Due to filming that will be taking place at the museum March 21, 22, 27, 28, & 29 some buildings will not be open on those days. It will be limited to only one building per day but please just be aware of the situation. We do apologize for the inconvenience and hope that you will be able to join us on an alternate weekend when there are no closures in effect.
Heritage Square Museum has launched a demo version of its first-ever interactive online journey entitled “Romancing Mamie,” which tells the almost true, romantic story of prominent socialite Mamie Perry. Perry was the eldest daughter of William Hayes Perry, who was the original owner of the PerryMansion, located at the museum. Perry was a prominent late nineteenth century Los Angeles business leader and his mansion, originally located in BoyleHeights, was one of the biggest homes of its era. This Victorian-era story will give viewers a historical perspective of Los Angeles at the dawn of the twentieth century. From housework to crime, “Romancing Mamie” illuminates what life was like in Los Angeles for families such as the Perrys by unlocking secret doors and hidden objects.
Players can enter the authentic Perry home by visiting the museum’s website and journey through various online rooms to unlock the romance via visuals, audio enhancements and videos featuring professional actors. Viewers will learn that Mamie is in love with Italian tenor, Federico Landini and that she too was an aspiring opera singer. However, she is also being pursued by painfully-shy flautist, Charles Davis creating a potential love triangle that she must solve.
The interactive story is free and players can start the journey now!
Heritage Square Museum has been approved as a Historic Cultural Monument for the City of Los Angeles. The City Council approved 12 to 0 and passed the nomination of the museum on Friday, December 16. As an important cultural resource for the community, the designation as a Historic Cultural Landmark will protect the museum and secure the integrity of the site that will ensure the museum’s ability to protect its architectural and historical accuracy.
“This is a momentous occasion in the history of the museum and to have it approved during the holiday season is a great gift for all lovers of the Heritage Square Museum,” said Jessica Maria Alicea-Covarrubias, executive director of the Heritage Square Museum. “Many thanks to the Los Angeles City Council for recognizing the museum’s cultural significance to the city of Los Angeles, and to our former board member Mitzi March Mogul who was instrumental throughout the nominating process.”
“Heritage Square Museum is an important historical jewel to the city of Los Angeles and to the residents of my district where the museum is located,” said Councilmember Ed P. Reyes. “With the museum now a historic cultural monument, the L.A. City Council has recognized how important the museum is to the city. I applaud the council and congratulate Heritage Square Museum on this wonderful achievement.”
The formal dedication, which should include new signage around the museum and surrounding areas, will take place sometime in 2012. The City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Ordinance, enacted in 1962, has made possible the designation of buildings and sites as individual local landmarks, called “Historic-Cultural Monuments” in Los Angeles. The City currently has over 1000 Historic-Cultural monuments, providing official recognition and protection for Los Angeles’ most significant and cherished historic resources.