August 2011

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The Southern California Genealogical Society is hosting a series of classes on genealogical research. Here’s the info:

Grow What You Know: Beginning Genealogy Classes 

Has the summer left you feeling a little rusty in terms of your genealogical research skills?  We have just the solution. Join us at the SCGS Library each Tuesday morning 9:30am-11:30am through the month of September.

September 6 – The Basics of Getting Started
September 13 – Census Records and Substitutes
September 20 – Church Records
September 27 – Military and Land Records

Register by phone at 818-843-7247 or email at

The Conference of California Historical Societies is having a workshop on accounting, grant writing, membership, and creating newsletters on August 24, 2011 at the California African American Museum. Events sessions include:

Accounting Principles for Historical Societies by Valentino Cruz & Julie Estes

Over 275,000 Nonprofit organizations lost their tax-exempt status last year.  Learn what you need to do to protect your organization’s tax exempt status.  Valentino Cruz & Julie Estes head the “nonprofit services” division on TWHC.  They work with nonprofit organizations large and small, counsult on best practices and work to ensure that the organization is protected.

Secrets of Successful Grants by Hynda Rudd

Hynda Rudd is a  retired City Archivist of Los Angeles.  She wrote the grants that netted over $100,000 from the local foundations for the study of Los Angeles City Government, published by the L.A. City Historical Society, and the current project of listing all members of the city council, boards, mayors, etc. since 1950.  She will be sharing how to find grant opportunities, what foundations are looking for and developing your proposal.

Getting Your Newsletter Read

Irene Tresun does a wonderful newsletter for L.A. City Historical Society.  She will discuss how to create newsletters that add value to membership, get your information accross and keep the readers checking the mail for your newsletter.

Registration information can be found on the CCHS website.

Giao BakerEach month, we like to highlight one of our members. This month’s member highlight is Giao Luong Baker, Digital Imaging Manager for the Libraries at the University of Southern California.


1) Tell us about yourself.

I am a Los Angeles enthusiast. I love the city and the larger metropolitan region – its enclaves, its histories, its people, and most importantly – its fantastic weather.


2) Why did you join LACHS?

Joining LACHS provides me an opportunity to get to know others who are just as interested in LA’s history as I am. It’s a fun way to explore the City and help share and preserve its history for current and future generations.


3) What do you value most of about Los Angeles and its history?

What I love most about Los Angeles is the multifaceted splendor of its people. Homegrown locals and waves of immigrants from across the nation and across the world combine in the mosaic of our city. This dynamism has shaped the physical, cultural, and sociological landscape of Los Angeles in unique and fascinating ways.

As a child of immigrants, I value the fact that Los Angeles has been welcoming to me and my family. There are few places in the United States that could provide as comfortable or as inclusive a community to my parents. For me and my siblings, Los Angeles is home and has given us many opportunities we might not have had otherwise. And as a soon-to-be-mother, I value that Los Angeles can offer my child a diverse and engaging environment in which to grow up.


4) In your own words…

What do I love about L.A.? The food! Looking for dim sum or noodles; I head out to Chinatown (or perhaps further east to the San Gabriel Valley). Little Tokyo is my spot for sushi, ramen, crepes, and the latest in trendy dining. Mexican food is all around, but my favorite is El Cholo on Western Blvd. Palermos Pizza in Los Feliz is great and I’m always ready for a burger at the Brite Spot on Sunset. Sometimes I don’t even have to travel, because the food trucks bring it to me! Kogi BBQ anyone?! That is what is nice about Los Angeles; the world is just five minutes and an appetizer away! UPDATE: Giao also wanted us to mention that her favorite restaurant is the Phoenix Inn in Chinatown.


Are you a LACHS member? Would you like to be featured in our member highlight? Or nominate someone else? Contact the Editor at for more information.