Orange County resident, Helena Modjeska, was not just a famous Shakespearean actress whose treasured home, “Arden,” is a National Landmark and county historic site. She was also a talented illlustrator and storyteller who created a beautiful story book for her grandson in 1896. The book was recently given to the University of California at Irvine Special Collections and Archives and will be exhibited at the Laguna Art Museum starting March 3, 2019.
The California Preservation Conference brings more than 600 participants from across the state to learn, network, and share successes. The conference includes over 40 sessions, special events, networking activities, and site tours in and around Palm Springs. From its stunning architecture to its breathtaking landscapes, Palm Springs retains much of its character because of the dedicated work of preservationists who have fought to create and maintain this iconic desert oasis.
Click here for more information about fees, programming, and accomodation.
From the famous church in The Graduate to the Norton Simon Museum, Ladd & Kelsey, Architects were the maestros behind some fo the most famous ‘60s and ‘70s landmarks in Southern California. Ladd & Kelsey’s lack of inclusion in today’s architectural discourse and popular media is in striking contrast to their accomplished body of work that has left a lasting impact on California Modernism and the USC style.
The panel discussion moderated by noted architect and historian, Alan Hess, will include Linda Dishman, president and CEO, LA Conservancy; Kevin Lane, CEO, Placewares Projects and curator of the exhibit, Ladd & Kelsey: Noble Places; South Bay architect, Joe Spierer; and Wayne Thom, architectural photographer.
For more information about the Ladd & Kelsey building in Orange County, known as the Stuft Shirt (now A’maree’s Boutique), please click here.
Co-sponsored by the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California, the National Park Service and the Historic Preservation Education Foundation, this national conference will address the most important issues in the evaluation and preservation of post-World War II historic resources.
For Orange County enthusiasts, attend the day-long tour given by Alan Hess on Saturday, March 16: “Postwar Bonanza: Alan Hess Loves Orange County.” The tour description is: “Fans of the Reyner Banham classic will love this updated version featuring architect, historian, and OC resident Alan Hess! Spend the day touring postwar highlights of this suburban metropolis with visits to: the Crystal Cathedral complex famously described as “a 22-acre shopping center for Jesus Christ” featuring buildings by Richard Neutra, Philip Johnson, and Richard Meier; the master-planned community of Irvine, progenitor of planned communities the country over; the William Pereira-designed UC Irvine campus; and more!”
Find out more about this unique conference, and sign up for updates here.
Presented at the University of California Riverside- Palm Desert Center, Palm Desert, CA, this is a traveling photographic exhibition, dedicated to the life and work of Dan Kiley (1912-2004). Kiley's most famous work in California is probably the Oakland Museum of California where he worked with architects, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates. But Kiley was one of the nation’s most important post-War landscape architects. During his prolific career, which spanned more than half a century, he worked with equally significant architects, including Eero Saarinen, Louis Kahn, and I.M. Pei, to create internationally acknowledged Modernist masterpieces. Read on about the exhibit and see the online exhibition.
More about Dan Kiley: "A Great Yet Little Known Modernist," Huff Post, 2017.
If you’re active in the conservation and rehabilitation of historic places, this day-long seminar would be of interest to you. The Secretary of the Interior Standards and Guidelines make up the bible used throughout the country for preservation projects encompassing treatments from adaptive re-use to reconstruction. CPF has assembled an excellent panel of experienced professionals in preservation planning, heritage resource management, and city planning. Presented by the California Preservation Foundation at the South Pasadena Public Library, you can also attend via live broadcast. Please click here for more programming detail and to pay for registration.
Planning Irvine- A Historical Symposium Presented by the American Planning Association- Orange County
The oldest parts of Irvine- the campus of UC Irvine, and neighborhoods such as University Park- were designed over 50 years ago as part of a master plan to develop the former Irvine Ranch, by the Irvine Company. Join the local city planning community, historians, and preservationists in this 3rd annual symposium that will address the development history of Irvine. “Planning Irvine” follows previous symposia on Anaheim and Santa Ana. The event includes a walking tour, and is open to the public.
Tickets are $25 for APA members, $35 for non-members, and $15 for students. Tickets include lunch and can be obtained here.
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PastForward, the National Preservation Conference, is the premier educational and networking event for those in the business of saving places. The annual conference will be held in San Francisco at the Hyatt Regency. If you can’t make it to San Francisco for PastForward, join us virtually.
