The Los Angeles History Meetup Group will get a personal, 1-hour tour from a staff member of the Chinese American Museum. The museum's mission is to allow people to "learn about the Chinese American experience in the context of a larger multicultural mosaic of people who have contributed toward the development of Los Angeles and Southern California."
The museum is located in the historic Garnier Building - built in 1890 by French Settler Philippe Garnier. This building is very significant, in that it s the ONLY surviving building left from the original Chinatown, which used to encompass most of the Union Station/Alameda Ave area. The entire original Chinatown was razed in the early 1930's for the construction of Union Station. Before building the Garnier building, Philippe Garnier and his family at one time owned Rancho Los Encinos in the San Fernando Valley.
There is a lot of history in the surrounding El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument area - so there is a lot of history you can take in informally that day. Have a margarita lunch at Olvera Street, or walk down one block to legendary Phiippe's and have a French dip sandwich. Come by Metro Goldline and checkout Union Station - just across the street. I would recommend bringing a camera.
**There is a a suggested donation of $3.00 for the museum tour. The facility has requested that 25 attendees is the limit for the tour.
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** I just found out that La Plaza de Cultura y Artes - which is right across the street, on Main Street, is no longer charging a $9 entrance fee and is now free and is only requesting a $1.00 donation. This museum is 3 floors and showcases the history of the Mexican American community in Los Angeles. Another great resource to learn about the history of Los Angeles!