Historical Society Will Host the Centennial Celebration for Pacific Palisades on January 15 in Temescal Canyon 

These first residents celebrated the founding of Pacific Palisades in 1922.


The Pacific Palisades Historical Society sent out an announcement today that featured this headline:

From the Mountains to the Sea

1922 ~ 2022

Pacific Palisades

Celebrating 100 Years


Pacific Palisades was founded on January 14, 1922, when a group of Methodist Founders gathered under the graceful oak trees in Temescal Canyon to draw lots for their choice of homesites on the barren mesa that is now the tree-lined Alphabet Streets neighborhood.

Since January 14, 2022, falls on a Friday, the Historical Society will hold the official Centennial celebration the next day under a huge white tent (100 feet long, 50 feet wide) at Simon Meadow in Temescal Gateway Park.

The community is invited and admission is free, but prior registration is required, given the limited number of seats under the tent. Please visit pacificpalisadeshistory.org.

Long-time resident Donna Vaccarino said, “I am honored to chair the Palisades Centennial Celebration for the Historical Society. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

The celebration will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and will include free popcorn and cupcakes.

Festivities will start with a Chumash/Tongva blessing and a prayer by Methodist clergy. Community and distinguished guest speakers will follow, along with musical entertainment by Theatre Palisades Youth. Also, the Palisades Centennial Art Contest youth winners will be acknowledged.

Afterwards, open houses will take place on Founders Oak Island, Aldersgate/Seven Arrows and the Woman’s Club on Haverford Avenue, the town’s “history block.”

In the evening at Pierson Playhouse, Theatre Palisades will offer a reading of “Abie’s Irish Rose” (which debuted in 1922), and in the late afternoon, silent movies of that era will be shown.

The publishing team that produces the annual Parade program for  PAPA (Palisades Americanism Parade Association) is busy preparing a Centennial publication that celebrates the town’s 100 years in articles and photos. Advertisers are sought, with all net proceeds supporting the Historical Society’s mission.

Businesses and organizations can sponsor a dedicated page in the publication or can buy a chronological ad ($200). Individual residents and families can also purchase a chronological ad ($150) that includes several lines of text and the year that one’s family moved to Pacific Palisades.

The Centennial publication will be mailed to every residential and business address in Pacific Palisades the week of the celebration in Temescal Canyon. Please contact advertising director Jeff Ridgway for details: jeffridgway@verizon.net.

These were the first residents of Galloway Street.

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