WAHA E-News 9-6-07

Angelus Rosedale Cemetery & Western Heights Tours.

Tours of Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, and Western Heights

  1. . SIX BLOCKS OF HISTORY: WESTERN HEIGHTS HOMES TOUR Sunday, September 9 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You're invited to "Six Blocks of History," the Western Heights Neighborhood Association (WHNA) Homes Tour. Stroll through the "streetcar suburb" where up-and-coming young professional families built their homes in the early part of this century. Eight historically significant homes will be open for tour.

Located just north of the Santa Monica Freeway between Western and Arlington, Western Heights is an architecturally diverse enclave filled with custom-built homes from the turn of the century. Originally developed outside the city limits, this six-block area was a forerunner to the modern suburb, far from the dusty and noisy center of town. The residential streets are characterized by two- and three-story single family residences in many architectural styles including Craftsman, Tudor Revival, Queen Anne, Spanish Colonial Revival, Monterey Revival, and American Four-square. Many were designed by some of the most prominent architects of Los Angeles, including John C. Austin, Myron Hunt, Sumner Hunt, Frank M. Tyler, Elmer Grey, Arthur R. Kelley, and Paul Williams.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the tour. Walk-ins welcome! Check in at 2173 West 20th Street. Tour houses close at 5 p.m., and final tickets will be sold at 3:30 p.m., so please do plan accordingly. And please remember, for this and other historic homes tours: please wear comfortable shows, no high heels.

You can still purchase advance tickets online. Log onto www.WesternHeightsonline.com, and "click here to buy tickets online." You will be prompted through PayPal.

Proceeds from this event will benefit construction of traffic easements in the neighborhood. Questions? E-mail westernheightstour@mac.com.

Want to volunteer as a docent (and see the tour houses for free, PLUS get invited to a thank you party)? Contact Natalie Neith at neith@natalieneith.com.

  1. . 17TH ANNUAL LIVING HISTORY TOUR AT ANGELUS ROSEDALE CEMETERY Saturday, September 29 (Early Bird Deadline for Lower-Priced Tickets is Saturday, September 15)

The Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, one of the city's oldest, most historically significant cemeteries, was founded in 1884, and is now home to many generations of Los Angeles's early citizens, representing every race, faith, and creed. Every year, WAHA focuses on some of their life stories by presenting a Living History Tour at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, featuring actor portrayals, graveside, of some of the individuals buried at the cemetery. This year, you'll meet:

  • John Marcellus Stewart, an early California gold miner and Los Angeles pioneer nurseryman whose 1871 cottage still stands in West Adams. Stewart made his way from Wisconsin across the Rockies and the desert to pan for gold in Placerville and Calaveras County in the 1850s, before settling in Los Angeles.

  • Louise Glaum, one of the most effective silent film era femme fatales. Glaum was a melodramatic actress of the stage before becoming a sexy rival to fellow screen vamp Theda Bara.

  • Francis Murphy, the "American Apostle of Temperance," a reformer, orator and evangelist who campaigned against alcohol. Murphy led a "Blue Ribbon Army" and eventually convinced 12,000 people to sign pledges against drinking liquor.

  • Ernest R. (Bubbles) Whitman, a radio personality, comic, emcee, and film actor ("Stormy Weather," "Cabin in the Sky") who also starred in the TV series "Beulah." Whitman perfected a word-spinning, tongue-tangling banter as the master of ceremonies for a series of shows recorded by the Army to entertain troups abroad during WWII.

  • Marshall Neilan, charming and madcap film director of several classic Mary Pickford blockbusters, including "Daddy Long Legs." A famously charming womanizer, he was married to the actress Blanche Sweet until he cheated on her one time too many.

  • Eliza Griffin Johnston, an artist, diarist, and wife of Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston, who was killed in the battle of Shiloh. Johnston was the first woman artist in the American West. "Texas Wild Flowers," a book of 101 of her paintings from the 1840s and 1850s, was published in 1972.

We hope you'll join us for this event. This is an outdoor 3-hour walking tour over uneven terrain. Please do wear appropriate clothing, and walking shoes.

Tickets are by advance reservation only -- no walk-ins.

$25 general admission, $20 WAHA members, PAID BY SEPTEMBER 15. Space available, after September 15, all tickets are $30. (Children under 10 attend for free.)

Additional information: 323-732-4223, tours@westadamsheritage.org, or visit www.WestAdamsHeritage.org.

Download an order form here:

http://westadamsheritage.org/images/stories/pdfs/waha_cemetery_tour_flyer_2007 .pdf


We are looking for volunteer help, as always. For those of you new to WAHA, or new to West Adams, volunteering at events is a terrific way to meet your neighbors. There are many tasks that need helping hands - both in advance and on the day of the tour. We need help at check-in, of course, and we also need assistants for our actors. Since this is a guided ("shepherded") tour, we need tour guides (you'll need to attend a training session the weekend before). And we also have a variety of behind the scenes positions, including schlepping, and helping with set up and clean up for a volunteer thank you party. If you wish to be of service, please contact Sally Turner at salturner@sbcglobal.net.


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