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California History

Hidden Gems: Mati Waiya of Wishtoyo Chumash Demonstration Village

Julia Wasson | Posted 05.03.2014 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

We are long-time teachers and native Angelenas who love to share the hidden gems in our favorite city. In this series, we interview local heroes whose...

Concentration & Complexity: Four Historic California Vineyards

Richard Jennings | Posted 10.15.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

I find being in and around vineyards uniquely soothing and nurturing. Maybe it's because they are usually part of a pastoral landscape. I may be triggered too by knowing they are devoted to producing a special product -- one that brings pleasure and conviviality.

Robin Wilkey

Is This California's Most Haunted Restaurant? | Robin Wilkey | Posted 08.18.2012 | San Francisco

Every California town celebrates its tales of historic lore (Shanghai Kelly's anyone?), but in Monterey, old legends are served up nightly at restaura...

A Tour of Historic California Vineyards

Richard Jennings | Posted 07.30.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

California's first vineyards were planted starting in 1779 by Franciscan missionaries. The vines planted were what have become known as Mission grapes, or Criolla, a term that covers a few varieties traditionally used for sacramental wine.

Documentaries Old and New; Sascha Rice, Sundance and Nanook

Hellin Kay | Posted 03.05.2012 | Arts
Hellin Kay

Documentary film is one of the most undervalued of all art forms. But thanks I guess partly to "reality TV" people seem to have rediscovered it in the mainstream.

California In Argentine Hands: A Brief History Lesson

Nicolás Meyer | Posted 10.24.2011 | Latino Voices
Nicolás Meyer

Few people know that part of California was once under the Argentine flag.

Route of the 405 Well-Traveled for Centuries

Mary Daily | Posted 09.14.2011 | Los Angeles
Mary Daily

See all those drivers buzzing below the Getty Center on the 405? They are literally following the footsteps of their predecessors: Native Americans, Spanish explorers, mission padres, and early California settlers.

10 Vintage Spots Chock-Full of Old California Culture | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Here are ten only-in-California kinds of places where the Golden State's past is present.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Irving Thalberg's 'Attack Ad' vs. Upton Sinclair

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

MGM legend Irving Thalberg produced the first political attack ads for the screen, full of fakery, to destroy the famous Democratic candidate for governor.