Volunteer Spotlight: Tony Ciarriocco

by Steven Dugan This month we’re featuring Tony Ciarriocco, a Homestead docent since 2009. Tony’s interests are wide and varied, ranging from history to baseball; from reading to traveling. Tony’s service to the museum has also been wide and varied. In addition to giving tours, he has participated in our festival events, special tour weekends,... Continue Reading →

Time Capsule Tuesday: Civic-Recreational-Industrial Project No. 1, City of Industry, 1971, Part Four

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In its report, following the crafting of a general plan, to the City of Industry for the redevelopment of what was called "Project No. 1," Gruen Associates, a noted Los Angeles urban planning firm, laid out sections comprising an introduction and statements on existing conditions for the area. The lengthiest portion... Continue Reading →

Edmon Rodman’s Presentation on the History of Hanukkah in Los Angeles, 1890s-1920s

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As part of the Homestead's "A Weekend of Holiday Merriment" held this past Saturday and Sunday, journalist Edmon Rodman participated yesterday by giving two presentations on the history of Hanukkah in Los Angeles, covering the period from the late 1890s to the 1920s. Edmon, who gave a very interesting talk last... Continue Reading →

The Evolution of Christmas: Early Images of Christmas Trees, 1847-1851

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As part of the Homestead's interpretation of regional history from 1830 to 1930, the holiday season provides an opportunity to show changing observations of Christmas during that century. When the Workman and Temple families came to Los Angeles in the Mexican period, Christmas was primarily observed in religious expressions, such as... Continue Reading →

Time Capsule Tuesday: Civic-Recreational-Industrial Project No. 1, City of Industry, 1971, Part Three

by Paul R. Spitzzeri After addressing existing land use and transportation circulation, as well as general ownership issues for the Project No. 1 in the central part of the City of Industry, Gruen Associates, in its 1971 report on the project, moved on to general physical factors in the area. There were four main concepts... Continue Reading →

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