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Obscura Society LA: The Life of Aimee Semple McPherson

Join us as we learn about the life of Aimee Semple McPherson by visiting the Foursquare Gospel at the Angelus Temple

To many outsiders, the large dome-shaped Angelus Temple in Echo Park seems like a foreboding fortress, but it was actually home to early feminist, master radio evangelist, and LA icon Aimee Semple McPherson. 

Defying gender norms, Aimee Semple McPherson, as a twice-divorced single mom with two kids, traveled across the country preaching and spreading the Word of God. She finally found herself in Los Angeles with nothing but a car, ten dollars and a tambourine. 

The Angelus Temple was built in 1923 at the height of McPherson's and Foursquare Gospel's fame, defying all expectations. McPherson became the most successful minister and biggest celebrity of her time, more popular than her contemporaries like Houdini, PT Barnum and Teddy Roosevelt.  Despite all her achievements, scandal always followed her from an infamous alleged kidnapping, issues with her mother, two divorces, and her attempts to connect Hollywood and religion.  

Come join Field Agent Robert Hemedes as we visit the Angelus Temple and learn more about the fascinating history of its founder.

Notes for this adventure:

- This a church and historical site, so please come with an open mind and respect. 

- Photos are allowed, so bring your camera.

- The tour is about one and a half hours long and there are staircases involved.

- Most but not ALL areas on the tour are wheelchair accessible.

- The building has a private lot for parking. Directions for parking will be given to attendees prior to the event. 

- Part of this event's proceeds will be donated to the temple/museum.