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Introducing West Hollywood's New Historical Society

Residents plan to establish a new organization dedicated to the study, preservation and promotion of West Hollywood history.

CALL FOR MEMBERS

Dear Neighbors,

I am pleased to be a part of a new group of interested residents who are in the process of organizing the Historical Society of West Hollywood and am inviting anyone interested in being a founding member of the society to contact the organizer, Larry Jackson, by April 30. Those responding will be kept informed as to the progress of the society and the data, time, and place of the organizing meeting to be held in early May.

The new society is seeking those interested in serving as a member of the Board, Chair of a Standing Committee, or one of the senior volunteers which could include the CFO, CIO, Historian, Librarian, Director of Membership and Volunteers and Director of Education. 

For more information, please contact organizer Larry Jackson at tkeah720@verizon.net

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Prang, Mayor Pro Tem

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Stephanie April 13, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Great idea. Let's preserve what history we have in West Hollywood. It's already too late for Pickfair Studio, let's not make the same mistake in Plummer Park. We have a strong Historic Preservation section in our City's Municipal Code and knowledgeable people on the Historic Preservation Commission and yet it is a fight to save some of our most historic sites and buildings. Maybe the new society can be instrumental in preventing the types of mistakes LA County made such as allowing the removal of the Plummer House.
Riley April 13, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Is this going to be a 501(c) 3? We definitely need to preserve history in West Hollywood.
joninla April 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM
The need for this is unquestionable. But what power or influence will it be empowered with to protect our historic parts of the city from the uncaring current city policies and practices that have led to the loss already of historic sites and is currently planning such a major devistation to the hostoric trees and buildings at plummer park? Or will the City just ignore this new effort the same way they ignore the public voices, even large groups of people making their opposition known?
Larrison C. Jackson April 16, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I am very pleased with the level of response I have received from Jeffrey's posting. Background:I moved West Hollywood in late March. I noticed that West Hollywood did not seem to have an active Historical Society. I thought that it might be a good time to start one and Jeffrey offered to post an announcement. The organization does not yet exist although an organizing meeting will be convened early next month. We will exist as an Independent 501(C). The missions is the promotion of life-long learning; the study and dissemination of scholarly information in general history, West Hollywood history and the history of the diverse cultural and social communities of which West Hollywood is comprised; the preservation of historic documents and artifacts related to the history of West Hollywood so that they are available to scholars and the general public for the purpose of research and education; and the promotion of history education programs in local schools. I hope to create an enjoyable environment for those interested in the subject while doing the good work of cataloging, indexing and research using available documents. While effort will be made to document the historic architecture the organization will not be directly involved in the preservation of sites since the city and some other organizations are already involved in this type of work.
Chloe Ross April 17, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Great - where did you move from and what is your background in Historical Preservation. I must agree with Sheila and Stephanie - let's nominate the buildings they mentioned for historical landmarks and get the ball rolling. Great too, you know Jeff and that he was behind this too.

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