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Shirley Temple takes over Downtown Santa Monica

 The Santa Monica History Museum has been chosen as one of only five museums in the world to exhibit Shirley Temple’s personal childhood collection.“This is indeed an honor for our museum, the City of Santa Monica and California” quoted, Louise Gabriel, President/CEO …

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Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy turns 70

Bob Litvak has seen decades of change in Downtown Santa Monica, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is that his store, Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy, has been open for business for 70 years. Since 1944, the store has served …

Celebrating the Civic Auditorium’s Legacy

The Santa Monica History Museum is debuting an exhibit that highlights and celebrates the performances at the landmark Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, whose future is in limbo as the Santa Monica City Council struggles to find funding for much-needed upgrades. …

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Santa Monica Symposium

On September 17th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., local residents, intrigued tourists, curious students and downtown enthusiasts will gather at the historic Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club at 4th & Wilshire in Santa Monica for an evening featuring guest speakers who will educate …

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The Story of Third Street Promenade: Part 3

The success soon spread to neighboring streets. Restaurants began lining Ocean Avenue, new hotels opened in or near Downtown and new apartment buildings began rising on the outlying streets. “The Promenade’s success was a tremendous shot in the arm for …

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The Story of Third Street Promenade: Part 2

25 Years ago,when City officials, property owners, business leaders and community members embarked on a major makeover of Third Street, only one thing was certain: Physical improvements alone would not reverse the demise hastened by the success of Santa Monica …

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The Story of Third Street Promenade: Part 1

In the beginning there was no Promenade. 25 Years later, the Promenade is not only thriving but has established itself as a must-see destination. The following series follows the history of Third Street Promenade and how it came to be. …

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Take a Tour Through Time: Vintage SMFD

There’s just something about the past that strikes a chord with us. People have always been fascinated by antiques, but recently it’s reached a whole new level with web archives like YouTube and Wikipedia and Tumblr making it easier for …