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How Los Angeles Erased Entire Hills From Its Urban Core

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content n 1912, Los Angeles considered an audacious plan to reshape its topography. A group calling itself the Bunker Hill Razing and Regrading Association proposed to pump water from the Pacific Ocean, pipe it 20 miles to the city center, and spray the seawater through high-pressure jets against a ridge of hills to the…
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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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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 12:00…
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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 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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Event with 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Biography

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Join the Allendale Branch Library as it hosts “An Afternoon with Megan Marshall” on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.  A graduate of Pasadena’s Allendale Elementary and Blair High School (1971), Marshall returns to her hometown for a discussion, reading, and book signing at the Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S.…
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This Giant Searchlight Once Scanned L.A. From the Mountains Above

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content As twilight faded over Pasadena on September 9, 1894, an artificial sun flickered to life for the first time. High above town in the San Gabriel Mountains stood a wonder of the new electric age: a 60-inch General Electric searchlight, by many accounts the largest in the world. This massive projector first dazzled…
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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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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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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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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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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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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 became…
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USC Libraries awarded grant for residency program

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the USC Libraries and the L.A. as Subject research alliance a grant to develop a residency program that will support archival education. The grant is part of the IMLS Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian program, which funds training of early career…
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