Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum

Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum We are open for guided tours of the historic houses Fri.-Sun., from 12-4 p.m. Tours of the Workman House are offered at 12 and 2 p.m., and tours of La Casa Nueva are offered at 1 and 3 p.m.

We are closed on major holidays.

Operating as usual

Happy day!! We just took our first group of visitors into our historic houses for the first time in 15 months! 😭🙌🎉 Welco...
06/18/2021

Happy day!! We just took our first group of visitors into our historic houses for the first time in 15 months! 😭🙌🎉 Welcome back friends. We're open for guided tours Friday-Sunday at 12, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Admission is free and masks are required for unvaccinated visitors age 2 and up.

Happy day!! We just took our first group of visitors into our historic houses for the first time in 15 months! 😭🙌🎉 Welcome back friends. We're open for guided tours Friday-Sunday at 12, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Admission is free and masks are required for unvaccinated visitors age 2 and up.

We're thrilled to announce that guided tours of the historic houses will resume starting this Friday! 🎉 Through the mont...
06/16/2021

We're thrilled to announce that guided tours of the historic houses will resume starting this Friday! 🎉 Through the month of June, you can tour the Workman House, Friday-Sunday, at 12 or 2 p.m., and tour La Casa Nueva at 1 or 3 p.m. Admission is free. Face coverings are required for ages 2-12, as well as unvaccinated visitors.

We're thrilled to announce that guided tours of the historic houses will resume starting this Friday! 🎉 Through the month of June, you can tour the Workman House, Friday-Sunday, at 12 or 2 p.m., and tour La Casa Nueva at 1 or 3 p.m. Admission is free. Face coverings are required for ages 2-12, as well as unvaccinated visitors.

Beautiful clusters of grapes are growing in our demonstration vineyard! 😍 We're open for outdoor, self-guided visits Fri...
06/10/2021

Beautiful clusters of grapes are growing in our demonstration vineyard! 😍 We're open for outdoor, self-guided visits Friday-Sunday from 12-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Beautiful clusters of grapes are growing in our demonstration vineyard! 😍 We're open for outdoor, self-guided visits Friday-Sunday from 12-4 p.m. Admission is free.

In September 1977, 95-year-old film actress Josephine Marie Workman, granddaughter of Homestead founders William Workman...
06/06/2021

In September 1977, 95-year-old film actress Josephine Marie Workman, granddaughter of Homestead founders William Workman and Nicolasa Urioste, passed away. For decades she’d lived in an apartment in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles and, because she was a ward of the State of California, it was assumed that her possessions were thrown away. Imagine our surprise when Juliette Rodriguez called us a couple of weeks ago with the startling news that her grandparents, Baltazar and Juliet Madrid, who owned the complex where Josephine/Mona lived, had saved some of her possessions. Yesterday we picked up some furniture, a steamer trunk, a cedar chest, several film cans (which probably contain long-deteriorated nitrate film), some loose photographs, and three photo albums. It was these latter that proved to be the true treasures unearthed at long last. Read more about this exciting donation on our blog: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2021/06/04/thats-a-wrap-with-a-rescue-of-remnant-photos-of-early-silent-film-star-princess-mona-darkfeather-josephine-workman-1910s/

In September 1977, 95-year-old film actress Josephine Marie Workman, granddaughter of Homestead founders William Workman and Nicolasa Urioste, passed away. For decades she’d lived in an apartment in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles and, because she was a ward of the State of California, it was assumed that her possessions were thrown away. Imagine our surprise when Juliette Rodriguez called us a couple of weeks ago with the startling news that her grandparents, Baltazar and Juliet Madrid, who owned the complex where Josephine/Mona lived, had saved some of her possessions. Yesterday we picked up some furniture, a steamer trunk, a cedar chest, several film cans (which probably contain long-deteriorated nitrate film), some loose photographs, and three photo albums. It was these latter that proved to be the true treasures unearthed at long last. Read more about this exciting donation on our blog: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2021/06/04/thats-a-wrap-with-a-rescue-of-remnant-photos-of-early-silent-film-star-princess-mona-darkfeather-josephine-workman-1910s/

This is one of the most asked about plants at the Homestead. It’s called acanthus and it was added to our landscape when...
06/04/2021

This is one of the most asked about plants at the Homestead. It’s called acanthus and it was added to our landscape when the museum was undergoing restoration in the 1970s. The leaves of this plant have been featured on the tops of Corinthian columns as far back as the 5th century BC. You can find miniature Corinthian columns in the decorative triptych windows of the Workman House. Come take a look! We’re open for outdoor, self-guided visits Friday-Sunday from 12-4 p.m.

