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Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department


Library cards

What's In Your Wallet?

September 23, 2016

                    “A library card is the start of a lifelong adventure.”

The intersection of Adams and San Pedro today

Revisiting East Adams

May 20, 2016

If you drive through the neighborhood around the intersection of Adams and San Pedro Street today, you will see a strip mall and on the opposite corner a clothing store.  Everywhere you look, there are businesses with signs in Spanish, reflecting the predominantly Latino population.  Wh

Clara Shortridge Foltz

Who the heck is Clara Shortridge Foltz?

March 21, 2016

Who hasn’t received that notice in the mail--the one that commands you to report for jury duty at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center?  As you moan and groan and prepare to wait a very long time for an elevator, do you ever stop and ask yourself, who was Clara Shortridge Foltz

Entry from Bernice Kimball's "Streets of Los Angeles"

The Long and Winding Story of the Streets of Los Angeles

August 04, 2015

What’s in a name?  The stories behind the names of the streets, avenues, roads, and boulevards of Los Angeles reveal much about the history of our city, from its beginning as a tiny pueblo to today's sprawling metropolis of 3.8 million.  A list of L.A.

Why You Should Take the Ukulele Seriously

May 06, 2015

“The ukulele is a toy guitar and not worth a second thought.”    
           - Hart Stillwell, ESQUIRE, October 1940

Vacation Without Humiliation

February 27, 2015

As African American Heritage Month draws to a close, I would like to bring your attention to a largely unknown chapter of American history.

Armed Serviced Editions

Weapons in the War of Ideas

January 11, 2015

One of the many special and unique items at Central Library is a collection of ASE books.  Armed Services Editions, popularly known as ASEs, are pocket-sized books made for and distributed to American servicemen around the world during World War II. 


December 05, 2014

Author Program:  ALL NIGHT MENU by Sam Sweet

Yosemite Valley from Inspiration Point

Yosemite - Inspiring Generations

May 07, 2014

Everybody needs beauty...places to play and pray in, where Nature may
heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike