LATINO VOICES OF WHITTIER
Excellent website for Latino history in Whittier by Whittier High and Yale grad Stephanie Cuevas.
FORGOTTEN TALES OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Local filmmakers and historians John Garside and Marty Shields have produced a number of entertaining and educational short films about our local history. Some are funny, some are tragic, some are downright weird, but all are excellent! Here are YouTube links to films that include Whittier area content:
Two Whittier Men and their Wild Ride
The Electrodome – A Forgotten Tale of Turnbull Canyon
How the Canyon Got Its Name – A Forgotten Tale of Turnbull Canyon (This film was partially filmed at the Bailey House)
The Crash of Flight 416 West – A Forgotten Tale of Turnbull Canyon (Additional interviews related to 416 W here and here.)
Music in the Valley – A Forgotten Tale of the Rancho La Puente
The First Picture Show – A Forgotten Tale of the Rancho La Puente
Gay’s Lion Farm – A Forgotten Tale of El Monte (Includes interview segment with Whittier’s own Monte Wicker. He claims the lions could be heard from Whittier!)
Quake City ’87 – A Forgotten Tale of Whittier
HIDDEN GEMS WITH KEITH DURFLINGER
Keith Durflinger, a longtime staff photographer at the Whittier Daily News, has made a series of short videos about out-of-the-way places of interest in Whittier that he calls “hidden gems.” Test your Whittier IQ and see how many of these hidden gems are known to you! The following links are from YouTube:
CITY OF WHITTIER: HISTORIC WHITTIER AND MORE
The City of Whittier maintains a You Tube Channel here. The majority of the content on their channel consists of the weekly Whittier City Connection videos – which is a great resource for the thousands of Whittierites who don’t get channel 3 TV! There are also some real gems to be found for the local history buff. The following links consist of “Historic Whittier” videos and other videos of historical significance.
Historic Whittier: Simon J. Murphy
Historic Whittier: Harriet Russel Strong
Whittier Builds a Library – 1957 (1)
Historic Whittier: John Greenleaf Whittier
City of Whittier, The Friendly Town – 1965-1968 (2)
Whittier City Hall Grand Opening – 1955
Historic Whittier: Murphy Hospital
Historic Whittier: The History of Whittier’s Penn Park (2013)
Historic Whittier: The History of Whittier’s Central Park
Historic Whittier: The History of Founders Day
Assignment Education – The Opening of La Serna High School 1961 – Whittier
(1) Although this video is about the new Uptown library, the first half shows the old Carnegie Library in all its glory, both exterior and interior. Besides the architecture, this video showcases the 1950’s in Whittier – the letterman’s jackets, the poodle skirts, and oh, those autos!
(2) A Whittier Rotary Club promotional video. Great look at retail and industry in Whittier in the mid-1960’s.