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Our Annual Gala Event

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


We will be at Saint Sophia Cathedral’s

Huffington Center

1324 S. Normandie Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90006

6 p.m.  Social Hour plus a Tour of
Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral

7 p.m.  Dinner plus our Awards Program
in the Huffington Center

Cathedral photo by  Andy Romanoff,

Our Gala’s keynote speaker is former Los Angeles Times art reporter Suzanne Muchnic, whose book, “LACMA So Far: Portrait of a Museum in the Making,” recounts the 61-year evolution of L.A.’s County Museum of Art.

This year LACHS’ honors will go to Betsy Kalin, the director and producer of East L.A. Interchange; to Las Angelitas del Pueblo, the volunteer-docents group that offers free walking tours in Los Angeles Plaza Historic District; and to Dr. Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel “The Sympathizer.”

You don’t want to miss this tour of the Saint Sophia Cathedral + traditional Greek food for dinner + L.A. City Historical Society’s awards ceremony. All three for $75 per person, if you are a LACHS member. If you are not, you can pay $100 for the Gala and get a one-year membership in our historical society!
Click here to make your reservation!
For more information, contact Claudine Ajeti,

Thursday, September 29, 2016

10:00 am to 1:00 p.m.

Knott’s Berry Farm

8039 Beach Blvd.

Buena Park, CA 90620


To mark Knott’s 75th anniversary this year, we will do a walking tour of the park’s original core for LACHS members age 40 or older. Paid park admission not needed unless you want to spend the day. Free three-hour parking at the California MarketPlace parking lot with a proof of purchase from one of its shops or restaurants. Tour Cost: $15 per person. If you are not a member, here’s how to join.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Encore Presentation: “This is L.A.”
Speaker: City Archivist Michael Holland


Los Angeles Central Library
Mark Taper Auditorium – 2nd floor
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071


Re-edited version of our 3rd Marie Northrop lecture from June 5 featuring newly digitized footage from the city archives. The presentation was such a runaway hit that many had to be turned away at the door because every seat in the auditorium was taken. Our new and improved version of the lecture is offered for all who missed it the first time — or would like to see it again.

In case you missed it, the video of the 24th Annual Marie Northrop Lecture Series event, Vineyards and Wineries in Los Angeles: The Beginning of the California Wine Business presented by Stuart Douglass Byles is now up on YouTube!  You can watch it here:




Next Free Lecture in our Marie Northrop Series

“This is Los Angeles”

Speaker: City Archivist Michael Holland

Sunday, June 5, 2016
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Los Angeles Central Library

Mark Taper Auditorium – 2nd floor

630 W. 5th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90071


Mike Holland will present L.A.’s home movies –recently digitized films and videos gleaned from archival footage produced by various city departments. The collection of street scenes and landscapes, all filmed on location in Los Angeles, is a compelling record of the city’s evolution through the years.


2nd Marie Northrop Lecture

Los Angeles Wine History

from the Mission Era to the Present

Sunday, April 3, 2016

2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Central Library
Mark Taper Auditorium
630 W. 5th Street, 2nd floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071


Author Stuart Douglass Byles traces L.A.’s little-known wine tradition through vintner history in the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys, Anaheim, Rancho Cucamonga, Temecula Valley and Malibu. Also detailed: the heritage of San Antonio Winery in downtown Los Angeles, last winery standing from the pueblo’s mission era. COST: Free





Anna SklarEvents MN 1-14-16Sunday, Feb. 21

“When Wasn’t Water the Issue in L.A., 1880-2015?”
Anna Sklar, author of Brown Acres


Sunday, Apr. 3

“Vineyards and Wineries in Los Angeles: The Beginning of California’s Wine Business”

Stuart Douglass Byles, author of Los Angeles Wine


Sunday, June 5

“This is Los Angeles — Movies Made by and About the City”

Michael Holland, city archivist in the Office of the City Clerk


Lectures are held in Mark Taper Auditorium on first floor of the Central Library, 640 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles

Admittance is free and open to the public

Gala Brunch at Bullocks Wilshire (now Southwestern Law School), an iconic Art Deco landmark


Cost for LACHS members: $75 per person (includes reception, formal brunch, and awards ceremony)

Cost for nonmembers: $100 per person (includes reception, formal brunch, awards ceremony and one-year LACHS membership)

Contact: Claudine Ajeti,




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