November 2011

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Not only will the Los Angeles Historical Society hold its annual Gala in a local historic “treasure,” USC’s Doheny Memorial Library, but it will also offer as its featured speaker/special guest another local “treasure,” Father Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries. What promises to be a warm and festive evening will take place on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 6 o’clock for greetings and cocktails and 7PM for dinner. Tickets are $50 apiece (members & non-members) and are available through the Los Angeles Historical Society website or by calling Todd Gaydowski at 213-473-8449.

The steady and reassuring visage of Father Boyle has become synonymous with his “signature” achievement, the founding of Homeboy Industries, which assists at-risk and formerly gang-involved youth to become positive and contributing members of society through job placement, training and education. Fr. Greg, as he is known by many, also counts among his myriad accomplishments the publishing of “Tattoos on the Heart,” which received the 2010 Southern California Indie Booksellers Association Non-Fiction Book Award and was named as one of the Best Books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly. And it will be his topic for the Gala evening!

During the evening LACHS will also honor local “treasures” Dace Taube, Regional History Collection Librarian at USC Doheny Memorial Library (with the David C. Cameron Preservation Memorial Award); Paddy Calistro and Scott McAuley of Angel City Press (with the J. Thomas Owen History Memorial Award); Dr. William Deverell will receive the LACHS Honorary Life Member Award; Special Awards will go to former LACHS president Daniel T. Munoz and to the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Miriam Matthews Ethnic History Award will be given to the Southern California Library. Also receiving recognition will be our own Hynda Rudd and her project team for completion of the LA City Officials Database 1850-2011, as well as the City Clerk’s Office who will be hosting the data base on the City Clerk’s webpage.

The Los Angeles City Historical Society has, since its founding in 1976, been chronicling, archiving and simply enjoying the 230+ years of Los Angeles history. Indeed, it just observed the City’s 230th birthday, as well as its own 35th birthday, and invites all history buffs to the Gala where “Happy Birthday, LA” will ring from the Doheny’s rafters.

To RSVP: e-mail or telephone (213) 473-8449

Beginning November 19, the Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory at the Huntington Library will display the artwork and research of Michael J. Hart, former vice president and general manager of the Pasadena-based Sunny Slope Water Co. Eight beautiful renderings on display depict the water history of the San Gabriel Mission, El Molino Viejo (the Old Mill), and La Presa (the Dam), drawn according to how they might have looked in the mid-nineteenth century. This is the result of over 18 years of research and utilizes maps, archival documents, and photographs from The Huntington, the Bancroft Library, and the National Archives.

The exhibition is titled “Water Began It All” and will be showing at the Botanical Center, Flora-Legium gallery. More information can be found on the Huntington’s website.

(Homepage photo “Huntington Library – California” by Flickr user Brandon, Jill, Tanner, and Addie / Creative Commons licensed)