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.
Nonfiction Book Club - Varied Views of Los Angeles, 1850-1930, Session 1 of 3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ticket to the Twenties
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fiction Book Club - WWI in Different Mediums
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Gone Viral: The Flu Epidemic of 1918 in Greater Los Angeles
by Paul R. Spitzzeri Given how little attention has been paid to the centennial of the First World War, it is unlikely that there’ll be much thought given to another destructive force that struck the world in fall 1918: the so-called “Spanish Influenza” epidemic. The virus did not emanate from the European country, but the... Continue Reading →
Souvenir Program for Horse Events at the Los Angeles County Fair, 17-22 September 1929
by Paul R. Spitzzeri This year’s Los Angeles County Fair, which began on the last day of August ends tomorrow, and cooler weather than last year will probably lead to more visitors than last year’s tally of 1.23 million. The event has evolved considerably over its 96-year history, when the first fair was held in... Continue Reading →
A Visitor’s Glowing Description of Los Angeles, 1889
by Paul R. Spitzzeri As has been noted here on many occasions, there was a period of a few years at the end of the 1880s when a growth boom hit greater Los Angeles and transformed the city in numerous ways. The Boom of the Eighties was brought about by many factors, with a direct... Continue Reading →
When It Rains, It Pours: A Deed of the Property of John Rains to Merced Williams Rains, 13 March 1863
by Paul R. Spitzzeri Monday night’s talk on the lives of Merced and Francisca Williams, heiresses of Rancho Santa Ana del Chino, included the dramatic stories of the violent deaths of their husbands, John Rains and Robert S. Carlisle, who controlled the fortunes the sisters received from their father Issac Williams after his death in... Continue Reading →