Lummis Day is named after Charles Lummis, a man who arrived in Los Angeles from Ohio – on foot! – in 1884. An author, newspaperman and L.A. city librarian, Lummis was an early activist for Native American rights, but is best known for building his stone house by hand. The Lummis Home, which stands in the Highland Park area, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2006, the Lummis Day Festival was created to celebrate the many cultures found in northeastern Los Angeles. This year’s festival kicks off June 3 at Occidental College (1600 Campus Rd., L.A.) with the screening of three films about L.A. The festival continues June 4 with an art exhibit at the Southwest Museum (234 Museum Dr., L.A.) and music, craft projects and food at York Park (4596 N. Avenue 50, L.A.).
On June 5, the Southwest Museum features musical performances and poetry readings; Sycamore Grove Park (4901 N. Figueroa St., L.A.) will host four stages filled with music, dance and other local performers. There will be a Family Fun Area with workshops and art-making, and a children’s area for puppet theater and other theatrical pieces.
This free festival offers a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and showcases the impressive talent found in northeast L.A. For more information and schedule details, visit www.LummisDay.org.