Sharing History on Double Duty at the Homestead and in Chino Hills

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Baseball Hall of Famer and Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks once reportedly said, "It's a beautiful day—let's play two."  On those rare occasions like today, I could easily adapt the great infielder's quote and exclaim, "It's a beautiful day—let's give two talks." The first presentation was at the Homestead for customers... Continue Reading →

Homestead Book Club Discussion on “Towers of Gold” and Isaias W. Hellman

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The museum's non-fiction book club convened this morning to talk about Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias W. Hellman Created California, an absorbing biography of the capitalist who migrated from Bavaria to Los Angeles in the 1850s and became a towering presence in the city and in San Francisco... Continue Reading →

On This Day: The Wedding of F.P.F. Temple and Antonia Margarita Workman, 30 September 1845

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In late June 1841, Pliny Fisk Temple, who'd turned 19 while at sea en route from Boston, arrived at Los Angeles for what apparently was to be a one-year visit in the frontier Mexican pueblo.  When he came to the City of Angels, Pliny made the acquaintance of his half-brother Jonathan... Continue Reading →

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