Exploration: Taireek Leon 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 LFCSA and I'm in 5th Grade.

I went to the Lummis House in Sycamore Grove. Long ago it used to be home to a man, Charles Lummis, who wrote for The L.A Times, but today it's a museum. The weird thing is he made his house out of this rock from the Arroyo Seco. He collected these rocks from the river one by one until he created his house.


Questions to investigate:

  • How long did he live in this house?
  • Did he live alone?
  • How long did he write for the newspaper?
  • Did he have a daughter or a son or maybe both?


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