On This Day: William Gambel, Teenage Naturalist on the Rowland and Workman Expedition of 1841

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Today is the 178th anniversary of the Rowland and Workman Expedition's arrival into greater Los Angeles.  The party was composed of a remarkably diverse group of people, including emigrants from New Mexico to Mexican Alta California, travelers who went along on their way to somewhere else, and, in one markedly different... Continue Reading →

Sharing History With the Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council

by Paul R. Spitzzeri It was a pleasure to talk tonight at the Rowland Heights Community Center to about 50 attendees of the monthly meeting of that unincorporated area's coordinating council about John Rowland and his fascinating history.  Rowland gets brief mention at the Homestead during tours of the Workman House as the longtime friend,... Continue Reading →

Locating a Lynching in San Gabriel, January 1857

by Michael Ackerman At last August’s Curious Cases series presentation at the Homestead, The King Family of El Monte and Personal Justice, 1855-1865, Paul Spitzzeri briefly recounted the lynching of four Latino men following the killing of Sheriff James Barton and a three-man posse, though he'd given a more detailed account in a previous Curious Cases... Continue Reading →

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