the Studio for Southern California History
Boyle Heights History Tours is not your average walking-tour company. We are a community based partnership founded by local activists in order to share and propagate the cultural, working-class history of the community of Boyle Heights...
and of greater Los Angeles.
For many years the history of Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles was told by scholars and sociologists who were far removed from the realities of the community; by people for whom it was a study and not their own personal experience.
BHHT was founded to reclaim and retell the oral history of our working-class communities of Los Angeles; and to revive the multicultural heritage of our great city.
Shmuel Gonzales ("The Barrio Boychik") is a community organizer and resident historian from the neighborhood of Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles. His family settled here in the barrio in 1896, and has been connected to the eastside for six-generations.
He currently serves as a historian for The Studio for Southern California History, on the Board of Directors for the Boyle Heights Historical Society.
As a Latino-Jewish community leader, he also facilitates Jewish cultural and spiritual programming for the greater Los Angeles eastside.
Blog: Barrio Boychik