Friday, June 4, 2010

Museums of the Arroyo

Trying out the popular early twentieth century sport of croquette outside the Longfellow-Hastings Octagon House at Heritage Square Museum

A blacksmith at work at Heritage Square Museum

Popular Los Angeles historian Cecilia Rasmussen signs Curbside L.A.: An Offbeat Guide to the City of Angels at the Lummis Home and Garden

Thousands of visitors participated in the annual “Museums of the Arroyo Day” (MOTA) May 16, in celebration of the history, arts, culture and beauty of the Arroyo Seco. Participating museums included Heritage Square, The Los Angeles Police Historical Society and The Lummis Home and Garden in Northeast Los Angeles, as well as The Gamble House and The Pasadena Museum of History in Pasadena.
Up next, the annual Vintage Automobile and Classic Car Show at Heritage Square, June 12, will document the evolution of the automobile. Over 50 vintage automobiles of every type will be on display, including such rarities as a1956 Packard 400 from the Packard's International Club, a convertible 1929 Ford Model A Phaeton, a 1935 Peugeot 302, a 1941 Tatra T87 and a 1966 Covair.
Heritage Square Museum will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote with “Their Rights and Nothing Less,” a celebration of Women’s Suffrage, beginning June 19. The exhibit will include original, rarely-seen ephemera from the early years of the suffrage movement and will feature a section dedicated entirely to the efforts of women in Los Angeles who led the fight. Summer events at Heritage Square will include a vintage car show and silent and classic movie nights.
For more information on Heritage Square Museum, visit
For more information on the Lummis House, visit See the article on the campaign to save the house’s magnificent doors in last month’s Arroyo Seco Journal.
For Museums of the Arroyo Day, The Los Angeles Police Historical Society, paid tribute to the first policewoman in the United States, Alice Stebbins Wells, who joined the LAPD 100 years ago. Exhibits at the museum include photographic documentation of the role of women in LAPD history.

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