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Earth Day
Sunday April 21, 2013

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Previous Events:

2012 Garden Tour
Earth Day
Sunday April 22, 2012

2011 Garden Tour
Earth Day
Sunday, April 17, 2011

2010 Homes Tour
In Fall of 2010 the Historical Society hosted its 31st Annual Homes Tour.

Third Annual Garden Party  & Tour
In Spring of 2008 the Historical Society hosted its third garden tour.

30th Annual Homes Tour Opened Private Houses to the Public
 The homes this year were exquisite examples of mansions built between 1900 and 1920.  There was a lovely English Tudor with Arts and Craft furniture and pottery, a spectacular Classic Revival mansion, a beautifully restored Mediterranean once owned by legends from the Golden Age of Hollywood, and an imposing estate owned by two influential Los Angeles families.

Sticky Wicket Croquet Tournament at the Gilmore Adobe
The landmark Gilmore Adobe was the site of our Society's Sticky Wicket Croquet Tournament on August 12, 2007. A dedicated group of croquet aficionados, all dressed in white, battled for bronze, silver and gold medals. Chairperson Peter Landay ended up winning the top prize once again.

Annual Meeting Held at the 5055 Wilshire
The WS-HPHS held its Annual Meeting on July  22, 2007 at the site of the original "Carnation" building. Members and Guests enjoyed a beautiful afternoon outdoors, in the park created by USAA Realty for the renovated landmark.

The Society presented awards for Respectful Renovation and Adaptive Re-use, plus a Landmark Award to the Carnation building itself.

Our speaker was Ken Bernstein, who presented a fascinating story about historic preservation in Los Angeles.

Second Historical Society Garden Tour a Success
  In Spring 2007, the Historical Society hosted its second garden tour. The money raised will facilitate the building of landscaped traffic islands on Wilton Place.

Annual Tea Held at the Museum of Natural History
On February 18, 2007 the Society held its Annual Tea in the Times Mirror Room of the Museum of Natural History at Exposition Park. Kudos go to First Vice President Gina Riberi, for the excellent job she did to organize the event.

Our speaker was Dr. William Estrada, who presented a lecture on the history of the original Plaza of Los Angeles, and the evolution of Olvera Street.

Garden Tour co-chair Myrna Gintel presented Councilmember Tom LaBonge with a $10,000 check made out to the North Larchmont Median Project. The funds were raised by the Society’s first Garden Party & Tour, held in Spring 2006.

Annual Holiday Caroling Event
Our Annual Holiday Caroling event was held December 20, 2006. Afterwards, participants enjoyed a beautiful party hosted by Raul Rodriguez.

Butterfields Auction House Event
On December 2, 2006 the Society held an event at Bonhams and Butterfields Auction House on Sunset Boulevard.

Attendees learned about the auction process from General Manager Ed Beardsley. Then Margaret Barrett gave us a presentation on Entertainment Memorabilia. Following the presentation, Margaret provided informal appraisals of autographs, photographs and costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Gems of June Street
Our 29th Annual Homes Tour, held in October 2006, was a great success. Members and Guests enjoyed a beautiful afternoon touring four spectacular estates on June Street in Hancock Park. The event set new records for pre-sales and Internet sales.

First Historical Society Garden Tour a Success
 In Spring 2007, the Historical Society hosted its first garden tour. Each of the eight gardens on tour had its own landscape designer-docent to answer questions. Among the gardens on tour were those that have been featured in local and national publications. There was even a garden with a natural stream running through it—a rare treat in Los Angeles. Best of all, the money raised was donated to jumpstart the creation of a center median on Larchmont Boulevard between Melrose and Beverly.

Annual Membership Tea
The Annual Membership Tea of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society took place on February 26, 2006 at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, across from the Hollywood Bowl. This unique building started life as a barn in 1895. It was adapted for use as a movie studio in 1913 when Cecil B. DeMille signed a lease on behalf of the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company. Museum historian Marc Wanamaker and Museum Director Robert Nudelman gave a detailed and fascinating overview of the film industry’s early days in Hollywood and signed their book Historic Hollywood: An Illustrated History. A tour of the museum’s many photos and artifacts rounded out the day and all left having learned something new.

The Membership Tea drew a standing-room-only crowd to the fascinating Hollywood Heritage Museum to learn about Hollywood’s early history.

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