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EVENT LAUNCHES EFFORT TO SAVE DWINDLING LA HISTORY COLLECTIONS

Heritage Square Museum to launch Heritage Alliance with March 2 kick-off event: LA Heritage Day
LOS ANGELES -With dwindling to non-existent public funding for culture in Los Angeles, private non-profits and dedicated volunteers committed to preserving our collective past have stepped up to almost literally save the day. On March 2nd, 2008, from 12pm to 4pm Heritage Square Museum will host Los Angeles Heritage Day. LA Heritage Day reconnects public at large with all of their cultural institutions and resources, whiles aiding historical sites and museums from across Southern California in showcasing their respective histories to the public. This event will be the first step in the launch of the LA Heritage Alliance.
For a City believed to have no "real" history, Los Angeles' heritage is not going unnoticed. The Los Angeles region has over 200 historical organizations, societies, and museums dedicated to preserving and promoting the varied pasts of the various regions, industries, and individuals in Los Angeles. And with Heritage Square as the epicenter of heritage, anyone seeking out the past needs to look no further.
Some of the historical groups participating in LA Heritage Day are: San Marino Historical Society, Lanterman House Museum (La Canada), Los Angeles Conservancy, Culver City Historical Society, Chatsworth Historical Society, Los Angeles City Historical Society, Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, Lomita Railroad Museum and Foundation, Bilingual Foundation for the Arts, Venice Historical Society, Los Angelitas del Pueblo, Highland Park Heritage Trust, Historical Society of Southern California, Costumers Guild West , Grier Musser Museum, Campo de Cahuenga Historic Memorial Assn., Boyle Heights Historical Society, and Rancho Los Cerritos.
This event, while open to the public, will be the first step in forming a Los Angeles Heritage Alliance. This alliance will work to unify the efforts of heritage organizations on matters of preservation, promotion, and communication. "This isn't about raising funds - which is often the focus of museums - but rather, we're working together to step in and preserve our history," says Brian Sheridan, one of the organizers of the LA Heritage Day and LA Heritage Alliance. "Though we've been successful as individual groups, as an alliance, we will be able to work smarter and more efficiently to preserve the regions heritage and the plan for future efforts, as well.”
The goals of the Alliance are simple, according to Sheridan: increase communication & collaboration between historical groups in Los Angeles. “We’ve seen other groups united to form Alliance for the economy and for education, so why not for our common history, our regional heritage?”
Heritage Square is a living history museum dedicated to telling the story of the development of Los Angeles. At the museum, eight historic structures (including three from Pasadena), were saved from demolition and moved to the site, demonstrating why preservation in our communities is so important. These beautiful Victorian-era buildings provide a glimpse of Southern California as it looked 100 years ago. Tours of the museum are included for LA Heritage Days. Admission is $10/adults, $8/seniors, $5/children ages 6-12.  The Museum is located at 3800 Homer Street, off the 110 Arroyo Seco Parkway (110/Pasadena Freeway) at Avenue 43, just north of downtown Los Angeles. For further information, visit our website at www.heritagesquare.org

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