Foto East LA, a community history project, is an online collection of images depicting the history of one of the nation’s most culturally rich communities. From everyday events to extraordinary moments, we are gathering historical images taken by locals who have experienced East LA firsthand.
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Download our free digital Día de los Muertos activity book and build your own paper ofrenda activity. The “Mi Ofrenda” activity illustrated by Cynthia Navarro is a fun activity to teach your children about the significance of this holiday and special season. Download the Ofrenda base and page with graphics, then print them out. Next, color your images and cut out sections with scissors to assemble on your ofrenda!
This is an in-depth history of the Los Angeles neighborhood from early contact between Spanish colonizers and native Californians to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the hunt for hidden Communists among the Jewish population, negotiating citizenship and belonging among Latino migrants and Mexican American residents, and beyond. The residents of Boyle Heights have maintained remarkable solidarity across racial and ethnic lines, acting as a unified polyglot community even as their tribulations have become more explicitly racial…
Natalia Molina’s recent work explores her family history and the community significance of her grandmother’s Echo Park restaurant, El Nayarit. Across time and space, Cedd and Natalia epitomize what food, drink, labor, and community can mean for all of us in greater Los Angeles.
Moderated by Gustavo Arellano of the Los Angeles Times, join us for a discussion with historians Kelly Lytle Hernández and Natalia Molina about their new books addressing culture, ethnicity, and dissent in 20th century Los Angeles.
These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S. – Mexico Borderlands, 1598-1912
Maurice Crandall and ICW Social Media Director Jessica Kim discuss Crandall’s book These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1598-1912 that explores how Indigenous communities implemented, overturned, rejected, and indigenized colonial ideologies of democracy.