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Memorial outside Los Angeles National Cemetery, Westwood
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Laskey, Anne
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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This collection is comprised of approximately 1,000 slides capturing buildings along Wilshire Boulevard. The slides were taken during Tuesday afternoon walks in 1978-1979 by Marlene Laskey and her 15-year-old daughter, Annie, who was the primary photographer. Marlene (1933-1989) was a Michigan native who moved to Los Angeles in the 1950s and became a Los Angeles historian and architecture enthusiast. At the time of her death from cancer, Marlene was working on a Master of Urban Planning degree at UCLA, and was an interviewer for UCLA's Oral History program.
United Spanish War Veterans Memorial, also known as the Spirit of '98, installed on the northwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Veteran Avenue in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. In 1973 David Wilkins created this replica of the memorial after the original, designed by Roger Noble Burnham, was destroyed during the 1971 Sylmar earthquake. The plaque mounted at the base reads, "1898 - To Those Who Volunteered and Extended the Hand of Liberty to Alien Peoples - 1902. Erected 1950 by United Spanish War Veterans. Louis Leonard McClary Chairman; Roger Noble Burnham Sculpture." In the center, behind the fence, is Los Angeles National Cemetery. Originally a 20-acre tract of land, the cemetery opened as one of 11 facilities operated by the Veterans Administration on lands shared with national veterans' homes or asylums for disabled soldiers. It was dedicated on May 22, 1889, and through the years has expanded to 114.5 acres. Those interred there are war veterans from the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, and other American conflicts.
1 slide :color ;5 x 5 cm.
Photographic prints
Marlene & Anne Laskey Wilshire Boulevard Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
Los Angeles National Cemetery
Spanish-American War, 1898--Monuments
War memorials--California--Los Angeles
Cemeteries--California--Westwood (Los Angeles)
Streets--California--Westwood (Los Angeles)
Tombs & sepulchral monuments--California--Westwood (Los Angeles)
Wilkins, David F
Westwood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Time Period

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