The Echo Park Historical
Society was founded in the Fall of 1995 to promote interest in Echo
Park?s heritage, to preserve and protect natural sites and buildings of historic
significance within our community, to document and collect materials pertaining
to the rich and eclectic history of our neighborhood, and to chronicle the lives
of our past and present residents whose deeds and contributions lend pride and
substance to our lives here today.
Previously, there had been no
mechanism in place to deal with preservation or history-related concerns in Echo
Park. EPHS filled that void, and was instrumental in bringing the Jensen?s
Recreation Center sign to the attention of the Department of Cultural Affairs.
This resulted in the re-lighting of this unique Echo Park landmark on August 20
1997, after five decades of darkness.
EPHS sponsored Echo Park History Day
at Barlow Sanitorium (built in 1902 – Historic Cultural Monument #504). This
open house event featured guest speakers, tours, and an exhibit of vintage
photographs and memorabilia from our archives. ?Old-timers? in attendance were
encouraged to be interviewed as part of our ongoing oral history outreach.
We publish a quarterly newsletter and
hold general meetings three times per year featuring guest speakers on topics
ranging from architectural preservation to historic overviews of our community.
We are a grassroots, non-profit
organization completely staffed by volunteers. Everyone is welcome to
participate in our activities, including non-residents of Echo Park. Our
operating costs are covered solely by membership dues and donations. The general
public is welcome at all of our functions free of charge.
For more information, please contact
Echo Park Historical Society
P.O. Box 261022
Echo Park, CA. 90026