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Locals will have a chance to view an original 1911 Santa Monica Road Race car owned by Brian Blain on Friday, July 17.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, History

Relive The Santa Monica Road Races On Friday, July 17

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 9:37 am

Santa Monica will relive the historical 1911 Santa Monica Road Races on Friday, July 17 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows who is sponsoring the event to benefit the Santa Monica History Museum.

Santa Monica History Museum presents a unique exhibit on Shirley Temple June 4-10.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, History

Santa Monica History Museum To Present Shirley Temple Exhibit June 4-10

Posted May. 28, 2015, 8:42 am

The Santa Monica History Museum has been chosen as one of only five museums in the world to exhibit Shirley Temple’s personal childhood collection. The exhibit will be held June 4 through June 10.

Learn more about Santa Monica's history on Sunday.

News, Santa Monica, History

Santa Monica Conservancy To Hold Sunday Tour Of Third Street Historic Neighborhood

Posted Apr. 28, 2015, 10:24 am

The success of Santa Monica's first historic district will be on display when the Santa Monica Conservancy hosts a tour of the Third Street Neighborhood Historic District on Sunday, May 3, from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Vidiots will close its doors in April after 30 years in business.

News, Business, Video, Santa Monica, History

VIDEO: Beloved Santa Monica Landmark Vidiots To Close Unless Benefactor Found

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:12 am

Local Santa Monica landmark Vidiots is preparing to close its doors forever come mid-April, unless a financial hand is extended to enable the movie treasure trove to continue business well into the future.

Santa Monica History Museum is located at 1350 7th Street,Santa Monica.

News, Museum, Santa Monica, History

Santa Monica History Museum Elects New Board Members

Posted Jan. 25, 2015, 9:42 am

The Santa Monica History Museum's Board of Directors has elected a new chairman: Ricardo Bandini Johnson. Johnson's family has lived in California since 1810. His great-Aunt, Arcadia Bandini de Baker, was the wife of Colonel Robert S. Baker - the man who established Santa Monica in 1875.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, History

Kingdom Day Parade To Take Place Starting At 11 a.m.

Posted Jan. 19, 2015, 9:08 am

The 30th annual Kingdom Day Parade will be held today under the theme "Love & Respect: Let It Begin With Me," and with Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson serving as grand marshal.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

News, Holiday, History, Pasadena

Candlelight Vigil Planned To Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted Jan. 18, 2015, 9:08 am

A "Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Justice" will begin outside All Saints Church in Pasadena tonight on the eve of the federal holiday marking the birth of Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

News, Life And Arts, Los Angeles, Seven Days, Holiday, History

Several Southland Cities To Pay Tribute To Martin Luther King Jr. Today

Posted Jan. 17, 2015, 8:42 am

Parades will be held in Long Beach and Gardena today to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., while other observances will take place in Culver City, Lancaster, Pasadena, West Hollywood and at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.

The front of the Birch Cent from 1792.

News, History, Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills Man Spends $2.585 Million On 1792 Penny

Posted Jan. 12, 2015, 9:22 am

A Beverly Hills man has spent $2,585,000 for a 1792 penny -- the most ever paid for a one-cent piece -- and $2,232,500 for a quarter from the same year, it was reported today.

News, Los Angeles, History

Nixon Birth Anniversary To Be Marked By Wreath Laying, Lecture

Posted Jan. 8, 2015, 7:49 am

A wreath will be laid Friday at the memorial of former President Richard M. Nixon at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum on the 102nd anniversary of his birth.

This 18′ high art deco sculpture by Eugene Morahan is located on the bluff at the foot of Wilshire Blvd. It is a statue of Saint Monica, for whom the city of Santa Monica was named. It was built in 1934 with funding from the Public Works of Art Project.

News, Santa Monica, History, Palisades Park

Saint Monica Statue In Palisades Park Celebrates Its 80th Anniversary

Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 9:31 am

The Santa Monica History Museum is sharing a little bit of local history with the 80th anniversary of the Statue of Saint Monica in Palisades Park.

June Lockhart (far left) smiles at Reginald Owen (Scrooge) at the conclusion of the 1938 “A Christmas Carol.”

News, Life And Arts, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film, History

June Lockhart Remembers “A Christmas Carol”

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:21 am

Released last month on Blu-ray, the 1938 version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has long been a favorite seasonal TV movie.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, History

Jerry Rubin 20th Anniversary Public Memorial Remembrance Wednesday

Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 9:43 am

Peace activist singers/songwriters Ross Altman, Dennis Davis, and Stephen Longfellow Fiske will each be performing a peace song at the public remembrance and dedicating it to late anti-war activist Jerry Rubin this Wednesday, Nov. 26.

