Grad Students at Work: Petersen Automotive Museum

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Kristen Hayashi is spending her summer becoming immersed in the early history of the automobile and its influence on Los Angeles as part of a project to inventory objects on display in The Streetscape: The Car and the City in Southern California, an exhibition at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. This work is part of an inventory and deinstallation project that collection staff from the History Department at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is undertaking. As part of this project, Hayashi is inventorying objects that were selected for display when the Natural History Museum established the Petersen Automotive Museum as a satellite museum in the early 1990s. In this photograph, she is inventorying swages, hammers, and tongs—a small sampling of the diverse blacksmith tool grouping on display in the Breer Blacksmith Shop diorama within the Streetscape exhibition.

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