Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Learn about Historypin in LA on 10/21

There will be a special presentation held by Historypin on Friday,
October 21 at 2pm at the Glendale Public Library, Central Branch.

Historypin, created by We Are What We Do in partnership with Google,
is a way for millions of people to come together to share glimpses of
the past and build up the story of human history. The project,
launched globally in July 2011, consists of the main online hub,, a Smartphone app and a series of dedicated social
programmes, across education, community, archives and volunteers.
Historypin is a non-profit, collaborative initiative, which is working
with more and more libraries, archives and museums everyday to help
them unlock their resources and reach new audiences.

Nick Stanhope, CEO of the non-profit organization that created
Historypin, will provide an overview of Historypin and its current

Nick will also discuss how institutions and individuals with
collections can get started with the project and answer any questions
regarding workflow, content preparation, and selection.

Please feel free to bring your colleagues or to pass this along to
other institutions that might be interested.

When: Friday, October 21
Where: Glendale Public Library, Auditorium
222 E. Harvard St.
Glendale, CA 91205
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00 pm
More info about the location can be found here:

Library Visitors receive 3 hours FREE parking across Harvard at the
Marketplace parking structure with validation at the Loan Desk.

Parking spaces in front (east side) of the building are available for
30 minutes. Spaces on the south side are available for 1 hour.

Metered parking is available on the west side of the building in Lot
#10 and on Harvard Street.

Handicapped parking is available at the front of the building.

About Nick Stanhope
After graduating from Oxford University in 2002, Nick spent six years
working on the ground in communities, as a teacher, youth worker and
fundraiser, before joining We Are What We Do in 2007 and becoming CEO
in early 2009. Nick has gathered a team of more than twenty We Are
What We Do-ers in London, Sofia and San Francisco, and significantly
shaped the direction of the organization. His vision is for a
non-profit company that puts a stream of desirable things into the
world, in demand by a mainstream consumer audience and with positive
behaviors built into them, incidentally helping people to do simple,
good things and addressing major social and environmental issues.

Register Now: Creating and Funding Preservation Projects to Enhance Collection Care

Creating and Funding Preservation Projects to Enhance Collection Care

Do you want to get a preservation grant to take care of your
collections? Many institutions have used grant-funded projects to
enhance the level of care they can provide for their collections, and
sometimes even to jump start their preservation programs. By the end
of the one-day workshop, participants will have outlined a
preservation project proposal specific to their institution,
identified possible funding sources, and tested their ideas with other
workshop participants. Training locations include Los Angeles, San
Diego, San Francisco, and Sacramento.


COST : These workshops are FREE. Funding is provided by the Institute
of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through a Connecting to
Collections statewide grant.

REGISTRATION : Pre-registration required. Click on the link below
to register for the LA workshop; this workshops fill up quickly.

For more information or registration assistance contact: Sarah Post at

Partners in the C3 Project include: California Association of Museums,
California Historical Society, California Library Association,
California State Archives, California State Library, California State
Parks. With assistance from: California Preservation Program, Balboa
Art Conservation Center, and the Western States and Territories
Preservation Assistance Service.

Funding is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
(IMLS) through a Connecting to Collections statewide grant.


Los Angeles
February 10, 2012
California African American Museum
Register Here:

Thursday, September 1, 2011


With a history spanning 230 years, Los Angeles will have no trouble finding ways to celebrate its rich heritage over the next 12 months. The LA Heritage Alliance, a network of over 200 heritage organizations throughout Southern California, is coordinating a year-long series of 230 events starting in September to commemorate the City’s founding on September 4, 1781.

All LA230 events will be listed on the LA Heritage Alliance Heritage Portal, a partnership with This portal, at, lists all the participating organizations and their events. To refine the search to these events, use the search term, “LA230.”

From Los Angeles to San Gabriel to Long Beach to The San Fernando Valley and all across Southern California, events will commemorate LA’s birthday by celebrating a specific aspect of its history, be it a person, place, event, culture, or movement.

To start the celebration, Los Pobladores ( will host a re-enactment walk from The Mission San Gabriel Arcangel to LA’s birthplace at Olvera Street on Saturday, September 3, starting at 6am and arriving at Union Station for the formal entrance at about 9:15am. Olvera Street ( will host a celebration on September 4 starting at 10am with cake.

Other events include a special lecture on “Dinner in the Exploding City” from the Culinary Historians of Southern California at the Central Library (with culinary samples), “Art of the Jonathon Club” at the Pasadena Museum of History, and “Pushing the Boundaries: Adventurers, Pioneers and Unconventional Heroes” living history from West Adams Heritage at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery. New events are being added each day, so check out for all the latest events to celebrate LA230!

