New at Hollywood Heritage: Coffee With Historian, July 16, 22

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On Sunday, July 16, Hollywood Heritage welcomes Marc Wanamaker, Hollywood Historian and the founder of Bison Archives, as part of the museum’s new Coffee With a Historian program.

Bison Archives has an extensive historical motion picture and Los Angeles-area photo library that provides research services to various productions and organizations. The company strategizes and provides research for film and television writers, producers, directors, authors and universities.

Coffee With a Historian, a new program the history museum will present periodically, will provide attendees the opportunity to interact with speakers, ask questions about exhibits, and have any books signed that speakers have authored.

In addition to July 16, visitors can get their burning questions about early Hollywood history answered next weekend as well.

On Saturday, July 22, motion picture historian Mary Mallory, author of “Hollywoodland,” will lead a tour of the current exhibit on the Hollywood sign, which turns 100 in December. Mallory is also author of “Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays,” “Hollywood at Play” and “Living With Grace: Life Lessons From America’s Princess,” about Grace Kelly.

Admission to the museum gives visitors some casual time with the historians as well as a cup of coffee on the deck.

The museum, open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is housed in the Lasky-DeMille Barn, Hollywood’s first motion picture studio. The barn is the recipient of the 2023 Windsor Square – Hancock Park Historical Society Landmark Award.

The neighborhood association will honor the Barn at their Annual Meeting and BBQ on Saturday, July 29, at a landmarked 1908 historic home built by attorney Henry O’Melveny. Hollywood Heritage members are invited to attend.

The Hollywood Heritage Museum and bookstore are open Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Docent-led tours are available. See the current exhibit, on the 100-year-old Hollywood Sign, originally a sign mounted to promote L.A. real estate.

Hollywood Heritage welcomes volunteers who are interested in helping with tours, preservation, docenting and more. Make contact here!

For more details about events, tours, talks and other Hollywood Heritage activities, click here.

Journalist Laurie Schenden covers the entertainment industry, with many of her notable celebrity interviews appearing in the Los Angeles Times and other national and international publications. As a longtime columnist and feature writer for the LA Times, she also covered events and California destinations for the lifestyle, Outdoors and Travel sections. Laurie Schenden's international pieces include the long-running Where Are They Now celebrity feature for Spotlight Magazine, published in five languages. Laurie has also contributed to numerous documentary films, and produces content via Saving Grace Films.

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