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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.

Rockhaven Sanitoru=ium Tour


FREE for LACHS members with current or new membership


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.



24th Annual Marie Northrop Lecture Series

Breaking Through the Pavement: A New Look at LA’s Past
This is Los Angeles
Movies Made By and About the City
Sunday, June 5, 2016  2-4p.m.
Presented by Michael Holland
City archivist in the Office of the City Clerk and a Board member of LACHS
Michael Holland is the city archivist for Los Angeles and manages historical city government records for the Office of the City Clerk. He contributes the “History Comes Alive!” column to the LA City Employee newspaper “Alive!” Some of the columns have been adapted for radio and have been recorded for NPR affiliate KPCC’s “Off-Ramp” program. He has recently been seen on KCET’s “Lost LA” series and is the curator of the current Marie Northrop lecture series at the Mark Taper Auditorium for the Los Angeles City Historical Society.
This screening will present a side of Los Angeles mostly unknown to the general public. Recently digitized films and videos from the city archives capture scenes from various city departments such as the LAPD and Public Works. Recruiting and training evolve alongside city scenes and landscapes that have changed to be unrecognizable in some places. Join us as we take a new look at L.A. through its home movies. Rated G for all audiences.
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, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles.
For any handicap accessibility accomodations, call the 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. Flower Street is one-way, south.
Parking is $1 after 1:00pm with a library card.

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