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Discover the History: POP

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On July 13, 2014, the Santa Monica History Museum will host their monthly Discover the History lecture series. July’s presentation will focus on the rise and fall of Pacific Ocean Park, including photographs and original ride designs and illustrations. Authors Christopher Merritt and Domenic Priore will present a spectacular history on Pacific Ocean Park, from its glamorous rise to spectacular fall from their new book, Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier.  Merritt currently designs amusement parks in Asia and also co-wrote Knott’s Preserved. Priore also co-wrote the celebrated volumes Riot on Sunset Strip, Pop Surf Culture, and Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson’s Lost Masterpiece. Original posters by poster artist Earl Newman will be on display in a small focus exhibit in the research library. A limited number of Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier will be available for purchase at the Museum.

 

Discover the History: Pacific Ocean Park will take place on July 13th, 2014, from 2PM – 4 PM at the Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90401. Admission to the lecture is FREE to the public. Doors open at 1:30PM and parking is available in the adjacent parking garage. Refreshments will be served following the lecture.

 

For more information, contact Danielle at 310-395-2290, dlewis@santamonicahistory.org or visit their website www.santamonicahistory.org

 

Warriors of Flames: 125 years of fighting fires in Santa Monica

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Warriors of Flames: 125 years of fighting fires in Santa Monica

 

On March 22, 1889, Santa Monica citizens gathered at Town Hall to adopt the Constitution of the newly formed Santa Monica Hose and Ladder Company. In the years since, the methods and resources of the fire department has experienced many changes, often on the cutting edge of fire service.  On this anniversary of the founding the Santa Monica Fire Department, the Santa Monica History Museum will honor their dutiful and oftentimes dangerous service to the community.

 

This exhibit will explore how the Santa Monica Fire Department evolved from a small town bucket brigade into the progressive city fire department it is today. Supported by historical photographs and artifacts, visitors will be transported through the ages of firefighting.

 

Join us June 21, 2014 – September 26, 2014 to celebrate Santa Monica’s Warriors of Flames!

Exhibit opening June 21 at 2PM

Local firefighters will be in attendance with their 1955 Mack Fire Truck!

Discover the History: Santa Monica’s Gold Coast

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On Sunday, May 18th, 2014, the Santa Monica History Museum will be hosting Discover the History: Santa Monica’s Gold Coast, a lecture by noted film historian Marc Wanamaker. The lecture will follow the history of the Santa Monica Beach north of the Santa Monica Pier to Santa Monica Canyon.  Wanamaker will trace the development of the beach from tents to house to beach clubs on the beach to this day. The social life of the Hollywood Colony, with beach parties hosted by Norma Talmadge, Bebe Daniels and Marion Davies, will be highlighted during this lecture.

Wanamaker has worked in many facets of film production, exhibition, and research for several decades. He is a published historian, lecturer, and teacher who taught film history at UCLA Extension for five years.  Bison Archives, a research and informational archive on the history of the motion picture industry as well as a fine art library, was founded by Wanamaker in 1971. He later formed Bison Productions as a film production arm. He co-produced a commercial documentary on Hollywood history entitled, Ticket To Hollywood and worked on more than one hundred documentaries and feature films since 1971. Using his research expertise he has consulted with many museums and archives specializing on the history of the motion picture and television industries. He is an associate with the Los Angeles County Museum, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, California State Library in Sacramento and is a history consultant with over twenty Southern California Historical Societies.

Being a film and Los Angeles area historian, he has presented countless historical programs on many aspects of historical perspective. In recent years he has been past president of the Los Angeles City Historical Society and has been archivist/museum consultant for the Culver City, Westwood, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills Historical Societies. Wanamaker was also President of the Hollywood Heritage Organization and one of the curators for the Hollywood Heritage Museum. He has been working on production and research projects for all the major and minor film and television studios in Los Angeles and New York as well as consulting on film and television related archives around the country. Marc Wanamaker is also a writer working freelance on book, newspaper, magazine and film projects, having written for Architectural Digest, Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles Times, American Cinematographer, Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety among others and is currently working on an encyclopedia of the American Film Studios and has authored and contributed to several books.

Discover the History: The Gold Coast will take place on May 18th, 2014, from 2pm – 4pm at the Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401.  Admission to the lecture is FREE to the public. Doors open at 1:30 pm and parking is available in the adjacent parking garage. Refreshments will be served following the lecture.

For more information, contact Danielle at 310-395-2290, dlewis@santamonicahistory.org

Stop by and see us at LA Heritage Day

We will be participating in this year’s LA Heritage Day in downtown LA on April 27th. Stop by and say hi!

