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Oct202019
When: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Join us to celebrate 175 years and raise funds that support the Rancho’s restoration, exhibitions, and educational programs. Tickets are $175 per person. Honoring Margie... Read more
HSLB 24th Annual Historical Cemetery Tour
Oct262019
When: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Since 1995, the HSLB has conducted an annual living history tour at the city’s two oldest cemeteries. Located on Willow Street between Orange and California avenues, the Long... Read more

News

“LA230” Runs September 2011 – August 2012, Throughout Southern California With a history spanning 230 years, Los Angeles will have no trouble finding ways to celebrate its rich heritage over the next 12 months. The LA Heritage...
Widely considered the earliest photograph of Los Angeles, the origin story of this image remains something of a mystery. Who took the photo, and when? Though the image and the historical record offer clues, they provide no definitive...
In Southern California, nostalgia abounds for two funicular railways that, in decades past, transported tourists and locals alike up some of the region's steep escarpments. From 1893 to 1938, the Great Incline portion of the Mount...
Like many of the city's earliest recreational tracts, Los Angeles carved Elysian Park out of municipal lands that defied development. A Jewish cemetery and a rock-quarrying enterprise were among the few early, documented uses of the...
On Saturday February 4 the first joint meeting between LA as Subject (LAAS) and the Los Angeles Heritage Alliance (LAHA) took place at the historic Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga.  Attendees were welcomed by Sherri Smith, President of...
Helen Agcaoili Summers Brown, founder of the Filipino American Library (FAL) and an icon of the Filipino-American community, died January 25, 2011. She was 95. Brown was born in Manila, Philippines in May 16, 1915 to Trinidad Agcalli...
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...
  Downtown L.A.'s emergence as a residential neighborhood has focused attention on the area's dearth of green park space and, with it, the perceived shortcomings of the city's oldest park: Pershing Square. In its 163-year journey...
L.A. as Subject's latest contribution to KCET's SoCal Focus blog features archived photographs from the several member institutions related to Southern California's so-called golden age of hiking: As spring warms into summer, many...
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-...
As any hike through the mountains will confirm, different geographies govern wild and urban areas. In the wild, peaks, ridges, and watercourses help us navigate, and as we move through the landscape it's difficult to miss how geologic...
L.A. as Subject's latest contribution to KCET's SoCal Focus blog features photos from selected regional archives of Southern California's past Fourth of July celebrations: From parades to barbecues to fireworks on the beach, greater...
Visit the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive at the 10th Annual Archives Bazaar. Established in 1961, the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive is a world-renowned research archive dedicated to the study of musical traditions from around the globe...
  This month, Manhattan Beach celebrates its centennial. Known for its lively seaside promenade, the Strand, and for its associations with surf culture, the city has its origins as a coastal resort built atop shifting sand dunes of...
L.A. as Subject's latest contribution to KCET's SoCal Focus blog features historical images of German-speaking exiles and émigrés who escaped war and persecution in Europe for the safety of Southern California: In the 1930s and 1940s...