Events

Discover the History, Women’s Service Organizations, March 16th!

Discover the History: Women’s Service Organizations,  March 16th!

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Join us on Saturday, March 16th, from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM as we host a free panel discussion focusing on the history of local women’s service organizations, including the Philomatheans, an African American women’s organization founded in Santa Monica in 1921.

This discussion is free of charge, and includes free access to our galleries.

RSVP is suggested but not required. Please RSVP by emailing rsvp@santamonicahistory.org or calling (310) 395-2290.

We look forward to seeing you there!

This program is free and open to all ages. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis.  This event will be held at the Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St, Santa Monica CA, 90401.  The museum can be reached by following routes to the Main Library.  The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 7, R7, R10 and 18. Ride your bike? Bicycle parking racks are available at the library. The Santa Monica History Museum is wheelchair accessible.

Discover the History, Santa Monica Aviation, Jan. 10th!

Discover the History: Santa Monica Aviation,  January 10th!

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On Thursday, January 10th at 6:30 PM, join us for a very special panel discussion as we explore Santa Monica Aviation. The panel of experts will speak for 1 hour on the topic and, afterwards, will engage in a 30 minute Q&A with the audience. 

Panel Speakers:

  • Randy Bresnik – Fixed-wing and rotary-wing pilot, US Army 1st Air Cav, Vietnam Vet (2 tours), 1st Battlefield commission of the Vietnam War, retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Chief Pilot.
  • Kim Furst – Award winning Director/Producer/Editor of films including “Flying the Feathered Edge” featuring Harrison Ford & Bob Hoover. The film was the recipient of the Combs/Gates Award for the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Kim was also Editor of aviation documentary film “One Six Right”.

This discussion is free of charge, and includes free access to our galleries.

RSVP is suggested but not required. Please RSVP by emailing rsvp@santamonicahistory.org or calling (310) 395-2290.

We look forward to seeing you there!

This program is free and open to all ages. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis.  This event will be held at the Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St, Santa Monica CA, 90401.  The museum can be reached by following routes to the Main Library.  The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 7, R7, R10 and 18. Ride your bike? Bicycle parking racks are available at the library. The Santa Monica History Museum is wheelchair accessible.

 

Shirley Temple’s 90th Birthday Tea Party

Don’t miss this very special event and one-day-only exhibit of these historic cinematic treasures!

Join us
on Saturday, April 21st, 2018
from 12:00 to 2:30 PM
for a tea party celebrating the 90th anniversary of Shirley Temple’s birth,
featuring an exclusive one-day-only exhibit
of her newly reunited Little Princess costume-ensemble, plus a selection of iconic dresses and never-before-displayed items. A delicious traditional tea service will be served, including tea sandwiches, desserts, and a variety of teas and coffee.

Tickets: $35.00

Click here to visit our event page for more info and to purchase tickets!

All proceeds from this event and exhibit benefit the educational and preservation mission of the Santa Monica History Museum, a 501 c(3) nonprofit.

Still from ‘THE LITTLE PRINCESS’ Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox. All rights reserved.

KCRW Exhibit Preview and Reception May 23rd

We hope you’ll join us for this very special evening!

May 23rd, 2017 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm, the Santa Monica History Museum will be celebrating the opening of our newest exhibit:

70 Years on the Air: KCRW is New as Ever

The evening is sure to be exciting!  Guests are invited to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, tour our newest exhibit before its public opening, and hear from our special guest speaker, KCRW producer and host, Matt Holzman.

Click here to visit our event page for more info, sponsorship opportunities, and to purchase tickets!

All proceeds from this event an exhibit benefit the educational and preservation mission of the Santa Monica History Museum, a 501 c(3) nonprofit.

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.

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.

Discover the History Lecture Series

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