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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.

What Happened to the Ethnic Communities of Historic Los Angeles?

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. 2014 Northrop Lectures Flyer.


Saturday, March 8, 2014, 2-4p.m.

Chasing Ghosts: Chronicling Los Angeles’ Hidden Italian History

Marianna Gatto, Executive Director of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles


Saturday, April 12, 2014, 2-4p.m.

Central Avenue: Closing of the American West

Christopher Jimenez y West, Professor at Pasadena City College


Saturday, June 7, 2014, 2-4p.m.

Little Tokyo: 130 Years of Struggle and the Greatest Challenge is Yet to Come!

Michael Okamura, President, Little Tokyo Historical Society

Bill Watanabe and Bill Shishima, Board Members, Little Tokyo Historical Society

At the 2013 LACHS Holiday galaLauren Bon of Metabolic Studio will be accepting our Special Award for bringing us “100 Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct.”  Lauren’s commemorative artist action celebrated the centennial of the Los Angeles Aqueduct and connected us all to our water supply.  We are delighted to be able to add her to our agenda for the evening.



LACHS Membership Events and Councilman Tom LaBonge bid you “ALL A-B-O-A-R-D!” for the Hollywood Sign and the Hollywood Heritage Museum.



10AM: Bus departs from Hollywood Heritage Museum, east parking lot at Hollywood Bowl; enter from Odin Street, off Highland Ave. Free parking near Museum.

Councilman LaBonge will show us a breath-taking view of Hollywood and one of the most famous icons in the world, the Hollywood Sign! Take pix!! Wear comfortable shoes!!

On return, we’ll visit the Hollywood Heritage Museum in the Lasky-DeMille Barn, a State of California Historic Landmark which houses a world-class collection of silent–and–talkies–era movie memorabilia and architectural photos from Hollywood’s “Golden Era.” GENUINE articles…not wax, not photocopies. See DeMille’s desk, Chaplin’s camera, props from “Samson and Delilah.”

Bring a sandwich and we’ll picnic on the porch and lawn. Soft drinks available for purchase.

There will be a $5 charge for this event, payable in cash on June 13.

This is a 3-4 hour event; if you are unable to attend the entire time please state that upon registering.

CONTACT: Kay Tornborg, or (323)467-0287.

Space for this event will be limited and response should be made by June 1, 2013. Non-members’ reservations will be accepted ONLY if space remains after June 1st.

Download the event flyer [pdf].

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