Tuesday, December 14, 2010

L.A. Conservancy Preservation Award Application Available; Due January 31

From the LA Conservancy...

The Los Angeles Conservancy welcomes applications for our 30th Annual Preservation Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation in L.A. County. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2011.

Downloadable application (MS Word): http://www.laconservancy.org/awards/PA11_application.doc
Application as Adobe PDF: http://www.laconservancy.org/awards/PA11_application.pdf
General information; info about past recipients: http://www.laconservancy.org/awards/

To qualify, projects must have been completed by December 31, 2010, be located in Los Angeles County, and meet nationally recognized standards for the treatment of historic properties and landscapes (in the case of construction or landscape projects). Recipients will be selected by an independent jury of leading experts in architecture, historic preservation, and community development. We will present the awards at a luncheon in May 2011.

The deadline for submitting applications is January 31, 2011. Each application has a non-refundable application fee of $50. You can download the application above or on our website, or request one by calling the office at (213) 623-2489.

Preservation Award winners range widely, from sensitive restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse projects, to groundbreaking advocacy and education efforts by individuals and groups. We encourage submissions from throughout Los Angeles County that illustrate the value and power of historic preservation. Construction projects may be commercial, residential, or institutional. We also encourage nominations for historic landscape projects and significant contributions to preservation education or program development. Past recipients include the Dr. Ralph J. Bunche Peace and Heritage Center, Oaklawn Bridge and Waiting Station, Palomar Senior Apartments, Point Fermin Lighthouse, City of Huntington Park Historic Preservation Ordinance, and Valley Municipal Building, among more than 200 others.

Monday, November 15, 2010

SurveyLA Speakers Bureau Training Dates in January

SurveyLA is gearing up for the Year Two Surveys, and they need your help to get the word out! Join the Speakers Bureau today.

Speakers Bureau members share the details of SurveyLA at community events and meetings, such as those for local Neighborhood Councils or historical societies. If you are interested in joining the Speakers Bureau, you should be willing to attend community meetings on weeknights and/or weekends approximately once a month throughout 2011. You will be provided with materials and a script; presentations can last anywhere from 10-45 minutes.

If you'd like to join, you must attend a two-part training session on January 8 and January 22 from 10:00am to 1:00pm each day at the Will and Ariel Durant Branch Library at 7140 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Previous experience in public speaking is not needed, but an interest in historic preservation or the history of Los Angeles is desired.

If you're interested, please register for the training sessions by emailing Bryan Fahrbach at bryan@historicla.com.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Next LAHA Quarterly Meeting: November 6, 2010

Our next LAHA Quarterly Meeting will be on November 6, 2010 at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton (1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton,92833). Zoot Valasco will present on how to use events to generate income, as their budget rose 14% last year in large part because of their events and about 60% of their budget now comes from events, weddings and fundraisers. The meeting will begin at 10AM and will be followed by a tour, as well.

Getting to the meeting:
People can come by Amtrak train (an 8:30am train from Union Station that arrives at 9am), and we'll coordinate a pick up.

Or, you can drive: Take the 91 East, exit Euclid, drive North to Malvern and turn left. It's one block down on the Right. If you take the 5 South, exit Artesia and head East. Turn left at Dale and then right at Malvern, and you will drive past the Target and see the Mansion on left hand side.

Parking is in rear lot.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP by November 4th to laheritage@gmail.com.

All You Ever Wanted to Know about the LA Heritage Alliance

In developing an answer to "What exactly is the L.A. Heritage Alliance?," we created a handy one-page fact sheet. Below is the text of that sheet:

Los Angeles Heritage Alliance
Fact Sheet 2010
Mission & Purpose
The Los Angeles Heritage Alliance works to support heritage organizations in Los Angeles to more effectively promote and preserve the region's heritage mainly through increased communication, coordination, and collaboration between the over 225 such organizations in the region.

The Los Angeles Heritage Alliance (LAHA) was founded in 2008 to help many heritage organizations facing very similar challenges to come together to solve them without have to do so in isolation. With limited human and financial capital, many heritage organizations are challenged to fill in board members when they no longer can serve, and often historic venues are only open extremely limited hours each month, if at all. These issues, and those of a digital revolution, have stirred on heritage organizations to collectively address these issues and to raise the level of awareness and appreciation for our shared Los Angeles heritage.

