Through the Viewfinder: A Stereographic Photograph From Central Park to the Normal School, Los Angeles, April 1883

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In the continuing "Through the Viewfinder" series of posts, tonight's highlighted artifact from the Homestead's collection is a remarkable stereoscopic photograph taken from Central Park to the Normal School in downtown Los Angeles. Inscribed with a date of April 1883, but unattributed, with no indication as to the photographer, the image... Continue Reading →

Getting Schooled with the Star and Crescent Literary Society, Los Angeles High School, 29 April 1898

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Among the many transformations in greater Los Angeles during the Victorian era, which basically lasted from around 1840 to about 1900, was the dramatic growth in education among its citizens.  Taking just the Workman and Temple families as an example, Antonia Margarita Workman, who was of school age from the mid-1830s... Continue Reading →

“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 →

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