The Homestead Blog

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

Rancho La Puente’s Livestock Heritage Alive in Avocado Heights and Industry Hills

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Going through a stack of local newspapers this afternoon after getting behind on my browsing for local news, I came across this interesting article in last Wednesday’s San Gabriel … Continue reading

September 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

“My 1930 Model A Ford” with Volunteer Patrick Utter

by Isis Quan If you’ve been to one of our 1920s-themed events, such as Ticket to the Twenties, then you’ve probably spotted many old-fashioned coupes on site. One of the … Continue reading

September 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Time Capsule Tuesday: A 1910s Tract Map of Parts of the Future City of Industry

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In late 1875, the shuttered Temple and Workman bank received loans from Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin totaling over $340,000 so that its owners, William Workman and … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

Sharing History on Double Duty in Los Angeles and Chino Hills

by Paul R. Spitzzeri It was quite a day today sharing very different elements of our greater Los Angeles history for very different audiences in Los Angeles and Chino Hills. … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Striking a Chord at Chutes Park, Los Angeles, with Manfredi Chiaffarelli and his Italian Band, 1905-1906

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Today’s “Striking a Chord” entry highlights a program in the Homestead collection touting the performance of music by Signor Manfredi Chiaffarelli and his Italian Band at … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

That’s a Wrap at Metro Studios, Hollywood, February 1919

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This edition of “That’s a Wrap,” which looks at Homestead artifacts connected to the film industry, highlights a pair of snapshots from the collection of visitors … Continue reading

September 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

La La Landscapes: Yamashiro,The Bernheimer Residence and Gardens, Hollywood, 1914

by Paul R. Spitzzeri For decades, the Yamashiro Japanese restaurant has been a Hollywood landmark, with its distinctive architecture, lush gardens, and outstanding views being among some of the most … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · Leave a comment