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Upcoming Events

 

Female Justice - The Justifiable Homicide of Louis Delmon - VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Female Justice 2020

Sunday, August 9, 2020, 2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are required. PLEASE NOTE: This Virtual Program will be conducted on Zoom. Participants can click HERE to register.

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.

 

Exploring Women's Rights in Los Angeles Exploring Womens Rights August 2020 Virtual

-VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Sunday, August 23, 2020, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

• Free; reservations are required. PLEASE NOTE: This Virtual Program will be conducted on Zoom. Participants can click HERE to register. 

The story of women's rights in Los Angeles is the focus of a recent work published by the City of Los Angeles. Hear about the origins and major findings of this fascinating report from some of the women who compiled the resource. 

The Homestead's Programs Manager Gennie Truelock will moderate the program that will feature Sian Winship, president of the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter; Christine Lazzaretto, managing principal of Historic Resources Group; and Sara Delgadillo Cruz, preservation planner for the City of Los Angeles. 

 

An Early History of California Wine Making 

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- VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Sunday, September 13, 2020, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

• Free; reservations are required. PLEASE NOTE: This Virtual Program will be conducted on Zoom. Participants can click HERE to register. 

From north to south, California has a long and rich wine making history. Learn about the styles of wine that were popular between 1830 and 1930, how wine making has changed, and how history plays an important role in the process.

 

Life During Wartime: The Workman and Temple Families in 1840s Los Angeles - VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Sunday, September 27, 2020, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

• Free; reservations are required. PLEASE NOTE: This Virtual Program will be conducted on Zoom. Participants can click HERE to register. 

Like most immigrants, the Workman and Temple families came to Mexican-era Los Angeles to seek greater opportunities and a better life. While they were able to realize much of these goals, there were also major political problems encountered, including the invasion of United States military forces during the Mexican-American War.  Hear how the families were involved in these conflicts as the Mexican-era in Los Angeles came to a close during the 1840s as Museum Director Paul R. Spitzzeri gives a virtual presentation of this fascinating period of regional history.

 

Female Justice -The Trial of the Tiger Lady

Female Justice 2020

Sunday, October 18, 2020, 2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended.

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

Moving to the Siberia of Mexico: The Workman and Temple Families and their Migration to Mexican California - VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Siberia of Mexico July 2020 Virtual

Sunday, July 26, 2020, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

• Free; reservations are required. PLEASE NOTE: This Virtual Program will be conducted on Zoom. Watch a recording of this program HERE. 

Between 1827 and 1841, members of the Workman and Temple families left their hometowns in northern England and Massachusetts and traveled long distances to seek out new homes and opportunities in foreign lands. Migrating first to Missouri, New Mexico and Hawaii, William Workman and the Temple brothers, Jonathan and Pliny eventually settled in Mexican Alta California, once referred to as the “Siberia of Mexico.” Museum Director Paul Spitzzeri explores the stories of these migrants, including adaptations and conflicts as foreigners in the new Republic of Mexico headed to an inevitable conflict with an aggressively expanding United States.

Black Leaders of Leisure in the American West in the Struggle for Freedom during the Jim Crow Era: The Implications of their Stories for Our Lives Today - VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Living the California Dream June 2020 Virtual 2

Sunday, June 28, 2020, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. Watch a recording of this program HERE. 

Join Alison Rose Jefferson in a discussion about her new 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.

Ragtime, Jazz, & Swing: Early 20th Century Dance 

Ragtime June 2020 Virtual

Sunday, June 21, 2020, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

• Free; reservations are required. Watch a recording of this program HERE. 

In the first half of the 20th Century, restaurants and night clubs featured dance floors and live bands; big cities like Los Angeles were home to multiple mega-ballrooms with room 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.

Female Justice - The Disappearance of Yda Hillis Addis

Female Justice Addis June 2020 Virtual

Sunday, June  7, 2020, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

• Free; reservations are required. Watch a recording of this program HERE.

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?

 

Female Justice - The Mysterious Death of J. Belton Kennedy

Female Justice Kennedy May 2020 Virtual

Sunday, May 24, 2020
2 to 3:30 p.m.

• Free; reservations are required. Watch a recording of this program HERE. 

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?  

Tres Hermanos Ranch: A History for the Future - VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Tres Hermanos May 2020 Virtual

Sunday, May 3, 2020, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Free; reservations are required. Watch a recording of this program HERE.

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? - VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Female Justice 2020 Apri 26 Virtual

Sunday, April 26, 2020, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Free; reservations are required. Watch a recording of this program HERE.

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.

 

(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 have now ended.

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.

 

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

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?