Activities & Projects
Quarterly Meetings: Each quarter, heritage leaders from across LA are invited to meet to discuss the latest projects and resources of the LAHA. Additionally, each meeting features a different training seminar to add value for those traveling to be a part of the meeting. The meeting locations rotate around LA, with organizations hosting each meeting to showcase their venues and accomplishments. These meetings also provide valuable and much needed information-sharing and networking.
L.A. Heritage Portal: Launching in late 2010, The L.A. Heritage Portal is a partnership between the L.A. Heritage Alliance and ExperienceLA.com. This partnership provides a central location for all heritage events taking place in Los Angeles, which assists with planning, collaboration, and education. Each group adds their own events, and there is no cost for groups to add or update events. Additionally, this platform allows every organization to manage and update their own profile for a central listing of all heritage organizations that is current. Further, this raises the awareness of the vast heritage and activities Los Angeles has to offer, as well as providing directions to all events. Check out the LA Heritage Portal at ExperienceLA.com/heritage.
L.A. Heritage Day: L.A. Heritage Day is LAHA’s signature event. Since 2008, this event has brought together hundreds of heritage leaders and over 75 heritage organizations to set up alongside each other for one day to remind the public of the vast heritage and history of the region. Usually held the first Sunday in April, LA Heritage Day saw over 1200 attendees in 2010 and featured performances and presentations in the Heritage Showcase. Held at Heritage Square Museum, this event is free and open to the public (with a flyer!), and has become one of the leading heritage events in Southern California, with attendees coming from as far away as San Diego and Santa Barbara. This event also garners substantial media coverage from local TV, newspapers, radio, and online sources.
E-News: At least monthly, an internal communication is sent out to heritage leaders updating them on funding opportunities, training and operational resources, news, and upcoming events related to communication, marketing, partnership, and other activities to support their efforts in leadership and management.
L.A. Heritage Blog: The L.A. Heritage Alliance blog is place where news and resources can be shared from a variety of sources. Press releases from member groups related to non-event news are posted here, as well as trainings, national heritage news, and updates about LAHA-sponsors events and projects.

Membership & Structure
The L.A. Heritage Alliance is open to all heritage leaders in the Los Angeles region who lead heritage, history, cultural or preservation organizations relating to the geographic or cultural heritage of the region. The organization is solely driven by volunteers, and all projects and activities are accomplished through open committees. There is no fee to participate and no minimum level of participation. Multiple leaders from an organization or entity are encouraged to participate, and active participation from across Los Angeles has resulted in a richer alliance.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Need Preservation Assistance?

California Preservation Foundation (CPF), in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, offers on-site technical assistance and direct support to property owners, developers, local officials, local organizations and others with information and tools essential for successful preservation projects and initiatives through a new Field Services program.

The goal of the Field Services program is to provide assistance in communities comprised of local governments with limited time, budget, personnel and expertise to create effective preservation policies and encourage the incorporation of historic preservation into community planning through increased advocacy and education statewide.

How Field Services Can Help?
The Field Services Director can help to:
• Assess local preservation needs;
• Coordinate alliances and develop partnerships;
• Provide guidance on solution based strategies;
• Interact locally to provide on-site assistance;
• Convene meetings, workshops, presentations, etc. to assist with advocacy and education efforts in local communities; and
• Provide linkages to consultants, informational resources, and potential financial sources.

The California Preservation Foundation also maintains close working relationships with the State Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks, National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Park Service and hundreds of design professionals throughout California.

If you need preservation assistance or have a question, please contact Jennifer Gates, AICP, Field Services Director at 415-495-0349 x 204 or by email at jgates@californiapreservation.org.

The Field Services program is made possible through the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) Partners in the Field challenge grant and the generous support of California Preservation Foundation’s members and donors.

The California Preservation Foundation (CPF) is the only statewide non-profit historic preservation education and advocacy membership organization in California. CPF serves as an essential link in the state’s historic preservation network, and emphasizes educational programs, advocacy and information exchange through a quarterly newsletter, the Preservation Design Awards, the Annual California Preservation Conference, workshops and publications addressing critical preservation issues.

