Publications

The Discovery Center News will be posted quarterly on the web site highlighting our updates, interesting community stories, reviews of historical society events, a schedule of upcoming exhibits and presentations, and volunteer opportunities.


Historic Artifacts Featured at Discovery Center Westchester / Playa Historical Society

By Robert Sawyer ARCHITECTURAL BUSINESS MAGAZINE  THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MAGAZINE FOR ARCHITECTS Digging fervently for a new building foundation, Yovanni Hernandez struck something hard. Working quickly to remove all obstacles in his path for an expected concrete pour the next day, he used a pickaxe and shovel. Dust and dirt flying, he made his way around the obstacle… Read More

WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE: 100 YEARS BEFORE AND 100 HUNDRED YEARS LATER

By: Cozette Vergari This year is the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the states and federal government from denying citizens the right to vote based on gender. Yet the struggle for women’s suffrage began nearly a century earlier, when women began to speak out about inequality… Read More

WESTCHESTER PIONEER SERIES WILLIAM H. HANNON

By: Cozette Vergari Born in 1913, a native Angelino, William H. Hannon dedicated his life to giving back to his community. His father, a rancher, and his mother, a homemaker, instilled in him a love of the history of the region. Upon graduation from Loyola High School in 1933, William had his heart set on… Read More

May Article

ARTICLE: WESTCHESTER/PLAYA HISTORICAL SOCIETY DISCOVERY CENTER TO OPEN IN AUGUST By: Cozette Vergari The new Westchester/Playa Historical Society Discovery Center is scheduled to open to the public August 1st of this year.  Notwithstanding the challenges that Covid-19 has rendered, after an exciting year of strategic planning and implementation, the Westchester/Playa Historical Society Board of Directors… Read More

June 2021 Article

WESTCHESTER/PLAYA HISTORICAL SOCIETY PIONEER SERIES HOWARD DROLLINGER By: Cozette Vergari We have already written about the courageous visionary, Ella Drollinger, taking the risk in 1944 of building the first commercial property in Westchester, an area that was beginning to evolve and take shape out of the wheat fields surrounding the small Los Angeles Air Port…. Read More

ARTICLE: WESTCHESTER/PLAYA HISTORICAL SOCIETY DISCOVERY CENTER CELEBRATES ITS OPENING

By: Cozette Vergari The new Westchester/Playa Historical Society Discovery Center opened to the public August 1st of this year, celebrated by the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce at the August 24th Ribbon Cutting. In attendance, to offer their congratulations, were City Controller Ron Galperin, City Attorney Mike Feurer and Airport Commissioner Val Velasco. The city officials… Read More

“In The Beginning”

By: Cozette Vergari Some of you may share my long time dream of being able to travel in a time machine, which could propel me backwards in time, while standing at the same location throughout the ride, to observe what was happening at that exact spot 100 years ago, 1000 years ago and on and… Read More

October Article:

By: Cozette Vergari For those of you, who last month joined my time-machine travel back to 65,000 B.C., we are continuing the journey this month. Standing in the midst of today’s Westchester/Playa community, our last travels took us back to the evidence of human settlement on the islands off the coast of Southern California circa… Read More


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