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Felipe Esparza performing at BOYLE HEIGH
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Sukkot in Boyle Heights
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Breed Street Shul, Boyle Heights

Cultural History Tours:

BOYLE HEIGHTS
HERITAGE TOUR

The foundational history of
Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles

ZOOT SUIT RIOTS
(BUS TOUR)

The story of Sleepy Lagoon and
the Zoot Suit Riots

JEWISH BOYLE HEIGHTS

Memories of Brooklyn Ave.

HOME OF PEACE CEMETERY

The Oldest Jewish Cemetery in Southern California.
East Los Angeles.

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
JEWISH HISTORY

The history of the LA historic core, with a "kosher style" twist!

JEWISH LOS ANGELES
FROM BROOKLYN AVE. TO FAIRFAX AVE.

The Migration of Jews from
Boyle Heights to the Mid-City

BOYLE HEIGHTS
WALKING GHOST TOUR

The haunted stories of the
Los Angeles Eastside

BOYLE HEIGHTS:
MOST HAUNTED

The haunted stories of the most
notorious and ghostly sites 

LOST CEMETERIES
OF LOS ANGELES

An urban hike to rediscover the four lost original cemeteries of Los Angeles

THREE OLD JEWISH CEMETERIES OF EAST LA

A visit to three Orthodox Jewish cemeteries in East Los Angeles

EVERGREEN CEMETERY,
BOYLE HEIGHTS

The oldest private and non-racially segregated cemetery in the City of Los Angeles

CHASSIDIM, YIDDISHISTS, AND SOCIALISTS OF THE
L.A. EASTSIDE

The Big Jewish Boyle Heights and City Terrace Urban Hike

Special Events:

GHOSTLY AND GHASTLY PUEBLO DE LOS ANGELES

The historic cemeteries hidden in plain sight, and the ghostly legends of the old Pueblo, near Olvera Street

Ghostly and Ghastly Pueblo de Los Angeles
Boyle Heights: The Paranormal Experience

BOYLE HEIGHTS:
THE PARANORMAL EXPERIENCE

A haunted history tour, paired with an actual paranormal investigation!

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!"

Mark Strunin,

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!!"

Yvette Joffe

Los Angeles | California

"Your tours are the best!"

Nick Delgado

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."

Robert Robertson

Munich | Germany

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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!

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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

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

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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?