Special Exhibit Then and Now
Architect E. Stewart Willams
At the close of his life, Modernist Architect E. Stewart Williams contributed reference photographs for five commercial blocks in downtown Palm Springs. These photos were taken at the launching of his career in 1946.
Then and Now is an exhibit in print and DVD of photographs at twenty-one locations from 500 North Palm Canyon Drive to 200 South Palm Canyon Drive. Williams DVD display runs continuously on the large HD monitor during open hours at the McCallum Adobe.
Seen here is a picture of 282-290 North Palm Canyon Drive in 1946 and 2009. In 1946 Pueblo styling of the Desert Camera building and its upper deck are gone, replaced by an unembellished facade. The liveliness of the scene in front of the Malt Shop and the informality of the bicyclist are not in evidence in 2009.
History at your fingertips
During her years as PSHS Director, Sally McManus identified catalog data for 10,733 photographs, and volunteer Dorothy Nelson keyed that data into 51 Apple computer files. With that huge head start, it took only from November 2008 and all through the summer of 2009 to move all of the data. The society has chosen PastPerfect, software approved by the American Association of State and Local History for museums and historical societies, as its collections management platform.
Oral History Project
Voices from Our Past
The oral history project created by board member, Cydronia Valdez, completed audiovisual interviews with Jane Hoff, Moya Henderson and Letha Cote this summer. Voices from Our Past highlights the memories of members of our board, members of the historical society and our volunteers. Soon we will move further into the community. We are excited about continuing the collection of memories from many different aspects of life in Palm Springs.
Images of America: Palm Springs by Moya Henderson
This summer it was our privilege and honor to work with Moya Henderson on her pictorial history book of Palm Springs entitled Images of America - Palm Springs. She selected many pictures of Palm Springs and told the ultimate story of how the city began, how it grew and some of the people and activities it attracted.
In February Moya will be participating in a whirlwind of book signing engagements, and she graciously has donated any profits from the sale of the book to benefit the Historical Society. We will have copies of her new book to sell at the McCallum Adobe after its release date, February 9, 2009. First book signing will be at The McCallum Adobe Saturday, Feb 28 at 1:00pm.
Copies may be reserved by:
'Forever Marilyn' On The Road
— Palm Springs to New Jersey
On Monday, April 1, 2014 the 26 foot tall, 34,000 pound sculpture was disassembled. Tuesday morning the crane loaded the four pieces plus base onto two flat bed trucks headed to Hamilton, New Jersey.
The Seward Johnson statue will take a 7 day trip across country making at least 10 city stops along the way for "I Saw Marilyn!" photo ops. She heads to the Grounds for Sculpture, in Hamilton, N.J. for a May 4 - September 21 retrospective on the life and work of Johnson, who will be 84 this year.
Yarn Bombers Get Marilyn Forever
— April 2013
Yarn Bombing - Have you heard of it?
The Desert Yarn Bombers affixed their elaborate knits to give "Marilyn Forever" leg warmers in the middle of the night.
Careful not to harm the sculpture, this whimsical gesture was only seen by a few night owls before the 26 foot tall, 34,000 pound sculpture by Seward Johnson was restored to her glory.
The fine art of yarn bombing - this graffiti or street art employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn installations throughout the world. From the Wall Street Bull in New York to a double decker bus in London, this guerilla knitting has now made a visit to Palm Springs.