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“Journeys in the Land of Sunshine: The Natural History of Early Los Angeles” – Lecture at the LA Main Library, April 5

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The Los Angeles City Historical Society & the History Department, Los Angeles Public Library
present the annual Marie Northrop Lecture, on Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 2:00pm, at the Mark Taper Auditorium of the Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 West Fifth Street (between Grand Avenue and Flower Street), Los Angeles.  This year’s lecture will be given by Elizabeth Pomeroy; she will speak on: “Journeys in the Land of Sunshine: The Natural History of Early Los Angeles”

From the historical society’s notice:

Through books and photographs, we can trace the early topography and natural features of Los Angeles and its surroundings.  The river, canyons, embracing hills and broad plain to the sea all influenced the settlement which grew into our metropolis of today.  Come and learn the history of this place so famous for its natural environment.

Elizabeth Pomeroy, a California native, holds a Ph.D. in English from UCLA.  She has taught English at Pasadena City College and served on the staff of the Huntington Library.  She has long been active in organizations devoted to history, nature and conservation, serving as a Board member of the California Preservation Foundation, the Pasadena Historical Society, the Sierra Club, and other groups.

Her writing includes literary studies and books on Queen Elizabeth I and John Muir.  Her recent volumes, Lost and Found and Lost and Found II, contain the best of her many newspaper columns by that name on historic landmarks around the San Gabriel Valley.  These take-it-with-you guides reveal the history and geography of the Southland, with glimpses of art, culture and society. In 2000 she established Many Moons Press, which has published titles on California history and nature, including new editions of classics long out-of-print.  She continues to explore Southern California’s
interesting characters and gives seminars on the skills of the grassroots historian.

Free and open to the public – Made possible by the Wood Family Trust

This facility is handicap-accessible. Validated parking is available for $1.00 (between 1pm and 5pm only) at the 524 South Flower Street garage (validation at library desk with library card, obtainable that day.) Check for more information, or call (213) 228-7000. The Metro
Blue Line and Metro Red Line both have stops near Central Library, and most buses
coming downtown stop near the Central Library; check for rates, routes and schedules.

Los Angeles City Historical Society       PO Box 41046, Los Angeles CA
90041           (323) 936-2912  


One thought on ““Journeys in the Land of Sunshine: The Natural History of Early Los Angeles” – Lecture at the LA Main Library, April 5

  1. A trip to the downtown branch of the LA public library is a wonderful outing, especially with a kid, especially on mass transit. They have a fantastic children’s collection. I’ll be there.

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