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From Wandervogel to Modernism Week, What a Long Strange Trip It's Been

Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board member Brad Dunning will connect the early back-to-nature and health movement to today’s appreciation of midcentury in Palm Springs. Free Ticketed Event (1 hr)

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Join Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board member Brad Dunning as he connects the odd dots from the early back-to-nature and health movement in Palm Springs to the midcentury appreciation and stewardship today in Palm Springs.  The journey begins with the early days of the desert hermits, like the infamous Bill Pester who lived (usually naked) in a thatched hut near the top of the Indian Canyons.  In the 1930s Grace Miller taught the European Mensendieck method (naked) in her Richard Neutra-designed home on Indian Avenue (Neutra’s first project in the desert).  Simultaneously, the Swiss emigre Albert Frey, a staunch yoga practitioner and health food disciple, was creating his own avant-garde European style modernism.  Neutra’s iconic and wildly influential Kaufmann house soon followed.  Its rise and fall, then rise again (with a meticulous restoration completed in 1997), can be said to mark the beginning and official birth of the mid-cen-mod-mania that has followed. PSPF is happy to present this free lecture at a new venue: the Palm Springs Cultural Center. 

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area.”  PSPF offers free membership as a public benefit.  To learn more about the work of the foundation see

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Things to Know

No children or pets and no smoking please.
This is a popular event so if your plans change and you need to cancel please notify us at so that we may make the space available to someone else.
Free parking available.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
This event is for ages 18 and older.
The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Preservation Foundation

Event Check-in Location

The Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (Theatre #2)

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Photo Credits: Julius Shulman, J. Paul Getty Trust; Public Domain; Slim Aarons, Getty Images


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