Young men walking with a view of Griffith Observatory | Courtesy of the California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California Library

Griffith Park: The Untold History

At more than 4,500 acres, Griffith Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. Its founder, the controversial and complicated Griffith J. Griffith, donated the land to the city as a public recreation ground for all the people — an ideal that has been challenged over the years. In this episode, Sarah Wilson, director of Education at the Autry Museum of the American West, explains the upcoming “Investigating Griffith Park,” exhibition and the effort to create an archive of all things Griffith Park. It also features Casey Schreiner, hiker and author of the book “Discovering Griffith Park: A Local's Guide,” in a visit to a Mexican-era adobe within the park boundaries. We also ride the historic Merry-go-Round where Griffith’s ideal of equal access was challenged.

LA as SubjectA collaboration between the USC Libraries and KCETLink, Lost LA features the member collections of L.A. as Subject, a research alliance dedicated to preserving and telling the sometimes-hidden stories and histories of the Los Angeles region.

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