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 →

“A School for Scandal”: A Letter from Agnes Temple to Thomas W. Temple II, January 1925

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Two years ago, the Homestead received a donation of Temple family letters, mostly from the 1920s, by descendant Ruth Ann Michaelis, whose father Edgar, was the youngest of the four surviving children of Walter P. Temple and Laura Gonzalez, owners of the Homestead at the time. These letters are fascinating to... Continue Reading →

Spanish-Language Theater Handbills, Los Angeles, 9-10 January 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri When it comes to finding material on live theater in Los Angeles that catered to white English-language speakers during the early part of the 20th century, sources are abundant.  Programs, broadsides, and other material are not uncommon and newspaper resources are easy to find.  This is one of the many reflections... Continue Reading →

At Our Leisure: A Photograph of Echo Rock at Mt. Wilson, ca. 1910

by Paul R. Spitzzeri For roughly four decades, during the "Great Hiking Era" of the 1890s to the 1930s, the San Gabriel Mountains were a highly popular place for outdoor activity of many kinds: camping, fishing, resort stays and visits and, especially, hiking.  Documenting much of this activity with hundreds of published photographs, usually in... Continue Reading →

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