Off-Ramp for October 24, 2009

Victorian Mourners at Heritage Square

This weekend, get the real flavor of Victorian mourning at Heritage Square Museum, in Highland Park off the 110. KPCC's John Rabe talks with volunteers who dress in traditional mourning at the collection of old historical houses from LA's past: Meghan Ims, who makes hair jewelry, Andrea Mauk, who sits shiva at the museum, and Jordan Matthew Albert, who fashions himself as a "gentleman debunker."

From the news release:

Creepy Happenings at Heritage Square Museum

Enjoy the creepy happenings of Halloween at Heritage Square Museum during the Sixth Annual Halloween and Mourning Tours program. This two day event, hosted on Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25, is perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

Learn all about death and mourning etiquette during the Victorian era and participate in a funeral inside one of our historic homes. Find out about the movement of Spiritualism; what it was, who followed it and why, and perhaps have your future foretold by a fortune teller. See how other cultures celebrate and remember their loved ones as we look at the Mexican traditions and customs of Los Dias de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Finally, discover how even the intricate details of clothing played a role how Victorians showed their loss of a loved one.

On Sunday, (Oct 25), the Halloween and Mourning Tours program is more family friendly. Children ages 2 to 12 may come in costume, play period games, make 19th century harvest crafts, choose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch (while supplies last), and listen to spooky stories in the Ford House by the San Gabriel Valley Storytellers.

The program runs from 12 to 4 p.m. each day. Museum admission prices are $10.00 for Adults, $8.00 for Seniors over 65, $5.00 for Children 6 to 12 years, and Free for Children under 6 and Museum members. For more information about Halloween and Mourning Tours, call the museum offices from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (323) 225-2700.

Celebrating 40 Years of Preservation and Interpretation of the History of Southern California Heritage Square is an open-air, living history museum dedicated to telling the story of the development of Los Angeles.

The museum is regularly open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 to 5 p.m. (Hours vary November to February). Regular admission is $10/adults, $8/seniors, $5/children ages 6-12. The Museum is located at 3800 Homer Street, off the 110 Arroyo Seco Parkway (110/Pasadena Freeway) at Avenue 43, just north of downtown Los Angeles.


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