Federal Grants for Museums: Deadline Nov. 1st

The following is a text-only press release from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). An HTML version of this release can be viewed on the agency's Web site at http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/083110.shtm

IMLS Calls for 2011 Museums for America Grant Applications

Deadline: November 1, 2010

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications to its largest museum grant program, Museums for America (MFA), for fiscal year 2011. Museums for America grants provide up to $150,000 in funding and support projects that strengthen a museum’s capacity to serve its community.

Museums for America grants are awarded in the following areas:

1. Engaging communities (education, exhibition, and interpretation)

2. Building institutional capacity (management, policy, and training)

3. Collections stewardship (management of collections)

Through these broad categories, IMLS supports a full range of museum activities including digitization of collections, staff training, research, exhibitions, educational programs, Web site enhancement and development, collections management, and other similar activities.

MFA grants are available to museums of all types and sizes that fulfill the eligibility criteria and are located in the United States or its territories. Applicants are required to demonstrate that proposed grant activities are clearly linked to the institution’s strategic plan and will enhance the museum’s ties and value to its community.

Webinar with MFA Grants Staff

Learn more about the MFA program at an upcoming webinar. MFA program staff will talk about the grant program, the grant application process, and answer participants’ questions:

Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 3 pm Eastern Time

Webinar link: http://instmus.acrobat.com/mfa-applicants/

Conference call number: 1-888-850-4523; Participant Passcode: 761243

Test your computer’s compatibility with Adobe Connect Pro by visiting the following link: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm. We recommend you do this well before the conference begins.

Participants may begin logging in to the webinar up to 10 minutes prior to the conference start time. We recommend you log in to the webinar before calling the conference call line. If you do not have a computer available, you may participate solely through the conference call line.

Application guidelines and instructions are available here: http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/forAmerica.shtm.

Please direct any questions about the MFA program to Sandra Narva, senior program officer, 202-653-4634, snarva@imls.gov ; Steve Shwartzman, senior program officer, 202-653-4641, sshwartzman@imls.gov; Reagan Moore, program specialist, 202-653-4637, rmoore@imls.gov; or Allison Boals, program specialist, 202-653-4702, aboals@imls.gov.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

L.A. Conservancy Presents "Strolling on 7th Street" Tour November 7

Strolling on 7th Street:
Downtown's Historic Thoroughfare
One-time-only tour of historic sites along L.A.'s Seventh Street
Sunday, November 7, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$30 ($25 for Conservancy members, $10 for kids 12 and under)

Tickets on sale now!

Park your car and stroll with us down a mile of history! On Sunday, November 7, the Los Angeles Conservancy will hold a one-time-only tour exploring the rich history and architectural gems of downtown L.A.'s Seventh Street. The main shopping destination for Angelenos for half a century, the area is the latest frontier in downtown's revitalization, with loft-style residential conversions, fine restaurants, and great nightlife.

Spanning from Figueroa to Los Angeles Streets, the event is "open-house" style. You can stroll down Seventh at your own pace, stopping at eight sites for guided tours:
  • Fine Arts Building (Walker & Eisen, 1927) - Built to provide space for artists’ studios and workshops, this remarkable building features a lobby that served as exhibition space for the upstairs tenants. The lobby is a work of art in its own right, with its spectacular installation of Batchelder tile.

  • Broadway Plaza, now Macy’s Plaza (Charles Luckman Associates, 1973) - This plaza offers an interesting modern note on Seventh Street. The circular glass Polaris Room atop the Sheraton Hotel, with its spectacular views, was once a rotating restaurant known as Angel's Flight.

  • Brock & Co., now Seven Grand (Dodd and Richards, 1922) - Once dubbed the “Tiffany’s of California,” Brock’s provided jewelry and china to an elite clientele. The building later housed Clifton’s Silver Spoon cafeteria and now serves as home to the super-hip whiskey bar Seven Grand.

  • Coulter’s Dry Goods & Henning Building, now The Mandel (Architects unknown, 1917) - Coulter’s Dry Goods was Los Angeles’ oldest mercantile establishment when it moved to its sixth location in 1917. Now combined with its small neighbor to the west, the building offers loft-style housing with an amazing rooftop garden.

  • St. Vincent’s Court - A unique urban space, St. Vincent’s Court is at the heart of the former Bullock’s Department Store complex. The working alley has eclectic charm and a surprising history.

