American history has long been told as a triumphant march westward from the Atlantic coast, but Southern California history defies such easy generalizations. CHS will be screening the KCET Lost L.A. episode that explores the interconnected lives of three people who lived through California’s transition from native land to Spanish colony and from to Mexican province to American state. Featuring the stories of native leader Toypurina, who led the revolt against the San Gabriel Mission, Spanish soldier José María Pico, who served at the mission, and his son Pío Pico, who became the last Mexican Governor of California.
After the screening Nathan Masters, host and producer for Lost L.A., will talk about the episode and answer questions from the audience.
LOST LA brings Southern California history to life by marrying archival materials from the L.A. as Subject research alliance with innovative forms of documentary storytelling. Hosted by public historian Nathan Masters of USC Libraries, each episode of LOST LA brings the primary sources of Los Angeles history to the screen in surprising new ways. Much of L.A.’s past is lost to history – but through the region’s archives we can rediscover a forgotten LA that preceded the arrival of Anglo settlers and learn how it transformed so quickly into a sprawling, culturally diverse metropolis.
Nathan Masters hosts and produces Lost L.A., a public television series from KCET and the USC Libraries, now in its second season. A writer specializing in Los Angeles history, his articles and essays have appeared in Los Angeles Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. As manager of academic events and programming communications for the USC Libraries, he has taken a leading role in the new media and public programming initiatives for the libraries and the L.A. as Subject research association.
Lost L.A. is generously supported by Union Bank and Cal Humanities