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Upcoming Events

 

(Re)Imagining Mexican Music and Theater in Southern CaliforniaMexican Theater in Southern California web

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 2 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. Reservations for this program are now closed.

Join Dr. John Koegel, Cal State Fullerton Professor of Musicology, for a visually and musically illustrated history of Californio/Mexican music and early theatrical traditions in Southern California between 1840 and 1940. A light reception will follow his presentation.

 

Ragtime, Jazz, & Swing: Early 20th Century Dance & Society-POSTPONED. CHECK BACK FOR A NEW DATE.Dance 2020

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. Reservations for this program are now full. Please call 626.968.8492 to be added to a wait list.

In the first half of the 20th century, dancing was central to almost any occasion when men and women came together. Restaurants and night clubs featured dance floors and live bands; big cities like Los Angeles were home to multiple mega-ballrooms with rooms for thousands; and in taxi dance halls, lonely men paid women for anonymous foxtrots. 

 Join Walter Nelson as he describes this era and its popular dances using contemporary writings, images, and film clips. The presentation will be followed by an optional 45-minute Jazz age foxtrot introductory class.

 

Female Justice -The Disappearance of Yda Hillis Addis-POSTPONED. CHECK BACK FOR A NEW DATE.

Female Justice 2020

Sunday, May 3, 2020, 2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. Reservations begin March 20.

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.

This program is not appropriate for children under 14.

 

Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites During the Jim Crow Era

Sunday, June 28, 2020, 2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. Reservations begin May 28.

­­Join author Alison Rose Jefferson in exploring how African Americans pioneered America’s “frontier of leisure” by creating communities and business projects as their population grew in Southern California during the Jim Crow era. 

 

Female Justice - The Justifiable Homicide of Louis DelmonFemale Justice 2020

Sunday, August 9, 2020, 2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. Reservations begin June 26.

Lea Delmon claimed that her husband Louis tried to force her to return to a life of prostitution. On their fifth wedding anniversary in 1913, she refused him a final time and shot him to death. Though she confessed to the crime, her case was never brought to trial. What was it about her story that allowed her to get away with murder?

This program is not appropriate for children under 14.

 

Female Justice -The Trial of the Tiger LadyFemale Justice 2020

Sunday, October 18, 2020, 2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. Reservations begin September 4.

Clara Phillips was dedicated to her husband, Armour. In 1922, when she thought he was having an affair, she murdered his supposed mistress. After breaking out of jail, she evaded police for months. Upon her capture in Honduras, she served 12 years in prison for her crime. Was it enough.

This program is not appropriate for children under 14.

 


 

Past Events

 

Female Justice - Wicked Woolsteen, A Woman Scorned?Female Justice 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020


2 to 4 p.m.

Free; reservations are recommended. Reservations for this program have now ended.

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? Come hear the story and decide for yourself.

This program is not appropriate for children under 14.

 

Under the Oak Tree: Exploring Native Plants with the Kizh

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Saturday, November 2, 2019
10 - 11 a.m. OR 12:30-1:30 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. Reservations for this event have now ended.

Join members of the Kizh/Gabrieleño tribe to learn how the Kizh used native plants, the benefits of native plants on the environment, and how you can use them around your home today.

 

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FEMALE JUSTICE - The Sexual Assault Trial of Alexander Pantages, 1929

Sunday, October 20, 2019
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended.

Alexander Pantages was a 54-year old theater chain mogul with a colorful past and Eunice Pringle was a 17-year old aspiring dancer from Garden Grove. An encounter in a small closet led to a lurid sexual assault trial that pitted the pretty Pringle against the powerful and unsympathetic Pantages.

 

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FEMALE JUSTICE - The Mysterious Death of J. Belton Kennedy, 1921

Sunday, August 11, 2019
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended.

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?

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FEMALE JUSTICE - The Seduction Case of Lillian Ashley, 1896

Sunday, May 5, 2019

2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended.

In 1894, Lillian Ashley filed a civil suit against the oft-married, and more often sued, Elias “Lucky” Baldwin for seduction. Love letters were exposed, an assassination attempt was made, and the family woes were turned into a travelling stage show. Was it all part of a plan to extort money from Baldwin? Or did Ashley have nowhere else to turn?

History, Open Space, and Resiliency in the East San Gabriel Valley

Saturday, March 9, 2019; 1 to 4 p.m.

• Free

Listen to guest speakers from the Homestead Museum and the Theodore Payne Foundation. Participate in family-friendly activities and take a tour of the Homestead. 

2019 Female Justice flyerFEMALE JUSTICE - The Murder Trial of Lastenia Abarta, 1881

Sunday, January 27, 2019
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended.

Lastenia Abarta was barely out of her teens when she fell in love with Francisco “Chico” Forster, a prominent playboy who promised marriage. When he betrayed his pledge, Abarta shot and killed Forster on a busy street in broad daylight. Would a defense built on temporary insanity due to PMS keep a jury from finding Abarta guilty?

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Through the Viewfinder: Frame by Frame-Photos Documenting the Transformation of Greater Los Angeles, 1870-1930

Sunday, November 4, 2018
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; advance registration is recommended. This program has now ended.

 The Homestead's director, Paul Spitzzeri, will share images from the museum's collection of 9,000 photographs and discuss why we collect them, how we use them, and the stories they tell.

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Under the Oak Tree: Exploring Native Plants with the Kizh 

Saturday, November 3, 2018; 10 - 11 a.m. OR 12:30-1:30 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. This program has now ended.

Join members of the Kizh/Gabrieleño tribe to learn how the Kizh used native plants, the benefits of native plants on the environment, and how you can use them around your home today.

 

Curious Cases - “Shoot Away, 2018 Curious Cases flyer-page-001Damn You!”: Judges of Los Angeles, 1850-1875

Sunday, October 21, 2018
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. This program has now ended.

 Like the town's lawyers, judges in Los Angeles spanned the spectrum of modern standards of professionalism, from Benjamin Hayes' sincere and solemn stances to William G. Dryden's often outlandish outbursts.

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Through the Viewfinder: A Visit to the Film Studios

Sunday, July 8, 2018
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; advance registration is recommended. This program has now ended.

 Christina Rice, Senior Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection and the author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel, takes us back to the early days of film making in Los Angeles as seen in the library's collection of over three million images!

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Curious Cases - Family Feud: The King Family of El Monte and Personal Justice, 1855-1865

Sunday, August 12, 2018
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. This program has now ended.

Southern chivalry was expressed in the extreme when the King family employed personal justice in gun battles in El Monte and Los Angeles, a decade apart, against fellow Southerners Micajah Johnson and Robert Carlisle.