Welcome to our Historical Presentations. We invite you to see streaming videos of these fantastic events from historians and authors. Our past presentations will now be available for streaming if you were not able to attend or would prefer to view later.

An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles Video Presentation.

Originally authored over fifty years ago by renowned architectural historians Robert Winter—described by Los Angeles Magazine as both the “spiritual godfather” and “father” of L.A. architecture—and the late, great David Gebhard, this seminal vade mecum of Los Angeles architecture explores every rich potency of the often relentless, but sometimes—as captured here—relenting L.A. city scape. $45 for an autographed copy of the book which will be delivered by Angel City Press directly to you so you can follow along at home. Click here to purchase.

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Join Robert Inman as he takes us on a virtual tour of Los Angeles.

Original Presentation January 13, 2021 at 7:00pm

Adrian, American Designer, Hollywood Original Presentation

In 1933, “Fortune” magazine suggested to the American fashion industry that they could benefit from the showmanship demonstrated by the Hollywood designers in order to compete with the French couturiers. The Hollywood designer “Fortune” most praised was Adrian of M-G-M. It was a logical choice as Adrian’s design for Joan Crawford in the 1932 film “Letty Lynton” dominated the fashion industry for the next two years. Join us for Adrian, American Designer, Hollywood Original by Richard Matukonis-Adkins. Click here to view.  

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Original Presentation: Wednesday, September 22nd. 7:00 PM

Better Luck Next Time Presentation

August 25th, 7:00 PM. Do you want to read something funny?  Let’s say, a novel set at a divorce ranch in Reno in the 1930s?  A book with memorably eccentric characters, sparkling dialogue, a satisfying plot twist, and some romance and sex?  A feel-good literary comedy/western?  Here it is, then, the book you’ve been looking for: Julia Claiborne Johnson’s Better Luck Next Time.”— author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement. Click here to view.  

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The eagerly anticipated second novel from the bestselling author of Be Frank with Me, a charming story of endings, new beginnings, and the complexities and complications of friendship and love, set in late 1930s Reno.

Original Presentation: August 25th, 7:00 PM

$31.74 Better Luck Next Time book signed by author Julia Claiborne Johnson – Available for pick up at Chevalier’s Bookstore or shipped for an additional $6 so you can follow along at home

Bunker Hill Los Angeles: Essence of Sunshine and Noir Presentation

by Nathan Marsak

In Bunker Hill Los Angeles: Essence of Sunshine and Noir, historian Nathan Marsak tells the story of the Hill, from the district’s inception in the mid-19th century to its present day. Once home to wealthy Angelenos living in LA’s “first suburb,” then the epicenter of the city’s shifting demographics and the shadow and vice of an urban underbelly, Bunker Hill survived its attempted erasure and burgeoned as a hub of arts, politics, business, and tourism.

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$40 signed book Bunker Hill Los Angeles: Essence of Sunshine and Noir by Nathan Marsak. Click here to Purchase the book and follow along at home

Join Nathan Marsak as he guides us through L.A.'s first suburb filled with shadows and sunshine.

Original Presentation February 17th at 7:00pm

Clubhouse Turn: The Twilight of Hollywood Park Race Track Presentation

by Michelle Asselin

On December 22, 2013, the world-famous Hollywood Park Race Track closed its doors forever. In 2014, demolition began on the landmark race track, effectively erasing seventy-five years of history, while at the same time making space for an entire new neighborhood to suddenly arise in the middle of the metropolis. Photographer Michele Asselin spent every day at Hollywood Park in the last two weeks before it closed, photographing the buildings, the employees, and the patrons of the track. Clubhouse Turn: The Twilight of Hollywood Park Race Track is the product of her efforts, and the story of two cultures colliding in the middle of a rapidly evolving city.

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Join Michelle Asselin as she takes us through this historic race track and Los Angeles Landmark.

Original Presentation: March 17, 2021

$50 Autographed hardcover book from Angel City Press

History and Virtual Home Tour of 330 N. June Street

Featuring an interview and guided tour through this historic property by President Richard Battaglia and home owner Joseph Guidera followed by question and answer period with Mr. Guidera.

A prime Hancock Park 1927 Mediterranean Revival Architectural Masterpiece has been fully renovated, restored, decorated and enhanced into its present pristine condition by the legendary design firm of Ron Wilson Interiors and its owner, Joseph Guidera as his personal residence. This distinctive estate has all the hallmarks of a truly unique and special property: built in the 1920s for a direct descendant of Los Angeles oldest original Spanish land grant holding families, designed for large-scale entertaining and yet with many smaller intimate personal spaces in a grand period revival style by noted architects, constructed by a local well know builder of most prestigious luxury homes of the era, and now restored to all of its former glory.

For his new home, Patrick Watson would enlist the services of the Sweden-born master builder C.J. Nordquist who had a well-deserved reputation for building some of the grandest homes and public buildings in Los Angeles.

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Original Presentation: Wednesday May 26th at 7:00 PM

Inside Hancock Park Video Presentation

by Jane Gilman

Larchmont Chronicle pioneer and historical society co-founder, Jane Gilman has written a book about what she knows best, Hancock Park. She puts Hancock Park into the palm of your hand with ease and grace. This is a sweet book that would be a great gift for anyone. Each book will be purchased from Chevalier’s Bookstore will autographed by Jane, herself. Click here to purchase the book as well to follow along at home.

Join Jane Gilman as she takes us on a stroll through the Los Angeles' gem, Hancock Park.

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Original Presentation December 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940: Paul R. Williams by Marc Appleton,  Stephen Gee, and Bret Parsons
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Paul Revere Williams’s inspirational story has fascinated historians for the simple fact that his journey was so improbable. The orphan son of an African American fruit-and-vegetable merchant, he was repeatedly told he had no chance of ever realizing his childhood dream of becoming an architect. And yet, he ignored the naysayers to reach the pinnacle of his chosen profession, while overcoming widespread discrimination throughout early- to mid-twentieth century America. The odds against him succeeding were enormous.

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Original Presentation: April 21, 2021, 7pm.

$60 Hardcover copy of the book from Angel City Press

Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform America’s Cities

by Ken Bernstein

Ken Bernstein, the City Planner for the City of Los Angeles and a national advocate for historic preservation shares how Los Angeles has led the nation in historic preservation and shares how other cities can do the same.

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Los Angeles has an image as the “City of the Future”―a city always at the cutting edge of change―but also as a “throwaway metropolis” that cares little about its history or architectural legacy. Yet the reality is quite different. Over the past decade, the City of Los Angeles has developed one of the most successful historic preservation programs in the nation, culminating with the completion of the nation’s most ambitious citywide survey of historic resources.

Original Presentation: July 7, 2021, 7pm.

$58 Preserving Los Angeles book