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Recorded Program Archive

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Find recordings of our past programs here.

Recordings are typically posted soon after a program occurs. To find out what programs are upcoming and how to watch them live, check out our Talks & Lectures and our Workshops pages.


Black Leaders of Leisure in the American West in the Struggle for Freedom during the Jim Crow Era 

Recorded June 28, 2020

Join Alison Rose Jefferson in a discussion about her book, Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era. Explore local stories of African Americans who fought for dignity, equal access and the full range of human experience and fulfillment in exploration of California's offerings as they contributed to the state's development and the broader freedom rights struggle in the US.


FEMALE JUSTICE: The Disappearance of Yda Hillis Addis

Recorded June 7, 2020

A broken promise of marriage, accusations of adultery and abuse, poison pen letters, attempted murder, and claims of insanity. The life of Yda Hillis Addis was anything but smooth. Once regarded as “one of the most promising writers of the West,” after almost a decade of legal woes, Addis vanished around 1900. What led to the disappearance of one of California’s most gifted female literary figures?


Genealogy Basics Workshop

Recorded May 31, 2020

Learn basic tools and techniques to get started on exploring your family tree.



FEMALE JUSTICE: The Mysterious Death of J. Belton Kennedy

Recorded May 24, 2020

It was said that Madalynne Obenchain could twist any man around her finger…all except for J. Belton Kennedy. After several years of Kennedy failing to follow through with wedding plans, he was suddenly murdered. Obenchain and a former boyfriend were arrested and after five separate trials, both were set free. Did they get away with murder?



Photo Preservation Workshop

Recorded May 16, 2020

Going through old family photos at home? Learn how to identify different types of photographs, common issues with preserving old photos, and how to best care for individual items.



Tres Hermanos Ranch: A History for the Future

Recorded May 3, 2020

Tres Hermanos Ranch is among the last large undeveloped properties in greater Los Angeles. As its future is being determined, its history hopefully has a place in the planning. Used as public land under Spain and Mexico and then part of Rancho Los Nogales in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Tres Hermanos was formed by “three brothers” with shared genealogies in business. This presentation will explore the early years of the area; the creation of the ranch by Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler, oil executive William B. Scott, and former sheriff and oil company owner William R. Rowland; and its more recent history.



FEMALE JUSTICE: Wicked Woolsteen, a Woman Scorned?

Recorded April 26, 2020

In October 1887, the body of a local dentist was discovered in a burned out barn in Compton. Police suspected 21-year-old Hattie Woolsteen, rumored to have been having an affair with the married dentist, was the culprit. The press dubbed her "wicked Woolsteen" and "she-devil," but a number of influential women rallied around her cause, helping to present her as the victim. How did the 19th-century views of womanhood affect the outcome of this case? And do these views still influence women's trials today? Hear the story and decide for yourself.