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Date: January 22, 2004 
Contact:  Jennifer Reynolds, Media Specialist ~ (909) 798-5048 
Michele Nielsen, Museum Archivist ~ (909) 307-2669 ext. 240 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.

Event date:   Wednesday, January 28

Event place:  REDLANDS




"Cold Case Files: court files and criminal justice in the Los Angeles area between 1850 and 1875" is the title of the guest lecture at the San Bernardino County Museum on Wednesday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m. The talk, given by Paul Spitzzeri as part of the county museum's free guest lecture series, is offered at no charge.


Paul Spitzzeri has analyzed more than 1,200 criminal court cases in Los Angeles County from 1850 to 1875. "The traditional view of early Los Angeles is hardly that of a 'city of the angels,'" said Spitzzeri. "But was it really a lawless community, rife with racism, with weak and ineffective courts? My research has provided some surprising findings."


Spitzzeri is collections manager at the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in the City of Industry, where he has worked since 1988. He received his B.A. and M.A. in History from California State University, Fullerton and specializes in Los Angeles area history from 1830 to 1930. Overland emigration, citizenship for Californios, railroad development and regulation, women and crime, and vigilantism are among the topics of articles he has published in the Journal of the West, Southern California Quarterly, The Branding Iron, Law in the Western United States and Brand Book 22 of the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners.


The San Bernardino County Museum's free guest lecture series was organized to bring experts in cultural and natural history to the museum to share their research with the public. The museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. Parking is free, and the facility is handicapped-accessible. For more information, visit or call (909) 307-2669 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.


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