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Creating advocates for history through the stories of greater Los Angeles.

Curious Cases: Tiburcio Vásquez, Los Angeles’ First Criminal Celebrity

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This afternoon, we had about 80 persons here for a Curious Cases presentation and discussion about Tiburcio Vásquez, the bandit chieftain, whose criminal career spanned nearly … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

At Our Leisure: Hikers at Strawberry Peak, San Gabriel Mountains, 1920s

by Paul R. Spitzzeri It is generally felt that the best time to hike in the rugged and scenic San Gabriel Mountains is during the period from October to June, … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

On This Day/Beyond the Grave Two-Fer #2: The Death of Charles P. Temple, 20 October 1918

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As we gear up for our “Beyond the Grave” tours on Sunday the 29th, here is another post related to that program, which deals with death, … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Donation from the Hacienda Heights Women’s Club

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Several weeks ago, the Homestead received a donation of documents relating to the early history of North Whittier Heights, renamed Hacienda Heights about 1960, left in … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Seeing is Believing: Photos from Ticket to the Twenties Tell Many Stories

By Alexandra Rasic While we might have 40-50 people visit the Homestead on a typical weekend, our festival weekends bring in close to 3,000. On October 7 and 8, we … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

No Place Like Home: The DuPuy Mansion, Alhambra, 1920s

by Paul R. Spitzzeri One of Walter P. Temple’s longtime friends and business partners was Sylvestre DuPuy, a native of Los Angeles who was born on the Rancho Rosa de … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Time Capsule Tuesday: The City of Industry General Plan, 1971, Part Three

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This third part of a series of posts on the City of Industry’s 1971 General Plan, which is still current, focuses on matters of infrastructure, especially … Continue reading

October 17, 2017 · Leave a comment