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Homestead Book Club Discussion on the History of the Chinese in Los Angeles

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This morning, the Homestead’s Book Club concluded its 2016 “season” with a discussion of Scott Zesch’s The Chinatown War, a thoroughly researched and well-written history of the … Continue reading

December 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Evolution of Christmas: Santa Claus in the Late 1840s

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Following a pair of excellent posts on Christmas traditions by my colleague Isis Quan, here we look at two early representations of Santa Claus in the … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Through the Viewfinder: Broadway From Second Street, Los Angeles, 1890s

by Paul R. Spitzzeri While the Homestead has a nice collection of views of downtown Los Angeles from 1870 to 1930, showing the dramatic transformation of a small frontier town … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Housewife’s Holiday

by Isis Quan When we think of the 1920s woman, images of the fashionable “It” girl, the budding career woman, or the dauntless suffragist may come to mind. We characterize … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Museum Director Musings on a Victorian Christmas Parlor Display at the Workman House

by Paul R. Spitzzeri My colleagues Michelle Villarreal, Melanie Tran and Robert Barron finished up an excellent display today at the Workman House, with a vignette showing a Victorian-era Christmas … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Christmas in California: Tradition & Transformation

by Isis Quan While British figures like Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria, as well as Germans and other central Europeans, were architects of Christmas ceremony and iconography in 1840s Europe, … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Working the Land: Lemons in Greater Los Angeles

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As noted here in an early October post, the orange was the main symbol of greater Los Angeles agriculture for decades to many outsiders.  The region’s … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · Leave a comment