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 →

On This Day: Laying the Cornerstone for St. Nicholas’ Chapel, El Campo Santo Cemetery, 30 May 1857

by Paul R. Spitzzeri One of the more interesting aspects of the Homestead is that it has a rare private family cemetery, El Campo Santo, established by the Workman family about 1850, on the museum grounds.  The cemetery has survived the ravages of time, despite nearly being destroyed by a non-family owner in the first... Continue Reading →

Victorian Fair Recap: Day One

by Paul R. Spitzzeri It was just about a perfect spring day with mild temperatures and a light breeze as we hosted the first of our two-day Victorian Fair this afternoon.  With music, presentations, demonstrations, vendors, house tours and more, there was plenty for visitors to see and do. This year featured a number of... Continue Reading →

On This Day: The Marriage of William Workman and Nicolasa Urioste, 19 February 1844

by Paul R. Spitzzeri William Workman lived in Taos, New Mexico for about five years when he entered into a common-law marriage with Nicolasa Urioste, a native of the pueblo.  Workman, who converted to Roman Catholicism from his native Anglican religion in 1828, adopting the baptismal name Julián, was 30 years old and Nicolasa two years... Continue Reading →

Flirting with History: A Love Letter from Walter P. Temple to Laura Gonzalez, 8 April 1887

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This afternoon's "Flirting with History" event combined a picnic, including hands-on activities, dance demonstrations, and a special tour in which visitors were led through the Workman House and La Casa Nueva and, at five stations, heard excerpts from family letters related in some way to love, whether romantic, maternal and otherwise.... Continue Reading →

Loan of a Very Rare Princess Mona Darkfeather Letter, ca. 1914

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Thanks to the generosity of a local resident who donated the artifacts to the La Puente Valley Historical Society and to the Society for kindly loaning them to the Homestead, today's post features a very rare early silent film artifact connected to Princess Mona Darkfeather, a.k.a. Josephine M. Workman. The object... Continue Reading →

New Donation of Princess Mona Darkfeather Photo, ca. 1914

by Paul R. Spitzzeri About a year ago, after a very interesting lecture by Cari Beauchamp regarding women in the early motion picture industry, a post on this blog was published about Josephine Marie Workman (1883-1977), a granddaughter of William and Nicolasa Workman. Using the stage name "Princess Mona Darkfeather," she performed in 69 one-reel... Continue Reading →

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