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The Temple and Workman Bank Assignment, February 1876, Part Seven

by Paul R. Spitzzeri 1876 was a leap year, so as the month of February closed, there was an extra day, the 29th, along with the other remaining days of … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Museum Director Musings on a Conference of California Historical Societies Workshop at the Homestead

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The Homestead was the venue today for a workshop conducted by the Conference of California Historical Societies.  Organized by regional vice-president Ralph Thomas with participants coming … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Striking a Chord With an Ellis Club Concert Program, 1894

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Long before the creation of a professional choruses and orchestras in Los Angeles, talented amateur residents performed concerts with their own musical ensembles. In 1888, as Los … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

That’s a Wrap with Photos of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Musicians, ca. 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. (1883-1939) was one of the most famous film stars of the 1920s, with his popularity centered around swashbuckling roles in such films as The … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Volunteer Spotlight: Ruth Green

by Steven Dugan Our Volunteer Spotlight this month celebrates Ruth Green, who has the distinction of being the longest-serving volunteer at the Homestead. Ruth took part in the museum’s first … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Temple Family Artifact Donation

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Over the years, the Homestead has been fortunate to receive donations from Workman and Temple family members that have included original furniture from the site, documents, … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sharing the History of Valentine Peyton with the La Verne Historical Society

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Today was quite a bookend.  In the morning, I gave a talk (which I’ve given for over fifteen years now) on the history of Los Angeles-based … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 · Leave a comment