Sharing the History of Merced and Francisca Williams of Rancho Santa Ana del Chino

by Paul R. Spitzzeri About 70 people were at the Chino Hills Community Center this evening for my talk, sponsored by the Chino Hills Historical Society, on Merced and Francisca Williams, the teenaged heirs (this happened in California with its holdover of Spanish and Mexican law allowing for woment to own real property in contrast... Continue Reading →

From Point A to Point B: The National Air Races at Mines Field, Los Angeles, 8-16 September 1928

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In early 1910, the Dominguez Ranch in present-day Compton was the site for the first international aviation meet, not quite seven years after the Wright Brothers famous flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  The meet dazzled the hordes of visitors who saw a wide variety of aircraft and thrilled to the... Continue Reading →

No Place Like Home: A Letter from La Casa Nueva Architect Roy Seldon Price, 14 September 1924

by Paul R. Spitzzeri When construction on La Casa Nueva started in 1922 after the Temple family returned inspired after a vacation in Mexico that summer, the concept for the house came from ideas generated by Walter and Laura Temple and put on butcher paper by Sylvester Cook, the contractor hired to do the construction... Continue Reading →

A Palace in the Citrus Empire: A Duarte-Monrovia Fruit Exchange Packing House, 1917

by Paul R. Spitzzeri From Pasadena to Highland east of San Bernardino and along the foothills of the steep, rocky, granitic San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountain ranges, one of the several major "citrus belts" in greater Los Angeles was a major part of the agricultural powerhouse in the regional economy. Today's highlighted artifact is... Continue Reading →

Connecting Visitors to Family History through Homestead Artifacts #2: Faith Maternity Hospital, Los Angeles, July 1925

by Paul R. Spitzzeri There was a post on this topic nearly two years ago, though there have been more instances demonstrating the ways historic objects from the museum's collection have assisted people looking into their family history. This evening's post is a particularly interesting example, especially it involves someone who did not know their... Continue Reading →

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