Joshua trees and a desert background | Still from Lost LA Season 3 Desert Fantasy

Joshua Tree Exists Because of Minerva Hamilton Hoyt

When Minerva Hamilton Hoyt moved to Southern California, she was taken with its desert landscape and went on a quest to protect it from increasing tourism and looming commercial interests. Park Ranger Joe Zarki tells how Hoyt, using a photo album that's referred to as a "pitch deck," lobbied the Roosevelt administration of the 1930s to preserve the land as a national monument. It's an enduring victory for not only land preservation but for enduring accomplishments in women's history.

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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