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Walking Tour of Chinatown

(A Los Angeles City Historical Society membership event)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

We will meet at the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, 411 Bernard Street, Los Angeles, north of the Empress Pavilion. Our tour moderator will be Eugene Moy, past president of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California and current board member of the Chinese American Museum.

Please note: A $12 donation is requested and our tour group is limited to 20 people.*

*Be sure to e-mail Sandi Hemmerlein:

Click here for Chinatown Walking Tour ticket information

“Chinatown and Beyond: How Chinese-Americans helped build Los Angeles and California

Sunday, June 7, 2015, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

An illustrated presentation will be made by Eugene Moy, past president of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California and board member of the Chinese American Museum

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

For handicap-accessibility accommodation, please call the Central Library at 213-228-7430 at least 72 hours prior to the event.

The library garage is located on the east side of Flower Street, just south of 5th Street.  Please note that Flower Street is one-way, south.
Parking is available after 1:00 pm for $1 and a library card.










The Los Angeles City Historical Society invites you to its…
HOLIDAY GALA – Yamashiro Hollywood

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Reception 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.

What Happened to the Ethnic Communities of Historic Los Angeles, Part2?

This lecture series is co-sponsored by Los Angeles City Historical Society and the History Department of the Richard J. Riordan Central Library. Lectures are held in the Mark Taper Auditorium, on the first floor of the Central Library (640 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles). Admittance is free and open to the public.  2015 Northrop Lectures Flyer coming soon!


Sunday, February 1, 2014, 2pm

Jewish Community

Phil Blazer, CEO of Jewish Life Television and author of Wrestling with the Angeles, A History of Jewish L.A.


Sunday, March 15, 2015, 2pm

French Community

Helene Demeestere, co-author of Pioneers and Entrepreneurs, French Immigrants in the Making of L.A., 1827 -1927

Without an Trace – The Lost French Community of Los Angeles”Professor at Pasadena City College


Sunday, June 7, 2015, 2pm

Chinese Community 

Eugene W. Moy, Board of Directors, Chinese Historical Society of Southern California


Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Los Angeles Central Library
Mark Taper Auditorium on the first floor
640 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles 90071

This year’s Marie Northrop Lecture Series features ethnic communities in historic Los Angeles. On June 7, Michael Okamura and Bill Watanabe will speak on L.A.’s downtown district known as Little Tokyo — from its start in 1884 through the present and plans for its future.

Admittance is free and open to the public. Parking in the underground garage is available that day for $1 (after 10 am) upon presentation of an L.A. Public Library card. You can park your car and apply for the card once inside the building. Entrance to the library garage is on the east side of Flower Street, just south of 5th Street. Flower Street is one-way, going south.

The Marie Northrop Lectures Series is co-sponsored by Los Angeles City Historical Society and the Central Library’s History Department.


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Little Tokyo’s 130th Birthday Bash

Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 7:00-11:30 PM

Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Kaikan

815 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles 90012

Little Tokyo Historical Society presents a benefit dance party to commemorate the 1884 founding of Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles.

TICKETS: In advance — $35 per person; at door — $50 per person.
For more information, contact or Carol Tanita at 626-281-8894.

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Theodore Payne Foundation’s 11th Annual Native-Plant Garden Tour

April 5 & 6, 2014, from 10:00-5:00 PM

10459 Tuxford St, Sun Valley, CA 91352

PURCHASE ONLINE at — or call 818-768-1802

Two-day self-guided tour through 42 beautiful and sustainable Los Angeles-area gardens. This year’s tour features 18 gardens NEW to the tour plus contemporary art installations at selected sites. TICKETS: $15 for TPF members, $20 for nonmembers

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Remarkable Historic Homes of Pasadena

Saturday, March 30, 2014, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


TICKETS: order online at — or call 626-441-6333

A drive-yourself tour is presented by Pasadena Heritage will feature four historic homes, each with its own docent guides.
TICKETS IN ADVANCE: $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. DAY OF: $5 more for each

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“La Noria” is presented on World Water Day

Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 11 AM to 1 PM

Lincoln Heights Senior Citizens Center

2323 Workman Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Artist Lauren Bon (“100 Mules Walking the Aqueduct”) will present her project, a 70-foot-tall steel water wheel that will be built on the Los Angeles River near downtown. Free. FAQs:

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Members of the Los Angeles City Historical Society are cordially invited to visit the Workman and Temple family Homestead Museum, a City of Industry Historic-Cultural Landmark on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at 10:00AM.

Free Parking. Docent tour; Q&A with LACHS Board Member Paul Workman. We will visit: Walter Temple’s Tepee, The Workman House, La Casa Nueva, and El Campo Santo Cemetery.

SIGN UP by E-MAIL to KAY TORNBORG: KXIAOJIE@ATT.NET or call her at (323)467-0287


The six-acre site features the Workman House, an 1870s country home constructed round an 1840s adobe built by William and Nicolasa Workman; La Casa Nueva, a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival mansion noted for its architectural crafts, built by the Workmans’ grandson Walter Temple and his wife, Laura; and El Campo Santo, one of the region’s oldest private cemeteries, containing the remains of Pío Pico, the last governor of Mexican California, and many other prominent pioneer families. Following the tour we will have lunch at Casa Blanca Restaurant, which serves Mexican
food at reasonable prices. Please bring lunch money. Wear comfortable shoes.

Workman Temple Event Flyer.

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