Before the United State of America had a constitution or its first President, there was El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles (The Town of the Queen of Angels) – the future City of Los Angeles – settled by the Spanish in 1781.
Las Angelitas del Pueblo is a non-profit organization of civic-minded volunteers who offer historically accurate, free tours of the historic plaza area, the focal point of El Pueblo, as it has evolved under the flags of Spain, Mexico and the United States of America. Free tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday at 10 am, 11 am, and 12 noon.
Las Angelitas del Pueblo has been conducting plaza tours since 1969, introducing more than 10,000 visitors a year to the “birthplace of Los Angeles.”
The historic plaza area, including Olvera Street’s colorful Mexican shops and restaurants, is part of Los Angeles’ El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and contains some of the city’s oldest structures. In addition to Olvera Street, there are multiple museums and points of interest located here that may be seen before or after a tour.
For teachers, in addition to guided tours, a variety of opportunities and aids are available, including a California Education Standards Curriculum Guide. See: For Educators.
The next Docent Training class will start Monday, February 3, 2014. Six class sessions are planned, each starting at 10:00 a.m. and lasting two and one-half hours. Docents will learn historically accurate information about the founding and growth of Los Angeles, while practicing the skills needed to conduct tours. To become a Las Angelitas del Pueblo docent, see Be a Docent.
Located across the street from Union Station, El Pueblo is easily reached by automobile, bus, subway, trolley car or train. See Plan Your Visit.
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