Saturday, June 22 I   6:00-10:00 PM


Stanford House
(Address and parking information to be provided to confirmed attendees several days prior to the event.)


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You are invited to The Glendale Historical Society’s 40th Anniversary Gala & Benefit, which will be held at Stanford House, a magnificent 1928 Spanish Colonial Revival landmark home designed by noted architect Earl C. Rahn for Anna and John Stanford. Stanford owned a successful construction, contracting, financing and real estate business in Glendale and built the house himself. He was well known in the community and is credited with much of Glendale’s early development. 

Attendees will enjoy wine and cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, sit-down dinner, live music and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit TGHS's endowment and preservation funds. 


TGHS will also present its annual awards in recognition of outstanding achievement in historic preservation and volunteer service. 

The recipients of the 2019 Preservation Awards are Onnig Bulanikian, Director, Community Services & Parks, City of Glendale, for his exceptional stewardship of the Doctors House Museum; Friends of Rockhaven, a non-profit organization that has worked passionately to promote and preserve Rockhaven Sanitarium, and was successful in nominating the former all-women mental health facility (1923) to the National Register of Historic Places; and the South Glendale Historic Resources Survey, prepared by Historic Resources Group (HRG) with public input as part of the City of Glendale’s South Glendale Community Plan, which identified hundreds of historic properties that are individually eligible for local, state or national designation as well as locally eligible historic districts. The Survey serves as a critical planning tool and forms the foundation for a proactive preservation program in South Glendale.  

The recipients of this year’s Volunteer Awards are Robin Lee Hansen for her time and talent in planning special events at the Doctors House Museum throughout the year; Francesca Smith, for her extraordinary dedication in providing critical support on many of TGHS’s preservation advocacy efforts and her generous assistance in preparing the notes and scripts for various tours; Scott Smissen for his hard work and devotion in organizing memorable and successful Gala & Benefit fundraisers; and Don Snyder for his dedication and enthusiasm in coordinating recent tours and events at Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Glendale. Smissen and Snyder have also graciously opened their beautiful house for two TGHS Home Tours and the 2016 Holiday Party.  

TGHS is pleased to bestow the prestigious Zelia Blanton Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation to Sean Bersell, who served for five years on a voluntary basis as the Society’s first-ever Executive Director. He previously served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for two years. Through untold hours of meticulous research, Bersell has uncovered the stories of numerous Glendale residents and buildings and played an instrumental role in advancing the cause of historic preservation. He also spearheaded the effort to prepare and submit the application for the pending Casa Verdugo Historic District.

Thank you to this year's Sponsors: