Local History

The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library received two grants in the 2010-2011 year to digitize library collections and make them accessible via the web.  These two projects included the Local History Digital Resource Project (LHDRP) and the California of the Past Digital Storytelling Project.

Local History Digital Resource Project
This collection of photographs, slides, postcards and picture clippings documents the history of the City of Monterey Park and the surrounding San Gabriel Valley. These photographs were collected over the years by the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library and the Monterey Park Historical Society. The collection tells the story of the establishment of Monterey Park as a city in 1916, emergence of business and industry, and documents some of the well-known historical faces of Monterey Park. Because the library has digitized this collection of images, anyone with access to the Internet can view these images without risking damage to the photographic originals.

California of the Past Digital Storytelling Project
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This collection of 24 digital stories documents the experiences of people coming to and living in Monterey Park and in California. The stories feature three topics of people, places, and events. Highlights include stories about local theatre productions and plays, family stories about immigrating to the United States and to Monterey Park, stories from local artists and authors, the establishment of East Los Angeles Community College, and general experiences in the community. Anyone with access to the Internet can watch this collection of digital stories. Digital stories were recorded in the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library and in the local community. Storytellers contributed photographs and videos from their personal collections to create these miniature two-to-five minute films highlighting their experiences.