The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce the next lecture in its free Discover the History lecture series will be Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. This lecture will focus on the history of the Old Soldiers’ Home – now known as the Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center. The speakers will be Ricardo Bandini Johnson of the Bandini Foundation and Hero’s Golf Course and Andrew Carrillo of the Bandini Foundation and Past President of the Santa Monica Historical Society.
The speakers will cover the history of the VA campus in West Los Angeles from its original deed by Arcadia Bandini de Baker, wife of Santa Monica co-founder Colonel Robert S. Baker and Senator John P. Jones, Santa Monica co-founder to the state-of-the-art facility it is today. The lecture will be an engaging and educational evening detailing this storied fixture of our local landscape. The lecture is offered free to the public, but seating is limited and RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP or for more information please contact Kathryn Evans at (310) 395-2290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’re invited to our next Hands on History workshop on Saturday, October 15th at 11:00 AM at the Santa Monica History Museum! This workshop will focus on the history of veterans in our community.
Located on land originally deeded for use by veterans in 1888 by Arcadia Bandini Stearns de Baker and Senator John P. Jones, the Veteran’s Affairs medical center in West Los Angeles has grown into a hub of activity and care for those who have served our country.
Join us on Saturday, October 15th to experience the newly opened special exhibit detailing the history of the Old Soldiers’ Home including photographs and artifacts that help tell the story of veterans in this area.
After the lesson in the galleries, participants will move to the museum lobby where they will create cards to be sent to veterans and active-duty service members to be received in time for Veteran’s Day.
The workshop is FREE, but we do ask that you please RSVP for planning purposes. You can RSVP to Kathryn at email@example.com or (310) 395-2290.
We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 15th from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM!
The Santa Monica History Museum will offer free admission on Thursday, October 13th from noon to 8:00 PM.
This is a great opportunity to see the museum’s new The Old Soldiers’ Home: A Veterans’ Community by the Sea exhibit. You can learn more about the exhibit by clicking here.
We hope to see you at the museum on Thursday, October 13th!
Please note that the Santa Monica History Museum will be closed Sunday, October 2nd through Friday, October 7th to install a new exhibit: The Old Soldiers’ Home: A Veterans’ Community by the Sea.
The Old Soldiers’ Home: A Veterans’ Community by the Sea exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, October 8th. You can learn more about the exhibit by clicking here.
We’re busy at work putting the finishing touches on our next temporary exhibit: The Old Soldiers’ Home: A Veterans’ Community by the Sea! The exhibit will open on Saturday, October 8th and will feature photographs and artifacts that tell the history of the Veterans Affairs campus in West Los Angeles. We hope you will save the date to join us!
There will be a special members-only preview of the exhibit on Friday, October 7th. Not a member of the museum yet? Its not too late! You can join by clicking here.
The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to invite children and their families to our FREE Hands on History workshop on Saturday, September 17th from 11am to 12pm at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. The theme of this workshop will be the rancho system in Southern California.
The Spanish and, later, Mexican governments encouraged the settlement of California through a land grant system. Land grant titles were government-issued, permanent, unencumbered property ownership rights to land called ranchos. Rancho boundaries became the basis for California’s land survey system, and their names often survive on modern maps and land titles.
RSVP is requested, registration is available at the door. Every workshop is offered free of charge.
Questions? Please contact Kathryn Evans, Development & Museum Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.395.2290.
Please join us for free admission day on Thursday, September 8th from noon to 8:00pm.
The central exhibit gallery has been refreshed with displays of thematic vignettes that explore various aspects of Santa Monica’s history. The vignettes include artifacts from Edgemar Farms and the Imperial Ice Company, the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, as well as Pacific Ocean Park and Miss Santa Monica. Items of note on display are the antique tools that were used to build the first fence and pergola in Palisades Park and vintage medical equipment.
New on display is the wheel from the notorious gambling ship Rex. In addition to the central gallery exhibits, the museum’s “Old Santa Monica” room traces the early history and development of the City.
With free admission, all are welcome to visit, bring family and friends, and enjoy a day of appreciating our local history and culture.
For more information please contact Kathryn Evans at 310.395.2290 or email@example.com.
The steering wheel from the notorious Rex gambling ship has been added to our permanent exhibit. In addition to the wheel, the display features photographs, a matchbook, poker chip, and original advertisements. The museum looks forward to sharing this infamous story from Santa Monica’s history with all museum guests.
The Rex gambling ship was the brainchild of bootlegger and gambling entrepreneur, Tony Cornero. In 1937 Cornero purchased the then-named Star of Scotland, renamed the ship the Rex, and set about a bow-to-stern renovation to transform the ship into his floating pleasure palace. On May 5, 1938, anchored three and one-half miles from the Santa Monica shoreline (purportedly in international waters), well within view of land, the Rex opened for business and became an instant success.
Guests flocked to the Rex for its promise of grandeur and illicit entertainment. In addition to gambling, Cornero and the Rex offered dancing, drinking, and dining – a five course meal could be had for $1.25, $1.50 for a deluxe menu. Water taxis ran regularly bringing enthusiastic patrons out to sea to happily part with their money. The Rex was short-lived and soon became mired in legal battles spearheaded by then-Attorney General Earl Warren, which led to the “Battle of Santa Monica Bay” and the eventual demise of the Rex and gambling in Santa Monica. Visit the Santa Monica History Museum to learn more about this fascinating story of entrepreneurship, vice, and the triumph of law and order in Santa Monica Bay.
The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to invite children and their families to our FREE Hands on History workshop on Saturday, August 20th from 11am to 12pm at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
The theme of this workshop will be Pacific Ocean Park. In operation from 1958 to 1967 Pacific Ocean Park inspires many fond memories among Santa Monica Bay area locals. Designed as a competitor to Disneyland, Pacific Ocean Park featured fantastical under-water and space-age inspired rides and attractions. Join us on Saturday, August 20th to learn more about this wonderland of amusement that once stood on the beach south of the Santa Monica Pier. After a lesson in the galleries, attendees will use paper tearing art techniques to make their own representations of seaside entertainment.
Hands on History is offered by the Santa Monica History Museum on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 11am to 12pm. Each session includes a history lesson and a correlated craft or activity. Each workshop is designed to be engaging and educational for elementary age (5 – 11 years) children. Topics for the workshops will rotate throughout the year to feature relevant, seasonal lessons and activities. RSVP is requested, registration is available at the door. Every workshop is offered free of charge.
Please RSVP for this workshop to (310) 395-2290 or firstname.lastname@example.org