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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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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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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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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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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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Christmas Tree Lane: The Origins of a Southern California Tradition

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Woodbury ranch superintendent Thomas Hoag had no idea the three-foot seedlings he was planting would someday become a major Yuletide attraction. It was 1885, and Hoag and his Chinese American ranch hands were building a driveway that climbed a steady grade from the Pasadena city limit up to the ranch house of Altadena…
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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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Aqueduct Exhibit at Honnold/Mudd Library

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Water, Power, and Technology: The Los Angeles Aqueduct, 1913-2013 Exhibit will run from September 9 through December 20, 2013 Honnold/Mudd Library, inside North Entrance (909) 607-3977 In November 1913, the City of Los Angeles completed construction of the first Los Angeles Aqueduct. In commemoration of the…
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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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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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LA as Subject awarded Cal Humanities grant

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Earlier this year, LA as Subject was announced as one of the 17 recipients of the Cal Humanities Community Stories grant. Community Stories (formerly the California Story Fund) gives expression to the extraordinary variety of histories and experiences of California’s places and people. The grant project, Monomania LA,…
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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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