November 25, 2013 |
The Southwest Museum, which sits on a hilltop in Mount Washington, is the oldest museum in Los Angeles, a historic landmark, a testament to longevity in a town without much of that. For decades, it housed and displayed objects from a world-class collection of Native American and Latin American artifacts. But age - the museum will be 100 years old next year - along with the Northridge earthquake and financial troubles took their toll. In 2003, the museum officially merged with the larger Autry Museum of Western Heritage, which is located in Griffith Park and was founded in 1988 by its namesake, the Hollywood cowboy Gene Autry, the Western actor Monte Hale and their wives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1998
I was saddened by Cal Thomas' remarks about Gene Autry in his tribute to Roy Rogers ("A Cowboy Hero Who Never Let You Down," Commentary, July 8). Both stars have enriched generations of fans, but my affiliation with the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles allowed me the privilege of calling Gene Autry my boss for some years. His own vision and generosity also created a lifelong dream, dedicated to the West of history and imagination. My colleagues at the museum, along with dedicated docents, volunteers and donors, embody a singular optimism very much in keeping with the legacies of Roy, Dale, Gene, Hopalong Cassidy and many others.
December 14, 2002
FOR the sake of their fine collections, I'm glad to hear the Autry Museum of Western Heritage and the Southwest Museum will merge ("A Union of Cowboys and Indians," by Christopher Reynolds, Dec. 11). I must admit my real concern, however, is that the Autry not expand and build on the big south lawn off the museum courtyard. In a city criminally lacking in open green space, the Autry lawn is one of the best places in Los Angeles for pastoral recreation. Especially Frisbee. Save the Southwest collection, but not at the expense of the Autry lawn.
May 5, 2001
As a longtime supporter of both the American Indian Movement and the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, I was stunned to read of AIM's intent to issue a resolution to boycott the museum ("Boycott of Autry Museum Is Planned," by Christopher Knight, April 27). AIM's Vernon Bellecourt references an intended takeover of the Southwest Museum by the Autry, describing the Autry as a "cowboy museum" that promotes "the insidious, racist stereotyping of American Indians." In truth, there is no intended takeover.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1987 |
Gene Autry's Melody Ranch in Placerita Canyon, where the former cowboy actor produced his most famous films, has been subdivided into a housing development. The old Tom Mix studio on San Fernando Road is now an antique shop. And the rodeo arena that Hoot Gibson built on Soledad Canyon Road has become the Saugus Speedway. Much of what once made the Newhall area a mecca for cowboys, Western actors and movie makers is gone. But remnants remain. The buffalo still roam in the community's William S.
July 20, 2000
Some broadcast and cable programs contain material included in the public school curriculum and on standardized examinations. Here are home-viewing tips: Today--"Love in the Old South" (A&E 9-10 p.m.) looks at the historical basis for some great love stories of Southern literature. For example, Theodore Roosevelt's high-spirited mother was Margaret Mitchell's model for Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind," and there was a real Evangeline behind Longfellow's poem set in Louisiana.