The History of TREES in Pacific Palisades &
the Politics behind them
Everywhere we turn in the Palisades we are surrounded by growing, sprouting, expanding, spreading, thriving green canopies, blossoming, leaves falling, aging, root-bound arboreal splendor, and disappearing and dying trees.
What’s the history and politics behind so many trees in our Community? Who planted them and why we care.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Lelah T. Pierson Theater ★ Theatre Palisades
Annual Holiday Celebration
December 5, 2019
6:00 - 8:30pm
ALDERS GATE Retreat Center
Each December the Pacific Palisades Historical Society Celebrates the Holiday Season with friends at the Aldersgate Retreat Center in Pacific Palisades. Dinner, lectures and music make for a festive beginning to the Holiday Season.
Annual Luncheon & Installation of Officers
Each June members, friends and guests of the Pacific Palisades Historical Society attend the annual luncheon at Aldersgate Retreat Center in Pacific Palisades to inaugurate the Historical Society’s Board and hear an evocative presentation on the history of the Palisades and its surrounding area.
Naturalist Charles Hood will Speak at Historical Society Luncheon
June 20, 2019 at Aldersgate
The Pacific Palisades Historical Society will hold its annual luncheon and installation of officers at 12:30 p.m. on June 20, at Aldersgate Retreat Center, 925 Haverford Ave.
Naturalist Charles Hood will be the guest speaker on the topic “Urban Nature Today: Are the backyards of Los Angeles really the new Serengeti?”
Hood, a poet and naturalist, is one of the authors of Wild LA, a new book about urban nature published by the Natural History Museum. He co-wrote the book with NHM Community Science Senior Manager Lila Higgins, NHM Herpetology Curator and Urban Nature Research Center Co-Director Greg Pauly, and science journalist Jason Goldman.
The book contains more than 100-short species accounts that describe local plants and animals and contain easy ways to identify them outside.
Hood, who was born in Los Angles, has a master’s in fine art from U.C. Irvine. He is also the author of “A Californian’s Guide to the Mammals Among Us” and “A Californian’s Guide to the Birds Among Us.”
Hood has studied birds and natural history from the Amazon to Tibet. A widely published poet, he has received numerous fellowships and writing awards.
He has also been a visiting professor in England, Mexico, and Papua New Guinea. Hood is currently a research fellow with the Center for Art and Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art as well as a teacher of writing and photography at Antelope Valley College in the Mojave Desert. Visit: charleshoodbooks.com.
Lorraine Oshins Lecture Series
Author Donna Rifkind previews her recent book: “The Sun and Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler’s Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood.”
Monday, May 13, 2019, 7:00pm
Lelah T. Pierson Theater (Theatre Palisades).
This free annual lecture series is made possible by a generous donation from the family of Lorraine Oshins who was an active member of the PPHS Board and President from 2001-2003.
Inceville’s Native American Community and Its Hollywood Legacy
February 26, 2019
Pierson Playhouse, Theater Palisades,
Archivist Marc Wanamaker and PPHS President Eric Dugdale team up for a special presentation about this under-explored aspect of early Hollywood history. The program will feature a number of rarely seen images from Wanamaker’s legendary Bison Archives.
“Lost Santa Monica & Palisades – Images Found”, Randy Young
A unique photo exhibition curated by Pacific Palisades historian Randy Young’s 40 years of collecting stunning historical images of Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica Canyon showing panoramic views of the early landscape and development of both Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica Canyon. A rare exhibition, and historic once-in-a lifetime experience for historians of all ages.
June 23, 2018 5:00-8:00pm
Gallery 169, 169 West Channel Road, Santa Monica
Members and Guests – Free
Artist's Opening Reception
Saturday, May 5th, 2018 5pm - 8pm.
Gallery 169 is proud to announce a presentation of a historical images by Randy Young.
The photo exhibition that Randy Young will be presenting May 5th is a culmination of 40 years of collecting historical images that describe the early landscape and the development of both Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica Canyon. These images became the framework for several books produced by Betty Lou and Randy Young on the area.
