Photo project aims to recapture Boyle Heights past
The organizers of “Your Boyle Heights,” a photo-duplication project designed to recapture the history, diversity and development of Boyle Heights is seeking area residents interested in lending their images of the neighborhood on April 29 and 30.
Over the years,the neighborhood east of downtown has attracted considerable numbers of African, Armenian, Greek, Japanese, Jewish, Mexican and White Russian’ (Russian Molokan) immigrants. Neighborhood residents past and present are encouraged to participate in the two-day project.
Photographs, and descriptions of them, will be duplicated on the spot. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday April 29, and Sunday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Roosevelt High School Gymnasium, 456 S. Mathews St. (at Fourth St.).
The results will be folded into an exhibit about Boyle Heights at the Japanese American National Museum in late 2001 or early 2002.
They also will figure in” Re-examining Boyle Heights, Making Community: Multiethnic Interpretations of Neighborhood Life” by George Sanchez, a USC history professor helping to organize the photo-duplication project.
Sanchez is one of six advisors working on the forthcoming museum exhibit.
Additionally, USC graduate and undergraduate students plan to use the information for research projects.
The project is funded in part by the California Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the James Irvine Foundation; USC’s Southern California in the World Exposition; and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation.