On This Day: A Turning Point in Walter P. Temple’s Business Fortunes, 13 January 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The Roaring Twenties was an era of often unbridled enthusiasm and sheer confidence in America's business prospects.  The economic boom that marked the first half of the decade was especially reflected in the astounding growth of greater Los Angeles, with the population mushrooming, the city expanding and suburbia marching relentlessly in... Continue Reading →

Read All About It: Southern California Indian Wars in the “New York Spectator,” 12 January 1852

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In a new state recently transformed by the twin tempests of the Mexican-American War and the Gold Rush, another source of conflict was between California's indigenous people and Americans and Europeans who were flocking to the coast during the heady years of the rush. The latter were mainly composed of young... Continue Reading →

Portrait Gallery: “Mesmer-izing” History Through a Pair of Cabinet Photos of Joseph and Rose Mesmer, ca. 1879

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Joseph Mesmer is a forgotten name in Los Angeles history, but there was a time decades ago when he was a "go-to" pioneer present at seemingly every event dealing with some aspect of the city's not-so-distant past. Born in 1855 in Tippecanoe, Ohio, a hamlet (population today of about 120), west... Continue Reading →

Homestead Exhibit at Hacienda Heights Improvement Association Annual Dinner

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The Homestead was happy to take part by having an exhibit at tonight's Hacienda Heights Improvement Association annual dinner, which also marked the 70th anniversary of the reconstitution of the Association, the first version of which was founded in May 1914. This was a year after the community, originally known as... Continue Reading →

Time Capsule Tuesday: Civic-Recreational-Industrial Project No. 1, City of Industry, 1971, Part Eight

by Paul R. Spitzzeri After adoption of the City of Industry General Plan in 1971, the first major application of templates developed in the plan was the creation of a "Civic-Recreational-Industrial Project No. 1" later that year.  The incorporation of plan elements set standards by which the city was reconstituted and many of the components... Continue Reading →

Through the Viewfinder: Northeast Los Angeles from Elysian Park, 1913

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Today's "Through the Viewfinder" entry takes in a remarkable stereoscopic photograph from the Homestead's collection showing a portion of northeast Los Angeles, a rapidly growing area of the booming city, in 1913. Taken by amateur photographer B.W. East, whose photos were developed by mail through Sears, Roebuck and Company, the view... Continue Reading →

La La Landscapes: The “1775” Palm Tree Replanted at La Casa Nueva, 1925

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This morning, the Homestead hosted the second installment of the "Urban Gardens of Los Angeles" program offered by Road Scholar, a non-profit educational travel organization with which the museum has worked for some 20 years. The program, a four-day, three-night extension of a very popular Tournament of Roses Parade offering, involves... Continue Reading →

Time Capsule Tuesday: Civic-Recreational-Industrial Project No. 1, City of Industry, 1971, Part Seven

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In this important planning document, prepared by noted Los Angeles planning firm Gruen Associates, the groundwork for much of the development that took place in the City of Industry in the nearly half century since its 1971 creation was laid. Previous posts on this series looked at the purpose for establishing... Continue Reading →

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