Topanga Historical Society Zoom Event: ‘Messenger Photos’

The Canyon ChronicleBy The Canyon Chronicle      April 30, 2021

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Topanga Historical Society Zoom Event: ‘Messenger Photos’
Ami Kirby’s son Justin and Matthew Andrews leap from the diving boards at Camp Wildwood, June 1979. Courtesy of the Topanga Messenger.
When Topanga’s longest-running newspaper, the Topanga Messenger, closed in 2016, publisher Mary Colvig donated its 40 years of accumulated photos to the Topanga Historical Society. In 2020, a team of volunteers dedicated themselves to organizing this vast collection, revealing its treasures. Ami Kirby, Karen Moran, Gail McDonald-Tune, and Colvig herself were the dream team. With their combined knowledge (Moran was born here in the 1940s, and the others arrived in the 1960s-70s), they were able to recognize more people and places in the photos than probably anybody. On May 16, Kirby will present (via Zoom) her favorite photos from the collection. They feature artists like Kedric Wolfe, Jack Rice, and Rabyn Blake; musicians like Spanky McFarlane, Fred Tackett, and Wally High; restaurants like Pat’s Topanga Grill, the Topanga Fish Market, and the Three Dolphin Inn; and businesses like Elysium Fields nudist camp, Bridge Building Books, and Topanga Threads clothing store. All are invited to attend Ami Kirby’s “Messenger Photos” presentation at 3 p.m. on May 16, 2021 at See more of the Topanga Historical Society’s photo archive in their book, “The Topanga Story,” and on the website.
The Canyon Chronicle
      April 30, 2021

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