Los Angeles and history have a funny relationship. I mean, the city isn’t that new nor is it that old. And, like many we’ve interviewed have reiterated, the history of Los Angeles is something that is very Los Angeles specific. People outside of New York City or Washington, D.C. care about those city’s histories–but no one except for Angelenos care about Los Angeles history!! It’s a weird paradox that is a mix of hometown pride and no one taking us seriously. The Studio For Southern California History is making a move to change that in every way that they can. Their most recent move? A phone app to give you a dosage of Los Angeles history everyday.
The app, entitled “On This Day In LA,” is literally a little bite of history for you to chew on while you have a second of downtime during your day. Studio is a nonprofit resource that “seeks to critically chronicle and share our social history in order to foster a sense of place.” Their efforts are quite noble and they certainly seem like some of the only people doing this for this city, which we heartily applaud.
“On This Day In LA” is nice and free and well intentioned and is, likely, the only app of its kind for the city (which is an extremely sad fact!!). Lots of Los Angeles websites are sharing this story today (LAist, KCET, etc.), but we wanted to as well to praise them and push them (and you guys) to make the most of this application. There are some really fun facts on here and it’s very easy to use. The only complain (“complaint”) is that there’s only one fact for each day. It’d be great to see a few or, even, a tie in with local historians over at the Twitter @LAHistory, who do a super fantastic job digging up facts and sharing them. Perhaps they are the same entities, maybe, but they should join forces (as both have two different facts to share today).
Nitpicking aside, this is a great app for the history deprived and craving. Give it a download and, because it’s free, maybe think about sending them a little financial love by way of a donation.