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Creating advocates for history through the stories of greater Los Angeles.

Through the Viewfinder: “Los Angeles No. 9,” by Francis Parker, ca. 1877

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Oops!  Last night, I posted a nice, long entry for the “Through the Viewfinder” series based on a circa 1872 photograph taken from the south and … Continue reading

September 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Time Capsule Tuesday: “Grow, Grow, Grow With and In the City of Industry,” ca. 1964, Part Four

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Today’s installment of “Time Capsule Tuesday” wraps up the four-part discussion of a booster pamphlet published about 1964 by the City of Industry League called “Grow, … Continue reading

September 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Volunteer Spotlight: Liliana Martinez

by Steven Dugan The Homestead is happy to introduce you to one of our newest docents: Liliana Martinez. Liliana recently graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a Bachelor’s degree … Continue reading

September 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Curious Cases Preview: The Last Ride of Tiburcio Vásquez in Greater Los Angeles, April 1874

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Journalist Anissa Rivera contacted us late last week, asking for information on famed Californio bandido Tiburcio Vásquez for this preview feature for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and its sister … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Donation of Artifacts on the Early History of Hacienda Heights

by Paul R. Spitzzeri On Friday morning, I went out to the home of Barbara and John Clonts, who donated hundreds of documents relating to the early history and development … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Admission Day: California’s Admission to the Union and the 1850 Federal Census

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This day, 9 September, comes and goes every year with hardly a mention anywhere of the fact that today is Admission Day, commemorating the admission on … Continue reading

September 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Walter P. Temple’s Monument to the Original Site of Mission San Gabriel, July 1921

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Today is the anniversary date of the founding of Mission San Gabriel, established on 8 September 1771, and it is not commonly known that the current … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · Leave a comment