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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New Historic Boyle Heights Photo Up on the Blog

A circa 1920s real photo postcard of what is labeled, on the back, Fleishman’s Cafe at Brooklyn {César Chávez) and Soto, is the subject of the latest post on the Boyle Heights History Blog. Check it out at: http://boyleheightshistoryblog.blogspot.com/.
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New Post on the Boyle Heights History Blog!

It’s been way too long since the last post, but there is a new one at the Boyle Heights History Blog showing a great old photo of the Neuman Brothers saloon interior. So, go check it out over at: http://boyleheightshistoryblog.blogspot.com/.
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Boyle Heights: Images and Essays Exhibit Showing This Friday

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of First Street Elementary School, the Boyle Heights Historical Society has been asked to display for the public its “Boyle Heights: Images and Essays” exhibit at the school this Friday the 18th @ 2:00 p.m. This display was first created for a special exhibit at the Perry Mansion at Heritage Square Museum in Highland Park and has been shown at Occidental College and Boyle Heights History Day events, as well. Boards discuss the early families, buildings, streetcar systems and other elements of the community through 1900. While there, you can meet the Society’s Board
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Boyle Heights Historical Society Meeting This Saturday!

The Boyle Heights Historical Society is holding one of its regular meetings this Saturday the 19th at Benjamin Franklin Public Library at 10:00 a.m. The library is located at 2200 E. First Street, at the southwest corner of the intersection with Chicago Street. The meeting is an opportunity to get to know the Historical Society’s Board of Directors, hear about how the Society is doing, and learn more about the continued goal of gathering the history of Boyle Heights though photos and stories from long-time residents and business people who have served the community for years. You might be one
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Third and Final Blog Post on First Chinese-American Film Just Posted!

The third and final installment of Rudy Martinez’s post on Lotus Blossom, the first Chinese-American film released theatrically and which was made in Boyle Heights in 1921, is now up over on the Boyle Heights History Blog. Many thanks to Rudy for his detailed research and writing of this little-known, but important, aspect of the neighborhood’s history. Check it out over at: http://boyleheightshistoryblog.blogspot.com/.
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Second Blog Post on First Chinese-American Film is Up!

The second of three posts on the film Lotus Blossom, which was made in Boyle Heights and was the first Chinese-American movie to be publicly screened when it was released in 1921 is now up on the Boyle Heights History Blog. Written by Boyle Heights Historical Society Advisory Board member Rudy Martinez, based on extensive research, the piece talks about advertising and promotion in advance of the film’s screening. Check it out at: http://boyleheightshistoryblog.blogspot.com/.
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New Blog Post on First Chinese-American Film is Up!

Rudy Martinez, Advisory Board member for the Boyle Heights Historical Society, has penned his latest contribution (following ones on early electric lights and on the Haym Salomon statue) of little-known aspects of Boyle Heights history for the blog. This three-part post concerns the 1921 filming of Lotus Blossom, the first Chinese-American film to be screened in theaters and which was made in Boyle Heights not far from Hollenbeck Park. Read the first installment, and then check back for the next two, at the Boyle Heights History Blog: http://boyleheightshistoryblog.blogspot.com/.
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