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Archives Bazaar 30 days away!

Sun, 06/05/2016
Content In just one month's time, over 70 exhibitors will fill the halls of the USC Doheny Library to celebrate and showcase the artifacts, images, and primary sources that tell the history of Los Angeles. Click here to learn more about the 10th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar.
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Archives Bazaar Program Schedule Announced

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content The 10th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar will feature exhibits, workshops, author discussions, and conversations with State Librarian George Lucas. PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS First-floor Treasure Room 12:00–12:50 p.m. L.A.T.B.D. Join USC Libraries Discovery Fellow GEOFF MANAUGH and architects MARK SMOUT and LAURA…
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Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Organized in 1964, the Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library (SCGS) exists to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical materials and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques.  With over 40,000 volumes, the library holds one of…
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The 10th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar a success!

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Over 80 exhibitors, a day of preservation and programming, and 1200+ visitors!  Stay tuned to the LA as Subject website for up to date information about Archives Bazaar 2016. 2015 Los Angeles Archives Bazaar exhibitors: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Angelus Match Cover Club Archdiocese of Los Angeles,…
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Ernie Marquez 2014 Avery Clayton Spirit Award Winner

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content In this land of newcomers and transplants, Ernest Marquez can trace his California lineage back further than most. Born in 1924 on land that the Mexican government granted to his great-grandparents in 1839, Marquez has devoted much of his life to documenting a family history that began in 1771, when his…
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Before 1948, L.A.'s Power Grid Was Incompatible With the Rest of the Nation's

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Before 1948, there was something funny about the Southland's electricity. Plug in a clock from New York and it would lose 10 minutes every hour. Spin a record on a turntable from San Francisco and it would sound deep and drowsy. Some gadgets wouldn't work at all. The problem? Southern California's power grid ran on a…
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Was Western Avenue Originally L.A.'s Western Boundary?

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content It seems logical enough -- Western Avenue, as the oft-repeated explanation goes, is so named because it once formed Los Angeles' western boundary. But is there any truth to this just-so story? Some streets did once mark L.A.'s western city limit. Most notably, West Boulevard's name dates to 1915, when the city's…
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Metro wins an Emmy!

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”) won an Emmy in the public programming category for the Metro Motion show on Union Station’s 75th Anniversary.  The 30-minute episode aired just prior to the Union Station anniversary celebration on May 3, 2014:…
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Monomania L.A.: The Obsessive Collectors of Southern California

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content What happens when collecting becomes more than a hobby? File cabinets conquer living rooms. Boxes scrape the ceilings of garages. A trip to a paper ephemera show becomes a grail quest. Even dumpsters offer the promise of a new acquisition. Such collectors perform a tremendous service to scholars and the public by…
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Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”) wins an Emmy!

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content It was announced on Saturday, July 26 that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”) won an Emmy in the public programming category for the Metro Motion show on Union Station’s 75th Anniversary.  The 30-minute episode aired just prior to the Union Station anniversary celebration on May…
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How Santa Monica's Third Street Became a Promenade

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content King of the road? Since 1965, the pedestrian rather than the private automobile has reigned over a three-block stretch of downtown Santa Monica. Today, the Third Street Promenade is one of the Southland's best-known examples of a public space that prioritizes pedestrians over cars. But while it's tempting to view the…
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When Anaheim's Flying-Saucer Arena Touched Down Near Disneyland

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Had one of Tomorrowland's flying saucers gone missing? When the Anaheim Convention Center's arena opened in the summer of 1967, it looked as if a spacecraft from another world had touched down directly opposite Katella Avenue from Disneyland. Designed by Los Angeles-based architects Adrian Wilson and Associates, the…
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Institute for Baseball Studies now open to the public

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content The Institute for Baseball Studies, the first humanities-based research center of its kind associated with a college or university in the United States, has announced its public hours for the 2015 spring semester at Whittier College.  Effective immediately through May 1, the Institute will be open on Fridays from…
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When Oxnard Beach Became 'Hollywood-by-the-Sea'

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Never mind that Tinseltown was five or even fifty miles away. By the mid-1920s, the Hollywood brand was so strong that communities across Southern California were affixing it to their names. Toluca became North Hollywood. Sherman became West Hollywood. And in distant Ventura County, Oxnard Beach…
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