The photographs were obtained from many different sources such as the Pacific Palisades Historical Society, Ernest Marquez, and Zola Clearwater Collections.
The presentation will include images ranging from small postcards to huge custom made Panoramas from the 1890s.
Randy Young was born in and grew up in Pacific Palisades. His Parents Betty Lou and Dr. Tom Young always instilled in their son that this was the coolest place to be from and that it should be protected. Thus started a partnership that used history and photos to protect their town. A life of activism followed.
Randy was public schooled at Paul Revere and Pali High. He received a degree in photography from Art Center College of Design and for many years had a commercial photo studio in Culver City. But his real passion was producing books on his neighborhood with his Mother, Betty Lou writing the text.
This was the beginning of his life of activism for preservation. Especially for open space parks and historic structures. His photography and graphic skills has been used to further those goals. He is still at large doing those things.
"Lost Santa Monica & Palisades Images...Found!" will be on view at Gallery 169 from Saturday, May 5th through June 2018.
Complimentary valet parking available the night of the opening.
Making America's Largest Urban National Park: The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area – Ranger Mike Malone
October 2, 2018
Lelah T. Pierson Theater, 941 Temescal Canyon Rd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area overlaps more area and zip codes -- including the 90272 zip code of Pacific Palisades -- than any other unit in the National Park system. Over half of its nearly 154 thousand acres is protected parkland and open space preserves.
In a program especially created for PPHS, Mike Malone, a long time ranger at the SMMNRA, will detail the history of the park's creation, and its natural and cultural history. He will also outline the recreational opportunities and the unique partnerships between park agencies and conservation organizations that move it forward today.
Malone is a retired National Park Service Ranger who worked with Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Mike continues to remain active as a volunteer leading hikes, managing volunteer group projects, staffing both NPS and state park visitor centers and doing community outreach with film history presentations of the Santa Monica Mountains. He was featured on an episode of Huell Howser's California's Gold, discussing the film history of the Paramount Ranch.
Lorraine Oshins Lecture Series
This annual free lecture series is made possible by a generous donation from the family of Lorraine Oshins who was an active member of the PPHS Board and President from 2001-2003.
First Inaugural Lecture at Lelah T. Pierson Theater (Theatre Palisades),
May 2, 2018
Domesticity and Resistance: Woman and Activism in Early Cold War Pacific Palisades.
Guest speaker: Janet Brodie, Professor of History, Claremont Graduate University and long time Pacific Palisades resident.
Dishing the Dirt on the Uplifters Club in Rustic Canyon
Free lecture on the history of the Uplifters Club in Rustic Canyon by Historian Randy Young, Lelah T. Pierson Theater (Theatre Palisades), May 15, 2017
Hollywood’s Spies: The Undercover Surveillance of Nazis in Los Angeles
Author Laura Rosenzweig discusses her book and the story of 1930’s Nazi Germany’s intrusion into American political culture and how Los Angeles was a particular hotbed for this extremist political activity. Learn how Jewish executives of the motion picture industry secretly paid private investigators to infiltrate, monitor and report on the political activities of these groups. Free lecture at Lelah T. Pierson Theater (Theatre Palisades), October 25, 2017.
Murder in the Palisades!
Urban ledged actress Thelma Todd and her famous Sidewalk Café and the mystery of her tragic, unsolved death. Free lecture by Randy Young, Lelah T. Pierson Theater (Theatre Palisades), 2016.
Cowboys of the Palisades
Free lecture on the very lively history of Palisade Cowboys from the movie days of Thomas Ince, cattle rustling to Will Rogers and his famous horse Soapsuds.
Lelah T. Pierson Theater (Theatre Palisades), 2015
Celebrity Residences in the Palisades: Quiz: Who lives in What House?
Randy Young and Roger McGrath conduct a comical quiz of Urban Legends both true and false!
Lelah T. Pierson Theater (Theatre Palisades), 2013