Dr. Jane Pisano, who has led the the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County for the past dozen years, asked me to say a few words at the start of the museum's anniversary day events on Wednesday.
I grew up in a sort of company town where men and women with a mediocre education could get a job at Boeing and make a fit life for themselves and their families. How a fit life might be made in the future is harder to discern.
The homely sugar beet begat development in both Los Angeles and Orange counties at the turn of the 20th century. The city of Los Alamitos began with sugar, but celebrating the beet isn't entirely sweet.
The new permanent exhibition "Becoming Los Angeles" opens on Sunday at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in Exposition Park. I had a small part in the press preview on Wednesday and got to say a few words about what "becoming" might mean to Angeleños.
Once a corporate record of how Southern California was electrified, the Edison collection at the Huntington Library is now something more -- time machine, site of enigmas, and zone of investigation of the city's modern dichotomies.
| Image from the author's collection Bill Deverell handed me a book the other day, with the recommendation that the author had put together a good story. The book is Building Home: Howard F. Ahmanson and the Politics of...
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