“In High Glee”: A Stock Certificate for the San Gabriel Mining Company, 1888

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In March 1842, nearly six years before James Marshall stumbled upon the precious metal while building a mill for John Sutter on the American River in the Sierra Nevada Mountains east of Sacramento, Francisco López made California's first major gold discovery in Placerita Canyon at the western edge of the San... Continue Reading →

The Lincoln Centenary Celebration, Simpson Auditorium, Los Angeles, 12 February 1909

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Abraham Lincoln is widely accounted as among the greatest of Americans, but you'd be hard pressed to find any local public event today that honors the 16th president of the United States, with the conspicuous exception of the 27th annual Abraham Lincoln Remembrance, held this morning at the Los Angeles National... Continue Reading →

Striking a Chord: A Woman’s Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles Program, 9 February 1927

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This year marks the centennial of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, established under the patronage of William Andrews Clark, Jr., son of the mining tycoon who left his mark in many areas and ways in the American West stemming from his spectacular success as one of the "copper kings" of Butte,... Continue Reading →

Read All About It: The “Willow Dale Press,” January 1879

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Today's highlighted artifact from the Homestead's collection is certainly an unusual one: the first of twelve issues of the "Willow Dale Press," an amateur newspaper published by Annetta Florence Carter and her brother, Arthur Nathaniel Carter.  The enterprising siblings were all of 13 and 10 years old. Florence (as she was... Continue Reading →

The Fire at the Belmont Hotel, Los Angeles, 16 December 1887

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This is a story that embraces many notable elements of late 19th century Los Angeles, including the city's westward growth; the famed Boom of the 1880s; transportation; leisure and travel; developments in higher education; real estate development and speculation; urban planning; religion; water supply; firefighting; and photography as a tool for... Continue Reading →

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