Today's blog post looks at Memorial Day commemorations that took place in greater Los Angeles in 1924. While present-day...
05/31/2021

Today's blog post looks at Memorial Day commemorations that took place in greater Los Angeles in 1924. While present-day observations look different in many ways today, so many of the sentiments expressed then still resonate as we remember those who gave their lives in service to their country. https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2021/05/31/humble-expressions-of-reverence-from-a-grateful-people-the-observance-of-memorial-day-in-greater-los-angeles-30-may-1924/

Today's blog post looks at Memorial Day commemorations that took place in greater Los Angeles in 1924. While present-day observations look different in many ways today, so many of the sentiments expressed then still resonate as we remember those who gave their lives in service to their country. https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2021/05/31/humble-expressions-of-reverence-from-a-grateful-people-the-observance-of-memorial-day-in-greater-los-angeles-30-may-1924/

The few dozen pomegranate trees planted around La Casa Nueva during the 1920s are in full bloom. 🤩 Photographs don't do ...
05/28/2021

The few dozen pomegranate trees planted around La Casa Nueva during the 1920s are in full bloom. 🤩 Photographs don't do the strikingly bright orange-red flowers justice! Come see them for yourself. We're open for outdoor, self-guided tours Friday-Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m.

Congratulations to team "Eugene Debs for President" for going the distance and winning tonight's Roaring Twenties Trivia...
05/27/2021
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Congratulations to team "Eugene Debs for President" for going the distance and winning tonight's Roaring Twenties Trivia Night. 🎉 We're impressed, you smarties.

Do you think trivia games are the bee's knees? If you think you know your onions about the 1920s, we challenge you to pr...
05/23/2021

Do you think trivia games are the bee's knees? If you think you know your onions about the 1920s, we challenge you to prove it! Join as a mighty team of one, or band together with fellow enthusiasts for our virtual trivia night this Wed., May 26, at 6 p.m.

Sign up here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpd-Gopz0vGtVlw8IP4_Yq-n3lyx8_RHy0

Do you think trivia games are the bee's knees? If you think you know your onions about the 1920s, we challenge you to prove it! Join as a mighty team of one, or band together with fellow enthusiasts for our virtual trivia night this Wed., May 26, at 6 p.m.

Sign up here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpd-Gopz0vGtVlw8IP4_Yq-n3lyx8_RHy0

05/23/2021
FEMALE JUSTICE—A Cult of Personality: The Fraud Trial of May Otis Blackburn

In a city often ridiculed for its alternative religious and spiritual organizations, the Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven stood out in Roaring Twenties Los Angeles. Its founder, May Otis Blackburn and her daughter Ruth came to Hollywood to pursue movie dreams, but, when that fantasy fizzled, the Archangel Gabriel delivered a divine plan for the pair. With strange rites, unintelligible dogma and fantastic titles bestowed on members, the religion floundered until it found wealthy benefactor Clifford Dabney, but, in summer 1929, he charged May with defrauding him of $50,000 with allegations by others following. Soon after, the discovery of a young member's body buried with seven puppies under her house raised alarms of the baking of members in ovens to heal them, disappearances and deaths. A fraud conviction was tossed out, however, by the California Supreme Court. This presentation looks into the questions of how religious freedom played a role in the trial and how the role of women in "alternative religions" was examined in the court of public opinion.

This program is not appropriate for children under 14.

How did questions of religious freedom and the role of women in alternative religions impact the trial of May Otis Black...
05/21/2021

How did questions of religious freedom and the role of women in alternative religions impact the trial of May Otis Blackburn? Explore the wild and fascinating story with us on Sunday at 2 p.m. Sign up here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l6WwIK15R-COSlFYOFLzYQ

How did questions of religious freedom and the role of women in alternative religions impact the trial of May Otis Blackburn? Explore the wild and fascinating story with us on Sunday at 2 p.m. Sign up here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l6WwIK15R-COSlFYOFLzYQ

What happens when a "Playboy" and a "Peppermint Twist" get together? They create this gorgeous striped "Sentimental" ros...
05/20/2021

What happens when a "Playboy" and a "Peppermint Twist" get together? They create this gorgeous striped "Sentimental" rose now blooming in El Campo Santo cemetery. 🤩 What better place for a rose variety named Sentimental, right?!? 💗 We're open for self-guided outdoor visits Friday-Sunday from 12-4 p.m. Masks are required and admission is free. Come and see what else is in bloom. 🌹

