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The Studio for Southern California History Launches "Common Ground" to Recover the Histories of the Former Ambassador Hotel Site and Its Neighborhood

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - 03/02/11) - The Studio for Southern California History (Studio) announces a community history project: Common Ground: the Histories of the Ambassador Hotel's Neighborhood, in collaboration with the general public, the Honors College at California State University Los Angeles and the New Open World Academy -- a high school at the former Ambassador Hotel site.For many, the Ambassador Hotel is an LA icon, from its opening in 1921 until its demolition in 2006 to make way for the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools Complex. Many battled to save the hotel, but less attention has been paid to the community surrounding the site. As the Ambassador Hotel may rightfully hold a place in historical memory for its various political and cultural events, the history of its neighborhood alongside it provides an even more pluralistic vision of local history.The Studio invites those interested in sharing their histories in two ways: the public may call to schedule an interview between now and July 1, 2011 to share their experiences, or there will be 3 monthly collection days on April 2, May 7, and June 4 from noon - 4:00 pm for individuals wishing to loan photographs or ephemera to include in the project.The Studio for Southern California History is a nonprofit organization dedicated to critically chronicling and disseminating the region's social history in order to foster sense of place. In addition to projects like Common Ground, the Studio sponsors walking tours, exhibits and maintains an extensive reference library.