Grier Musser Museum

Relive the Charm of Victorian Los Angeles



2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND EXHIBITS

  

JANUARY      (January 15 thru February 22)   

Chinese New Year

The museum has a collection of antique Chinese artifacts that will be on display this month. Our collection of Chinese artifacts include antique robes with elaborate embroidery, Chinese hair pieces, jewelry, figurines, plates and handmade clothes with oriental designs.  Also, there will be special exhibits of our postcards, as well as, porcelain and cloth dolls.
 
Elvis, Elvis! Is Remembered 

Elvis Presley memorabilia of dolls, pictures, and records will be on display.   Elvis was born on January 8th 1935, and became one of the most popular American singers in the history of rock'n'roll. Popular songs "All Shook Up", Jailhouse Rock", and "Love Me Tender."


FEBRUARY   (February 5 thru February 22) 

President's Day
 
February is the month the nation honors two special Presidents-George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The museum has a collection of presidential memorabilia that depicts both the life and accomplishments of each president, such as postcards, dolls, stamps, coins and souvenir items.
 
 Black History

The museum will exhibit its collection of black artifacts that highlight achievements of Black America. Our collection consists of dolls, old photos, postcards and sheet music.

"BE MY VALENTINE"

Valentines capture the essence of the Victorian era. Our collection of valentines dates from the late 1890 to present, and on display will be our Teddy Bears, and Kewpie Dolls collections.

Annual Valentine Tour
Sunday, February 9th, 1pm to 4pm
  
The admission price is $12.00 per person which includes tour and refreshments.
 
Please call for reservations
 
Tours available at 1 pm and 2:30 pm
                                                                           
MARCH (March 5 thru March 22)    
 
 National Women's Month 
 
The museum has a collection of items showing the Suffragette time in American life-Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  A display showing the many accomplishments of such outstanding women as Jackie Kennedy Oasis, Julia Morgan( the architect that designed Hearst Castle). Also, a special look at a very famous lady who influenced the Victorian Era- Queen Victoria.
 
ST PATRICK'S DAY  
 
This day is celebrated on March 17th in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. The museum will exhibit its collection of elves, and leprechauns that were popular in the 1950's. Our dark green Depression glass dishware will be on display to celebrate this special day.                        
 
Movie Memorabilia
 
Hooray for Hollywood! Is a tribute to the movie industry that was established at the turn of century. The museum has a collection of movie memorabilia of old movie books and games from such movies as Around the World in 80 Days and the Great Race . Postcards highlight our exhibit by showing movie stars homes, old movies theaters, and the Hollywood Wax Museum.  

APRIL    ( April 2 thru April 26) 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
Thomas Blackburn
An Easter Hymn.
 
Happy Easter!
 
Alice in Wonderland 

Alice in Wonderland was very popular book when it was first written in 1865 by Lewis Carroll. This book is a favorite story at the museum has a large collection of Alice memorabilia such as dolls, white rabbits and books. Peter Rabbit written by Beatrix Potter is another favorite that will on display.

Here Comes the Easter Bunny!

Sunday, March 31 is Easter. This custom began in 1700 with German immigrates. The most popular Easter symbols are the Easter Bunny, Chocolates, and decorated eggs. Creating a Easter tree was a Victorian customs with decorated eggs and baskets that hung the tree. Our tableware is the Teal blue depression glass in the swirl pattern.  Peter Rabbit written by Beatrix Potter(1866-1943) is also a favorite story that will be on display.  Beatrix Potter's love of nature and little creatures enabled her to create such stories as Peter Rabbit, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, and Miss Moppet. Items in the exhibit will be books, figurines and dishes.

Book Festival 

In April is book festival time. Here at the museum, we delight in sharing our collection of pop-up books that have delighted readers for generations, but only recently that these books have become collectible.


MAY    (May 7 thru May 24)   
 
Mother's Day  
 
The second Sunday in May is Mother's Day. In celebration of this day many people follow the custom of wearing a carnation. This special day to honor mother, began in 1908 by Ann Jarvis and proclaimed a national day of observance by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. In our exhibit called, "Remembrance of Mother", we pay tribute to the First Ladies of our country, such as, Jackie Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Pat Nixon.. We also remember such mothers as Queen Victoria and Princess Diana.

Memorial Day

Is a patriotic holiday that originally honored military personnel who died in the Civil War. It now honors those who died in the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Desert Storm.

John F. Kennedy

He was born May 29th, 1917, and became the youngest elected President. he is famous in his inaugural address for telling the American people "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." During his presidency he established the Peace Corps and the space program.

Arranged throughout the museum will be our collections of antique May baskets and cat figurines. Many of the exhibits feature antique photographs, pictures, postcards, dolls, and dishes.


JUNE  ( June 4 thru June 21)  
 
"Here Comes The Bride"

The month of June is synonmous with blushing brides and dapper grooms. What better way to honor them than with an exhibit that showcases their matrimonial bliss? The dining table is set with Haviland dishes, called the Wedding Band pattern, dating from 1910. The museum has a collection of decorative cake bride and groom figurines dating from the 1920's to 1960's which are a delight to see. A collection of old wedding photographs, invitations and greeting cards will be available for viewing. Dolls are an intricate part of the bridal exhibit. On display is a variety of dolls ranging from wedding couples, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, movie stars, such as Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy in their bridal dresses, to the Gibson Girl, a trend setter of the 1900's. The Barbie doll also joins in the celebration with her very own bridal party.

 

Flag Day, Father's Day, and Graduation

We will salute our flag and pay tribute to the maker of the American flag Betsy Ross. Also, a tribute to Graduation Day for those graduates having accomplished so much in all their years in high school and college. To all fathers and their hard work, our exhibit is an expression of appreciation and gratitude. Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of the month.

                                                                   


JULY  (July 2 thru July 26)   
 
Independence Day 

On July 4th 1776 Congress declared independence and formed the United States by adopting the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson. The feature exhibits showcase patriotic artifacts of Uncle Sam, our national symbol the American Bald Eagle, the Liberty Bell, and the museum's collection of blue and red glassware. A favorite of the museum's curator is the exhibit of the Statue of Liberty memorabilia. This extensive collection showcases the Lady Liberty in many forms: miniature statuettes, coins, spoons, plates and stamps.


AUGUST      (August 6 thru August 23)
 
Aloha, Hawaii our 50th State

Hawaii, first discovered by Captain Cook in 1778, is the only state that does not lie on the U.S. mainland and sits as a chain of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. On August 21st, 1950, Hawaii joined the Union and became our 50th state. The Hawaiian Islands are very popular with tourists for its brilliant flowers, blue seas, and fiery volcanoes and are also important in world trade - its main products are sugar and pineapples. To celebrate Hawaii's 57 years of statehood, the museum offers a vast display of dolls, books, postcards, and photographs detailing this unique Hawaiian culture and history.

"The land of the Rising Sun"- Japanese Exhibit

In the month of August, the Los Angeles Japanese Community celebrates Nisei week honoring Japanese influence in Los Angeles history and culture. Our museum offers an exhibit that shows the Japanese love of beauty in a wide range of collectibles from dolls, dishes, pillows, and old postcards.


SEPTEMBER THRU OCTOBER     (September 17 thru October 31)

 

Halloween Starts Early this Year!

The Ghouls and ghosts are considering to come out early. So please look below for some frighteningly fun Halloween details!

Dorothy in Oz

The museum has a collection of Halloween memorabilia that is displayed during the month., such as, old pumpkins, ghost and goblins. The museum has a collection of Halloween pop-up books of old witches and scary monsters that seem to pop out at you. Also on display is our collection of Wizard of Oz memorabilia.

Halloween Haunted House Tour

Sunday, October 26, 1pm to 4pm

 haunted house tour and refreshments---Adults $12.00, Children $6.00

Please call for reservation

Tours available at 1 pm and 2:30 pm


NOVEMBER     (November 19 thru December 31)
Christmas Holiday display of our finest antiques, Santa Clauses, Angeles, Choir boys and village scenes that depict Dickens's Victorian Christmas. Our Christmas tree will be decorated with our collection of antique ornaments and there be a display of vintage Christmas cards
 
 
 
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR
Sunday, December 7, 1 to 5pm
 
 A tour of a historic Victorian house of 1898, includes refreshments  . Cost $12.00 per person, $6.00 per child

Please call for reservation

Tours available at 1 pm and 3:00 pm


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