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Petroleum provided the raw materials for the gasoline that powered Angelenos’ automobiles as well as the asphalt on which they drove, so in one sense the middle of La Cienega Boulevard was a fitting place for an oil derrick. But many...
L.A. as Subject's most recent contribution to KCET.org looks at the 58-year history of the Four Level interchange, the junction of the 101 and 110 freeways near downtown Los Angeles: Fifty-eight years ago today, the Four Level...
Palm trees arc across cans of Golden Road’s Point the Way IPA, and a haloed Los Angeles City Hall peeks through the logo of Angel City Brewery. As craft brewers embrace the city’s unique iconography, transform historic downtown...
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...
On October 8, L.A. as Subject will hold a joint meeting with SurveyLA, a citywide effort to identify historically significant structures, neighborhoods, and places. Landmarks and other historically-significant structures are not only...
In 1929, dynamite forever changed the look of Catalina’s Avalon Bay. Long one of Catalina’s most prominent landmarks, Sugar Loaf Rock was a volcanic monolith rising some 50 feet above the harbor where Avalon’s iconic Casino building...
Illustrated Lecture and Book Signing Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 pm at Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena 91103.  Mount Lowe Railway - Then and Now is the third and final book about Mount Lowe from author Michael...
L.A. as Subject's latest contribution to KCET's SoCal Focus website looks at the historical routes that have connected Los Angeles to the rest of the North American continent:  Rugged mountains to the north, the vast Pacific Ocean to...
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...
Southern California's archives bridge the old and the new, offering invaluable historical context that isn't always immediately apparent in the contemporary landscape. We asked L.A. as Subject members to search their archives for the...
With the 2011 Old Spanish Trail Association annual conference coming to Pomona this June 2-5, L.A. as Subject's latest contribution to KCET's SoCal Focus blog looks at the trail's historical significance to Southern California:...
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...
As a city that hosted such masters of the novel as Faulkner and Fitzgerald, provided sanctuary to European titans like Mann and Brecht, and produced its own homegrown stars like Raymond Chandler and Bret Easton Ellis, Los Angeles is no...
With the recent opening of DInosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, L.A. as Subject's latest post to KCET's SoCal Focus blog explores the prehistory of Southern California and the influence of dinosaurs on the...
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...