Flirting With History Postscript: A Soldier’s Letter to His Fiancee, 10 February 1919

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Despite the often heavy showers this afternoon, the Homestead's "Flirting With History" tours, focusing on Temple family letters reflective of love, within and outside the family, were pretty well attended and our visitors really seemed to enjoy the readings of these missives. These took place in both the Workman House and... Continue Reading →

Locating a Lynching in San Gabriel, January 1857

by Michael Ackerman At last August’s Curious Cases series presentation at the Homestead, The King Family of El Monte and Personal Justice, 1855-1865, Paul Spitzzeri briefly recounted the lynching of four Latino men following the killing of Sheriff James Barton and a three-man posse, though he'd given a more detailed account in a previous Curious Cases... Continue Reading →

Female Justice Preview: The Cases of Lastenia Abarta and Mary Harris, 1865 and 1881

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This Sunday the 27th at 2 p.m. at the Homestead, we kick off our four-part lecture series "Female Justice," with a remarkable, fascinating, but generally little-known criminal case from Los Angeles that took place in spring 1881. The trial was of Lastenia Abarta, an 18-year old resident of the city, who,... Continue Reading →

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