April 23, 2018

“The Topanga Story Expanded Edition: The New Revelations,” Jan. 30


The Topanga Historical Society will present “The Topanga Story: Expanded Edition: The New Revelations” on January 30 at the Community House at 8 p.m. The program, a slide show and commentary, will feature speakers Michele Johnson, editor of “The Topanga Story Expanded Edition,” and Ami Kirby, the book’s photo editor.

Updating the book’s first edition, edited by Louise York and published in 1992, the Expanded Edition, published 20 years later, was a group effort that involved many local writers and photographers. Beautifully designed in color by Amy Inouye, the new edition contains scores of new photos and more than a hundred pages of new text.

Johnson and Kirby will tell stories that accompany a generous selection of new photos that illustrate Topanga’s hippie era, Lower Canyon’s history, Topanga’s artistic community and many other subjects. Of recent interest will be stories that appear in the new chapter, “Into the New Millennium,” such as the battle for Summit Valley and the Mermaid Tavern. Also featured will be stories that lie behind several new vintage photos.

Those attending the 7 p.m. potluck dinner should bring a main dish, side dish or dessert to share, as well as their own plate and cutlery. Drinks will be provided.

There is no charge for the program. Society memberships ($20 for individuals, $30 for families) can be purchased or renewed at the membership table. Copies of “The Topanga Story: Expanded Edition” will be on sale for $65.