Author: Topanga Historical Society

1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic, 10/25/20

Topanga Historical Society Quarterly Event Invitation

When: Sunday, October 25, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.
Where: This event was presented on Zoom.

“1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic”

Presented by Karen L. Wood Moran, Michael Heumann, and Mark Hein.

This is the story of two remarkable pioneers, Cyril “CP” and Edith Wood, whose lives were forever changed by the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic that swept the world. It’s a story about a quest that began in the Yukon Gold Rush of 1899 and ended up in Topanga 50 years later. Read more in The Canyon Chronicle.

Everyone is welcome.

While on our website, be sure to browse our new Digital Photo Archive. Please consider supporting this free service by becoming a Member for $20/year, or $30/year for families. You can also buy our book The Topanga Story.

Land Use in the Canyon, 1/29/20

Topanga Historical Society Quarterly Event Invitation

When: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Where: Topanga Community House, 1140 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290
7 P.M. Potluck: Please Bring your best dish to share. Coffee, tea, filtered water, and serving utensils will be provided.
8 P.M. Presentation: Begins promptly.

“Land Use in the Canyon”

John MacNeil has been surveying land in Topanga since 1969. He is an expert on the history of local development, and will talk about how our canyon’s uniqueness was shaped by its quaint cottages, luxurious mansions, dog-lodgings, hidden bordellos, pristine valleys, picturesque peaks, and cozy creek-side nooks.

Our spectacular book, The Topanga Story (new expanded edition), will be available for sale during the event, and we will also be raffling off one copy, so come win yours! If you live in—or simply love—this magical canyon, you NEED a copy. Also, our events are the perfect time to join the Topanga Historical Society! Memberships are $20/year for individuals or $30/year for families. The Topanga Historical Society is made greater by its remarkable members, and we’d love to have you (yes, you!) with us.

Fall Community Picnic, 11/3/19

Quarterly Event Invitation:
“Fall Community Picnic & Presentation on Topanga Creek”

When: Sunday, November 3, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: 1475 N. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290
Featured: Topanga environmental activist Susan Nissman will speak at the Topanga Creek property of Keith Wilbur.
Please Bring: Your best fall-time picnicky dish or something tasty to drink, and a chair if you can, since seating will be limited.

The Topanga Historical Society is excited as all get-out to announce its latest event, a pleasant afternoon picnic and presentation which will be occurring on Sunday, November 3, 2019, from 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. at the personal residence of Keith Wilbur, located at 1475 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., next to the Theatricum Botanicum and directly across from the entrance to the Topanga Community Center.

The picnic will be a festive and relaxing afternoon of great food and drink where members of the community can come together to celebrate the fall season in the Canyon while learning some interesting local history. Please bring your best fall-time picnicky dish or something tasty to drink (we all like wine, LOL) and spend some quality time with other cool canyon dwellers. Also, please bring your folding lawn chairs if you have them. We have limited seating available so the more chairs the better.

Our featured speaker Susan Nissman is a longtime Topanga local, activist, and defender of the environment. She was the Santa Monica Mountains Watershed Management and Water Quality Lead Policy Deputy (1994-2014) for former Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. During our picnic, Nissman will describe how she helped the County recognize that our natural, unobstructed, free-running creek was at the core of our beautiful Canyon’s ecology. We didn’t need a concrete floodway.

Interestingly enough, Keith Wilbur’s property lies directly on Topanga Creek so we’ll be AT the creek, talking ABOUT the creek. How perfect!

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Summertime Office Mixer, 7/28/19

Quarterly Event Invitation:
“Summertime Office Mixer & Community Wine Social”

When: Sunday, July 28, 2019, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Topanga Historical Society, Pine Tree Circle, 122 N. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290
This Event Will Showcase: Historic Topanga business signs, new open office hours, tall tales from community members, and will also serve as the annual election of the Topanga Historical Society Board.
Please Bring: A bottle or a simple snack to share… nuts, crackers, chips, etc., but nothing cooked or prepared!

