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 - A Fantastical Look at California
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At Our Leisure: Hikers at Fish Canyon near Duarte, ca. 1920
by Paul R. Spitzzeri The waterfall in Fish Canyon above Duarte and Bradbury and at the western side of the mouth of San Gabriel Canyon is a three-tier, eighty-foot fall that has been a popular attraction for regional hikers for many decades. Today’s “At Our Leisure” post highlights a trio of ca. 1920s snapshots of... Continue Reading →
Drilling for Black Gold: A Letter for the Temple Lease at Montebello, 15 June 1917
by Paul R. Spitzzeri It was an extraordinary stroke of good fortune for the Temple family when, in April 1914, nine-year old Thomas, the eldest of the four surviving children of Walter and Laura Temple, ran home to tell his father that he’d found oil on their 60-acre ranch near Montebello. The following year, the... Continue Reading →
On This Day: A Letter About the Homestead, 14 June 1930
by Paul R. Spitzzeri In April 1930, with few options at his disposal, Walter P. Temple, desperately trying to salvage the Homestead as his last major property from his once significant portfolio, moved from the 92-acre ranch to Ensenada, Baja California. The move, emulated decades later and today by Americans in the thousands, was to... Continue Reading →
Volunteer Spotlight: Gerry Orzikh
by Steven Dugan What do you get when you combine an enthusiastic student, a love of film, an interest in history, and a passion for problem solving? You get one of the Homestead’s newest volunteers, Gerry Orzikh. Gerry joined the volunteer staff in September 2017, just in time for our Ticket to the Twenties festival... Continue Reading →