  • Hellman Commercial Trust & Savings Bank, now SB Spring (Schultze and Weaver, 1925) - This spectacular bank lobby, with beautiful ornamental ceilings by Giovanni Smeraldi, is a study in marble and bronze opulence.

  • Overell’s, now Dearden’s Home Furnishings (Architect unknown, 1906) - Celebrating 100 years as a downtown business, Dearden’s Home Furnishings eventually occupied a building originally built for the furniture store Overell’s. Dearden’s is a neighborhood icon and an old-school classic with four floors of merchandise and services.

  • Santee Court (Arthur W. Angel, 1911) - Located in the birthplace of L.A.’s fashion district, Santee Court’s vintage industrial buildings are now a thriving loft-style housing complex, centered on a pedestrian courtyard.

The tour materials will point out more than twenty other interesting sites along the route, as well as suggestions for local dining.

Tickets are $30 for the general public, $25 for L.A. Conservancy members, and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets are available online at http://lac.laconservancy.org/7

See you on Seventh!

Vintage postcard from the collection of Marlene Laskey.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Call for Exhibitors & Save the Date: 5th Annual Archives Bazaar

From LA as Subject Forum...


OCTOBER 23, 2010 10:00 A.M. TO 5:00PM

The LA as Subject Forum’s



Join old colleagues and new friends
at the LA As Subject Forum's 5th Annual Archives Bazaar returning again to USC and now moving into the Doheny Memorial Library Los Angeles Times Reading Room and adjoining Periodicals Reading Room. Presentations, panels, and film screenings will also be given in the Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall and the adjoining Intellectual Commons.

To celebrate and publicize the 5th anniversary of the Archives Bazaar, and the 15th anniversary of the founding of LA As Subject, there will be a prominent Featured Speaker, to speak briefly on the role archives, libraries, and private collectors play in preserving and making accessible the wide variety of materials that document LA's rich historical and cultural heritage.

If your organization is participating be sure to get your registration forms in early this year. We do expect to fill all eighty tables.

Tentative programming

Blogging LA; David Siqueiros and "America Tropical" ; LA Newspapers; LA Takes Flight; Private Passions, Public Resources; Researching LA 101; “If the Hollywood Sign said 'Tom Bradley'" (film); "The Legend of Pancho Barnes" (film)

If you haven't yet attended the Los Angeles As Subject Forum's archives bazaar we heartily invite you to join us. We continue our gathering of artists, film writers, hipsters and students in a treasure trove of Los Angeles history browsing with archivists, curators, and librarians the many collections of Los Angeles. Just a few of our previous exhibitors have included the Autry, Beverly Hills Library, the CSU’s, Chinese Historical Society, Filipino American Library, Getty Center, Huntington Library, Workman and Temple Homestead Museum, Japanese American National Museum, La Senora, LA84, Claremont Colleges, LMU, Mayme Clayton Library, Occidental College, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Santa Monica Library, Seaver Center, Shildler Ephemera, Southern California Library for Social Research, St. Vincent's Medical Center, UCLA and USC.

Hope to see you at the Bazaar!

Admission is still FREE!

For more information visit
http://www.usc.edu/arc/lasubject or Neil Bethke 310-338-7478

Friday, August 20, 2010

Archive of Non-Profit Articles

As a way to take advantage of the best practices for running a heritage organization, check out the article library over at GuideStar. There are scores of articles on a a range of topics; topics your organization faces from volunteer recruitment to fundraising to board development.

Check it out online here.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Training for Executive Directors!

From the

Executive Service Corps of Southern California...

Gain a fresh perspective among peers. Ground your leadership in your mission. Learn new skills. Connect to your community. Be reinvigorated with passion for your cause.

“I've been doing this about 30 years now as a nonprofit executive. I can tell you there was nothing at all boilerplate about it...[EDLI brings] a perspective that deals with the practicality, the reality, and the day-to-day things that we need to do.”

- Hillary Selvin, Executive Director

National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles

As an experienced Executive Director, you know how much your organization depends on you to be an ever-stronger manager, strategic thinker, and inspirational leader. The Wells Fargo Executive Directors Leadership Institute (EDLI) is a unique program that provides practical teachings, customized executive coaching, and support of colleagues so that you are even better able to guide your organization toward success and sustainability.

