First Friday Campfire

FREE – Every first Friday of the month, we’ll be hosting a campfire underneath the park bridge (roundhouse area). Come along as one of our park rangers introduces a program on urban wildlife, Downtown LA History, and various other topics that tie into the park and the community.



Fathomers and Los Angeles State Historic Park present
an evening of music and mushrooms in space

Phil Ross
Paul Stamets
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
7 to 9 p.m.
Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N. Spring St.
Fathomers is pleased to announce “Myco-Cosmos,” a free outdoor public performance produced in collaboration with artist and mycologist Phil Ross, wherein mushroom expert and cultural visionary Paul Stamets leads a guided meditation on humanity’s fungal future within the universe, accompanied by a live soundscape from new age musical legend Laraaji.

The event — which is free and open to the public — takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at 
Los Angeles State Historic Park. ASL interpretation will be provided.

“Myco-Cosmos” is part of an ongoing research exploration between Fathomers and Ross into growing spacesuits and other astronautical provisions using fungal, mycelium-based materials.

“I believe that the elaborated visualizations possible with music and human movement are how knowledge of fungi has been transmitted among humans for most of our history,” says Ross, “and I see this talk/music/movement as an articulation of this customary practice.” 

Fathomers is a non-profit creative research institute dedicated to producing transformative sites and encounters at the intersections of science, technology and contemporary art.

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As an artist, Phil Ross has exhibited work at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Jurassic Technology; as a bioengineering scholar at Stanford University, he’s working to develop an internet of biological things. He’s also co-founder and CEO of MycoWorks, a start-up that turns mycelium (the threadlike, vegetative part of mushrooms) into building bricks and leather — where he’s poised to revolutionize the materials industry with bio-design.

Paul Stamets, D.Sc., is the author of six books, including Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, and Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms. He has received numerous awards, including the Mycological Society of America’s Gordon and Tina Wasson Award — for attracting more students to the field of mycology than anyone in history — and was named a 2014-2015 Invention Ambassador by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His influence is also visible in pop culture: Starfleet astromycologist Lt. Paul Stamets (portrayed by actor Anthony Rapp) now appears in the 2017 Star Trek: Discovery series on CBS.

Laraaji Nadabrahmananda is a meditator, laugh-master and cosmic musician who has performed in Europe, Asia and in the United States with his specially designed electric zither. He also uses the African Mbire, piano, synthesizers, hand drums, percussions, Tibetan gong, and voice in his presentations. Early collaboration with producer Brian Eno led to Laraaji’s first internationally distributed recording, Ambient #3: Day of Radiance. He has performed and released albums consistently since the late 1970s.

Annie Fischer

Director of Research and Communication, Fathomers

Chinatown HEAL Festival

  • Healthy Cooking Class – Talleres para cocinar saludable
  • Blood Pressure & Glucose Screening – Deteccion de la presion arterial y glucosa en sangre
  • Group Exercise – Ejercicio de Grupo: Tai Chi
  • Raffle & Free Samples – Rifa y muestras gratras gratis


Los Angeles State Historic Park is excited to announce it has officially begun construction. Our fencing is going up, the first of many steps towards our new park! 


The park has been a work in progress since the state acquired the land in 2001. Here is an article written by KCET with more info. 

For more information and images of whats to come in the next year visit our departmental page here. 


The state appreciates your patience during this phase of construction, we look forward to seeing you all in the park in 2015! 

“Layers of History”

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We Love Urban Campfires!

No, not the gritty kind one finds under bridges and behind dumpsters, but the California State Parks variety with city skyline, marshmallows, and power point. LASHP began the Sunset Campfire program in November of 2008 as the culmination of previous year’s “Virtual Campfire” program. The Virtual Campfire program brought State Parks and its award winning Interpretive Team to the most urban of settings, elementary schools in and around Los Angeles. Now, the kids are coming to us as the Campfire really heats up against the backdrop of downtown Los Angeles.

Old-fashioned fun
Old-fashioned fun

This past Saturday, Park Interpretive Specialist, Thomas Carroll, really wowed the crowd with some games, songs, and a presentation on the railroad history of early Los Angeles and LASHP in its original incarnation as the Southern Pacific River Station. As, if that weren’t enough, Thomas followed it all up with a sunset marshmallow roast! Attendance at our campfires has been slowly growing and the next Campfire on September 19th promises to be the biggest and best of all.

Everybody say power point!
Everybody say power point!
Now for a little railroad history
Now for a little railroad history
Big finish - marshmallows for everyone!
Big finish - marshmallows for everyone!

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