News, Santa Monica, History

Santa Monica Conservancy Calls For Preservation Award Nominations

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:33 am

Nominations close in less than a month for the Santa Monica Conservancy awards to individuals and projects that represent exemplary contributions to the preservation of Santa Monica’s architectural and cultural heritage.

The Civic Auditorium hosts the Academy Awards.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Art, History

Art Exhibit Opens Highlighting History Of Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Posted Nov. 6, 2014, 9:30 am

The Santa Monica History Museum is debuting an exhibit that highlights and celebrates the performances at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

The experimental Douglas B-19 bomber, seen here, made its first flight at Santa Monica Airport in 1941. The airport's two runways at this time were constructed by the WPA during the late 1930s and saw extensive use during World War II.

News, Santa Monica, History

Santa Monica's Top Five Landmarks From This Era

Posted Nov. 4, 2014, 3:05 pm

April of 2015 marks the 80th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration, one of a number of relief agencies created as part of the New Deal in an effort to combat the economic impact of the Great Depression.

Virginia Davis proudly wearing her pin “from the President” that a Secret Service agent gave to her when Obama visited Santa Monica on Oct. 9.

News, Santa Monica, History

Santa Monican Celebrates 107th Birthday

Posted Oct. 17, 2014, 8:57 am

Perhaps Santa Monica’s oldest centenarian, Virginia Davis celebrated her 107th birthday on Thursday and attributes her longevity to simple living and an active lifestyle.

Obituary, Santa Monica, History

Mariachi Pioneer Nati Cano Dies Aged 81

Posted Oct. 4, 2014, 6:51 am

Nati Cano, the founder of Los Camperos de Nati Cano, considered the most accomplished and influential mariachi ensemble in the United States, died Friday. He was 81.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, History

Supervisors Urge Naming Of Santa Monica Mountains Peak After Milt McAuley

Posted Sep. 9, 2014, 1:48 pm

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today voted to urge federal officials to name a peak in the Santa Monica Mountains in honor of the late hiker, author and conservationist Milt McAuley, who died in 2008.

Learn about the famous flight that put Santa Monica on the aviation map at a gala dinner later this month.

Museum, Seven Days, Santa Monica, History

Santa Monica History Museum To Host Gala Dinner Sept. 21

Posted Sep. 7, 2014, 9:05 am

The Santa Monica History Museum will host a gala dinner on Sept. 21 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the first around the world flight in Donald Douglas cruisers.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, History

The History Of Labor Day: An Annual Tribute To Workers Since 1882

Posted Sep. 1, 2014, 9:06 am

Labor Day, a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the nation, was first celebrated in the U.S. on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City.

The Shotgun House in 2002 arriving for storage at the Santa Monica Airport.

News, Santa Monica, History

Shotgun House To Be Towed Through Streets Of Santa Monica On Saturday Morning

Posted Mar. 28, 2014, 12:47 pm

Watch history happen this Saturday morning as the historical Shotgun House is towed through the streets of Santa Monica to be rehabilitated as a Preservation Resource Center.

Santa Monica's Landsmarks Commission can designate a landmark without owner consent, which allowed the city to prevent the demolition of its last ocean-facing cottage (ca. 1905), now a designated Santa Monica landmark.

News, Santa Monica, History

Santa Monica Scores Perfect On Preservation Report Card

Posted Mar. 21, 2014, 7:56 am

For all the recent discussion of whether Santa Monica is developing too fast, the Los Angeles Conservancy believes the city is the standard bearer for preservation of cultural and historic resources. Receiving an A-plus in the non-profit’s annual Preservation Report Card, Santa Monica was the only city in the region to earn a perfect score of 245.

Seven Days, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, History

SMC To Present Lecture On “How We Forgot the Cold War” On Tuesday

Posted Mar. 21, 2014, 7:48 am

Santa Monica College's lineup of the Spring 2014 Global Connections Lecture Series is underway.The remaining lineup in the Spring 2014 Global Connections Lecture Series is:

Museum, Seven Days, Santa Monica, History

Santa Monica History Museum Reschedules Sunday's History Program

Posted Mar. 6, 2014, 9:00 am

Due to the road closures because of the LA Marathon, the Santa Monica History Museum's Discover the History program has been rescheduled from this Sunday to next Sunday, March 16.

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