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What question(s) would you most like to investigate about your city or community?

What do you love about this city?, What is the best thing happening in your city on this day?

Name of Organization, Institution, Company, or School:

The Endangered History Project, Inc.

Focus of Study/axe de l'étude/foco de estudio

Locating, preserving, digitizing, archiving and sharing all forms of media including, but not limited to photographs, film, video, audio, books, documents, correspondence, artwork, murals, sidewalk art, and even human memory in the form of oral history video interviews.

What languages do you speak?

English and some Spanixh

What do you like to document about your world? or city?

I'd like to document a wonderful event in which several non-profit groups and one anonymous retail home improvement chain will be giving away to any veteran or active-duty man or woman home improvement supplies and equipment that could include refrigerators, carpeting, garden equipment, paint, bathtubs, showers, sinks, tools and much more.


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  • One Day in Los Angeles

    It was an exhausting, but rewarding day on April 26. In the morning, I documented Veteran Appreciation Day in the City of Bell at the old Cheli Truck Terminal. The sponsors included Help the Children and the East L.A. American G.I. Forum. Veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan left with home improvement items that Home Depot had donated. There were dignitaries and speeches, but the real story was the veterans selecting up to four free items --- more if they waited around for a second wave of shopping.

    Then, in the afternoon The Endangered History Project connected with the great-greatgrandson of a woman who was among the first of 450 or so people to die when the St. Francis Dam collapsed in 1928. The massive, concrete dam held back Los Angeles-bound water that had flowed from the Owens Valley to quench the thirst of a growing city. When it collapsed, it wiped out cities and killed innocent civilians in Los Angeles as well as Ventura counties. The 41-year-old man's great-grandmother had survived the disaster and, 50 years later, attended a memorial reunion. She loaned the organizers (and future founders of The Endangered History Project) her original photos of the funeral of her mother, sister, brother-in-law and nephew --- all of them victims of the disaster. When we tried to return them to her, she had moved. She died before we could find her. But on April 26th, we were able to return the photos to her grateful, great-grandson on the steps of the home he and his great-grandmother had lived when he was young. Then, we accompanied him to the site of the ill-fated dam and to the location where his grandmother's grandmother had died. It was a solemn reminder of the price Los Angeles paid for water. And it was an opportunity for The Endangered History Project to fulfill its mission of preserving threatened media and ensuring that future generations can find them and learn from them.

  • One Day in Los Angeles

    Thank you for taking part in the One Day in LA project, Don! I look forward to seeing what you decide to film for your submission! 

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