About Us

Rancho Tujunga was an 1840 Mexican Land Grant given to brothers Pedro and Francisco Lopez and includes the communities of Sunland, Tujunga, Lake View Terrace and Shadow Hills.  

Little Landers Historical Society (LLHS), is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization founded in 1959 to save Bolton Hall from destruction.  From its inception in June 1959 until a fully restored Bolton Hall reopened its doors in December 1980, volunteers worked tirelessly to create a museum. 

During this time, our volunteers and many other community members collected and stored items of historical significance in their own homes.  In December 1980, they began to donate these items to Bolton Hall.  In July 1981, Bolton Hall became Bolton Hall Museum when we accepted these items into our collection and opened our doors to the public.  To this day, we continue to receive donations of historically valuable items.

We also continue to work with City, State and National agencies, and other organizations concerned with preserving history, to designate and preserve historic buildings and sites. 

Bolton Hall is a small local museum.  All of the day to day operations of the museum, LLHS administration and fundraising are conducted by volunteers; there is no paid staff.  Every person who has been involved in the institution both past and present have dedicated their efforts to preserving information about the history of the area and making that information available to anyone who wanted to learn.

Help the volunteers of LLHS continue with this valuable work.

Please consider making a donation today.   


Excerpt from an article written by Marlene Hitt

One day after a classroom tour of the museum, a second grade girl raised her hand and asked, “Why do you keep all this stuff?”  Why, indeed. 

John Steinbeck in “Grapes of Wrath” said….”how will we know it’s us without our past?”

We all share in the history of the land on which we stand.  To know how our society came about and to enjoy the folklore that forms our identity we can have a clearer idea of where we fit into this small world and how this world fits into the greater world.  It is fun to know the past, to enjoy the present, and anticipate the future; we can be a part of it all.


 Our mission is to preserve and maintain Bolton Hall Museum and the historical record of Rancho Tujunga.