Anna Sklar

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Nominated by: Diane Kanner

Biography

Anna Sklar has been a professional dancer, a college instructor, and a public information director for the Los Angeles Public Library, Cultural Affairs Department, and Department of Public Works.  As a broadcaster, she was the west coast reporter for NPR's "All Things Considered," reporter for KCET-TVEarth News Radio, and a contributor to CBC News.  She has been a contributor to the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Nation's Cities Weekly, Learning Magazine, and a variety of other publications.  She is the author of Runaway Wives and Brown Acres, currently curates the LACHS photo website lacityhistory.pastperfect-online.com, and is the editor of the quarterly LACHS newsletter.

Anna has been an invaluable asset to the Los Angeles City Historical Society.  On their website, you can find digitized 1920's photos from the archives of the Bureau of Engineering depicting public works under construction.  Streets and viaducts are seen in photos which have thorough descriptions through data Anna pieced together with the limited initial information provided.  She also oversaw the reformatting of their newsletter several years ago and secures volunteer writers for articles and book reviews for the quarterly publications.

Anna's service was recognized and put forth for nomination by Diane Kanner.


Involvement with Los Angeles City Historical Society

  • Photos: Digitized over 700 photos, cataloged them, identified what they were of and made them available on the LACHS website
  • Newsletter: Revamped the quarterly publication and upgraded the look feel and content.  Recruited writers and contributors and has been able to get the publication out on time.
  • Queries:  Responds to questions from the public.  If she is unable to locate answers, works with others to make sure it is readily available

Supporters

I would like to recommend Anna Sklar to the CCHS for an Individual Award for her contributions to local history in Los Angeles in general and to the Los Angeles City Historical Society in particular.  

Before joining LACHS Anna learned Los Angeles history through her work as the Public Information Officer for the Los Angeles Public Library, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Los Angeles Department of Public Works.  She was also a reporter for KCET-TV, Earth News Radio, a contributor to CBC News, and an author contributing articles to the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, Nation's Cities Weekly, Learning Magazine and other publications.

LACHS was later able to sponsor her project to research and author her book, "Brown Acres, an Intimate History of the Los Angeles Sewers."  Subsequent to publishing her book Anna served on the board of LACHS, has managed our public relations and research requests, curates our photograph collection (through another grant funded project), and has recently taken over the editorship of our newsletter.

For her many years of service to LACHS and for her commitment to the research and publication of the history of Los Angeles, I believe Anna should be recognized with an individual award for her contributions to Los Angeles.

Please contact me if you wish to discuss Ms. Sklar's services.

 

Thank you,

Todd Gaydowski,
President, Los Angeles City Historical Society
Records Management Officer, City of Los Angeles


Ms. Skalar has applied her professional background in public relations to her work for our organization.  From media relations to member online queries to editing our newsletter, she is an invaluable participant.  To see her work, visit our website.  There one find digitized 1920's photo's from the archives of the Bureau of Engineering depicting public works under construction.  Streets and viaducts are seen in photos which has thorough descriptions which data she pieced together with the limited initial information provided.  An authority on the Bureau of Los Angeles Public Library as one of our programs.

She oversaw the reformatting of our newsletter several years ago.  She secures volunteer writers for articles and bok reviews for the quarterly publication.  the newsletter have a professional quality which previously had been missing from our presentations.  

And in today's digital world, she oversees the many queries the organizations receives via our website.  If she doesn't have the answer, she finds a board member who does.  From her years working for the City of Los Angeles, she has an understanding of local history & she freely shares the information with others.  She would make a find award recipient.


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