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Toypurina: A Legend Etched in the Landscape of Los Angeles

The story of the Tongva medicine woman that helped lead a revolt against the padres and the communities who continue to claim her legend.

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Maria John is a doctoral student in U.S. History at Columbia University, with interests in settler colonialism, indigenous history, public health, and comparative historical methodology.
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Archiving Memories of El Monte in a Transnational Space

Archiving Memories of El Monte in a Transnational Space

Some of L.A.'s most important history lay in the periphery, in towns like El Monte and South El Monte. But how do we excavate and broadcast its important history?
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The San Gabriel River & the 562

This week L.A. Letters explores the landscape, built environment, and cultural history of the San Gabriel River, with special attention focused on the southern half of the river's ...
National Park Service Recommends Designation of San Gabriel and Santa Monica National Recreation Area

National Park Service Recommends Designation of San Gabriel and Santa Monica National Recreation Area

The proposed expansion would go a long way to ensure access to green space and better health for park poor, income poor communities.
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