Wo/Men at Work: Nurses and Babies, Clara Barton Hospital, Los Angeles, 1923

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Today's "Wo/Men at Work" edition highlights a snapshot photo from the Homestead's collection showing three nurses holding babies on the roof of the Clara Barton Hospital in Los Angeles in 1923.  During that period, there were few professional vocations available to woman, but nursing was certainly one of them. The hospital... Continue Reading →

From Point A to Point B: Louis Paulhan at the Los Angeles International Air Meet, January 1910

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In so many ways, aviation and greater Los Angeles were made for each other, especially because of the remarkably temperate Mediterranean climate in the region.  No wonder that, within just a few years after the Wright brothers celebrated their achievement at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, this area became a popular location... Continue Reading →

The Historian and His Patron: A Letter from J. Perry Worden to Walter P. Temple, 19 January 1923

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Mention has been made several times in this blog to James Perry Worden (1866-1945), who was hired by Walter P. Temple to write a book on the history of the Workman and Temple families, but whose project went unfinished. As noted before, Worden came to Temple's attention because of his significant... Continue Reading →

Getting Schooled/Read All About It Two-Fer with “The Siren,” Boyle Heights Junior High School, 18 January 1923

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Boyle Heights, a neighborhood of Los Angeles across from downtown and east of the Los Angeles River, was founded by William H. Workman, nephew of William and Nicolasa Workman, and his partners Isaias W. Hellman and John Lazzarovitch at the end of the region's first development boom in the mid-1870s. When... Continue Reading →

Loan of a Very Rare Princess Mona Darkfeather Letter, ca. 1914

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Thanks to the generosity of a local resident who donated the artifacts to the La Puente Valley Historical Society and to the Society for kindly loaning them to the Homestead, today's post features a very rare early silent film artifact connected to Princess Mona Darkfeather, a.k.a. Josephine M. Workman. The object... Continue Reading →

Volunteer Spotlight: Teresa Lin

by Steven Dugan This month's Volunteer Spotlight features Teresa Lin, who has been an administrative volunteer at the museum since 2015. In addition to being very active in her church, she is a doting mother and grandmother, making frequent trips to the Bay Area. When she isn't visiting her children and grandchildren, traveling the world,... Continue Reading →

At Our Leisure: Big Pines Recreation Camp, Angeles National Forest, late 1920s

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Last week's rain, after an extraordinarily dry start to the season, brought some snow to our local mountains, in time for highlighting a real photo postcard from the Homestead's collection showing folks gathered around an outdoor stone cooking area in a snow-filled area at Big Pines Recreation Camp, a Los Angeles... Continue Reading →

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