Cultural History Tours:
Word of Mouth
"Shmuel Gonzales is a first class guide to a Los Angeles that may be in plain sight, but whose dramatic story is often hidden. I know LA and its history pretty well , yet the "Barrio Boychik" showed and told me things that I never knew. He researches his topics well and delivers the tour with personality and verve! I would take any tour he offers!"
Past President, Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock; and former member Board of Governors, Jewish Federation of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys
"Sundays tour was fabulous……you are a scholar and a mensch! My teenagers got so much out of it and you totally made my in-laws trip from Boston. Thank you so much!!"
Los Angeles | California
"Your tours are the best!"
East Los Angeles | California
"A hidden gem among LA's historical tours! What really makes Shmuel's tours shine is how deep his knowledge goes below the surface. Asking a few pointed questions quickly reveals that he knows a lot more detail than he has time to put in the tour."
Munich | Germany
Preserving Our Shared Histories, and Reviving the Diverse Urban Cultural Heritage of the Los Angeles Eastside
History tours and historical preservation should be about more than buildings and landmarks; they should be about culture, art , flavor, and storytelling!
Join native and rooted Angeleno storytellers as we explore the history and rich cultural tapestry of the great
City of Los Angeles.
Boyle Heights Restaurants: Some of our Favorites!
The Los Angeles eastside has some of the finest and most delectable restaurants. Serving up homestyle food from Mexican to Japanese, from all-American burgers to Oaxacan-Lebanese; there is always something delicious around every corner of the barrio.
Support some of our local business, and help us sustain the flavors of our heritage.
Community Projects and Organizations to Support
CASA 0101 was founded by Josefina Lopez, author of Real Women Have Curves, in 2000 to fulfill her vision of bringing art and live theater programs to the community she grew up in, Boyle Heights.
From its humble beginnings operating out of a converted store front, CASA 0101 has established itself as a leading arts venue for Los Angeles’ Eastside, presenting theatrical productions, film festivals, and other special events year round. CASA 0101 also offers year-round, free arts education classes for youth, and low-cost classes for adults.
How Not To Gentrify Your Neighborhood
Just because you've moved into a working-class neighborhood doesn't mean you have to gentrify.
How can you support your neighbors and sustain the cultural heritage of your neighborhood?