First Part of Russian Molokan Post Up on the Blog!

Another stellar contribution to the Boyle Heights History Blog has been contributed by Boyle Heights Historical Society Advisory Board member Rudy Martinez. Focused on the Molokan Russians who settled in the Flats on the east side of the Los Angeles River and their roles as extras in the Hollywood film industry, Rudy’s work provides an excellent overview of this little-known ethnic enclave and its interactions with labor and the powerful movie business. Check out the first of several parts at the blog: https://boyleheightshistoryblog.blogspot.com/
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In Memoriam for Maria (Marie) A. Ybarra

Marie Ybarra, who lived in Boyle Heights for 86 years and worked as an advocate for the branch city library and improvements to Prospect Park and who supported her daughter Diana’s collaborative efforts to create the Boyle Heights Historical Society, passed away on July 7, just shy of her 94th birthday. To read more about this dedicated community resident and advocate, please see the “In Memoriam” page on this site.
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In Memoriam for Daniel Muñoz

Daniel Muñoz, a founding board member and recently elected president of the Boyle Heights Historical Society, passed away on July 12 at age 68. To read more about this extraordinary supporter of the history of our community and of Los Angeles and southern California, please read a longer tribute to him at our “In Memoriam” page on this site.
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“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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