California History

A quarterly historical journal that publishes scholarly articles dedicated to the study and promotion of all aspects of California and Western history, from pre-Columbian to modern times.

Articles from Vol. 88, No. 3, Summer

A Century of Landscapes: Selections from the California Art Club
At the dawn of the twentieth century, California became home to a legion of artists who came to paint the state's awe-inspiring natural landscapes "en plein air," an Impressionistic style in which painters worked outdoors in order to capture the ephemeral...
A Family History through Portraiture
Isabella Ethel (Mellus) Schwartz Kentucky-born Davis Francis Schwartz captured the playful spirit of 'his wife, Isabella Ethel Mellus (1889-1980), whom he called Bella, in this portrait. Her shy pose in a post-Victorian costume exhibits a flair...
'Boes in Facultate: The Short, Creative Life of Franz Rickaby
After suffering from rheumatic fever for many years, Franz Lee Rickaby, a professor of English and drama at Pomona College in Claremont, California, died at nearby Loma Linda Hospital on May 18, 1925. He was thirty-six years old. On the day of his...
Donors
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Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics: Book Events with Author Steven J. Ross
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 6:00 p.m. at the Lummis Home, 200 E. Avenue 43, Los Angeles, CA RSVP required, email rsvp@calhist.org or call 415.357.1848, ext. 229. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 6:00 p.m. at the California Historical Society,...
Love among the Redwoods: The Story of Margaret and David Paddock
Every so often, I go back home to San Francisco, where I was born. When I was a child every religion on earth had a home there. Riding the trolley, I heard different languages. At rush hour, weary passengers gave up their seats to the elderly or the...
Memory Speaks
Just about all of us wonder, at one time or another, about our origins. Who am IF What is my past? Where do I come from? How did I get here? Some people make a particular point of searching for answers. Some resolve their questioning by recalling...
The "Smiles of God"
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Travel brochures promoting California enjoy wide interest among students of graphic design, historians, geographers, and others researching the history and evolution of natural and built environments. In the late nineteenth...
"We Dye for the Stars": Los Angeles Remembered
I would endeavor to trace the lines of this image before it be for ever lost, and to record, as far as I may, the warning which seems to me to be uttered by every one of the fast-gaining waves. --John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice (1851-53) For...