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.
(Re)Imagining Mexican Music and Theater in Southern California
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Nonfiction Book Club - American Presidents, Session 2 of 3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- Mar 8
It's All Relative: Researching Family History, Session 1 of 2
“Workman’s John”: John Ballard on Rancho La Puente, 1863
by Paul R. Spitzzeri Just about a quarter century ago, in summer 1995, I spent some time doing research at the Seaver Center for Western History Research, a remarkable facility tucked away at the lower level of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. I was going through microfilm of Los Angeles County tax... Continue Reading →
Take It On Faith: “True Americanization” at The Santa Rita Settlement, Los Angeles, 1921
by Paul R. Spitzzeri In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as America’s ascendance towards economic might and dominance rapidly continued, fueling an immense need for cheap labor was an extraordinary influx of immigrants, including Asians, Europeans and Latinos. While blue-collar workers were badly desired by the business community, many elements of society expressed... Continue Reading →
At Our Leisure: Sycamore Grove in the Arroyo Seco, 1874-1876
by Paul R. Spitzzeri During greater Los Angeles’ first sustained period of growth during the late 1860s and first half of the 1870s, places for outdoor recreation and leisure also developed in a number of areas. Excursions to the San Gabriel Mountains and to several coastal areas were quite popular. Central Park, renamed Pershing Square... Continue Reading →
No Place Like Home/That’s a Wrap: A Pair of Snapshots of The Witch’s House, Beverly Hills, 1920s
by Paul R. Spitzzeri La Casa Nueva is certainly a unique architectural treasure, adding fascinating personalized decorative elements to a building, the architectural style of which is the seemingly ubiquitous Spanish Colonial Revival style. Part of what we do with the Homestead’s collection is to have artifacts that provide architectural comparisons and contrasts, especially in... Continue Reading →