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History Keepers: Traversing Los Angeles exhibit, August 5–27

Wed, 06/29/2016
Content CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY and LA AS SUBJECT LAUNCH NEW “HISTORY KEEPERS” EXHIBITION IN LOS ANGELES • “History Keepers: Traversing Los Angeles” highlights around 30 institutions and privatecollectors who preserve, share, and document Los Angeles’s history. • Diverse displays include photographs and drawings, maps…
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Metro Wins an Emmy

Sun, 06/05/2016
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 3,…
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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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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 the…
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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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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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The Lost Towns of Los Angeles County

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Entire towns have vanished from the Southland. The street grid of Morocco once stretched across the same gilded real estate occupied today by Beverly Hills. The ruins of a town named Minneapolis lie beneath Atwater Village. The independent city of Tropico melded with Glendale. In an earlier age, geographic names were…
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How N.Y.C.'s Broadway Gave Its Name to an L.A. Street

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Why does downtown Los Angeles' grid include a street with such a distinctively New York name? Broadway may be one of L.A.'s oldest streets -- laid out by surveyor Edward O. C. Ord in 1849 -- but until 1890, Angelenos knew it only as Fort Street. Problems with pronunciation provided the impetus for the name change. By…
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L.A.’s Dearly Departed Cemetery Ravine

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content It’s doubtful that any prayers were said on Cemetery Ravine’s behalf when earthmovers filled in and paved over the gully to create part of the Dodger Stadium parking lot. Early maps of Los Angeles show Cemetery Ravine as one of several canyons draining the Elysian Hills just north of the city’s center. Though…
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LA as Subject receives J. Thomas Owen History Award

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Earlier this month, the Los Angeles City Historical Society (LACHS) honored LA as Subject with the J. Thomas Owen History Award.  The award was given in recognition of LA as Subject's work in advocating for the region's archival collections held in institutions both large and small. "Both the LA as Subject website and…
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How 'Golden Apples'—Oranges, That Is—Sold the Golden State

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Call it an early version of viral marketing. Promoters of two products -- a fruit and the region that grew it -- created hundreds of images of oranges, orange trees, and orange groves during the reign of Southern California's Orange Empire. They then leveraged the social network of the time -- the mail -- to broadcast…
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Little Tokyo celebrates 130th anniversary

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Commemoration of the 130th Anniversary of Little Tokyo, 1884-2014 Throughout 2014, the Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) will observe a year-long celebration of the 130th anniversary of Little Tokyo, which had its origin in 1884 with the establishment of a humble restaurant, Kame, at 340 East First Street. To…
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How 19 Giant Earthmovers Carved Dodger Stadium Out of a Mountain

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content They literally moved mountains to create Dodger Stadium. Between 1959 and 1962, an army of construction workers shifted eight-million cubic yards of earth and rock in the hills above downtown Los Angeles, refashioning the rugged terrain once known as the Stone Quarry Hills into a modern baseball palace. Keep reading…
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New book by LAAS Executive Commitee member David Boulé!

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Cloaked in mystery and until modern times available only to the elite, the orange has been known as the fruit of the gods, the food of emperors, a token of gratitude, and the symbol of health, wealth, and love. The dream of California since its discovery by Europeans has been that it is a place of plenty, of potential,…
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How Ivanhoe Canyon Became Silver Lake

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content With his stalwart dam of concrete and steel in place, William Mulholland began flooding the meadowlands of Ivanhoe Canyon in November 1907. The waters rose, sedges drowned, and red-winged blackbirds fluttered away in search of undisturbed wetlands. Within a few months, Mulholland had created Silver Lake. Keep reading…
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