On Saturday, September 26, the West Adams Heritage Association presents the Living History Tour at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, where visitors “meet” some of Los Angeles’s most interesting early pioneers, war veterans and entertainment industry personages as costumed actors, at graveside, portray their lives. Tour “shepherds” guide the visitors on a walking tour of the cemetery, describing many of the monuments and telling the stories of those who are buried in the grounds.
This year, portrayals will include: Josephine Callaghan, armless daredevil heiress and aviatrix; welterweight boxer Cecil Lewis “Young Jack” Thompson; silent film actress Alice Browning and her husband, Todd Browning, director of the film "Freaks"; Constance Crowley, famous English stage actress with leading roles in Shakespearean tragedies; Walter R. Kreps, the first LAPD motorcycle officer killed on duty, and Jackie Kelso, former Lead Alto Saxophonist of the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra.
Tickets will go on sale in early August and cost $35 by September 10; after that date or at the door, $40 - space available. Purchase online or download a mail-in form at
Established in August of 2008 by writer, artist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.