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Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department

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Glen Creason and Loida Garcia-Febo looking at a new map

Major Gift to Our Map Collection

May 25, 2019

An over one-hundred-year-old, beautifully detailed map of downtown Los Angeles has been received by the History and Genealogy department from the Historical Society of Southern California.


The Junior League created this tourist map in 1980 showing a festive looking Chinatown

Chinatown: On the Map

March 13, 2019

Chinatown in Los Angeles has been demeaned and misunderstood for about a century and a half.


close up view of Forest Lawn Cemetery

Where the Souls Sleep on All Saints Eve

October 31, 2018

Halloween has become a huge, month-long celebration in these modern times and not just for candy and death as I recall it meant when I was a brat.


Glen Creason and his daughter Katya celebrate the re-opening of Central Library on a closed-off 5th Street

Central Reopens: Reflections

September 25, 2018

The day my own dear Central Library reopened I got my name in the L.A. Times which elicited ragging from pals around the city.


pictorial map of california (detail)

California Admission Day

September 10, 2018

The last time I looked upon Admission Day as an important holiday for our dear Golden state was probably back in Sister Leocritia ’s grade 4 classroom at St. Helen school back when electricity was new.


vintage postcard of central library

Rising From the Ashes: A Love Letter to Central Library

April 28, 2018

"It happened in New York, April 10th, nineteen years ago. Even my hand balks at the date. I had to push to write it down, just to keep the pen moving on the paper.


yogi bear and boo boo bear cartoon

Visit a National Park With the Library As Your Guide

April 21, 2018

The best way to celebrate the National Park System in America is to stand on the hallowed ground of any one of them and just look around. They never fail to fill you with wonder and genuine pride in the treasures that exist in this country.


illustration of sun with face from pictorial map

L.A. Stories from the Map Cave: Pageant of the Pacific

May 17, 2017

To celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the Los Angeles Public Library, we have occasion to show off one of the greatest pictorial maps ever created: The Pageant of the Pacific by the artist


Downtown Los Angeles, George Coupland Thomas, Thomas Brothers Map Company, 1946.

Gay Downtown Los Angeles

June 06, 2016

Previously, in writing about Pershing Square I neglected to describe the essential role the place had in the Gay history of Los Angeles. This post is an attempt to redress that lack of research and to recognize LGBT month at Los Angeles Public Library.


Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlas, Sheet 469, 1950.

Central Avenue: Dunbar Hotel

February 02, 2016

As a salute to African American Heritage Month we present a brief glance at the epicenter of Central Avenue in the once glamorous and glorious Dunbar Hotel.


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