The Homestead Blog

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

History in the Homestead’s Native Garden

by Isis Quan with Matt Teutimez Picnics at the museum are one of the best opportunities for our guests to wander our grounds and appreciate the beauty of our gardens. … Continue reading

July 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Time Capsule Tuesday: City of Industry 60th Anniversary Art Contest Middle School/Junior High Submissions

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The range of entries in the middle school/junior high level for the City of Industry 60th Anniversary Art Contest are striking for media, size and content. … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Drilling for Black Gold: Celebrating the First Temple Lease Oil Well, July 1917

by Paul R. Spitzzeri About a month after the first oil well came in on the Temple lease at the Montebello field at the end of June, the family threw … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

At Our Leisure: Strain’s Camp, Mount Wilson, 1904-1907

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The summer months, when the weather can be hot (and, today, humid) in the valleys and plains of our region, are a popular time for people … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Portrait Gallery: William W. Temple, ca. 1869

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Today’s “Portrait Gallery” entry shows William Workman Temple (1851-1917), the third child (and son) of Antonia Margarita Workman and F.P.F. Temple, in a carte de visite … Continue reading

July 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Read All About It in the Los Angeles Express, 14 July 1874

by Paul R. Spitzzeri After a horrendous period of deluge (floods in the winter of 1861-62), drought (1862-1864), disease (smallpox in several outbreaks, especially) and (economic) depression, greater Los Angeles … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

On This Day: The Dedication of the Joseph L. Kauffman Memorial, 13 July 1919

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Last Sunday, journalist Edmon Rodman gave a fascinating presentation here at the Homestead based on his article in the Jewish Journal called “Searching for Sgt. Kauffman.”  His … Continue reading

July 13, 2017 · Leave a comment