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January 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – January 25, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Los Angeles, CA
Lindsay Archuleta

President’s Circle Trip to Los Angeles

New Directions: An Insider’s Look at Native American Collections

Date: Wednesday, January 22 – Saturday, January 25, 2020
Admission: Priority given to members of the Board of Directors, Founders’ Society, and President’s Circle. Please click here to reserve your spot.

Join fellow President’s Circle members and SAR President Michael Brown for three days in Los Angeles.

The bell tower at the Autry Museum of the American West © Danielle Klebanow

The bell tower at the Autry Museum of the American West © Danielle Klebanow

Our hosts at the Autry Museum of the American West have planned a full day for us, both at its state-of-the-art, soon-to-open storage and conservation facility at the Autry Resource Center in Burbank and at the Museum itself in nearby Griffith Park. Close by we will also visit the Pasadena Museum of History, housed in the Fenyes Mansion, where the family who once lived in this historic home have a number of connections with Santa Fe and SAR.  The next day we head to the UCLA / Getty conservation lab, used by researchers as well as graduate students in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation, located on the campus of the Getty Villa overlooking the Pacific.  In addition to seeing this high-tech lab we will learn from one professor about how SAR Guidelines for Collaboration were developed and are used in teaching and research.  We will also see Native American collections at the Fowler Museum at UCLA and learn about the collections of the ancient Americas at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Our base for three nights is the historic Hotel Normandie, located east of the Miracle Mile and west of downtown.



  • Talk by David Treuer, author of the best-seller “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee,” and former SAR Lamon Fellow
  • Meet Maylei Blackwell, former SAR Anne Ray Fellow and UCLA associate professor, activist, oral historian and author, who will tell about her ground-breaking “Mapping Indigenous LA” project
  • Behind-the-scenes tour at the Autry Resources Center, expected to open later in 2020, a state-of-the-art storage and conservation facility in a 105,000-square-foot, LEED-certified building with secure, climate-controlled storage rooms, conservation laboratories and a photo studio, as well as a conference room, reading room, curatorial offices and a private ceremonial garden
  • Docent-led tour at the Autry Museum of the American West, established in 1988 by singer, songwriter, actor and businessman Gene Autry, focusing on its Native American baskets, ceramics, jewelry and textiles interspersed throughout its collections of Western art, firearms, saddles, and Hollywood Western memorabilia – much of it collected by Autry, his friends and other Western film stars
  • VIP tour at the Pasadena Museum of History which, like SAR, is a beneficiary of the Paloheimo Foundation and includes the mansion owned by Eva Scott Fenyes, her daughter Leonora Scott Muse Curtin, and her granddaughter Leonora Francis Curtin Paloheimo – all of whom have illustrious Santa Fe connections
  • Special access to the conservation and research laboratories at the Getty Villa to learn how guidelines developed by SAR are being implemented by the UCLA/Getty Program for the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic materials
  • Behind-the-scenes tour at UCLA’s Fowler Museum of the archaeological collections including from the Rainbow Bridge Monument Valley excavations
  • Visit Los Angeles County Museum of Art where the director of the Art of the Ancient Americas department will talk about its extensive collection and the museum’s methodology; followed by time on your own to visit current exhibitions open during the museum’s multi-year construction project
  • Accompanied by Michael Brown, SAR President; Laura Sullivan, SAR Director of Development; and Elysia Poon, Director of SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center

To view a tentative itinerary of the trip, please click here.


Double Accommodation
Price per person in a Room with a King or two Double Beds: $2,080

Single Accommodation
Price per person in a Room with a King Bed: $2,430



  • 3 nights’ accommodation, including taxes
  • Continental Breakfast daily, inclusive of tax and service
  • 3 lunches, 1 pre-dinner drinks reception and 1 dinner; wine and beer included at dinner
  • Transportation by private deluxe coach as indicated in the itinerary, including one bottle of water a day per person
  • Group airport transfer to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Jan. 25
  • All tips for drivers, hotel staff, waiters, and servers for all included excursions, activities and meals
  • Guided tours as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and donations where required
  • Services of a Tour Director from Travel Muse
  • Accompaniment throughout by Michael Brown and two staff members from the School for Advanced Research
  • $100 tax-deductible, non-refundable donation to SAR


  • Airfare to and from Los Angeles
  • Airport transfer upon arrival in Los Angeles; airport transfer upon departure if other than the group transfer on Jan. 25
  • Porterage at the hotel
  • Tickets to music or theater performances
  • Beverages not otherwise mentioned
  • Items for personal use, including phone and fax charges, minibar, and laundry services