For complete conference details, including information on registration, virtual attendance, and special programming, visit PastForwardConference.org.
Get to know the architectural gems of downtown Santa Ana with local resident and historian, Tim Rush. Mr. Rush leads small groups every couple of months on an informative tour of the history and buildings of the county seat. Well known structures such as the Old Orange County Courthouse are included in the tour but so are buildings such as the Santora, a fabulous example - and one of the few in Southern California- of the Churrigueresque style. The tour is conducted under the auspices of the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society, and meets at the Dr. Willela Howe Waffle House.
Purchase tickets online at http://www.santaanahistory.com/index.html
This webinar is presented by the California Preservation Foundation.
This presentation will focus on the what, why and how of historic resource surveys. Surveys are one of the basic building blocks of preservation planning, providing government agencies, developers, building owners and scholars with basic information for understanding the built environment, and for planning future interventions. The presentation will be illustrated with examples from several surveys, including urban surveys focusing mostly on buildings, and surveys focusing on less commonplace resource types.
Find out about the speakers, learning objectives, and webinar cost here: https://californiapreservation.org/events/surveys-18/
Presented by Dr. Ruben G. Mendoza, archeologist and Chair, School of Social, Behavioral and Global Studies, California State University, Monterey Bay. Professor Mendoza will also speak the following afternoon on "O What a Tangled Web We Weave: The Archeology of Objects and Materials in the California Missions," on Thursday, July 26, 1 to 3 pm.
For more information, please go to: https://www.missionsjc.com/wp-content/uploads/360-Degree-History-Lectures-2018.pdf
RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before July 11. Space is limited to 75 guests.
The 1830s marked the secularization of Mission San Juan Capistrano and the distribution of its lands to the second generation of the founding families of Los Angeles. Receiving their own land grants allowed native sons to escape the strictures of patriarchy while at the same time establishing themselves as patriarchs. But these land grants proved to be a double-edged sword: families avoided the sorts of tensions inherent in independence born of rebellion but at the same time lost the collective commitment necessary to the success of the rancho enterprise. This talk tells the story of the Avila family when its eldest son, Juan, left his father’s rancho to strike out on his own as the grantee of Rancho Niguel.
Presented by Professor Donna Schuele, under the auspices of the Historical Society of Southern California
Location: Laguna Niguel Public Library, 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
This event is part of the June membership meeting of the Laguna Nigel Historical Society. The organization’s website is: http://www.lagunaniguelhistoricalsociety.org
The event is free, but please RSVP to Cher Alpert at email@example.com by June 21.
This webinar is presented by the California Preservation Foundation.
Volunteers play a critical role in local historic resource surveys and preservation advocacy efforts. They frequently determine whether or not a grant-funded survey makes financial sense for a local government. For local nonprofit organizations, volunteers also form the backbone of a strong preservation outreach and advocacy effort. This short webinar will gather together an expert panel of speakers from nonprofits, local government, state government and consulting. Learn how preservation can efficiently manage and leverage the power of volunteer-driven efforts - whether in advocacy or local historic resource planning. This webinar will be beneficial to local planners, advocates, consultants, and anyone interested in utilizing volunteers to make long-yearned-for preservation projects financially feasible.
Find out about the speakers, learning objectives, and webinar cost here: https://californiapreservation.org/events/volunteer-management/
This exhibition celebrating the centennial of the Laguna Beach Art Association is a tremendous milestone in both the history of the art association and the art colony in Laguna Beach. It is part of a year-long celebration marking the museum’s history and legacy, honoring those early artists who influenced the fabric of the developing community, and surveys the evolution of the art association through the 1930s. Read more here.
See local history in a new light, as historian J. Eric Lynxwiler shares "How to Read a Neon Sign: Notes from the Museum of Neon Art." As our classic businesses disappear — from Macres Florist to drive-in theaters — their beautifully hand-crafted neon signs disappear as well. The Museum of Neon Art (MONA) was founded in 1981 to celebrate the art, craft, and history behind these signs. Lynxwiler will illuminate the good and bad of these icons of the highway. Learn what it takes to get a sign into MONA, then take a visual journey through our streets to see the remarkable neon that remains. Lynxwiler is a long-time docent for the L.A. Conservancy and the Art Deco Society. As a MONA board member, he saves historic signs from the wrecking ball and has guided the museum’s famed "Neon Cruise" through the streets of L.A. for nineteen years. He’s written several local history books including the new Spectacular Illumination: Neon Los Angeles, 1925–1965, with photographer Tom Zimmerman.
