Southern California Quarterly, is book editor for Western States Jewish History, and regularly contributes to the LA City Historical Society Newsletter.

Dr. Hoffman has a lifelong interest in the history of his home town. His books include Unwanted
Mexican Americans in the Great Depression: Repatriation Pressures, 1929-1939 and Visions or
Villainy: Origins of the Owens Valley - Los Angeles Water Controversy. Not only a member of the LA City Historical Society, he also belongs to the Historical Society of Southern California, the Organization of American Historians, the Western History Association, Western Writers of America, and the Los Angeles Corral of Westerns.

Free and open to the public – Made possible by the Wood Family Trust and LACHS Members

This facility is handicap-accessible. Validated parking is available for $1.00 (between 1pm and 5pm only) at the524 South Flower Street garage (validation at library desk with library card, obtainable that day). for more information, or call (213) 228-7000. The Metro Blue Line and Metro Red Line both havestops near Central Library, and most buses coming downtown stop near the Central Library; for rates, routes and schedules.

Los Angeles City Historical Society 
(213) 891-4600 (323) 936-2912

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