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"Neon History" at the Orange County Historical Society Annual Dinner

  • The Phoenix Club 1340 S Sanderson Avenue Anaheim, CA 92806 (map)

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.

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