For more information and tickets, go to: http://orangecountyhistory.org/events/2018/06/Neon%20Dinner%202.pdf
This exhibition is a partnership between the Heritage Museum of Orange County, and Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project at the University of California.
Vietnamese Americans have lived in extraordinary times, surviving war, displacement, and resettlement. The BUILDING COMMUNITIES: The Vietnamese American Experience exhibition remembers the past and captures the transformation of Vietnamese communities in the U.S., the largest outside of Vietnam. This history exhibition presents snapshots of dynamic and vibrant communities.
Since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, significant numbers of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants have arrived in this country and the population now comprises approximately two million. The stories in this exhibition present the complexities of their experiences before the war, roles during the war, paths of escape and resettlement, and contemporary lives in the U.S.
Many Vietnamese were forced to destroy their family documents, photographs, and mementos in order to survive, while others lost these materials during the chaos of war and evacuation. The rare artifacts and photographs along with the narratives on display illustrate the different immigration paths, occupations, family histories, and perspectives of the population and show there is no singular Vietnamese American experience. As viewers engage the oral histories and histories on display, we hope they will gain a more in-depth understanding of America’s diversity.
For more information, and summer hours, please go to: http://heritagemuseumoc.org/home-3/visit-us/
Historic preservation faces enormous challenges in a time of rapid change. This conference will examine the most innovative methods and strategies for upholding and instituting historic preservation, both across the state and in the dynamic, high-tech region of the Silicon Valley. See iconic historic places in tours, mobile workshops, and engaging conference sessions. Come together to explore how historic preservationists, affordable housing advocates, architects, designers, planners, engineers and more can partner together in upholding our cultural heritage in a fast-paced, economically vibrant state and region.
Join the California Preservation Foundation, The City of Palo Alto, and Palo Alto Stanford Heritage (PAST) at the Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel to celebrate the deep historic roots of a dynamic, culturally diverse, high-tech region and state.
Location: Sheraton Palo Alto
For more information and to register, please go to: https://californiapreservation.org/programs/conference/
Join us for a presentation on preservation in our Orange County cities. We'll also share highlights of Preserve Orange County's first year, and our goals for 2018.
Presented at the monthly meeting of the Orange County Historical Society, by Krista Nicholds, President, Board of Directors, Preserve Orange County
The annual home and garden tour hosted by the Floral Park Neighborhood Association in Santa Ana is an opportunity to admire up-close a selection of domestic architecture from the early 20th century. See large and small homes designed in the Spanish colonial revival and several other revival styles of the period on suburban tree-lined street.
Tour proceeds go to a variety of charities.
Tickets are $35.00 each and are available here: http://floralparkhometour.com/shop/
The Dana Point Historical Society will present a program to highlight our new museum exhibit featuring the early 20th century contributions of Anna G. Walters (pictured left, c. 1918) to the Dana Point area. Anna was one of the earliest investors and real estate purveyors of Dana Point. Most of you know her as the owner of the Blue Fountain Lunch building, which is now Coastal Kitchens restaurant. However, Anna had many business interests in the area and was also involved in a protracted lawsuit against a would-be suitor who stole money from her.
We will welcome several of her relatives, who are joining us for the evening to tell stories of her early days in Dana Point and recount family memories passed down through the years. Read the President’s message on page 2 to get some of the background on this trailblazing woman.
We will meet in council chambers at Dana Point City Hall. A reception will be held in our museum immediately following the program.
This is an OC Parks and OC Historical Commission event organized to celebrate the farming history of Orange County. This family-friendly event will feature agricultural-themed crafts, a petting zoo, live music, a photo booth, blacksmith demonstrations and tours of the Irvine Ranch Historic Park. Food will be available for purchase.
The OC Historical Commission has invited local historical societies to be on site to help you discover the rich history of Orange County so you can connect with historical resources in your own community.
Tours of the park will begin every hour starting at 10:30 a.m. with the last tour at 1:30 p.m.
Th event is free and is located at Irvine Ranch Historic Park, 13042 Old Myford Road, Irvine, CA 92602. Parking will be available at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, 51 Marketplace, Irvine, CA 92602.
