Miller Center

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

CPC Catalog > Organization: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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900 Exposition Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90007


The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is situated on land that served as an agricultural fairground from 1872 until 1910. In the 1890s, a local attorney and Sunday school teacher, William Miller Bowen, became increasingly alarmed by the growing numbers of saloons, gambling events, and other vices that existed in the park. In 1909, he led the fight to convince the State, County, and City to develop the park as a cultural center. In this plan, the State would build an exposition building for California products (and later an armory); the County would build a historical and art museum; and the City would maintain the grounds. This tripartite ownership still exists today.

The museum building was located on the western axis of the proposed sunken rose garden of Agricultural Park, renamed Exposition Park in December 1910. On December 17 of that year, with Bowen, Mayor George Alexander, future California Governor William H. Stephens and other dignitaries in attendance, and with the Grand Lodge of Masons of California officiating, the Museum’s cornerstone was laid and construction began. 


Grover Cleveland to Emma Lazarus, 28 March 1886

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Grover Cleveland to Emma Lazarus, 28 March 1886

Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908. Letter to Emma Lazarus, March 28, 1886. Handwritten letter thanks Lazarus for her letter informing him of his election as an honorary member of a literary society.

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- Grover Cleveland

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