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Victoria Bernal

Victoria Bernal

With over 120 years of family history in Los Angeles, Victoria Bernal is a chronicler who follows in her mother's footsteps documenting Southern California's past. In 2009, she and her mother started the hugely popular @lahistory Twitter feed, which draws attention to L.A.'s rich history on a daily basis.

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A view of the iconic landmark, the Bradbury Building, showing dark, ornamental grilling and brickwork and layers of stairs.
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Lost LA

The Savvy Mexican Businesswoman Behind the Iconic Bradbury Building

While the building’s namesake Lewis Bradbury is often referenced in historical accounts, his wife Simona is rarely mentioned alongside him even though she oversaw his business affairs after his death, including the completion of the iconic Bradbury Building.
A coloring page created by the Los Angeles Public Library's Octavia Lab. An illustration of Manuela C. García sitting next to a phonograph. Behind her is a faint sheet music background.
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Lost LA

Manuela C. García, the Voice Behind a Treasure Trove of Old Mexican Songs

Born in Los Angeles in the late 1860s, Manuela C. García is the voice behind over 100 songs in Charles Lummis' recordings of Southwest musical heritage. Known mostly by historians specializing in 19th-century Mexican American music, her voice connects California's present musical history with its past.
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Lost LA

A Walk Along L.A.'s Original Borders Reveals Surprising Remnants from the City's Past

To walk the border of the sprawling City of Los Angeles as it is today (about 503 square miles) seems an inconceivable feat for most. But what if that walk circumnavigated the city as it was in 1781 or 1850, when Los Angeles was square-shaped measuring four square leagues?
La Pastorela (1931)
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Lost LA

La Pastorela: An Old Los Angeles Christmastime Tradition

Still performed today, La Pastorela was among the first theatrical productions staged in Southern California.
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Lost LA

Vast Swaths of Southern California Once Belonged to Pío Pico

If you call L.A., Orange, or San Diego County home, you may well live on one of Pico's former ranchos.
Nebraska State Picnic, 1925
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Lost LA

Hometown Picnics: How Newcomers Kept Memory of Home Alive in Los Angeles

Newcomers from Iowa famously congregated each year in Southern California for their state picnic. Such gatherings were important for migrants from other parts of the world, too.
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Lost LA

In 1915, This Woman Served as Mayor of Los Angeles (For 36 Hours)

L.A. City Councilmember Estelle Lawton Lindsey made history in 1915 when she served as acting mayor for 36 hours.
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Lost LA

A Tourist's Trolley Trip Through Early-1900s Los Angeles

In the early 20th century, countless visitors toured Los Angeles on the red cars of the Pacific Electric's Balloon Route.
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Lost LA

Sherman Library and Gardens: Finding L.A. History in Newport Beach

The Corona del Mar institution, named after Los Angeles land developer and railway baron Moses Sherman, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
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Lost LA

How "The Mother of Palm Springs" Transformed a Desert Village into a Tourist Mecca

Nellie Coffman opened the Desert Inn in 1909 as a sanatorium for tubercular patients. It soon grew into a famed resort.
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