Friday, August 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Heritage Square Museum Launches First-Ever Interactive Online Victorian Journey

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!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:48 am

Heritage Square Museum receives Historic-Cultural Landmark Designation

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.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Heritage Square Museum Joins with Partners to Educate, Train and Aid LA’s Homeless Veterans

On June 17th, 2011 a very unique Color Guard of veterans will help mark a special day of celebration for Los Angeles’ new Veterans Preservation Corps. Hosting a graduation ceremony at 12:30 pm at Heritage Square Museum, the program organizers will honor their first six veterans to triumph over difficult circumstances (such as homelessness and PTSD), and complete the Corps 12 week niche pilot course in historic building restoration and preservation. Event graduates of the pilot program, known as Preservation through Practice offered by Heritage Square, will be honored by the Corps partners, New Directions, Inc., Preservation Arts, and Heritage Square Museum.

Initially funded by the US Department of Labor, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and the Weingart Foundation, Heritage Square Museum’s program Preservation through Practice, recruits, teaches and trains craftsman and construction novices, through hands-on preservation courses, to actively restore Los Angeles’ historic buildings. Combining forces with LA’s historic restoration company Preservation Arts and LA based New Directions, Inc. treatment center and transitional housing program for homeless vets, the museum has expanded the program to include veterans, leading to a partnership known as the Veterans Preservation Corps.

Each partner brings a niche value to the Corps new program, offering post combat stress and homeless veterans alike an opportunity for work-force re-entry. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs PTSD affects approximately 12-25% of returning troops from Iraq and Afghanistan alone. Los Angeles currently has 11% of the nation’s total homeless veteran population. The Veterans Preservation Corps offers Los Angeles veterans aid with homelessness and PTSD management in four key areas: Transitional veteran housing and treatment, education, applicable on site job training, and therapy through personal life coaching. Offering additional program support, the LA based national campaign Harvesting Happiness for Heroes will be on hand weekly to help reconstruct personal happiness, through positive psychology coaching techniques created by the HH4Heroes Organization for PTSD therapy.

Flying colors will be presented by the Veteran Color Guard of New Directions, Inc. as the New Directions Choir accompanies the presentation in honor of the occasion. In attendance will be honored guests, invited attendees from the retired Armed Forces, Veterans Preservation Corps Directory Board members and supporters, government officials, program funders, and friends and family of the graduates.