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Photos: Thanksgiving Celebrations through SoCal History

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content The Mayflower may have landed on the opposite coast, but Southern Californians have long marked the fourth Thursday in November with a Thanksgiving feast. As Southern California celebrates Thanksgiving Day 2011, join us for a look through historical images at Thanksgiving celebrations of the past and learn about some…
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West Hollywood at 27: How the Town of Sherman Became WeHo

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content On Tuesday, the City of West Hollywood celebrated its 27th anniversary as an independent city. Although the municipality is one of the youngest in Los Angeles County, the town from which the city sprang—originally a settlement for railroad workers—dates back to 1896. West Hollywood owes its existence to one of…
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A Brief History of Palm Trees in Southern California

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content If you close your eyes and imagine a typical Southern California landscape, chances are that you've pictured at least one palm tree, if not several, rising from the ground. But despite the diversity and ubiquity of palms in the Los Angeles area, only one species—Washingtonia filifera, the California fan palm—is native…
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Battlefield L.A.

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content It was nearly seventy years ago that a Japanese submarine shelled the Santa Barbara coast—the last recorded attack on a Southern California land target. In 1955, the U.S. Army installed a ring of Nike anti-aircraft missiles to defend the Los Angeles area, but by the 1974 the system had been dismantled. In earlier…
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The Rose Parade's Aristocratic Origins

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Evicted from City Hall lawns and other public spaces, protestors from across the country plan to "occupy" this Monday's Rose Parade by staging their own procession that will follow the final flower-encrusted float. Though the focus of their ire is wealth inequality across the United States and not necessarily the…
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Lost Tunnels of Downtown L.A.

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Underground passageways hold the power to excite--especially when they're hidden underneath a busy city soaked in sunshine. News reports have explored the miles of pedestrian tunnels still buried beneath the civic center. Action films and car commercials often feature images of automobiles speeding through the Second…
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How Santa Monica Almost Became a Commercial Harbor

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Today, the seaside community of Santa Monica could hardly be more different from the sprawling harbor district adjacent to San Pedro. An industrial landscape dominates the Harbor Area--the beaches of the former San Pedro Bay have been converted to landings, and its seas stilled by breakwaters. Santa Monica's landscape,…
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The CAFAM documents 32 years of the LA art scene

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content The Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) has played an important historical role in the development of the Los Angeles art scene and has launched the careers of well-known artists who are currently highlighted in the exhibition Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985, a part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time…
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Book talk about HG Wilshire, the man behind Wilshire Blvd.

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Santa Monica, California – Take a step back in time and meet Henry Gaylord Wilshire, the man for whom Wilshire Boulevard is named, in a presentation by Louis Rosen, author of Henry Gaylord Wilshire: the Millionaire Socialist, on Saturday, February 4 at 1:00 p.m. in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium,…
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Sonoratown: Downtown L.A.'s Forgotten Neighborhood

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Ethnic enclaves have long staked out the area immediately north of Los Angeles' historic plaza, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Now known as Chinatown, the district has attracted successive waves of immigrants, many of them barred from newer neighborhoods by racial hostility and later racially restrictive…
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Why L.A. Has Clashing Street Grids

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Los Angeles is a city with its vision so firmly pointed toward the future that traces of the past often escape its sight. Headlines proclaim new mega-developments downtown and transportation projects on the Westside. Even historical reminiscences of the city often focus on what was lost—hills, tunnels, and Victorian…
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A Brief History of the Los Angeles Plaza, the City's Misplaced Heart

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Modern Los Angeles is a city without a center. Nodes of power, prestige, and commerce dot the landscape, even if the skyscrapers of Bunker Hill mischievously invite the viewer to locate the city's center there. In its early years, however, Los Angeles was built around a well-defined center, the Plaza, which remained…
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First joint LAAS and LAHA meeting a success!

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content On Saturday February 4 the first joint meeting between LA as Subject (LAAS) and the Los Angeles Heritage Alliance (LAHA) took place at the historic Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga.  Attendees were welcomed by Sherri Smith, President of the Little Landers Historical Society.  The Little Landers Historical Society (LLHS)…
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Emmett Littleton Ashford: Baseball Pioneer (1914 - 1980)

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content “My five-year tenure in the majors was one of satisfaction and gratification at having conquered the biggest challenge in my life and in some measure opening the door for black umpires.  I feel proud having been an umpire in the big leagues not because I was the first black man but because major league umpires are a…
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Photos: Historic Clifton's Cafeteria through the Decades

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content When a piece of Los Angeles history disappears, it's often lost forever - preserved only in our collective memory and in the region's photographic archives. But in some rare cases, that history is only hidden, preserved by accident for later generations to rediscover. Today, the façade of downtown's historic Clifton's…
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