Indigenous Peoples Day and Native Peoples in the Homestead’s History

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Growing up, Columbus Day was generally commemorated by a day off from school and a moderate amount curriculum was devoted to the Italian, sailing for the crown of Spain, "discovering" America.  Obviously, this characterization is highly flawed.  While the navigator did not actually reach the enormous American landmass, coming close by... Continue Reading →

Through the Viewfinder: A Panoramic View of Los Angeles from the State Normal School, ca. 1895

by Paul R. Spitzzeri After reveling in the 1920s for the previous week, it's high time (literally) to highlight an artifact from the Homestead's collection from another portion of the museum's interpretive period of 1830-1930.  Specifically, we feature a stereoscopic photograph of  a  panoramic view of Los Angeles from the State Normal School. The image... Continue Reading →

Ticket to the Twenties Themes & Tangents: A Program for the Film “Devil May Care,” January 1930

by Paul R. Spitzzeri We can't imagine having our Ticket to the Twenties festival, which takes place tomorrow and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m., without the screening of silent films in the Homestead Museum Gallery accompanied by the great Michael Mortilla on keyboards adding the live musical experience moviegoers enjoyed during that time. So,... Continue Reading →

Ticket to the Twenties Themes & Tangents: A 78 RPM Phonograph Record by Herb Wiedoeft and the Cinderella Roof Orchestra of Los Angeles, 1925

by Paul R. Spitzzeri One of the core components of our Ticket to the Twenties festival, held this Saturday and Sunday from 2-6 p.m., is comprised of concerts by several bands playing music from the Roaring Twenties.  Performers play from a palette of styles from Dixieland jazz to popular songs to novelty tunes reflecting the... Continue Reading →

Ticket to the Twenties Themes & Tangents: Wine Tonics, Elixirs and Bitters in the Prohibition Era

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In tandem with this weekend's Ticket to the Twenties festival and commemorating the centennial of Prohibition, my talented colleagues in our public programs and collections areas mounted an exhibit in the Homestead Museum Gallery covering the years of 1919 to 1933 in which the national ban on almost alcohol production and... Continue Reading →

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