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Events & Calendar

FAMILIA General & Workshop Meetings

Future Familia Events

Saturday, May 30, 2009--"3rd Annual Barrio History Symposium"

As always, visitors and guests are welcome and there is no charge for the lectures. Location:Student Center located in the middle of campus, Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA between 8 AM —3 PM. We recommend that you arrive early for best parking.

Saturday, January 31, 2009--“A Historical Overview of Nueva Vizcaya; New Spain’s Northern Frontier”

FAMILIA is pleased to announce the first of our 2009 lecture presentations.

Our guest speaker for January 31, 2009 will be Professor Rick Hendricks of New Mexico State University. Prof. Hendricks is well known for his numerous publications and scholarly work on Colonial New Mexico and the greater southwest, and on this occasion he examines the history, events and people of Nueva Vizcaya, bastion of the Spanish frontier.

Students of history and ancestral researchers are encouraged to attend as this is an excellent opportunity to learn of a region that has influenced the development of northern Mexico and the American southwest. Mexican states that once formed Nueva Vizcaya include; Durango, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sonora and Sinaloa.

As always, visitors and guests are welcome and there is no charge for the lecture. Location:Community Center Building, Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA between 9 AM —12 PM. We recommend that you arrive early for best parking.


This past October 11, 2008: John P. Schmal, a member, presented two lectures that benefited those in attendance. "Indigenous Mexico: Past and Present" - a 40-frame presentation on Mexico's Indigenous Peoples (To see the power point presentation for yourself, see INDIGENOUS MÉXICO: An Introduction to México’s Remarkable Diversity) and "Hispanic Genealogy for Beginners." The Los Angeles Family History Center is located at 10777 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 and their telephone number is (310) 474-9990.

California African American Genealogical Society

General meetings usually held third Saturday monthly 10 am (except June and August) Dates subject to change without notice. Martin Luther King United Methodist Church 6625 4th Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. For more information on the upcoming activities please refer to their web site CAAGS .

Genealogical Society of Hispanic America

All meetings held at the SCGS Library unless otherwise specified. Southern California Genealogical Society Library, 417 Irving Dr., Burbank, CA (818) 834-7240 For more information on the upcoming activities please refer to their web site. GSHA

HIspanic Tuesday Research will be announced, for more information contact Southern California Genealogical Society Library, 417 Irving Dr., Burbank. Directions: 818/843-7247 Members of the GSHA,Southern California, will help you with your Hispanic research.

Saturday, February 7, 2009 Holiday Gathering program, Burbank

Los Californios

Meetings held quarterly, Jan/Apr/Jul/Oct at historical areas throughought California. $3 fee to perticipate any of the Friday through Sunday activities. For more information on the upcoming activities please refer to their web site. los californianos

Every 4th Sunday of the Month, Latino Research

Orange Regional Family History Center; 674 S. Yorba Street, Orange, California (free parking behind the LDS Church) ORFHC

Cultural Events for Familia Members

Eddie Martinez has over 40 years experience as an artist and designer, earning worldwide respect and acclaim. Please see the web site EddieMartinez He has painted numerous portraits of friends and celebrities, such as Ricardo Montalban, John F. Kennedy and Walt Disney. Martinez designed and art directed a Catholic shrine for the Rose Garden at the City of Hope in Duarte, California. He worked closely with Bill Davila and Dr. Sanford Shapiro in creating "La Virgin de Guadalupe Shrine." The unveiling of the marble sculpture included a reenactment of the miracle story. Martinez also scripted the story and directed the live performance.

Other New Information will be posted when it becomes available

Cultural Events

OCMAHS- Orange County Mexican American Historical Society

The general meetings are usually held 10:00 am - 12 Noon at El Centro Cultural de Mexico (2 Floor), 310 W. 5th St., Santa Ana, CA 92701. For Future information contact: Harvey Reyes (714) 697-4544 or Email Please check their web site OCMAHS

Other Events

Art Exhibits

Visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the adjacent Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles (near Beverly Hills) for a mainstream taste of Hispanic art. Keep in mind, though, that these museums primarily feature art from America and around the world, with smaller collections of specifically Latino artwork.

Head into the Boyle Heights community of East Los Angeles to view the legendary graffiti artwork in Estrada Courts . Considered by many to be flagship examples of contemporary urban Hispanic art, the Estrada Courts graffiti has been featured in many motion picture, television and music video productions. Use good sense, though, as East Los Angeles can be a tough neighborhood.

Spread your wings beyond Los Angeles proper to enjoy specifically Hispanic art at specialized museums in the suburbs. The Museum of Latin American Art in nearby Long Beach is an excellent place to celebrate Hispanic artwork. More information can be found on the museum's website.

Drive to the Los Angeles suburb of Pomona to visit another gallery dedicated to Hispanic art, the Latino Art Museum Featuring mostly modern works of Hispanic art, the Latino Art Museum also offers special classes and events for children and festivals to celebrate the accomplishments of local artists. Check their website for current events.

Check with the other major galleries and cultural centers in the city of Los Angeles to see if any special exhibitions of Hispanic art are being planned. Both the Getty Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) at the Geffen Contemporary in downtown Los Angeles are among the city's principal art museums. Both institutions sponsor many special exhibitions and events throughout the year, and may feature exhibits by Hispanic artists.