The Drive for Prohibition: Letters from the State Anti-Saloon League of Southern California, July 1910

by Paul R. Spitzzeri At this point a little more than halfway through the year, which is the centennial of the enactment of the national prohibition of alcohol, the Homestead's exhibit on the temperance movement, which for decades lobbied to limit or ban alcohol manufacturing and consumption in America, will soon be replaced by a... Continue Reading →

From Point A to Point B: A Letter from the Glenn L. Martin Company, 13 July 1916

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Within just a few years of the Wright Brothers achievement in the first successful airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, aviation was established in greater Los Angeles.  The region's unmatched temperate climate proved to be about as ideal for flying as anyplace in the nation and the area soon became... Continue Reading →

It’s All in the Mind: Pioneer Los Angeles Neurologist and Psychiatrist Henry G. Brainerd (1852-1928)

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The Homestead's interpretive period of 1830 to 1930 lends itself to so many possibilities for talking about how much greater Los Angeles transformed over that century.  The population and its demographics, economics, transportation, politics, education, entertainment and so many more areas evolved so remarkably that there almost seems to be no... Continue Reading →

No Place Like Home: Frank L. Meline’s “Realty Digest,” July 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri He's a forgotten name today, but, in the 1920s, there was no more successful real estate developer in a booming greater Los Angeles than Frank L. Meline.  Simultaneously, Meline's powerhouse firm developed such prominent places as Bel-Air, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, and a host of others in the region.  He expanded his... Continue Reading →

From Point A to Point B: The Crash of the Monoplane “Angel of Los Angeles”, 1927

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In the aftermath of the astounding achievement of Charles Lindbergh's solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean in spring 1927, Hawaii pineapple magnate James Dole (I just had some Dole pineapple for dinner tonight) sponsored a contest for daring flyers to make the 2,400 mile trip from Oakland to Honolulu. Dole... Continue Reading →

Sharing History With the Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council

by Paul R. Spitzzeri It was a pleasure to talk tonight at the Rowland Heights Community Center to about 50 attendees of the monthly meeting of that unincorporated area's coordinating council about John Rowland and his fascinating history.  Rowland gets brief mention at the Homestead during tours of the Workman House as the longtime friend,... Continue Reading →

Making a Statement Drilling for Black Gold: A Temple Lease Crude Oil Report, 7 July 1917

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The story of how oil was found and then successfully unearthed on the Temple lease at Montebello in 1917 has been related here before.  In 1892, Walter P. Temple and his younger brother Charles inherited 50 acres of the family homestead upon the death of their mother, Antonia Margarita Workman de... Continue Reading →

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