In lieu of a formal informational program during this event, we’d instead like to encourage conversation among the members of our wonderful community as well as the telling of tall Topanga tales by our lovely locals. Various longtime Topanga residents and local historians will be in attendance to share the colorful history of our unique community! Additionally, this event will act to boost awareness of our new open office hours on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and there will be an annual election of our amazing volunteer Board Members. Come on down & join us for an awesome afternoon of wine, chit-chat, great stories, & community camaraderie. We can’t wait to see you at Pine Tree Circle!

Our spectacular book, The Topanga Story (new expanded edition), will be available for sale during the event, and we will also be raffling off one copy, so come win yours! If you live in—or simply love—this magical canyon, you NEED a copy. Also, our events are the perfect time to join the Topanga Historical Society! Memberships are $20/year for individuals or $30/year for families. The Topanga Historical Society is made greater by its remarkable members, and we’d love to have you (yes, you!) with us. 

Silents in the Canyon, 5/8/19

Topanga Historical Society Quarterly Event Invitation

When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Where: Topanga Community Center, 1140 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290
7 P.M. Potluck: Please Bring your best dish to share. Coffee, tea, and filtered lemon water, as well as serving utensils will be provided.
8 P.M. Presentation: Program begins promptly.

“Silents in the Canyon”

Travel back in time to the early days of LA’s movie-making magic and listen as THS board member Eric Dugdale tells tales from before film had sound. Featured in his discussion will be pioneering producer Thomas Ince, who filmed Westerns in our hills. Ince became known for using real Native Americans in his films, providing a school for their children and promoting them within the film industry. He was blood brothers with actor and Sioux Chief William Eagle Shirt. Come hear more about Topanga’s early days as a Western film mecca.

You will be able to join or renew your THS membership during the program ($20 for individuals or $30 for families). We deeply appreciate your support! Also, please bring some cash to donate, to help defray our expenses. Check us out at www.topangahistoricalsociety.org where you can buy our famous book The Topanga Story or pay your annual membership fee. Also, like us on Facebook! Come on down and join us for a rollicking evening of history and community. Everyone is welcome. We can’t wait to see you there!!

Native Americans of Topanga Beach, 2/13/19

Topanga Historical Society Quarterly Event Invitation

When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Where: 1140 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290
7 P.M. Potluck: A now famous tradition. Bring your best dish to share. Organic coffee, tea, lemon water, paper plates, cups, cutlery will be provided.
8 P.M. Presentation: Program begins promptly.

“Native Americans of Topanga Beach”

What was Topanga like 1,000 years ago? Local historian Pablo Capra and archaeologist Chester King share new research recently published in the Messenger Mountain News about a forgotten Native American burial mound that was discovered at Topanga Beach in 1910 and paved over by PCH in 1923. A mysterious world emerges of men with horns, dwarfs, giants, Aztec invasions, and smoking mountains. There are also fascinating stories about the burial mound’s original discoverers: a class of Stanford students, a Wisconsin artifact collector, a Civil War colonel, and a family of squirrels.

You will be able to join or renew your THS membership during the program ($20 for individuals or $30 for families). We deeply appreciate your support! Also, please bring some cash to donate, to help defray our expenses. Come on down and join us for a rollicking evening of history and community. Everyone is welcome. We can’t wait to see you there!!

Annual Picnic at Pine Tree Circle

Topanga Historical Society To Hold Annual Picnic

Sunday, October 28th, at 12 noon

Meet-and-Greet Pine Tree Circle’s New Owners and Enjoy The Newly Hung Historical Vintage Business Signs at the THS Office!

Topanga’s Pine Tree Circle shopping center is the site for the Topanga Historical Society’s annual picnic to be held on Sunday, October 28th, at 12 noon. The program will include an opportunity to meet and greet the new owners of Pine Tree Circle, Joseph and Nathan, and to view the society’s recently installed collection of vintage Topanga business signs that grace the walls of its office. The program will also include a presentation of the colorful history of the Pine Tree Circle location, and Kathy Burke, former owner of Pat’s Topanga Grill, will be on hand to answer questions about the vintage business signs.

Bring your best dish to share for the now famous potluck feast! Paper plates, cutlery, coffee, tea, and lemon water will be provided. Please bring a folding lawn or beach chair for comfortable seating. Everyone is invited! Pine Tree Circle is located at 122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Gail McTune
THS Event Chair

 

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