The Homestead Blog

Victorian Fair Themes: Workman and Temple Family Portraits, early 1870s

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Next weekend, the Homestead hosts its Victorian Fair festival and this is the second post in a series devoted to themes connected to that event. One … Continue reading

April 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Victorian Fair Themes: Architecture of Workman Family Homes

by Paul R. Spitzzeri On the weekend of the 29th and 30th, the Homestead is hosting its Victorian Fair festival with music, presentations, demonstrations, vendors, self-guided tours of the Workman … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

420: The Controversy of Medicinal Drugs and the Harrison Act of 1914

by Paul R. Spitzzeri 20 April has become “Weed Day” for marijuana enthusiasts and the designation of “420” is attributed to several origins, including one that records its use coming … Continue reading

April 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

On This Day: The Birthday of Nicolasa Urioste de Workman

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Nicolasa Urioste de Workman, wife of William Workman, lived nearly the entire 19th century. ¬†She was born, according to her crypt in the mausoleum built by … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Time Capsule Tuesday: A Circa 1940s Photograph from Puente Hill

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This second entry in the “Time Capsule Tuesday” series heading toward June’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the City of Industry highlights … Continue reading

April 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Historical Scavenging: Walter P. Temple, Will D. Gould and La Casa Nueva

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Yesterday I met with Charles and Lisa Duncan, who drove down from northern California to tour colleges with their daughter and to continue their research on … Continue reading

April 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

Tax Day! The Internal Revenue Service and the Civil War

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In 1913, as the prohibition of the sale and consumption of most alcoholic beverages was being enacted by many states and was six years from being … Continue reading

April 15, 2017 · Leave a comment