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Styling the Bay Area: 1960s–1970s Fashion
Styling the Bay Area: 1960s–1970s Fashion
Thursday, May 12, 2016, 5:45pm – 8:30pm
Styling the Bay Area: 1960s–1970s Fashion

$10 for CHS Members, $20 General Admission

Pre-Party starts at 5:45PM, presentations at 6:30, costume contest at 8:00pm

RSVP (space is limited):

Do you love photos, posters, and movies that showed off Bay Area fashion in the 1960s and 1970s? Dig in, re-live, and dress up for a program that is informative and stylish! Join Tracey Panek, historian for Levi Strauss & Co,. and Alexandra Jacopetti Hart, designer and author of Native Funk & Flash: An Emerging Folk Art, for presentations that are lively, deeply visual, and connect to rich professional, cultural, and personal experiences with Bay Area fashion.

Tracey Panek will discuss how Levi Strauss & Co. denim evolved from cowboy culture to the youth market in the 60s through marketing (with music and more), rebel wear, and how Levi Strauss & Co. denim became a canvas for self-expression. She will show a few fantastic pieces including a pair of customized 505® jeans, White Levi’s® of the era, and Denim from Levi Strauss & Co. Denim Art Contest of 1973.

Alexandra Jacopetti Hart will be mentioning denim and its role/importance to the 60s–70s fashion scene, but in addition to thrift store chic and Folkwear, she will present slides with embroidery on things other than denim that are all part of that period of fashion. She will also focus on the underlying meaning of the counter-culture and its effect on the imagery, indeed what the imagery and the fashion tell us about the times.

Before the presentations, hang out for the pre-party and imbibe local beer and wine while listening to the era's music. After the presentations, stay for the costume contest! Submit your costume and strut your stuff to a panel of esteemed judges and win some great prizes!

History for Half Pints
History for Half Pints
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 11:30am – 1:30pm
History for Half Pints: Bike Month, Storytelling, and Spring Crafts

Free event

Please RSVP:

As the Bay Area cool weather dies down and the rainy season ends, it's time to talk about being outside and in the great outdoors!

Join us for a day of activities, including:

  • 12:00pm: Story time with Teresa
    Join us for a special half hour of story time with Screen Actors Guide (SAG) Book Pal, Teresa!
  • Design your own miniature vintage bike!
    Be inspired by bikes (and bikers) throughout California history and draw or build your own with CHS craft supplies.
  • Design your own sailboat!
    Your spring will be smooth sailing when you design your very own sailboats! Bring Playdoh and we will provide the rest!
Third Thursdays at the California Historical Society
Last Gasp
The Cartoon Art Museum
Thursday, May 19, 2016, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Third Thursdays at the California Historical Society

Free event

Drink to the 46-year legacy of underground comix publisher Last Gasp with the Cartoon Art Museum at the California Historical Society! Last Gasp Founder Ron Turner will tell his tales of derring-do in two "Weirdo-worthy" presentations at 6 and 7pm. From 5 to 8pm, put your own twist on classic status quo-crushing comix from Last Gasp and create your own underground comix staples like Jack Chick's infamous Chick Tracts. These presentations will contain adult content; not necessarily appropriate for children or teens, but isn't that more fun?

In partnership with the Cartoon Art Museum

Learn more about Third Thursdays:

How Participatory Design Is Changing Los Angeles
Tuesday, May 24, 2016, doors open at 6:00pm, program begins at 6:15pm
How Participatory Design Is Changing Los Angeles

$5 for CHS Members, $10 General Admission

Gensler Los Angeles
500 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071


Join the California Historical Society at the Gensler Los Angeles office for a stirring discussion about how participatory design impacts the creation of the built environment in Los Angeles and beyond. Reflecting on how Lawrence Halprin’s innovative process shaped his Los Angeles projects, presenters and participants will consider how public participation does, could, and should impact current projects in Los Angeles. Light refreshments provided

Guest speakers include a diverse array of architects, designers, planners, and architectural historians: Steve Rasmussen Cancian, Shared Spaces Landscape Architecture and Union de Vecinos; Jennifer Wai-Kwun Toy, Co-founder and Design Director, Kounkuey Design Initiative; Brian Glodney, Associate/Urban Designer, Gensler, Architecture, Design, and Planning Firm; Helen Leung, Co-Executive Director, LA-Más, a non-profit community design organization. Alison Bick Hirsch, Assistant Professor at the USC School of Architecture and author of City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America, will moderate the discussion.

Gensler’s Los Angeles Office,

California the Magic Island
Doug Hansen
Thursday, June 2, 2016, 6:00pm
California, the Magic Island and Illustrating California History—Lecture and San Francisco Book Launch

$5 for CHS, Heyday, and Cartoon Art Museum members; $10 General Admission

RSVP (this event may sell out):

Come learn about how author Doug Hansen incorporates and transforms California's rich history into fantastic illustrations and descriptions for his children's books, including: Mother Goose in California, Aesop in California, and his newest offering, California, the Magic Island.

More about the Author

Doug Hansen was born in Fresno, California, and is the eldest of six children in an artistic family. Doug has worked as a Fresno Bee newsroom artist, freelance illustrator, and cartoonist. He illustrated David Mas Masumoto's books Letters to the Valley: A Harvest of Memories and Heirlooms: Letters from a Peach Farmer, as well as Mother Goose in California and Aesop in California. He teaches rendering and illustration at his alma mater, California State University, Fresno.

More about the Book

Queen Calafia, the main character of a sixteenth-century Spanish romance about an island overflowing with gold and populated by Amazon-like women, is incensed when she hears that we have adopted her name for our state. Being the good and reasonable queen that she is, she's willing to hear from twenty-six animals about why California is worthy of her name. But if she decides it isn't, she'll launch an army of goddesses riding griffins to wreak her vengeance! Each animal characterizes California in a key cultural object or historical event: for example, the swordfish describes the tomols of the Chumash people, while the gull tells Calafia about the Gold Rush. Large, intricate illustrations display a wealth of research into every subject, rendered with the highest level of artistic skill. More majestic than most ABC books, California, the Magic Island is a delightful exploration of what makes California worthy of its regal name.

In partnership with Heyday Books and Cartoon Art Museum

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