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 →

Alcatraz Island and the Workman and Temple Families, Part Two

by Paul R. Spitzzeri If President Millard Fillmore's executive order of December 1850 stipulating that Alcatraz Island, along with other California parcels, was government property was truly the last word about the legal status of the island, this post would have been limited to yesterday's part one. But, over five years later, a newspaper article... 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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