Exploration: Noelani O'Hare Field Trip Observations

The Longfellow-Hastings Octagon House

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.


Hi my name is Noelani O'Hare and I go to Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts. I'm in the fifth grade.

My class and I went to the Heritage Square museum. We went into vintage houses and took a tour of the restored interior.

We saw the Arroyo Seco River. Everything was beautiful in a rugged yet graceful way. I felt privileged to be able to see such a beautiful, forgotten part of history.

Questions to investigate:

  • Who were the houses originally owned by?
  • Why would anybody want to get rid of such an important part of history?


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