Volunteer Spotlight: Cecilia Leung

by Steven Dugan Homestead volunteer Cecilia Leung is featured in this month’s Staff Spotlight. Cecilia joined the volunteer staff in 2018 and quickly got involved helping to decorate and paint rocks that are hidden around the museum grounds for visitors to discover at select programs. Next, she began helping at a variety of special events, including... Continue Reading →

Sharing History with the Sons of the American Revolution in Torrance and a Fascinating Tangent

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In early January, I went to speak to the Harbor Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, an association of 35,000 members who are direct lineal descendants of those who fought in the Revolution.  When I pulled into the parking lot of Alpine Village, a German-themed center in Torrance where... Continue Reading →

Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Portolá Expedition of 1769-1770, Day Two, Part Two

by Paul R. Spitzzeri After a two-hour morning hike with more than 30 hardy hikers in the Powder Canyon area of the Puente Hills to discuss the two possible routes of the Portolá Expedition through the area, we headed over to the Homestead for the next part of the program to commemorate the 250th anniversary... Continue Reading →

Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Portolá Expedition of 1769-1770, Day Two, Part One

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Well, there wasn't much said or done locally about the 250th anniversary of the Portolá Expedition, the first land-based trek by Europeans through California, though there has been more talked about and plans made for events in Northern California in the fall, which is when the 60+ member party reached the... Continue Reading →

Volunteer Spotlight: Rosie Catron

by Steven Dugan Around 2013 the museum created a new category of volunteer—the Community Service Volunteer. This position was created to offer volunteer hours to students in order to satisfy volunteer service requirements for graduation and/or a club. These hard-working young people help us out with our two large festivals, the Victorian Fair and Ticket... Continue Reading →

Staff Spotlight: Destinee Sparks

by Alexandra Rasic The Homestead is excited to have Destinee Sparks as our Museum Intern this summer. A junior studying history at Cal Poly Pomona, Destinee is approaching the way she is planning for her career in the museum field like a great runner; she’s strategic, intuitive, and determined. Using a sports analogy of some... Continue Reading →

Making Our Mark at the 48th District Agricultural Association’s Schools’ Agricultural and Nutrition Fair

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As part of our ongoing efforts to expand the Homestead's community outreach, I and colleagues from the museum spent the last two mornings staffing a booth at the Schools' Agricultural and Nutrition Fair, held by the 48th District Agricultural Association this week at Fairplex in Pomona. For the last few years... Continue Reading →

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