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Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library



LGBT History in California

June 16, 2014
Many people consider the June 27, 1969 Stonewall Riot in Greenwich Village, New York as the starting point for the gay rights movement in this country.

PROM SEASON in the Southland

April 25, 2014
Couple at the prom [graphic] / White's Studios from LAPL Photo Collection
"Danny and his prom date Bertha at San Fernando High School"
April brings an array of annual rites and rituals:  taxes, the home opener of Dodger Baseball, and prom


Women's History Month

March 12, 2014

Image:  Suffragettes on parade, LAPL Photo Collection

Describing social etiquette with 3 victorians

Mrs. Grundy Then and Now: Historical Etiquette Books

October 11, 2013

“[Women] aren’t supposed to know how much dinner-for-two comes to or how generous your escort tips. So don’t look very interested when the waiter brings the check. It’s his privilege to scan the figures on the bill before paying it.

Book Covers

Historical True Crime Books

September 06, 2013

Did you know that within certain aisles of the Social Science Department lurks the largest collection of con men, burglars, criminals, mobsters, murderers, rogues, and scoundrels that you will ever have the misfortune to find?

Wedding Banquet Setting

Wedding Planning! It’s never too soon

July 26, 2013

Did you attend a beautiful wedding this summer? Did you get some great ideas for your own upcoming ceremony? That’s wonderful news, but keep in mind that you may have to allow for one year of planning and preparation in order to create the wedding of your dreams.

The logo of The Scottsboro Boys show

Scottsboro Boys

June 20, 2013

“’Scottsboro Boys’ [is] a dazzling show about a travesty. The tale of the unjustly accused Scottsboro Nine is reenacted as an irreverent carnival show with stinging and stunning effect at the Ahmanson Theatre.”

Grants Center Bookshelves

Grants--like loans you don’t have to pay back!

May 25, 2013

Looking to fund your nonprofit organization, business or individual needs? Look no further than our Grants Center! We offer directories, grant-writing guides and many other resources to help you get started with your grant or fundraising search!