Read All About It in The “Los Angeles Express,” 17 June 1874

by Paul R. Spitzzeri A main source of material on greater Los Angeles during its first significant period of growth and development, which lasted from the late 1860s through the mid 1870s, are newspapers.  Tonight's "Read All About It" entry highlights the 17 June 1874 issue of the Los Angeles Express from the Homestead's collection and... Continue Reading →

From Point A to Point B: A Pacific Electric Railway Pocket Time Table, June 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri One of the many transformations in greater Los Angeles touched upon in my remarks yesterday to the Homestead's Non-Fiction Book Club was about the massive changes in transportation that took place during the time period covered in the club's most recent book, Jackson Lears' Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern... Continue Reading →

Sharing History With The Boyle Heights Historical Society

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Yesterday's "doubleheader" of presentations on regional history at the Homestead and Chino Hills was followed this afternoon by another talk given to the Boyle Heights Historical Society at its monthly meeting in that neighborhood's city hall.  The PowerPoint-illustrated discussion was an overview of some of the elements of the history of... Continue Reading →

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 →

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