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Hancock Park’s Origins: Photographs Tell the Tale

Wouldn’t you like to walk through a pictorial history of the development of the ‘real’ Hancock Park – the Rancho La Brea site where fossils, politics, people and precious land all came together to become what we now know as the La Brea Tar Pits, and for which the neighborhood of Hancock Park was named?

Cathy McNassor amid fossil specimens

Thursday, Dec 15 at 6 pm  Cathy McNassor, Museum Archivist for the Natural History Museum of LA County and the Page Museum will give a lecture filling in the history behind the fantastic archival photographs that tell the tale. Included are early shots of the seemingly barren, oil-producing landscape, rows upon rows of fossils being catalogued, and a funny one of the life-like giant mammoth (still seen today stuck in the tar pit muck) being pulled by a VW Bug onto the Wilshire Blvd. site.

The slide lecture will be followed by a book signing of the just-released title by McNassor:  Los Angeles’s La Brea Tar Pits and Hancock Park from Arcadia Publishing. There will also be an informal behind-the-scenes tour in the museum at 7pm.

The event is free. Time: 6 pm Location: The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd, LA CA 90036. While you’re at it:  check out the Page Museum’s newly designed, interactive site. The kids will love it too – there’s lots to do!

J.W. Lytle, museum osteleogist, is sorting saber toothed cat vertebrae in the basement of the Los Angeles County Museum in Exposition Park in 1921.



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Julie Grist
Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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