Exploration: Greer Elizabeth Samuels Field Trip Observations

Students from the Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts (LFCSA) and the Living Museum Sycamore Grove are collaborating with Departures Youth Voices to document their exploration of the area and develop interactive tools that will become part of the Living Museum's community resources. Follow the students as they work with community residents and learn about the history of the neighborhood, urban planning, and placemaking.

Below are the student's observations from their field trip to the Sycamore Grove District in Highland Park. To read more about the trip click here.


I attend Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts. I am in the 5th grade at LFCSA.

We visited the Lummis House in Sycamore Grove, it used to be home to Charles F. Lummis. Now it is a museum.The rocks that are at the Lummis house were from the Arroyo Seco. Mr. Lummis picked up the rocks one-by-one and brought them to the Lummis House.

I felt historical because I felt like I was in 1897. In 1897, the Lummis House was built. It was interesting to see how someone lived in a house that he built himself.

Questions to investigate:

  • Did the Lummis House get destroyed at any point throughout history?how? why?
  • Did some people build it again?

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