Exploration: Julian Cervantes 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 go to L.F.C.S.A. and I am in 5th grade.

I went to the Lummis House for my field trip. It is a museum, but it used to be Mr.Lummis's home . Charles Lummis was a writer for the L.A Times he wrote daily instead of weekly he used stones from the Arroyo Seco for his home. He built it brick by brick.

I felt exhausted from climbing stairs but it felt fun to go into an older home where history was made, and see how he lived. It also felt strange to go into somebody else's home. The neighborhood of Sycamore Grove was nice to explore too.

Questions to investigate:

  • How long did it take to build this house?
  • How long was he there?
  • Did he enjoy writing for the L.A Times?

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