Friday, August 26, 2011

LA230 Project

As we work to promote LA Heritage over the next year in honor of the 230th anniversary of the founding of Los Angeles, we've developed a
joint marketing program for "LA230 Events." It is simple (& free!) to participate; all you need to do is the following:

a. Designate an event you're planning (or will plan) as part of the LA230
b. Enter the event at the Heritage Portal at using the title of “LA230: [Event Name]”
c. Use the LA230 logo on all marketing materials, including flyers, banners, websites, etc.
d. Promote your event as part of the LA230 celebration

What will be done for you:
- We will email you you the LA230 event logo for you to use on materials.
- Individual links to LA230 events will be listed the LAHA page (the links will be to the Heritage Portal, not your site specifically.
- LA230 will be promoted in general to tourism, LA, and event websites and news outlets

Please send the link of your event to us as soon as it's posted so we can start building the webpage to launch in at the end of August.

For a short tagline, you can use:
"Celebrating LA's 230th Birthday" or "Celebrating 230 years of LA!"

For press releases and websites, you can use the following blurb:
About LA 230
On September 4, 1781, 11 families, 4 Soldiers (and their families) set out from Mission San Gabriel and walked the nine miles to what today is known as Olvera Street to found the pueblo known now as Los Angeles. Over 200 organizations from across Los Angeles today work to
preserve and promote our shared heritage, and LA230 is their effort to highlight and share 230 years worth of history and culture. Visit for all the LA230 events!

***Please let us know by August 31st which event you have designated so we can include it in the first press release!***

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

West Adams Golden Legacies: Golden State Mutual Life and Landmarks of African American History
Saturday, June 4, 2011, Noon to 4 p.m.
$20 advance; $30 on site
Tickets available at West Adams Heritage Association website

West Adams Heritage Association presents a special tour celebrating a century of accomplishments of African Americans who have contributed to Historic West Adams’ civic and cultural legacy.

Visit the iconic Golden State Mutual Life Insurance building, designed by architect Paul Williams in 1947 for the first African American-owned insurance company established west of the Mississippi. The Late Moderne building with its notable integrated murals by artists Charles Alston and Hale Woodruff is on the road to becoming Los Angeles’s newest Historic Cultural Monument. The murals, depicting scenes of African Americans’ contributions to California history, are endangered, threatened with removal.

West Adams’ Golden Legacies is a tribute to milestones and pioneers who have helped to define the community’s character. Visitors will be able to tour the interiors of several other historical properties, and explore the neighborhoods of West Adams with dozens of Black history landmarks.

Tickets are $20 in advance (deadline: May 27) and $30 at check-in.

Prepaid tickets will be held at check-in:
Golden State Mutual
West Adams Blvd. at Western Ave.
Ticket sales close at 3 p.m., and tour properties will close promptly at 4 p.m.

For tickets, visit

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Free Disaster Preparedness Workshop in LA: 11/11 & 12/11

The California Assn. of Museums is hosting a free, two-part workshop in LA in November and December of 2011. Register now to take advantage of this great resource:

From their site...

Part 1 & 2: Protecting Cultural Collections / Los Angeles
Registration Information
Click here to register now
9:00am November 9 - 4:00pm December 7, 2011
Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA

Disaster Prevention, Preparedness,
Response and Recovery

Part 1: November 9, 2011
Part 2: December 7, 2011

Located at the Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA

The Heritage Health Index determined that most collecting institutions need an emergency or disaster response plan that includes collections, and staff trained to carry it out. Attend the interactive 2-part workshop “Protecting Cultural Collections” and walk away with:

•A complete disaster response and collection salvage plan by the end of Part 2
•The skills needed to train staff to implement your plan effectively
•Pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections
•Understanding of the practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency
•Experience salvaging a variety of material including books, documents, photos & objects

The two parts are scheduled 4-8 weeks apart. Participants prepare short assignments prior to the first session; between sessions, they undertake additional assignments resulting in a completed disaster plan at the end of Part 2. Upon completion, the institution will be invited to join an informal network of trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in the region.

Who should attend:
Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of libraries, archives, and museums. By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop's disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please send two attendees from an institution so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

To learn more about the Californian Connecting to Collections Project HERE.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Cultural Security

Here are some helpful resources for museums and groups working in cultural preservation related to security:

LAPD's Art Theft Crime Prevention Tips:

Building an Emergency Plan (from the Getty):

California Preservation:
The California Preservation Program (CPP) provides information, education, and expert assistance on preservation of collections to libraries, archives, historical societies, cultural institutions and records repositories in California.

