Taran Schindler came to California in 2005 from New Haven, Connecticut. Several years at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University stirred her interests in western history and then an internship at the Autry National Research Center further honed it. She focuses on social history and the convergence of cultures, especially as expressed in land use, community history, and the development of regional identity. Her research on cowboys and the movement of cattle has recently been published as a chapter in the Greenwood Press anthology, Icons of the American West. She is presently employed with The Grand Vision Foundation, a non-profit fundraising organization dedicated to the restoration of the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA and to the development of the cultural arts in the Los Angeles Harbor Area.
The on-line exhibit, “Between Catch & Can: Tuna Cannery Women of San Pedro, California and Los Angeles Harbor, 1930-1960” is her culminating project as a masters candidate in the history department at California State University Fullerton.
Taran with Phinneas Banning, mid-nineteenth century businessman, property owner, and prominent mover and shaker in the development of the Port of Los Angeles.