What happens when a "Playboy" and a "Peppermint Twist" get together? They create this gorgeous striped "Sentimental" rose now blooming in El Campo Santo cemetery. 🤩 What better place for a rose variety named Sentimental, right?!? 💗 We're open for self-guided outdoor visits Friday-Sunday from 12-4 p.m. Masks are required and admission is free. Come and see what else is in bloom. 🌹

In an era of alternative religions and schools of thought, the Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven stood ...
05/18/2021

In an era of alternative religions and schools of thought, the Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven stood out in the late 1920s amid salacious rumors of it engaging in strange ceremonies and even ritual murder. For all the hype, leader May Otis Blackburn wound up being tried on charges of grand theft, but her trial led to the serious question of unconstitutional limits on religious freedom. Join us this Sunday, May 23, as we examine the strange and fascinating story of this purported cult. Sign up at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l6WwIK15R-COSlFYOFLzYQ

In an era of alternative religions and schools of thought, the Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven stood out in the late 1920s amid salacious rumors of it engaging in strange ceremonies and even ritual murder. For all the hype, leader May Otis Blackburn wound up being tried on charges of grand theft, but her trial led to the serious question of unconstitutional limits on religious freedom. Join us this Sunday, May 23, as we examine the strange and fascinating story of this purported cult. Sign up at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l6WwIK15R-COSlFYOFLzYQ

Did you miss "Something's Brewing! Women and Tea in 20th Century Los Angeles"? Check out our recap describing how we exp...
05/15/2021

Did you miss "Something's Brewing! Women and Tea in 20th Century Los Angeles"? Check out our recap describing how we explored the social impact of gathering for tea complete with historic recipes. 😍 This adorable Blushing Pear salad was the most surprising dish of the program...for not so good reasons... Check it out: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2021/05/14/from-the-homestead-kitchen-a-recap-of-somethings-brewing/

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Did you miss "Something's Brewing! Women and Tea in 20th Century Los Angeles"? Check out our recap describing how we explored the social impact of gathering for tea complete with historic recipes. 😍 This adorable Blushing Pear salad was the most surprising dish of the program...for not so good reasons... Check it out: https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2021/05/14/from-the-homestead-kitchen-a-recap-of-somethings-brewing/

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Today’s the day! We’re now open for outdoor, self-guided tours from 12-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. We’re looking forward to se...
05/14/2021

Today’s the day! We’re now open for outdoor, self-guided tours from 12-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Today’s the day! We’re now open for outdoor, self-guided tours from 12-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Tomorrow, May 13, at 5 p.m., Homestead staff will be giving presentations for the Los Angeles County Library system on h...
05/12/2021

Tomorrow, May 13, at 5 p.m., Homestead staff will be giving presentations for the Los Angeles County Library system on historic Los Angeles-area gardens as well as our Homestead native, rose, and butterfly gardens and demonstration vineyard. Registration is free: https://tinyurl.com/4bvxkzu3.

Tomorrow, May 13, at 5 p.m., Homestead staff will be giving presentations for the Los Angeles County Library system on historic Los Angeles-area gardens as well as our Homestead native, rose, and butterfly gardens and demonstration vineyard. Registration is free: https://tinyurl.com/4bvxkzu3.

We are reopening for outdoor, self-guided tours this Friday, May 14! 🎉 We’ll be open Friday-Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. for...
05/11/2021

We are reopening for outdoor, self-guided tours this Friday, May 14! 🎉 We’ll be open Friday-Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. for you to explore the historic site. Masks are required, and admission is free. 🙌

"We were selling buttons so fast we could hardly meet the demand. We moved the button making machine to the window of Ha...
05/10/2021

"We were selling buttons so fast we could hardly meet the demand. We moved the button making machine to the window of Hamburgers to fuel the excitement. You should have seen everyone crowded around, straining to catch a glimpse. And seeing everyone leave the store wearing the white carnation and the Mother’s Day button with such big smiles, it was almost too much to handle. It was so exciting!" Read the fascinating story behind this Mother's Day pin in the Homestead's collection. https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2021/05/09/for-the-best-mother-that-ever-lived-a-story-of-prominent-los-angeles-women-a-fund-for-destitute-mothers-and-mothers-day/

"We were selling buttons so fast we could hardly meet the demand. We moved the button making machine to the window of Hamburgers to fuel the excitement. You should have seen everyone crowded around, straining to catch a glimpse. And seeing everyone leave the store wearing the white carnation and the Mother’s Day button with such big smiles, it was almost too much to handle. It was so exciting!" Read the fascinating story behind this Mother's Day pin in the Homestead's collection. https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2021/05/09/for-the-best-mother-that-ever-lived-a-story-of-prominent-los-angeles-women-a-fund-for-destitute-mothers-and-mothers-day/

05/09/2021
Something’s Brewing! Women and Tea in 20th Century Los Angeles

“Taking tea” filled a lot of roles in the lives of women in early 20th century Los Angeles. Join us this Mother’s Day as we sample historic recipes and explore the social impact of gathering for tea. Want to participate in the fun? Make some of the recipes we’ll be talking about and tasting during the program. We’ll post them online a couple of weeks before the event.

