Celebrating 60 Years:  Kicking Off a New Chapter 
for CCHS and California's Historical Community

Los Angeles • June 19-21, 2014
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Thursday, June 19th

Jet Propulsion Laboratory:  1:00pm-3:30pm
Deadline to register for tour:  May 29, 2014

"Dare mighty things," Teddy Roosevelt urged the world a century ago. Those are words JPL lives by. It's their job to explore our planet, our solar system and the universe. They’ve been doing this since 1958 when they built and helped launch into orbit the first U.S. satellite, Explorer 1, which, by the way, gave the world the very first space science discovery - the Van Allen radiation belts that surround Earth. Don’t miss this exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of one of the most influential and famous labs in the aerospace industry!

Please note: The walking distance for the tour is approximately 0.8 miles with multiple flights of stairs (accommodations for disabled available).  A finalized roster of attendees will need to be submitted by May 30, 2014. Any guest not on the finalized roster will not be allowed entry. Please also ensure that you bring your driver’s license to the tour entrance.

Friday, June 20th

Endeavor at the California Science Center:  10:15am-12:00pm

Visit the legendary Endeavor in person and see for yourself why it is deserving of the attention it has received! Endeavour: The California Story celebrates Endeavour’s many scientific achievements and its strong connection to California, where all the orbiters were built. The exhibit includes images of the Endeavour under construction locally in Palmdale and Downey, as well as artifacts that flew into space aboard Endeavour. Dramatic video programs, such as one of the shuttle assembly, rollout and launch convey the emotion and power of Endeavour.

Becoming L.A. Exhibit at the Natural History Museum:  1:00pm-4:00pm

Some of the stories of L.A.’s beginnings are well-known, such as how the acquisition of water through the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913 allowed Los Angeles to grow, but there are other natural and human influences that might surprise you: how cattle, the Gold Rush, floods, a plague of grasshoppers, railroads, and outlandish booster campaigns all played a part in transforming the region into an agricultural and industrial empire; the pivotal role Los Angeles played in World War II; and the dynamic diversity of the earliest settlers. Come meet L.A.'s Native Americans, colonists, and settlers; rancheros, citrus growers and oil barons; captains of industry, boosters, and radicals; filmmakers, innovators, and more!

Special Behind the Scenes Tour Available at the Natural History Museum:  1:00pm-4:00pm
Deadline to register for tour:  May 30, 2014

Join the curators of the Natural History Museum on a 90 minute behind the scenes tour – experience a “day in the life” of a history curator and see their latest projects.  View artifacts and collections that are not on display to the public – and may never be!  Advanced reservations are required.

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