While you can’t visit the museum in person right now, you can take a look at our debut virtual exhibit about Prohibition.
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 - Then it got worse..., Session 2 of 3
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Moving to the Siberia of Mexico: The Workman and Temple Families and their Migration to Mexican California
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Female Justice: Lea Delmon
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fiction Book Club - Then it got worse..., Session 3 of 3
Cookin’ at the Ambassador: A Panoramic Photo of The Kitchen Staff at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, July 1923
by Paul R. Spitzzeri Some years ago, I happened to meet Carlyn Frank Benjamin, who talked to me at length about her family’s management of the famous Ambassador Hotel, which opened in 1921 and is now the site of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District. In the... Continue Reading →
Reading Between the Lines: A Letter from Walter P. Temple to Laura Gonzalez, 5 July 1887
by Paul R. Spitzzeri La Casa Nueva, the 11,000-square foot Spanish Colonial Revival mansion built by the Temple family between 1922 and 1927 at the Homestead, is a remarkable residence for many reasons. One of them is that it was, as remembered by Walter P. Temple, Jr. in a 1980s oral history, the “dream house”... Continue Reading →
Celebrating the Fourth of July in Los Angeles, 1892
by Paul R. Spitzzeri This Independence Day takes on particularly poignant and powerful meanings as the values embodied in colonial America’s war of independence against the British Empire continue to be both an inspiration and a challenge to Americans—an inspiration because of the vital expression such essential goals of freedom, the pursuit of happiness and... Continue Reading →
At Our Leisure From Point A to Point B: “A Southern California Mountain Railroad” from “The Californian” Magazine, July 1892
by Paul R. Spitzzeri As greater Los Angeles underwent the famed Boom of the Eighties, peaking during 1887 and 1888 when William Henry Workman, nephew of Homestead founders William and Nicolasa Workman, was mayor of Los Angeles, tourism was a significant part of the region’s economic growth. Beach resorts, fine inland hotels and other offerings... Continue Reading →