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

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

Due to our group efforts (and the theory of "strength in numbers"), we have been able to partner with, 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 ( ) 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:

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:

Friday, February 12, 2010

21st Century Museum Grants

Institute of Museum and Library Services: 21st Century Museum Professionals
This program provides support to increase the capacity of museums by improving the knowledge and skills of museum professionals in multiple institutions.

Basic details from their site (click for the full details)....

FY 2010 Deadline:

March 15, 2010

Grant Amount:


Grant Period:

 Up to three years

Matching Requirement: 

1:1 for all funds requested from IMLS

Program Overview

Museum professionals need high levels of knowledge and expertise as they help create public value for the communities they serve. The purpose of the 21st Century Museum Professionals program is to increase the capacity of museums by improving the knowledge and skills of museum professionals in multiple institutions. 21st Century Museum Professionals grants are intended to reach broad groups of museum professionals throughout a city, county, state, region, or the nation.

Grants fund a wide range of activities, including the development and implementation of classes, seminars, and workshops; resources to support leadership development; collection, assessment, development, and/or dissemination of information that leads to better museum operations; activities that strengthen the use of contemporary technology tools to deliver programs and services; support for the enhancement of pre-professional training programs; and organizational support for the development of internship and fellowship programs. IMLS also welcomes proposals that promote the skills necessary to develop 21st century communities, citizens, and workers.

Museums that fulfill the eligibility criteria for museums may apply. Public or private not-for profit agencies, organizations or associations that engage in activities designed to advance museums and the museum profession may also apply. In addition, institutions of higher education, including public and nonprofit universities are eligible.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Revised Development Plan Preserves Century Plaza Hotel

News from the Los Angeles Conservancy...

Revised Development Plan Preserves Century Plaza Hotel

Century Plaza Hotel, Andrew Hara, 400xThe Los Angeles Conservancy, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Next Century Associates (owners of the Century Plaza Hotel) have announced plans for a revised development project that would preserve the 1966 Century Plaza Hotel in Century City.

All three parties worked together at the urging of Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, in whose district the hotel resides. The Conservancy is extremely grateful to Councilmember Koretz for his leadership in bringing us all to the table, and to his staff for their dedication to finding a preservation solution.

The revised project will preserve the existing hotel building as the centerpiece of a mixed-use development with hotel, residential, and office space; retail and restaurants; and public plazas and open space.

The project will undergo the normal City review and approval process, including a full environmental impact report (EIR) estimated for release and public comment later this year. Next Century's architectural team has begun a concept design that will be available for review in the coming months.

The project allows for the reuse of the hotel building and development of the property in a way that maintains the building's eligibility as both a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) and for listing in the California Register of Historical Resources. To this end, architecture and preservation firm Architectural Resources Group, Inc. will conduct an independent historic evaluation of the project.

The Conservancy and the National Trust will continue our involvement through a Preservation Advisory Group that will review the preservation project as it develops. Significant documentation has been done to identify the building's historic features, and the preparation of a detailed Historic Structure Report is underway.

Architecture firm Marmol Radziner and Associates has created detailed protocols for the treatment of the building's historic features. This groundbreaking research--particularly into the treatment of aluminum, which came into widespread use in the 1960s and was used extensively in the Century Plaza Hotel--will benefit not only the hotel building but many other historic resources from the sixties and beyond.

The progress we've made to date is very encouraging and could serve as a model for collaboration between preservationists and developers going forward. It is particularly meaningful on the heels of the demolition of the 1965 Columbia Savings Building, which underscores the fragility of Greater L.A's 1960s heritage. For more information, visit their website, The Sixties Turn 50.

Tour of NoHo

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is pleased to extend an invitation to join us on another historic walking tour of North Hollywood “NoHo.”

North Hollywood Historic Walking Tour

Saturday, April 10th 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tour attendees will learn about real cowboys, pioneer families, movie television and recording stars, the Spanish conquest, Mexican ranchos, great steam trains, vast ranches and orchards, land barons, wars, architecture, and much more! Additional tour highlights include:

t Amelia Earhart Statue

t Security Trust and Savings Bank (1924)

t Amelia Earhart Library (1928)

t El Portal Theatre (1926)

t St. Paul’s First Lutheran Church

t NoHo Arts District

t NoHo Fire Station #60

t Lankershim Arts Center (1939) (S. Charles Lee, architect)

t So. Pacific Railroad Depot (1896)

t Commonwealth Savings & Loan Building

t Weddington Family History

t North Hollywood Masonic Temple Lodge 542

t Lankershim Elementary School (Marilyn Monroe attended)

RSVP:1-818-347-9665 or email at
Please leave name, address and phone number (walk-ups welcome too!)

Cost: $10 per person suggested donation

Parking: Street and metered parking in area (Park on Magnolia as Tujunga only allows 2 hour parking, and the tour often goes beyond that.)

Special "thank you" to the
Universal City/North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Reservations for the tour are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tour meets at Amelia Earhart Statue; NW corner of Tujunga St. & Magnolia Blvd. Tour led by historian Richard Hilton, Director, Museum Tours, a docent of the Los Angeles Conservancy, and board member of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.