The dynamic year-long program begins October 21, 2010, but the deadline to apply is September 10. Click here to view the 2010 brochure and application.

If you're not a nonprofit executive director yourself, don't let a friend or colleague miss out on this incredible opportunity, and help ESC spread the word!

Call for Volunteers!

From the Museum of the San Fernando Valley & the Studio City Neighborhood Council...


75TH Anniversary of Republic Pictures

The Cultural Affairs Committee of the Studio City Neighborhood Council and the Museum of the San Fernando Valley (a 501 (c ) 3) are presenting to the public, free of charge, a 75th anniversary celebration of Republic Pictures from 11 am. – 5 pm at the former Republic Studios lot, CBS Studio Center, 4204 Radford Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. Stars such as Adrian Booth, Anne Jeffreys, Ben Cooper, and Peggy Stewart are slated to attend. Leonard Malton, the famed film critic, will moderate one of the star panels.

Volunteers are needed...

Friday, September 24th
after 4 pm -- approx 9 pm to set up.

Saturday, September 25
-8:30 am – 10:30 am to set up
-10:45 am to 5:00 pm (2 hr 15 min shifts throughout the day to distribute programs and provide visitor assistance.)
5 pm to approx. 7 pm to break down and clean up

Sunday, September 26
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. to break down and clean up

All volunteers will be asked to attend an orientation September 18th. Everyone who attends the orientation will be given a private tour of CBS Studio Center. Please contact culturalaffairs@scnc.info if you are interested.

On the day of the event, all volunteers will be identified by a 75th anniversary button. They will also be provided a meal ticket as well as water (stationed at the volunteer green room). Dress: Respectable attire: no ripped garments/shoes, no off-color emblems or slogans on garments, etc.

Festivities include screenings of Republic films, serials and trailers, live performances of swing and western music, entertainment by gun spinners, rope twirlers, trick horses, and cowboy poets, and a diverse collection of memorabilia and merchants. In addition, a speaker’s forum with prominent industry experts and Republic celebrities will discuss a range of topics from creating sci-fi special effects to tales of working at Republic Pictures. A special Republic Pictures stamp cancellation ceremony of the U.S. Postal Service’s Cowboys of the Silver Screen postage stamps will take place and be available for sale.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New Funding For L.A. Preservation Projects

From the National Trust for Historic Preservation...

National Trust for Historic Preservation Opens New Round of Funding to Aid Los Angeles County Preservation Projects

San Francisco, CA (May 14, 2010) –Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the opening of the application period for the second round of grants from the Los Angeles County Preservation Fund. Funded jointly by the Ahmanson Foundation, the Getty Foundation and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Los Angeles County Preservation Fund provides seed monies (typical award $5,000 to $10,000) to nonprofit organizations and government agencies for preservation, stewardship, and community revitalization involving historic resources across Los Angeles County.

“We created this dedicated source of financial support to increase public awareness of the wealth of heritage resources, advocacy efforts, and historic preservation projects in greater Los Angeles County,” said Anthea Hartig, director of the National Trust Western Office in San Francisco. “The first twelve grants highlight chapters in the diverse heritage of America’s most populous county. In addition to fostering civic pride and encouraging thoughtful stewardship of sites of community memory, projects funded by the Los Angeles County Preservation Fund also inspire additional fundraising and yield substantial economic activity.”

Intended to build credibility and public awareness of historic preservation activities, the seed grants give momentum to community preservation projects getting off the ground, providing capital in early stages and at critical junctures. A required dollar-for-dollar match means that the grants act as fundraising catalysts, leveraging additional financial support and community buy-in.

Grant awards will support activities and projects such as:

  • Professional consulting services in areas that include architecture, archaeology, engineering, preservation or land-use planning, economics, organizational development, media relations and law;
  • Bricks-and-mortar construction activities at historic sites and structures;
  • Surveys and inventories of historic resources;
  • Educational workshops, outreach activities, or community forums; and
  • Designing and producing printed materials or other media communications to advance historic preservation.

