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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...
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...
“Touring Yosemite” Now through December 22, come "tour" Yosemite through books, photographs, drawings, ephemera and other, mostly 19th century, primary source materials.  See how visitors traveled to Yosemite. See where they stayed...
One hundred years ago this July 8, Burbank formally incorporated as a city. L.A. as Subject's latest contribution to KCET's SoCal Focus blog looks at Burbank's origins as a sheep ranch, its 1887 founding as a town, and its subsequent...
 The Whittier Local History Collection includes Whittier College yearbooks, local high school yearbooks, Whittier City Directories, local telephone books, Haines Directories, and titles by local authors. The entire book collection is...
Angelenos dreaming of a White Christmas, take note: The scene above may be set in Hollywood, but it’s no special effects shot. The photo from the Los Angeles Public Library’s collections documents the result of a freak snowstorm that...
What did the Los Angeles Basin look like before Spanish colonization transformed it? L.A. as Subject's http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/history/la-as-subject/wild-la-mo... KCET.org's SoCal Focus blog looks at Southern California...
Without the handwritten caption reading "Part of Los Angeles," it might be difficult to place the above drawing -- generally considered to be the oldest extant drawing of the city. The Los Angeles that William Rich Hutton saw when he...
If they look closely enough, visitors to the Los Angeles Public Library's new maps exhibit may notice a geographic incongruity. On older maps of the city, the neighborhood northeast of downtown and across the river from the Elysian...
The Archives Bazaar returns to USC's historic Doheny Library on Saturday, Oct. 25. Come experience the diversity of stories that make Southern California such a place of discovery. At the 9th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar,...
In April, the newly renovated Mack Sennett Studios at Fountain and Effie in Silver Lake welcomed then-mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti for a campaign event. “This isn’t just a place, it’s really a symbol,” Garcetti remarked about the...
When a piece of Los Angeles history disappears, it's often lost forever - preserved only in our collective memory and in the region's photographic archives. But in some rare cases, that history is only hidden, preserved by accident for...
Nominations for the L.A. as Subject (LAAS) Executive Committee members are now being accepted. There are 5 seats that need to be filled for the incoming 2012-2014 Executive Committee term, including the Executive Committee Chairperson...
It would be more Scrooge than Santa to dwell on the fact that these candy-cane streetcars were designed to bolster two ailing business models, the downtown department store and the fixed-rail streetcar. After all, Angelenos loved the...
  With L.A.'s night sky shrouded in a veil of smog and light pollution, Southern California might seem an unlikely place for star-gazing scientists to congregate. But before population growth and industrialization transformed the...