Gayle Anderson wants to remind you not to miss this, the last week of “History Keepers: Storied Objects from Los Angeles Collections,” which is open until Monday, August 31st. In this exhibition celebrating Los Angeles’s remarkable history, curious objects from collections housed across the Los Angeles region are displayed together at the historic Pico House in downtown El Pueblo de Los Ángeles to illuminate the history of this multifaceted city.
Photographs, documents, scrapbooks, and ephemera are some of the material objects that help us to tell and understand our history. What are the objects that tell the story of Los Angeles? Who collects them? What stories do they tell?
This exhibition by the California Historical Society and L.A. as Subject, a research collective dedicated to local archives, is presented in partnership with El Pueblo Historical Monument and the El Pueblo Park Association.
The Pico House built by Pío Pico, last governor of California under Mexican rule, who lived almost the entire length of the nineteenth century, from 1801 to 1894. This was the first three-story building and the first grand hotel in Los Angeles. Construction began on September 18, 1869, and the hotel opened for business on June 9, 1870. To raise funds for the building and furnishing of the hotel, Pío and his brother Andrés sold most of their vast landholdings in the San Fernando Valley. The hotel was built in the Italianate style, with deep set round-arched windows and doors and the Main Street and Plaza facades were designed to resemble blue granite. The hotel had 82 bedrooms and 21 parlors as well as bathrooms and water closets for each sex on each floor.
“History Keepers: Storied Objects from Los Angeles Collections” is open to the public from Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is FREE.
Now through Monday, August 31, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“History Keepers: Storied Objects from Los Angeles Collections”
The Pico House
424 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012