How a Thrift Store Purchase Led Me on an Adventure Through the History of Los Angeles

Sometimes we find community in unlikely places

Heather Monroe
Lessons from History
8 min readOct 7, 2021

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The Wilcox Building, where J Wiseman Macdonald had offices in 1896.Public Domain Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

So, I have a strange little hobby. — I actively search thrift stores for vintage and antique books with names written in them and attempt to reunite the book with descendants of the original owner. Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned…

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Heather Monroe
Lessons from History

Welcome readers! Heather Monroe is a genealogist and writer who resides in California with her partner and their nine children. •True Crime• History• Memoir•