Click here for event flyer: http://www.ocparks.com/civicax/inc/blobfetch.aspx?BlobID=72838
The Placentia Library District and the Placentia Library Friends Foundation with the History Matters Foundation are hosting "History Matters" to raise money to digitize historic Placentia newspapers. Steve Berry, the author of the Cotton Malone series, will discuss his latest book, The Bishop's Pawn which addresses Dr. Martin Luther King's unanswered murder. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to www.historymattersplacentia.eventbrite.com.
If you're a city planner or preservation architect, have you ever had a homeowner ask you to "just move the window out two feet" or say they "love their Craftsman home but want to remove the porch?" This webinar addresses the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and how to apply them using several case studies. Attendees will learn about the four treatment standards: preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and reconstruction; and how to select the appropriate treatment for a project. Historic Resources Specialist, Rebecca McManus of IS Architecture, will teach the rules of thumb, common misconceptions, and the difference between integrity and condition.
For CPF members, the fee is $40.00, and for non-members the fee is $60.00. To register, please click here.
Adam Arenson will present the research from his new book- Banking on Beauty- on Millard Sheets' architectural commissions including the Home Savings and Loan branches throughout California, and Orange County. Connecting Sheets' designs to precedents such as the California worlds fairs, Arenson will also share the preservation challenges associated with the work, and he'll discuss Millard's "California Modern" studio which included architects, interior designers, painters, sculptors, and stained-glass artists.
The webinar is $10.00 for CPF members and $15.00 for non-members. Please register here.
The Preservationist Toolkit- The Basics of Preservation Planning, Technology, and Advocacy
Presented by the California Preservation Foundation in partnership with Preserve Orange County, this workshop is for anyone seeking to promote or engage in historic preservation as part of their business, organization, or as a community advocate. City planners who are wondering how to handle historic resources in their communities may also benefit from this day long program held at the Mission San Juan Capistrano.
Workshop leaders include a historic preservation officer and city planner, a land-use attorney, community advocates, and preservation consultants.
Attend in person at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, or from your desk by registering for the live, online broadcast. For more information, please go to the California Preservation Foundation website, at https://californiapreservation.org/events/basics-2018/
The Orange Section of the American Planning Association is presenting its second annual symposium focussing on downtown Santa Ana, Orange County's center of Latino culture. Topics of discussion will include the history of Santa Ana's built environment, demographic and economic changes, movements in healthy communities and equitable planning, and revitalization efforts.
Miguel Vazquez, AICP, Task Force Member, CA-APA Planners for Health; Erualdo R. Gonzalez, PhD, Professor, CSU Fullerton; Lisandro Orozco, Arts and Culture Commissioner, City of Santa Ana; Manny Escamilla, Historian, Makara Art Center; and Ryan Chase, Principal, S&A Management
The event is being held at the historic Estate on Second, 207 2nd Street, Santa Ana.
Purchase tickets at www.oc-apa.org.
Old Towne Preservation Association 16th Annual Historic Home Tour, Orange, CA
This popular self-guided exploration of Old Towne icons returns for two days this fall. Come see the most interesting in Craftsman, Victorian, Mission, Bungalow, Revival and other historic styles found in the Old Towne Orange Historic District.
Tickets are $25 per person for non-OTPA members, and $20 for members. Tickets available now!
For more information, please go to: http://www.otpa.org/home-tour---2017.html
Preserve Orange County is hosting its very first event. Please join us for a cocktail reception and presentation at the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University in Orange. Architectural Historian and Preserve Orange County board member, Alan Hess, will share why we believe our county is ready to support a preservation organization. Come meet our board members, network with other preservationists and let's talk preservation!
The event is free but please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org because capacity is limited.
Covered parking is available in the West Campus structure at 230 N Cypress Street for $3.00 or street parking can be found.
We are grateful to the Hilbert Museum for providing underwriting for this event, and to the support of our marketing partner, the Old Towne Preservation Association.
Attend this full day colloquium on planning history at the Huntington Library in San Marino, hosted by the Los Angeles Region Planning History Group.
Los Angeles has always been a city of multiple cultures and social groups, and planning for growth, infrastructure and development here has been continuous. Typically, the history has emphasized the roles occupied by the majority. As a result, important planning work done by women, Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans, and gays and lesbians has routinely been overlooked or excluded. Click here for more information.
9 to 3 pm at the Huntington Library and Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino