Topanga Historical Society was organized in 1974 by a group of dedicated
community leaders who recognized the urgent need to collect, preserve,
and make available to future generations records of Topanga's unique history.
The Society maintains a gallery and archive center, presents quarterly
local history programs, and makes available two publications. One of these
is The Topanga Story, a comprehensive history of Topanga, edited
by Louise York. The other is Southern Calfiornia's Prettiest Drive,
a facsimile of a 1925 Topanga promotional booklet.
Statement: The Topanga Historical Society is a nonprofit
organization that serves all who are interested in local history. At our
gallery and archive center, located in Topanga Canyon, we preserve and
exhibit Topanga History. We also work cooperatively with surrounding historical
societies to stimulate an interest in our area's unique history.
and Archive Center
- Pine Tree Circle Center
120 South Topanga Canyon Blvd., Unit 206
Open Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and other
days by appointment
The archive library contains a rich collection of local history materials.
the archives' files researchers will find information on special-interest
topics sych as Elysium Fields, the Mermaid Tavern, the Theatricum Botanicum,
the Topanga Corral, Topanga's art community, and its colorful "Beatnick"
and "Hippie" eras.
- Back issues of three Topanga newspapers: Topanga Journal (1943-1966),
Topanga Lookout (1964-1966), and the Messenger (1977
- a large photograph and document collection
- community organization records
- literary works related to Topanga
- video and audio tapes
Exhibited in the gallery is a permanent collection of historic photographs.
Throughout the year rotating exhibits from the archives are mounted that
interpret specific historic periods or events.
For Information: (310) 455-1969
Mail inquiries and applications to P.O. Box 1214, Topanga, CA 90290
to San Fernando Valley History Digital Library