The initial round of the Los Angeles County Preservation Fund generated a thematically and geographically diverse group of projects, including preservation of two 19th century ranch homes, the gateways to Chinatown’s Central Plaza, and a mid-century modern resource with intimate links to architects Richard and Dion Neutra’s evolving design ideas. To learn full details of first twelve projects go tohttp://www.preservationnation.org/about-us/regional-offices/western/los-angeles-county-1.html

City governments, government agencies, and 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. The application deadline for the second grant round will close on June 15, 2010 (postmarked). Individuals and private, for profit businesses are not eligible to apply. For the Los Angeles County Preservation Fund application, as well as complete guidelines and instructions, please see: www.preservationnation.org/lapf.

Funds may not be used: to acquire property or purchase equipment; to conduct academic research; for salaries, operating, or overhead expenses; or to raise general operating funds towards capital campaign goals.

The Los Angeles County Preservation Fund is coordinated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation Western Office, in San Francisco, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Conservancy, a Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Applicants are required to contact the National Trust for Historic Preservation Western Office for assistance in identifying an appropriate eligible project prior to submitting an application. For further information, please contact Melita JureŇ°a-McDonald, Elizabeth Boylan or Hugh Rowland in the Western Office, 415.947.0692

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Write a Book about Your Community History

A message from Arcadia Publishing...

Arcadia Publishing is constantly on the search for worthwhile local photo-history book subjects. If certain Los Angeles Heritage Alliance members has a particular interest that would lend itself to a photo-history volume, we would be interested in discussing the matter. Perhaps that idea might be a suitable subject for our Images of America series. For more information, contact Jerry Roberts, Acquisitions Editor, Arcadia Publishing at 310-733-7080 or email jroberts@arcadiapublishing.com

Speak at the 2011 CA Preservation Conference

The California Preservation Foundation announces its Call for Proposals for the 2011 California Preservation Conference & 2010-11 CPF Workshop Series

The 2011 Call for Sessions is now posted on the CPF Website, www.californiapreservation.org and your can download the application here: http://www.californiapreservation.org/PDFs/Call for Sessions 2011.pdf. Deadline is July 2, and details are below and online.

From the California Preservation Foundation website...

CPF is now accepting proposals for the 2010-11 Education Programs! Proposals are being accepted for workshops, annual conference sessions, and study tours. Please visit www.californiapreservation.org to download the “Call for Proposal” Form.

2011 California Preservation Conference
The 2011 California Preservation Conference, with the conference theme “Preservation on the Edge” will be held in Santa Monica in the spring. The audience for the conference includes: City and County Planners, Historic District Commissioners, Preservation Educators, Main Street Communities, Architects, State and Federal Employees, and Public Historians and interested community members. Each year the Conference presents high quality sessions, workshops, and study tours that address some of the most important issues facing preservationists in California. The Conference Program Committee seeks sessions that will be interactive, engage the audience, present fresh approaches, and be easily applicable to participants.

The conference will approximately have five educational tracks. The track topics and the conference theme relate to identified issues or subjects that are relevant to the region where the conference will be held. Within each track, four 90 minute education sessions and one mobile workshop will be developed. The proposals, which are selected for inclusion in the conference, must appeal to a broad, statewide audience. Potential session topics include, but are not limited to:

- Sustainability- Economic, Environmental, Social/Cultural
- Innovative Practices in Historic Preservation
- Atypical Adaptive Re-use
- Landmarks of the Future and Recent Past- Identification and Preservation
- Cultural Landscapes- From Beaches and Parks to Sites of Historical Interest
- Integration of Preservation in Local, State and Federal Government
- Economic Development and Heritage Tourism

2010-11 Workshop Series
CPF has a reputation for providing high quality, interactive workshops focusing on topics of interest to our members, design professionals, building officials, planners, attorneys and other preservation practitioners. CPF is a certified continuing education provider for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the California State Bar (MCLE). Our programs meet the high standards required by each of these organizations as we strive to present the “current and best practices” in historic preservation. Staff and Commissioners of Certified Local Governments can also satisfy the requirement for continuing education by attending CPF workshops. Topics of
interest include the following:
- Historic Integrity/Significance
- Tax Incentives for Historic Preservation
- Design Review for Historic Buildings, Landscapes, Districts, etc.
- Finding Preservation Funding
- Historic Resource Surveys
- California Environmental Quality Act
- Preservation Ordinances
- Adaptive Reuse
- Alterations and Additions, and also Infill Construction within Historic Districts
- Cultural Landscapes
- The California Historical Building Code
- The Secretary of the Interior's Standards

Proposal Submission Guidelines
We invite you to submit your recommendations for workshops and conference sessions by completing the online “Call for Proposal” Form. Please submit your proposal on the electronic form posted on our website: www.californiapreservation.org.

