WAHA 22nd Annual Living History Tour at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery

WAHA’s Annual Living History Tour through Rosedale Cemetery is coming up in September.  Tickets are on sale now at the link below.  This event is loads of fun – and great for ages 12 & up!   Don’t miss out – and get your tickets now for this event before they sell out.

West Adams Heritage Association

West Adams Heritage Association presents
the 22nd Annual Living History Tour at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery

Entertaining Lives

History Comes to Life on Saturday, September 29

Marilyn Monroe’s Grandmother, Buster Keaton’s Cameraman Join Vaudeville and Jazz Age Performers
on this Unique Outdoor “Stage”

Flappers, singers, dancers, magicians, and even a celebrity chef –– a host of colorful entertainers rest at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, one of the city’s oldest, most historically significant cemeteries.

At this year’s Living History Tour, visitors will “meet” some of Los Angeles’s most interesting early performers and entertainment industry personages as costumed actors, at graveside, portray the lives of a Civil War-era escape artist, a headlining dancer who lost her life in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, a mezzo soprano who fought for civil rights, and a Chinese-American dancer/actor/MC, among other quirky and wonderful characters. 

Angelus Rosedale Cemetery was founded in 1884, and is now home to many generations of Los Angeles’s citizens, representing every race, faith, and creed.  Each year, West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA) tells some of their life stories while touring the historic grounds and elaborately-carved monuments of L.A.’s first lawn cemetery.

Tours will depart every 25 minutes, beginning at 9:00 a.m. (Advance reservations REQUIRED; each tour group’s participants are pre-assigned.)

This year’s tour commemorates not only Los Angeles’s longtime role as the center of this country’s entertainment industry, but also the roles several of these personages played in the larger history of civil rights.  In addition, the tour memorializes the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865).

This year’s portrayals include:

  • Della Hogan Monroe, Marilyn Monroe’s colorful grandmother; a religious devotee, Mrs. Monroe had baby Norma Jean baptized at the Hawthorne Foursquare Church in 1926;
  • Victor Dol, L.A.’s first chef trained in Paris, who opened an elegant French restaurant in 1876 that soon earned the nickname “Delmonico’s of the West”;
  • Rita Carewe, a Jazz Age starlet and “Baby WAMPAS” (Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers) winner who appeared in films with Delores del Rio, Edward Everett Horton, and Mary Pickford;
  • Sadie Cole, a Fisk Jubilee singer and a civil rights activist who helped desegregate L.A.’s cafes and beaches;
  • Byron Houck, baseball pitcher for the 1913 World Series Philadelphia A’s, who later became Buster Keaton’s cameraman on “The General.” Houck was the Vernon Tigers’ ace pitcher when the team was owned by Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle;
  • Mildred Washington, a vaudeville dancer and choreographer who headlined at Sebastian’s Cotton Club in Los Angeles;
  • Harry Cooke, Magician and Civil War Union Army “scout” who was America’s first Escape Artist;
  • Honorable Wu (Harry Gee Haw), actor, singer, dancer, and vaudeville impresario known as “The Broadway Mandarin.”


Advance Reservations and Ticket Purchases Only — No Walk-ins!

Tours depart approximately every 25 minutes, beginning at 9 a.m., with the last tour at noon. The public is invited. Tickets are by advance reservation only; each tour has a limited number of spaces. The Living History Tour is a three-hour docent-led walk through the cemetery, over uneven terrain; visitors are advised to wear appropriate clothing and walking shoes.


Click the link at the top of the page to purchase tickets.

Select the Early Morning time slot (departing between 9 a.m. & 10 a.m.).

Select the Late Morning time slot (departing between 10 a.m. & 11 a.m.).

Or select the Mid-Day time slot (departing between 11 a.m. & Noon).

Please select which general time slot you prefer. Several guided tours will depart within each slot. The tours each last 2-3 hours. Your specific tour time will vary based on several factors, but we will endeavor to assign you your choice of early morning, late morning, or mid-day departure.  If you would like to reserve a tour with particular guests or docent, please e-mail us after your purchase so we can watch for your friends’ purchases and place you together on a tour. We will confirm your specific time via e-mail after September 15. Thank you for your patience.

Tickets are by reservation only.  $25 in advance, paid by September 24.  $35 after that or on day of tour, if space is available.  (Children under 10 attend free.)

Angelus Rosedale Cemetery is located at 1831 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007.

The tour will raise funds for the West Adams Heritage Association, to help support its efforts to preserve and promote the community’s architectural and cultural heritage.

For more information, please email tours@westadamsheritage.org.

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