Monday, May 1, 2017

Roosevelt High Grad and Israel's Fight for Independence in 1948

Check out this amazing article by Edmon Rodman for the Jewish Journal, published here in Los Angeles about Sam Lewis, a former Boyle Heights resident and graduate of Roosevelt High, who transported war materiel for Israel’s fight for independence in 1948, the commemoration of which is tomorrow on 2 May. 

Here’s the link

Executive Order 9066 Photo Exhibit This Sunday


The Boyle Heights Historical Society is proud to sponsor a photo exhibit related to Executive Order 9066, issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 and mandating the forced internment of Japanese-Americans in concentration camps.

The exhibit will be available to view this Sunday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Breed Street Shul at 247 N. Breed St. just south of Cesar Chavez Street.  In addition to street parking near the shul, there is a public parking lot at Cesar Chavez and Chicago streets behind the Bank of America.

For reservations, please email Victoria Torres at arthurtl@aol.com. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Japanese-American Internment 75th Anniversary Event on February 18

On Saturday, February 18, the Boyle Heights Historical Society is commemorating the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 which ordered the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.  The anniversary of this controversial measure, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, takes on even more meaning in the current political climate. Guest speakers include former California Assembly member George Nakano and Susan Tenorio.

The free event is being held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Benjamin Franklin branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, 2200 East First Street in Boyle Heights.

For more information and to reserve a spot, please email Victoria Torres at arthurtl@aol.com.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Hadda Brooks Presentation This Saturday!

On the heels of his recent and excellent multi-part post on this blog concerning Boyle Heights-raised pianist and singer Hadda Brooks, Boyle Heights Historical Society Advisory Board member Rudy Martinez will give a talk about Brooks this Saturday.

In celebration of Black History Month, Rudy's presentation will take place from Noon to 3 at the Benjamin Franklin branch of the Los Angeles Public Library at 2200 East First Street.

For more information about this free event, contact Society secretary Victoria Torres at 323.313.2731.