Your proposal should include:
- Session Title;
- Level of Session (Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner);
- Format/Time (Session, Workshop, Tour/90mins, 3 hrs);
- Session Coordinator’s and Speaker Address/Phone/Email;
- Brief description of proposed session including anticipated AV/equipment needs; and
- At least four learning objectives for the session.

Deadline for submitting proposals is July 2, 2010.
Participants will be notified by fall 2010 of their proposal status.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

May Day Monster Mash Picnic
Saturday, May 1
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
La Laguna de San Gabriel
Vincent Lugo Park, San Gabriel

The Los Angeles Conservancy, its Modern Committee, and the Friends of La Laguna invite kids of all ages to a special picnic a truly unique playground: La Laguna de San Gabriel, a sand-filled "lagoon" of whimsical sea creatures handcrafted in the mid-1960s by master concrete artist Benjamin Dominguez.

This "Monster Park" will host a May Day afternoon of games, lunch, and architecture-inspired ice cream sandwiches from the Coolhaus truck. Admission is $15 for the general public, $10 for L.A. Conservancy members, and $5 for kids twelve and under (admission includes lunch, a Coolhaus ice cream sandwich, and games). Reservations are required and available on the L.A. Conservancy site.

La Laguna is more than just an amazing place; it's a great preservation success story. The playground was threatened with demolition in 2006 as part of a park expansion plan. After successfully rallying to save the playground, the grassroots Friends of La Laguna commissioned a groundbreaking study and preservation plan for this unique architectural treasure.

The Friends won a 2009 Conservancy Preservation Award for their Historic Structures Report and Preservation Plan. They've launched a $1.2 million capital campaign to implement the plan and recently received a $250,000 grant from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment. The playground is now an official City of San Gabriel landmark and the only postwar playground listed in the California Register of Historical Resources.

The picnic is generously sponsored by AYSO - Region 40, Barons Media, The Coca-Cola Company, Gabriel's Automotive, Park West Landscape Maintenance, Inc., The Rivera Family, and Subway.

This event is part of the Los Angeles Conservancy and Modern Committee program, The Sixties Turn 50, celebrating the 1960s architectural heritage of Greater Los Angeles and exploring how best to preserve it. For more information, visit laconservancy.org/sixties.

Photo by Eloy Zarate.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

L.A. Heritage Day a Success!

On April 11, 2010 over 1200 people -- from as far away as Newport and Santa Barbara -- descended on to Heritage Square Museum for the L.A. Heritage Alliance's 3rd Annual LA Heritage Day. There was a line when the gates opened at 11am, and even as the event drew to a close a 4pm, people were still trying to gain entrance! All in attendance agreed that this was the best event yet for heritage organizations in LA County (and beyond!) to connect with each other and reach out to others to promote our shared heritage.

This success was due in large part to the work of the participating groups that each helped promote the event, as well as the media attention the event garnered. Pre-event coverage could be found online, in newspapers like L.A. Weekly and The L.A. Times, and even on TV on Fox11!

People rode their bikes, took the Metro, and drove to the event in numbers rarely seen at the impressive museum. And when they arrived, they were greeted by Pink's hot dogs, which sold out its regular and vegetarian dogs, and even ran out of chili and kraut!

With results like this, next year is sure to be even more successful!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

L.A. Heritage Day: Sunday, April 11, 2010

LA Heritage Day is quickly approaching on Sunday, April 11, 2010. It will be held at Heritage Square Museum (3800 Homer Street, L.A. 90031), and admission is free if you download the flyer for free admission here.

What more do you need to know?

There will be over 1000 attendees and 100 heritage organizations, historical societies, museums, and preservation groups present.