 

L.A. HERITAGE DAY CELEBRATES
SOUTHLAND’S COLORFUL, DIVERSE HISTORY
Free Event Includes 500 Years of Fascinating Facts, 250 Organizations, and 7 Museums
Sunday, April 27, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Downtown Los Angeles

 

LAHD 2014 Release

Discover the History: The Gold Coast

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DISCOVER THE HISTORY: THE GOLD COAST

Join us Sunday, May 18th, 2014, for a lecture on Santa Monica’s Gold Coast by noted film historian Marc Wanamaker. In the 1920s, the beach north of the Santa Monica Pier was known as the Gold Coast, because the residents along this stretch of beach were rich AND celebrated.  Noted Hollywood personalities such as Irving Thalberg, Norma Shearer, Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant, Charlie Chaplin and Marion Davies called this beachfront property home.

Wanamaker has worked in many facets of film production, exhibition, and research for several decades. He is a published historian, lecturer, and teacher who taught film history at UCLA Extension for five years. He has been instrumental in the founding of the American Film Institute facilities in Beverly Hills, the creation of the Los Angeles International Film Exposition (FILMEX), and a leading consultant to the Pordenone Silent Film Conference in Italy.

Discover the History: The Gold Coast will take place on May 18th, 2014, from 2pm – 4pm at the Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401.  Admission to the lecture is FREE to the public. Doors open at 1:30 pm and parking is available in the adjacent parking garage. Refreshments will be served following the lecture.

 

For more information, contact Danielle at 310-395-2290, dlewis@santamonicahistory.org

Bring History Alive!

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The Santa Monica History Museum is co-sponsoring a Living History event with Woodlawn Cemetery this Memorial Day. At this event, volunteers will dress in period clothing and become noted personalities in Santa Monica history, bringing alive the times of certain notable people buried at Woodlawn Cemetery.

We will be needing 6-8 volunteers willing to become the personalities. The event is expected to take less than 5 hours, allowing for two guided tours to be led through the Cemetery.

If you have a passion for history, consider volunteering for this event! Drop us an email at info@santamonicahistory.org

 

Immeasurable Contributions

Immeasurable Contributions: Santa Monica Women during World War II

 

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American Women were crucial to the war effort- especially in Santa Monica. With so many men away at the front, women joined Douglas Aircraft in droves to build, test, and deliver necessary aircraft, patrolled the beaches on civil defense patrols, spearheaded and supported war bond efforts, served in service organizations that provided entertainment and goods to the troops, and even joined the armed services.

In honor of Women’s History Month and in collaboration with the City of Santa Monica’s Commission on the Status of Women, the Santa Monica History Museum is honoring Santa Monica Women of World War II in our Discover the History program.  Immeasurable Contributions will include a slide show of historical photographs, a corresponding short talk and focus exhibit.

The celebration of women’s Immeasurable Contributions to World War II will take place on March 16th, 2014, from 2pm – 4pm at the Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Doors open at 1pm and parking is available in the adjacent parking garage.

Writeup on Tarzan program

Did you miss our Tarzan program? ERBzine has a great write-up of it.  Check it out by clicking here!

 

Thank you to everyone who attended and the volunteers who helped out that day. Extra special thanks to Scott Tracy Griffin for his informative presentation.

Tarzan and the Santa Monica Connection

DISCOVER THE HISTORY TARZAN AND THE SANTA MONICA CONNECTION

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Join us Sunday, January 26 from 2pm to 4pm for a lecture and book signing on Tarzan.  Tarzan of the Apes (1914), by author Edgar Rice Burroughs, launched a phenomenon, with the ape man swinging from literature into film, radio, television, merchandising, and other media, to become a 20th Century pop-culture presence. Flush with success, Burroughs established Tarzana Ranch in 1919, which was later incorporated as Santa Monica’s neighbor to the north. Scott Tracy Griffin will examine the numerous connections between the novelist Burroughs, the character Tarzan, and the City of Santa Monica on the centennial of the first Tarzan book publication.

 

About Scott Tracy Griffin

Scott Tracy Griffin is the author of Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration (Titan Books, 2012), the only authorized commemorative visual history of American author Edgar Rice Burroughs’s famed ape man. Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration is a 2013 Locus Award finalist in the Art Book category. Griffin, who has been reading, researching, and writing about Burroughs since childhood and appeared in numerous documentaries and news programs discussing the author, has been a Santa Monica resident since 1990.

 

The lecture will take place at the Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Doors open at 1pm and parking is available in the adjacent parking garage.