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About PHS

Pacoima Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2016 to begin preserving the history and culture of Pacoima, California, one of Los Angeles’ oldest towns. PHS has worked tirelessly to gather thousands of items, including photos, films, videos, and documents that chronicle the area’s estimated 1500-year history. Since our inception, we have made tremendous gains educating the city and America about Pacoima’s extensive history.

Our efforts have led to institutes of higher education, including UCLA, Princeton, University of Michigan-Flint, and others, teaching Pacoima’s history to both classrooms and educators because of its diverse, impactful substance. We are currently developing a Pacoima history curriculum for LAUSD instructors to incorporate into mandated ethnic studies courses set to begin in 2025.

Major networks such as ABC and CBS and radio stations KNX, NPR, and KQED have featured PHS in their community programming and news stories. Various podcasts have also shared Pacoima’s great history. Subsequently, independent film producers have found Pacoima’s unique societal contributions of use and have incorporated our vast library of images to help with their productions. Our media archives can be licensed for both educational and commercial use. PHS membership is required for viewing access to our collection.


PHS Officers

Crystal Jackson (President)

Chanelle Grandison (Secretary)

Tonice Thomas (Treasurer)


Executive Board Members

Jimmy Velarde

Nancy Takayama

Rolene Neveja

Lon Grandison

Rudy Ortega


Guardian Angels Church - Pacoima, California
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