This year will also feature...
- a scavenger hunt for kids and "young at heart,"
- ongoing Heritage Showcase with a new "act" every 15 minutes throughout the day,
- Pink's Hot Dogs for sale on site,
- "open houses" of the historic homes at Heritage Square Museum,
- activities for kids,
- historic demonstrations,
- and much, much more!

How to get there:
You can drive a park, but you might have to walk a block or two. OR, this year, there are two options that are driving alternatives:
1. You can "Go Metro" and take Metro to the Heritage Square Gold Line Station and a free shuttle will take you to the entrance of the museum. OR...
2. You can ride your bike to Heritage Square Museum where special, secure bicycle parking has been arranged for the special event.

Don't miss the largest heritage event in LA County!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Typewriter Exhibit at Valley College

From the Valley College Historical Museum...

Metal into Words

The Martin M. Cooper Typewritter Collection
On Exhibit at the L.A. Valley College
Historical Museum

60th logo

Exhibit from March 24 through April 30, 2010


TIME: 5:00 PM AT THE MUSEUM (Bungalow 15/16)


To RSVP for the Reception, please contact

Mr. Bill Carpenter at (818)947-2373

or by email at carpenb@lavc.edu

About Us
The L.A. Valley College Historical Museum is an auxiliary of the Los Angeles Valley College Foundation. Founded in 1975 by Dr. James Dodson, the mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and promote historical artifacts as it relates to the history of the San Fernando Valley. It also serves as a repository for Los Angeles Valley College historical collections.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Register Now for the Heritage Portal!

Experience LA
For some time, the L.A. Heritage Alliance has been discussing an "Online Master Heritage Calendar & Portal" that the general public could use and go to as the "one-stop-shop" for all heritage activities in the County. We wanted something that could be self-updated and allow for each group to add their events and activities directly. Additionally, we wanted this portal to host the "master listing" of all groups (instead of us updating it for you every time there is a change). Finally, we wanted it to be free, yet professional. With all this in mind, we are proud to announce a partnership with ExperienceLA.com.

Due to our group efforts (and the theory of "strength in numbers"), we have been able to partner with ExperienceLA.com, THE go to events and transportation calendar for L.A. County. They are going to create a portal and listing for all of our respective events, including tours, lectures, meetings, special events, and even open hours. It is FREE, and many other websites (like the LA Visitors Bureau, the Arts Commission, LA City, and others) use this information to promote L.A. to tourists and residents alike.

All Heritage Organizations in LA are encouraged to sign-up and be a part of this project to put heritage at the forefront of cultural activities in Los Angeles!

Historic Theatre Tour: The Academy & The Fox in Inglewood

From the L.A. Historic Theatre Foundation...

Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation (www.lahtf.org ) presents

All About The Academy &

Save the Fox Inglewood

An overview of Inglewood’s Historic Theatres and a tour of the Academy & Fox

Saturday, February 20,

10:30 am; Doors open at 10:00 am (note time change)

Free Admission – The Public is Invited

The Academy Cathedral

3141 W Manchester Blvd. (at Crenshaw)

Inglewood CA 90305

Parking available behind the Cathedral

For directions to The Academy, click here: http://tinyurl.com/ykrnsh5

Inglewood and its historic theatres are Topic A for the LAHTF’s next All About docu-tour as we take close-up looks at The Academy (1939 S. Charles Lee) and the Fox Inglewood(1949 S. Charles Lee and Carl Moeller). We will also take a brief photographic tour of Inglewood’s other historic theatres. Many thanks to the Inglewood Historic Site Preservation Committee.


Here’s a brief look at the Fox Inglewood on the LAHTF YouTube channel.


Here’s one for The Academy:



DANGER! This incredible cultural resource is up for sale at auction and faces an uncertain future.

Click here for photos and details:


LEARN how you can become involved in a grass roots community drive to preserve, restore and rehabilitate the Fox as a multi-purpose entertainment and special events venue.

TOUR – The Academy and get a sneak peek of the fabulous Fox Inglewood!

SEE – Theatre Historian Ed Kelsey’s PowerPoint presentations on Inglewood Historic Theatres, The Academy and the Fox.

HIDDEN IS REVEALED – Discover for yourself two iconic and seldom seen buildings.

PARTICIPATE! – Join with the LAHTF and the folks in Inglewood to save and use an incredible historic theatre.

For more information about The Academy: http://www.academycathedral.com/