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25th Anniversary Gala

Hands on History FREE Workshop – 02/20/16

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The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to invite children and their families to our FREE Hands on History workshop on Saturday, February 20th from 11am to 12pm at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Children and their parents are invited to this free series held on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 11am to 12pm. The theme of February’s workshop will be African American History month. There will be a short, age-appropriate lesson in the galleries followed by a related craft activity.

 

Hands on History is offered by the 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.

 

Requests for additional information can be directed to Kathryn Evans, Development & Museum Manager at kevans@santamonicahistory.org or 310.395.2290.

February Free Day – 2/11/2016

Free Admission Day 2.11.16

 

The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce it will offer free admission on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 from noon to 8pm at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. All are invited to visit on this day to take advantage of free admission to the museum’s six galleries.

 

In addition to the permanent exhibition detailing the founding and growth of the City of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica History Museum is currently offering a lovely display of antique Valentine’s Day cards and a special exhibit celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Aero Theater. 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 kevans@santamonicahistory.org.

Cupid’s Message: Vintage Valentine Exhibit

Valentines Card Exhibit 2016

 

The Santa Monica History Museum is displaying a special exhibition of antique Valentine’s Day cards from Tuesday, February 2nd until Saturday, February 27th at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. The exhibition will feature a collection of historic Valentine’s Day cards dating back as far as the late-19th century.

 

Exchanging gifts and notes in celebration of Valentine’s Day became common in the mid-18th century with mass-produced cards available for the first time in the United States in the early 1830s. Hallmark Cards produced their first Valentine’s Day card in 1913 and today it is estimated that nearly 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year. Join as we celebrate this holiday centered on love and affection and to trace the history of sending sentiment from its hand-made origins through its lacy traditions to its place as a modern-day commercial powerhouse.

 

In addition to this lovely display of vintage Valentine’s Day cards, the Santa Monica History Museum invites you to visit the permanent exhibition detailing the founding and growth of the City of Santa Monica and a special exhibit celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Aero Theater also on display during the month of February. For more information please contact Kathryn Evans at 310.395.2290 or kevans@santamonicahistory.org.

2015 Annual Gala

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The Santa Monica History Museum is proud to announce its annual Gala Tribute Dinner benefit will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at the beautiful Casa del Mar Hotel. The evening will feature a Silent Auction, entertainment and various surprises. This year’s Gala theme is It’s Time to Celebrate – commemorating the 40th birthday of the Santa Monica History Museum, the 140th birthday of the city of Santa Monica, and the 110th birthday of the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club. Our distinguished honorees are Eddie and Eveyln Guerboian.

 

The event will celebrate the 140th birthday of the great city of Santa Monica as well as notable birthdays for two of the city’s finest institutions, the Santa Monica History Museum and the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club. Our deserving honorees, Eddie and Evelyn Guerboian, have been longtime prominent and active community members in Santa Monica, serving numerous nonprofit organizations. Each has received special awards for their distinguished service. Eddie is the proud owner of Readers Fine Jewelers, one of the oldest jewelers in Santa Monica. We hope you can join us for this wonderful evening of celebration!

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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

 

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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