NELA Community Engagement at Lummis Day

I recently attended the 2013 Lummis Day, and had the chance to speak with several members of the Highland Park Heritage Trust and the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society about the NELA Newspaper project. I truly enjoyed hearing people’s stories of growing up in the area, and their historical research projects involving the region.

I was particularly happy to have met Louisa Van Leer, a Highland Park-based artist,  architect, and HPHT board member who created a self-guided tour of Mount Angeles, which is near York Boulevard and Figueroa Street. Louisa told me that many of the streets on this hill were named after famous Suffragists and Abolitionists by Cora Scott Pond-Pope, who helped develop Mount Angeles in the early 20th century. Read more about Louisa’s tour, and the history of this unique neighborhood at

Map of “Stair Street Ghosts” walking tour, created by Louisa Van Leer, 2011


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