A Program for an Admission Day Celebration, Los Angeles, 9 September 1922

by Paul R. Spitzzeri On Friday, Governor Brown issued a proclamation proclaiming today as "Admission Day" in California, noting that, in 1976, shortly after beginning his first term of governor, he vetoed legislation to decommission Admission Day as a recognized state holiday.  Brown added that, eight years later, Governor George Deukmejian signed a law reassigning... Continue Reading →

A Yearbook of the Brownson Settlement House Association, Los Angeles, 1915

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as currently and in our own recent past, enormous demographic changes were transforming America.  Massive waves of immigration from Asia and southern and eastern Europe, in particular, yielded ethnic shifts that fundamentally altered much of the human landscape, especially in larger cities. This... Continue Reading →

“There Is No Place Like Puente”: A Letter from Paris, 4 September 1905

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In the late 19th century, the railroad town of Puente, founded adjacent to the Southern Pacific line in 1885, just before the great Boom of the Eighties hit greater Los Angeles, became a popular place for French immigrants, especially those from the Haute (Upper) Alpes engaging in sheep raising. Among the... Continue Reading →

Military Governor Bennet Riley’s Visit to the California Gold Fields, Summer 1849, Part Three

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This third and final part of a post concludes the highlighting of a significant report, a copy of which is in the Homestead's collection, by California's military governor Bennet Riley, published on 30 August 1849.  It concerned his recent visit to the newly discovered gold fields and was included in an... Continue Reading →

Military Governor Bennet Riley’s Visit to the California Gold Fields, Summer 1849, Part Two

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This second part of a post highlighting a report, dated 30 August 1849 and a copy of which is in the Homestead's collection, from Bennet Riley, California's military governor, concerning a visit to the gold fields of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in summer 1849 and included in an important government report... Continue Reading →

Military Governor Bennet Riley’s Visit to the California Gold Fields, Summer 1849, Part One

by Paul R. Spitzzeri A rich source of information about California shortly after the United States seized the former Mexican department in the Mexican-American War are the published reports by the federal government dealing mainly with the efforts to establish a form of temporary government, handled by the military. Today's post looks at one report... Continue Reading →

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