Musuem Security Network:
The MSN’s original aim was to serve as a source of information for cultural property protection professionals. Gradually, the Museum Security Network mailing list has become the main channel for the distribution of news and information pertaining to cultural property protection, preservation, conservation, and security. On a daily basis, information is posted on as well as on the MSN Google Group. Key areas discussed include cultural property housed in museums, libraries, archives, monuments, and churches as well as other current topics such as art theft, forgery, fires, provenance matters, illicit acquisitions, the illicit trade, UNESCO 1970, and UNIDROIT 1995. Subscribers include museum professionals, law enforcement officers, lawyers, academics, insurance underwriters, journalists, auction houses, among many others. The MSN is fully independent and refrains from any financial or non-financial associations with commercial organizations active in the above fields.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

CA Preservation Conference: Preservation on the Edge

California’s historic preservation community is coming to your doorstep!

The California Preservation Conference May 15 – 18 is a unique opportunity to participate in special tours, educational workshops, and events exploring preservation and its essential role in sustainability, economic development and community character.

Registration is now open. See the California Preservation Foundation website for all the details. You can select only what appeals to you most or immerse yourself by registering for the whole conference. Early registration discounts apply through April 8 and many Study Tours, Workshops and Events sell out quickly, so don’t delay.

Get an inside look at the Conference: Volunteers are now being recruited for assistance with registration, educational sessions, tours and special events as well as technical support. If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to download the application form and information on the benefits.

Know a high school or middle school student with an interest in film making and preservation? The conference will showcase winners of CPF’s 2ndAnnual Youth Film Competition which this year is partnering with Santa Monica's own Teen Film Festival, SMTFF. Click here to download details on the film competition. The deadline for submissions is Friday April 1 to be considered for both CPF and SMTFF, Thursday April 21 for only the CPF competition.

Have a preservation story you would like to tell? The Three-Minute Success Stories program on Monday night (May 16) is traditionally one of the most popular events of the conference, combining compelling preservation stories with dramatic and amusing presentations. Wrapping preservation narratives in a bit of vaudeville makes for a memorable evening, and the historic Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club will provide an ideal venue. The deadline for submissions is April 15. Click here for the application and details.

For more information on all aspects of the conference, see the California Preservation Foundation website or call 415-495-0349.

The Santa Monica Conservancy is very pleased to bring this statewide conference to Santa Monica, and thanks the many local partnering organizations, sponsors and volunteers who have made this possible.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Next Week: California Preservation Foundation 2011 Workshop Series
CEQA and Historic Resources: Thresholds, Mitigation & Case Studies

Register at or call 415-495-0349

Wednesday, March 16, 9am –4:30pm
Palisades Building Recital Hall; 2150 W. Pan American Rd.
San Diego, CA, 92101

Thursday, March 17, 9am– 4:30pm
Glendale Central Library Auditorium; 222 E. Harvard Street
Glendale, CA 91205

This course qualifies for MCLE, AIA & AICP Continuing Education Units

The California Environmental Quality Act is the primary legal tool used in California to protect historic resources threatened by a proposed development project. Projects that adversely impact an historic resource including demolition, partial demolition, alteration, relocation, typically require preparation to analyze and evaluate a range of alternatives that would avoid or reduce such impacts. Many historic preservation professionals find CEQA confusing and cultural resource analysis is misunderstood by many CEQA professionals. This workshop will explore thresholds, alternatives, district impacts ,legal issues and mitigation and review projects that have either led to the destruction or successfully saved cultural resources through the environmental review process.

Christy Johnson McAvoy
, Founding Principal, Historic Resources Group (Glendale & San Diego)
Ron Parsons, State Historian Local Government Unit, California Office of Historic Preservation (Glendale & San Diego)
Adrian Scott Fine, Director of Advocacy, Los Angeles Conservancy (Glendale)
Ken Bernstein, Principal Planner, City of Los Angeles (Glendale)
Cathy Winterrowd, Principal Planner/HRB Liaison, City of San Diego (San Diego)
Jan Chatten-Brown, Attorney, Chatten-Brown & Carstens (San Diego)
Jay Platt, Planner, Historic Preservation & Urban Design, City of Glendale (Glendale)
Erik Krause, Senior Environmental Planner, City of Glendale (Glendale)
Amy Minteer, Attorney, Chatten-Brown & Carstens (Glendale)

Friday, March 4, 2011

3 trainings for Non-Profits from Valley Non-Profit Resources

From Valley Nonprofit Resources (VNR)...

