Land of Luxury
Posted on March 9, 2018 by Holly Hasenfratz in The West
These stories are brought to you by the Annie Oakley Society of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in honor of Woman’s History Month.
Beverly Hills is known around the world for offering celebrities and tourists alike an indulgent, luxury shopping experience. Rodeo Drive, the infamous two-mile long street that lies in the heart of Beverly Hills, is perhaps its most well-known resident. Elegant store fronts boast designer brands along the drive. Versace. Chanel. Hermes. But, long before these names were associated with the area, one name in particular stands out among historians: Maria Rita Valdez. She owned the historic Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas, located in present-day Beverly Hills.
These stories are brought to you by the Annie Oakley Society and the Dickinson Research Center of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in honor of Woman’s History Month.
The Annie Oakley Society at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum was formed seven years ago to celebrate the past and present leadership roles that women play in Western heritage. The society celebrates the diversity of America’s heritage by honoring significant women who have achieved a remarkable first or who have been a trailblazer of national notoriety. The honorees are recognized each year at the Annie Oakley Society Awards Luncheon, with all proceeds benefitting educational programing initiatives at the National Cowboy Museum. For additional information regarding membership please contact e-mail or call (405) 478-2250, Ext. 233 Diana Fields for assistance.