Free tours of the historic houses are offered Wednesday-Sunday at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, & 4:00 p.m. The only way to see the houses is on a tour.
We are always looking for helping hands with everything from guiding tours to running the Museum Store! No experience is necessary.
You can use portions of the Homestead Museum to take photographs of your special celebration. Reservations are required and fees apply.
Fiction Book Club - WWI in Different Mediums
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
“Dearest Dadup”: A Letter from Thomas W. Temple II to Walter P. Temple, 11 December 1926
by Paul R. Spitzzeri The sudden and startling surge to wealth experienced by the Temple family in the late 1910s resulting from the accidental discovery of oil on their Montebello-area ranch transformed their lives in so many ways. For the four surviving children (Thomas, Agnes, Walter, Jr., and Edgar), one of the most direct was... Continue Reading →
The Christmas Day Edition of “Harper’s Weekly,” 1858
by Paul R. Spitzzeri As we approach our Yuletide season, it is fun and instructive to look back at how celebrated the holidays during the museum’s interpretive period of 1830 to 1930, particularly by comparing and contrasting the evolution of Christmas through a variety of sources. Today’s highlighted artifact from the Homestead’s collection is the... Continue Reading →
A Recap of Holiday Programs at the Homestead
by Paul R. Spitzzeri The Homestead’s slate of holiday-related programming, aside from our regular schedule of public tours Wednesday through Sunday, ended this evening with the second day of our “Weekend of Holiday Merriment.” About 600 visitors enjoyed seasonal music, lectures on Victorian-era holiday food, had story time with Santa, made holiday-related crafts, and toured... Continue Reading →
Portrait Gallery: Lucinda and Charles Temple with Manuel Zuñiga and Julia Davis, ca. 1890s
by Paul R. Spitzzeri Antonia Margarita Workman (1830-1892) and F.P.F. Temple (1822-1880) had eleven children, eight of which lived to adulthood. There were nearly twenty-six years between the birth of the eldest, Thomas, in 1846 and the youngest, Charles, in 1872. Not surprisingly, there were widely varied life stories for each of them with major... Continue Reading →