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.


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… Read More


By Cozette Vergari : Born in 1905 in Texas, Howard Robard Hughes Jr., now famously remembered as Howard Hughes, brought both aviation and film making to Westchester. Hughes was a business mogul, record-setting pilot, film maker and one of the most financially successful individuals in the world during his lifetime. Very early on, Hughes demonstrated… Read More


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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More

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