Striking a Chord: A Program for the Woman’s Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles, 1 April 1927

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As covered here in a previous post, the Woman's Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles was the first all-female classical music orchestra in the United States when it formed in the fall of 1893 and played its first concert the following spring.  The ensemble's first director was Harley Hamilton, who also worked... Continue Reading →

From Point A to Point B (and Point C): The Los Angeles, Pasadena and Glendale Railway, 1889-1890

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As Los Angeles began to emerge from its relatively isolated state after the Civil War, one of the obvious keys to its future was with railroads.  In the first period of significant and sustained growth, during the late 1860s through the mid 1870s, there was a modest, but important, start with... Continue Reading →

“Los Angeles Is All Right, My God, Sir!”: Two Photos of Los Angeles City Treasurer William H. Workman and Staff, 1903

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Within the last couple of weeks, the brothers Henry and David Workman, both successful in the legal field with the former once with the state attorney general's office and then in private practice and the later starting off in the private world before becoming a long-time Los Angeles County Superior Court... Continue Reading →

Take It On Faith: Pastor Paul Rader, Sister Aimee’s Stand-In at the Angelus Temple, Los Angeles, March 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Several posts in this blog have covered the remarkable and power Sister Aimee McPherson, the charismatic and controversial founder and minister of the Foursquare Gospel Church at its Angelus Temple in Los Angeles for many years.  McPherson, a rare example of a woman at the head of a religious organization of... Continue Reading →

Temples of Trade: Financing the Great Republic Life Building, Los Angeles, 26 March 1923

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In summer 1917, Walter P. Temple and his family were the beneficiaries of an astounding stroke of good fortune.  Oil stumbled upon by eldest child, Thomas, three years earlier on the steep hillside of a 60-acre property Temple purchased in 1912 from the estate of Elias J. "Lucky" Baldwin and which... Continue Reading →

“At War With the Citizens of this State”: A California Legislature Resolution on Federal Protection Against Indians, 25 March 1851

by Paul R. Spitzzeri One of the many challenges in the American body politic and society in its history has been the status of its indigenous persons, or Indians.  From the time the first English migrants arrived early in the 17th century, the relentless march of Europeans across the continent subjected native peoples to an... Continue Reading →

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