“Mexican American Baseball in East Los Angeles” Book Signing on July 29

The Boyle Heights Historical Society is proud to present a book signing event for Dr. Richard Santillan’s newly published “Mexican American Baseball in East Los Angeles” on Saturday, July 29 at 3 p.m. at the Benjamin Franklin Branch Library, 2200 E. 1st Street in Boyle Heights. Baseball has played a vital part in the life of the Boyle Heights community and others on the East Side and Dr. Santillan’s book tells an little-told story of how Mexican-Americans played baseball over the decades. Because space is limited, please RSVP by emailing Victoria Torres at arthurtl@aol.com.
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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
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Roosevelt High Grad and Israel’s Fight for Independence

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 next week on 2 May. Here’s the link to paste into your browser: http://jewishjournal.com/news/los_angeles/218281/israels-survival-air-pilot-sam-lewis-went-beyond/.
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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
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Hadda Books Presentation This Saturday!

In recognition of Black History Month, the Boyle Heights Historical Society is offering a free program on Boyle Heights musician Hadda Brooks this Saturday, January 28 from Noon to 3 p.m. at the Benjamin Franklin branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, 2200 E. 1st Street, Boyle Heights. On the heels of his excellent multi-part posts on Brooks for the Boyle Heights History Blog, Society advisory board member Rudy Martinez will give the presentation on Brooks, who was raised in Boyle Heights and whose musical career from the 1940s onward made her one of the most striking and compelling artists
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Final Part of Hadda Brooks Post Up on the Blog!

The fourth and final part of the post on Boyle Heights-born and raised pianist/singer Hadda Brooks is up on the blog. Boyle Heights Historical Society Advisory Board member Rudy Martinez did a great job researching and writing this excellent post. Check it out at: http://boyleheightshistoricalsociety.com/wp-login.php.
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3rd Part of Hadda Brooks Post Up on the Blog!

The third of four parts of BHHS Advisory Board member Rudy Martinez’ great post on Hadda Brooks, a pianist and singer who was from Boyle Heights, is now published on the Boyle Heights History Blog. Check it out at: http://boyleheightshistoryblog.blogspot.com/.
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New Boyle Heights History Blog Post is Up!

Rudy Martinez, an Boyle Heights Historical Society Advisory Board member, has come up with another fascinating post for the Boyle Heights History Blog. Rudy’s post on Hadda Brooks, a pianist who was born and raised in Boyle Heights, is now up, so go check it out: http://boyleheightshistoricalsociety.com/wp-login.php.
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BHHS Dia de los Muertos Altar at Mariachi Plaza

The Boyle Heights Historical Society is putting up an altar at Mariachi Plaza at the corner of 1st Street and Boyle Avenue in honor of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This is this coming Sunday the 30th at 5 p.m. The location is at the stage area at the plaza’s Metrolink station entrance. The Society has, for the past three years, put up its own altar, but is now inviting anyone from the community to come and add a loved one’s photo or a note on a Memory Tree that will be there. It should be noted
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