VNR has scheduled three educational workshops:

* Show Me The Money: Nonprofits Talking Taxes will be held on Tuesday April 5, 2011 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in Reseda. This free workshop will help nonprofit leaders build their public policy understanding and advocacy skills. California’s state and local budget crises and how to deal with them; helping organizations thoughtfully consider and participate in policy solutions; and the critical role of public funding and taxes for the nonprofit sector.

* Investment and Money Management Basics for Nonprofits will be held on Thursday April 14, 2011 from 10:00am - 12:00 noon in Burbank. This free workshop will provide an overview of financial management options available to nonprofits and give tips on how to be a good steward of an organization's funds. Topics covered will include: basic definitions of money management terms, ways to accept and manage organizational donations, how to classify cash reserves and strategic investment portfolio management. The workshop will feature Darya Allen-Attar of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

* Nonprofit Finance and Accounting for Non-Accountants will be held in Sherman Oaks on Thursday May 12, 2011 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. This lunch and learn workshop is co-sponsored by SingerLewak and will provide an overview of nonprofit accounting basics. It will provide tips for how dealing with accounting tasks such as reading and understanding financial statements, effective ways to communicate with a book keeper or CPA, and some basics of financial planning. The workshop will feature SingerLewak partner Sally J. Aubury and other SingerLewak professional staff. Cost of the workshop is $20 including lunch.

All three workshops are part of VNR's Financial Management for Nonprofits Suite. For more information and to register please call 818/990-0176 or email

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Register Now: 2 Free Training for LA Heritage Leaders

Come get tips on how your organization can advocate for preservation in your community more effectively (or start advocating & educating leaders you don't already!). Discover the many funding resources available for preservation projects and activities in LA!

Don't miss out; space is limited!

On Saturday, March 19th the L.A. Heritage Alliance and the California Preservation Foundation are happy to offer two training presentations for heritage organizations in Southern California who want to learn more about advocacy and funding. Both presentations are free and open to the public, so choose one or both to attend. Seating is limited so register early by clicking the following links.

Contact Jennifer Gates, Field Services Director at the California Preservation Foundation if you have any questions at 415-495-0349 Information on parking will be sent to all registrants in an email before the presentation.

Saturday March 19, 2011

10am to 12pm: Advocacy 101

Preservation is local! Come learn effective tools on how to advocate for the preservation of your historic resources. Learn what you need to know, how to get the information, and what resources are available to help you make a difference in your community.


1:30pm to 3:30pm: Preservation Economics: Benefits & Funding Sources

Preservation is economically beneficial to communities and property owners. Come learn about the economic benefits of preservation and the variety of funding sources that are available to non-profits to assist with a variety of projects.


Both sessions will be held at the Los Angeles Conservancy Conference Room:

523 West Sixth Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Training: Achieve Fundraising Success in 2011

From the Executive Service Corps of Southern California...


The Developing Development Program (DDP) offered by Executive Service Corps can help you create a successful, sustainable charitable giving program despite these challenging economic times.

DDP has helped more than 60 Southern California nonprofits now it's your turn! Create and implement a fundraising program for your agency based on proven best practices through DDP's practical training coupled with extended personalized coaching support.

DDP offers your Executive Director and development team:

  • Useful tools for assessment, planning, & execution of a successful individual giving program;
  • 8 training sessions and 5 clinics with a peer group of agency participants;
  • 18 months of expert, individualized coaching; and
  • Seven years of proven results confirmed by third-party evaluators.

Don't delay - the application deadline is March 4 and spots are very limited. Training sessions begin April 7.

Click here to learn more about DDP and access the application.

If you have any questions, contact Program Director Aileen Preonas at 213.613.9103 X16 or

ESC's Developing Development Program is made possible by the generous support of the Weingart Foundation and is offered by ESC in association with Third Sector Learning.

Grants Roundup (from Heritage Preservation)

Grant Roundup from Heritage Preservation:
IMLS21st Century Museum Professionals
Deadline: March 15, 2011
IMLSNative American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services
Deadline: April 1, 2011
NEHPreservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
Deadline: May 3, 2011
NEHChallenge Grants
Deadline: May 4, 2011
NEHPreservation & Access Research & Development
Deadline: May 19, 2011
NEHPreservation & Access Education & Training
Deadline: July 1, 2011
NEHHumanities Collections & Reference Resources
Deadline: July 20, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Rancho Los Cerritos Seeks Volunteers

From Rancho Los Cerritos...

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is seeking volunteers to “become” rancheros, housewives, field hands, sheepherders, cooks, gardeners, or housemaids, and then present these unique accounts of Rancho life to the general public as living history volunteers.

Would you please share the attached flyer and information with
interested volunteers and members?

What is Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site?
Rancho Los Cerritos is a National and State Historic Landmark. Operated as a public museum since 1955 by the City of Long Beach, the 1844 adobe and grounds echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican and American California and the families who helped transform southern California from its ranching beginnings to a modern, urban society. Public hours are Wednesday-Sunday afternoons, with school programs, special events, lectures, concerts and other activities throughout the year.

Training Information
This ten-week training course will include a detailed look at Rancho Los Cerritos’ history, architecture, collections and gardens. Additionally, volunteers will select an historical persona and explore the world of living history interpretation through character development, storytelling, interactive games, and improvisation techniques. By the end of training, our new living history docents will be so immersed in the customs, manners, morals and costumes of their chosen character and time period that they will be ready to share the Rancho’s unique stories with visitors of all ages!

Once our new visitor education center is completed in June 2011, the Rancho will introduce “Visitors from the Past” living history tours on a regular basis. As living history docents, graduates of our training class will be expected to volunteer a minimum of one afternoon per month (Wednesday-Sunday), portraying a character from the past and sharing his/her unique, enjoyable and vibrant style with the general public.

Visitors from the Past Living History Tours at Rancho Los Cerritos
“Visitors from the Past” tours are designed to allow museum guests to chose an interpreter with whom to tour the property—perhaps one of the Rancho’s previous owners, or a field hand, a domestic servant, or even a visiting family member. For instance, guests may tour with Ying, the Rancho’s 1870s Chinese cook, who would share stories of laundry day and the many mouths he must feed during shearing time, as well as tales of the Chinese peddler who brought vegetables along with news from Chinatown in Los Angeles. If guests follow Arthur Orchard, the Bixby family’s mid-20th century gardener, they would learn about Llewellyn Bixby Sr.’s new estate garden designed by landscape architect Ralph Cornell. Touring with Margaret Bixby, wife of sheep rancher Jotham Bixby, they will hear about the joys and challenges of raising a young family on the California frontier and how she chose to furnish her well-appointed adobe home. And from Rafaela Cota de Temple, they would learn about life in Mexican California, and how her husband built the two-story adobe home in 1844 as headquarters for his 27,000-acre cattle ranch.

Please feel free to call Meighan Maguire or Ellen Calomiris at (562) 570-1755 if you have any questions.

Thank you for your help!

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site * 4600 Virginia Road * Long Beach 90807
(562) 570-1755 *

Friday, January 21, 2011

Heritage Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Saturday, February 5
10 a.m. - noon
Campo de Cahuenga
3919 Lankershim Blvd.
Studio City/North Hollywood, CA 91604

Directly across from Universal Studios entrance next to the MTA parking lot
Take Metro Red Line to Universal stop
Free parking - limited space in Campo lot but more free space (on Saturdays) at the Metro lot next door

Click here for a Google map

Click here to visit the Campo website

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Grant Funding for "Hidden Collections"

From the Council on Library and Information Resources...

CLIR Requests Preproposals for Hidden Collections Grant

Washington, DC, January 19--The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today opened the preproposal application period for its Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant program. Information about the program and links to the online application and guidelines are available at The deadline for submitting completed preproposals is Friday, March 11, 2011. All applicants are required to submit a preproposal; final proposals will be accepted only from applicants whose preproposals are approved by the programs review panel.

In 2011 the program expects to award about $4 million in grants that range from $75,000 to $500,000. Applicants may request terms as short as 12 months or as long as 36 months, or any period in between. A review panel will evaluate proposals and select the award recipients; payments will be made by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Decisions will be announced by December 31, 2011, and applicants may begin their projects anytime between January 1, 2012, and March 1, 2012.

The program will award funds to institutions holding collections of high scholarly value that are difficult or impossible to locate through existing finding aids. Award recipients will create descriptive information for their hidden collections that will be linked to and interoperable with all other projects funded by this grant, to form a federated environment that can be built upon over time. Funding for the program comes from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to expand access to information, however recorded and preserved, as a public good. Through publications, projects, and programs, CLIR works to maintain and improve access to information for generations to come. In partnership with other institutions, CLIR helps create services that expand the concept of "library" and supports the providers and preservers of information. Information about CLIR and its work is available