Did you have some sliced bread at breakfast this morning? First sold in 1928, it was advertised as "the greatest forward...
05/08/2021

Did you have some sliced bread at breakfast this morning? First sold in 1928, it was advertised as "the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped," which led to the popular saying, "greatest thing since sliced bread." We'll be talking about some interesting sandwich combinations from the '20s tomorrow as part of our food and history program, Something's Brewing! Women and Tea in 20th Century Los Angeles. Join us! https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o1B_gpeaRMyUACiHGiAcNw

Did you have some sliced bread at breakfast this morning? First sold in 1928, it was advertised as "the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped," which led to the popular saying, "greatest thing since sliced bread." We'll be talking about some interesting sandwich combinations from the '20s tomorrow as part of our food and history program, Something's Brewing! Women and Tea in 20th Century Los Angeles. Join us! https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o1B_gpeaRMyUACiHGiAcNw

Did you know that #tea was used as a vehicle for social change? Join us this Sunday for Something's Brewing! Women and T...
05/06/2021

Did you know that #tea was used as a vehicle for social change? Join us this Sunday for Something's Brewing! Women and Tea in 20th Century Los Angeles to find out more.
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o1B_gpeaRMyUACiHGiAcNw

Want a sneak peek? Take a look at our latest blog post From the Homestead Kitchen: Tea Parties and Politics

https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2021/05/06/from-the-homestead-kitchen-tea-parties-and-politics/

Did you know that #tea was used as a vehicle for social change? Join us this Sunday for Something's Brewing! Women and Tea in 20th Century Los Angeles to find out more.
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o1B_gpeaRMyUACiHGiAcNw

Want a sneak peek? Take a look at our latest blog post From the Homestead Kitchen: Tea Parties and Politics

https://homesteadmuseum.blog/2021/05/06/from-the-homestead-kitchen-tea-parties-and-politics/

Great article by Patt Morrison in the Los Angeles Times today spotlighting Philip J. Ethington's upcoming book, Ghost Me...
05/04/2021
You know their names: Palos Verdes, La Brea, Sepulveda. But what were the ranchos?

Great article by Patt Morrison in the Los Angeles Times today spotlighting Philip J. Ethington's upcoming book, Ghost Metropolis.

"The L.A. you live in today was first stamped and shaped by Native Americans, and then, millennia later, by the fabled ranchos, back when virtually all of Southern California — stupendous hunks of land, measured in “leagues,” miles times miles — was in the hands of a handful of families, an aristocracy of acreage." Read the article here: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-05-04/you-know-their-names-but-what-were-the-ranchos-that-shaped

Native American settlements were first, and then the rancho system -- Spanish then Mexican land grants throughout California -- were built atop and near those settlements and still shape our geography and place names.

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15415 Don Julian Rd
City Of Industry, CA
91745

General information

The only way to visit the museum's historic houses is on a free guided tour. Tours are offered Wed - Sun. Workman House tours: 1 & 3 p.m. La Casa Nueva tours: 2 & 4 p.m. See our 'Products' section for more information.

Opening Hours

Friday 12pm - 4pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Telephone

(626) 968-8492

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The museum offers public and scheduled tours and a variety of special events and workshops throughout the year. (You can view our calendar of events here: http://homesteadmuseum.org/calendar.)

Free public tours of the museum's historic houses are offered Wed. - Sun.: Workman House at 1 & 3 p.m.; La Casa Nueva at 2 & 4 p.m. The only way to see the houses is on a tour.

Tours in Spanish are offered the 2nd Sun. of every month at 2:30 (Workman House) and 3:30 p.m. (La Casa Nueva).

Group and school tours can be scheduled daily for up to 75 people. We suggest that groups make reservations 2 to 4 weeks in advance. To make a reservation, call (626) 968-8492.

Tours focusing on special topics, such as architecture or architectural crafts, or in American Sign Language and select foreign languages are also available by appointment.

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