‘Discover the History’ event and book signing Nov. 16 at S.M. History Museum


By John Klopping

The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce it will host a Discover The History and book signing event on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th St., Santa Monica.

On Saturday, the public is invited to a free conversation and book signing event with Michael Murphy, Jens Lucking and Stephen Anaya at the Santa Monica History Museum. The trio collaborated on, “Santa Monica Pleasure Pier: A Look Back to 1917 From Today,” the award-winning book that inspired the Museum’s current exhibition. Learn how they transformed Charles Looff’s original photographs, plans, and drawings into a visual exploration of the Santa Monica Pier as it appeared in 1917 and today.

The speakers are as follows:

Michael Murphy (author), is a former agency creative gone independent design professional. Last year he and his photographic partner Jens Lucking created a book and exhibition about Santa Monica in 1902. He is currently focusing his efforts launching LookBackArt.com.

Stephen Anaya (collector), is a native Angelino, a long time Ocean Park resident, and an avid collector of Santa Monica visual history. “I am proud to share this unique 1917 prospectus of the Pier and help create this historical art book and exhibition.”

Jens Lucking (photographer), turned his passion into his profession in 1992, winning a string of awards since. Most recently, Jens was awarded at the International Photography Awards at Carnegie Hall in NYC for his latest project with Michael Murphy, Santa Monica Pleasure Pier – A Look Back to 1917 from Today.

This discussion is free of charge, open to all ages, and includes free access to our galleries. RSVP is suggested but not required: RSVP@santamonicahistory.org or 310-395-2290. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. This event will be held at the Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. The Museum can be reached by following routes to the Main Library, which is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 7, R7, R10 and 18. Ride your bike? Parking racks are available at the library. The Museum is wheelchair accessible.

The Museum, and this exhibit, are open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m., and Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed Sundays and Mondays. General admission for adults is $10 ($15 for two adults) and $5 for seniors and students. Veterans, active-duty military, children 12 and under, and Santa Monica History Museum members receive free admission.