In recognition of the opening of Metro’s Expo Line to Santa Monica earlier this year, the event is themed “Tracking History: Celebrating the Return of Passenger Rail to Santa Monica." Cocktail hour begins at 5:00pm followed by a gourmet dinner, exclusive silent auction, and exciting entertainment at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.
When the Expo Line pulled into the Downtown Santa Monica station on May 20, 2016, it was the first time that a passenger rail line connected downtown Los Angeles, or any city for that matter, to Santa Monica since 1953. A historic event over 60 years in the making, a passenger rail line once again connects Southern Californians with the beaches of Santa Monica Bay. The Santa Monica History Museum’s annual Gala Tribute Dinner will commemorate this historic reconnection and the rail lines that used to crisscross our urban landscape.
Donations to the silent auction are currently being accepted and donation forms can be found on the website. All proceeds from this event will benefit the collections, exhibitions, and programs of the Santa Monica History Museum.