Monday, March 19, 2012

LA Heritage Day 2012 Details

500 Years of Fascinating Facts and Objects on Display at Free Event
Sunday, April 29, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument

(LOS ANGELES March 19, 2012) – Fortune cookies, a Civil War tent, L.A.’s first fire “truck,” menus from long-ago restaurants, a wooden nickel, and the city’s first grand hotel each have a story to tell about the Los Angeles region’s over 500 years of recorded history. On Sunday, April 29, 2012, the L.A. Heritage Alliance will host its Fourth Annual L.A. Heritage Day in partnership with El Pueblo Historical Monument, to share this history through tours, five museums, a scavenger hunt, children’s activities, presentations, giveaways, food, and other activities.

“In an area sometimes perceived as having no ‘real’ history, L.A. Heritage Day is an opportunity for people to learn about and enjoy the fascinating people, places, and events that have shaped Southern California,” said Cindy Olnick, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Conservancy. “It’s also a chance to learn about the incredible variety of local preservation groups, museums, libraries, and historical societies serving people today throughout Los Angeles County.”

“With so many groups attending this event, there will be something for everyone. The legacy of the Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Spanish and African immigrant communities along with our region's indigenous people will be honored for their role in making Los Angeles the diverse metropolis it is today,” said Robert Andrade, General Manager of El Pueblo Historical Monument.

This year’s L.A. Heritage Day will take place inside the historic Pico House at El Pueblo Historic Monument (, adjacent to Olvera Street and across the street from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is the birthplace of L.A., the original site of the early pueblo where the city was founded in 1781. Special tours of Olvera Street, Avila Adobe, Chinese American Museum, and Plaza Firehouse Museum will be available.

L.A. Heritage Day is Sunday, April 29, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free, including tours. The event is also sponsored in part by the Office of LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge and Project Restore.

For directions and public transportation options, visit the event listing on the ExperienceLA Heritage Portal:

Registered L.A. Heritage Day Groups as of 4/26/2012:
African American Firefighter Museum 
Alhambra Preservation Group 
American Cinematheque at the Aero & Egyptian Theatres 
Arab American Historical Foundation 
Arcadia Historical Society 
Art Deco Society of Los Angeles 
Associated Historical Societies of Los Angeles County 
The Banning Museum 
Boyle Heights Historical Society 
Burbank Historical Society 
Campo de Cahuenga 
Caribbean Heritage Organization 
Chinese American Museum 
City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources 
Conference of California Historical Societies 
Culinary Historians of Southern California 
Drum Barracks Civil War Museum 
Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument 
El Pueblo Park Association 
Federated Italo-Americans of Southern California 
 Fort Moore Garrison 
Friends of Griffith Park 
Friends of the Michael White Adobe 
Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians 
Heritage Square Museum 
Highland Park Heritage Trust 
Historical Society of Centinela Valley 
Hollywood Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution 
Hollywood Heritage 
Homestead Museum 
Ischia–San Pedro/Los Angeles Sister City Foundation 
Italian American Museum of Los Angeles 
Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles 
LA as Subject 
Lanterman House 
Las Angelitas del Pueblo 
Leonis Adobe Museum 
Little Landers Historical Society/Bolton Hall Museum 
Little Tokyo Historical Society 
Long Beach Heritage 
Los Angeles City Historical Society 
Los Angeles Conservancy 
Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation 
Los Encinos State Historical Park
Los Pobladores 200 
Lummis Day Community Foundation 
Malibu Adamson House Foundation 
Monrovia Historic Preservation 
Group Montebello Historical Society 
Muckenthaler Cultural Center 
Native Daughters of the Golden 
West Old Spanish Trail Association 
Pio Pico State Historic Park - Friends of Pio Pico 
Point Fermin Lighthouse 
Society of Architectural Historians – Southern California Chapter 
San Fernando Valley Historical Society 
San Marino Historical Society 
Santa Monica Conservancy 
Santa Monica History Museum 
Southern California Genealogical Society 
Vintage Venice Reel To Real Tours 
W.E.S.T. - American Frontier 
West Adams Heritage Association 
Yesteryears Dancers

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Two Webinars for Heritage & Preservation Success

From the California Preservation Foundation:

California Preservation Foundation is offering two webinars in March focused on the stewardship of historic sites. The Webinars will be held on Tuesday, March 13 and March 27 from 12 to 1:30 PM. These webinars are intended for historic building owners, fundraisers, planners, preservation professional and grass roots enthusiasts. See below for information on each webinar or go to for more information and to register now!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012: Building a Stable Financial Foundation for Your Historic Building
Speakers: Jim Newland, Historian/Planner, California State Parks; Max van Balgooy, President, Engaging Places, LLC

You’ve successfully enlisted volunteers, completed your capital campaign, fixed the roof… and now what? Learn how to keep your historic resource economically viable into the future. This webinar will present a range of methods for short and long term organizational stability that are consistent with your resource size, type and audience. Included are creative interpretive programs and activities that can complement your resource and add to your bottom line. Examine the opportunities and constraints associated with various ownership structures. Topics include best practices in financial planning, programming, marketing, Board development, and volunteer cultivation.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012: Non-Profit Fundraising in a Bad Economy
Speaker: Zoot Velasco, CFRE, Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Zoot Velasco will discuss his personal story of how the Muckenthaler Cultural Center tripled their programs and doubled their budget in the past three years while the country and most nonprofit cultural and historic organizations were going through the worse economy since the Great Depression. It is a story of strategic planning, strategic partnerships, marketing, social enterprise, and board development. "The Muck" as they affectionately call it is a National Registry historic building now hosting 30,000 people annually in our stages, galleries and classes and are the site of over 75 weddings and corporate events each year as well. They have become award winning program with a 2008 Best Historic Site awards from OC Parenting Magazine, a 2009 Fullerton Chamber of Commerce “Quality of Life” award for best non-profit organization, and a 2010 Best Arts Organization award from Arts OC, the county-wide arts council. Last year we were nominated for a National Award of Merit and published an Arcadia book on their history.