Thursday, January 02, 2014

Destination Spotlight: Homestead Museum

Stained Glass at the Homestead Museum

If you grew up in the San Gabriel Valley like I did,  "Baldwin" (Park) and "Temple" (City) and "Workman" (Road) are probably familiar places. It's in the familiarity of street names and city names where I think history so often stares us right in the face, asking us to learn more while we most often look on.  In the days of Google searching and wandering through the maze of Wikipedia, maybe it's even easier to say you know something because you read it on the Internet (and therefore it must be true).  But tucked away in the City of Industry is an experience worth visiting - the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum, a historical landmark that can take you back in time to 1830-1930.

At the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum, tour guides lead you through the Workman House (1840-1870) and the opulent 1920s mansion La Casa Nueva.  You'll see how architecture, fashion, and technology shifted and changed - and hear stories of the rise and fall of poverty and wealth and back again.  You can also stop by El Campo Santo - to one of the region's oldest private cemeteries where Pio Pico, the last governor of Mexican California, is laid to rest.  The museum also offers a wide-range of programs throughout the year including kid-friendly events, historical celebrations, lectures, and workshops.

Below is a series of photos from my recent visit to the museum:

-Charity Tran, Editor

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