An exceptionally rich program is taking place Sunday at the Pasadena Museum of History. Called Family Stories: A Celebration of Community, the afternoon is built around the museum’s current main exhibit, Family Stories: Sharing a Community’s Legacy (also on view tonight for ArtNight).
The afternoon will bring a variety of performances, including by singer and tap dancer Arthur Duncan, singer and guitarist Adriana Mejia (see photo) and her trio; the Hosharian Brothers Band, playing traditional Armenian music; and the theatre troupe We Tell Stories. All these performers are connected to the families profiled in the exhibit — like Arthur Duncan, for instance, who was a headliner on the Lawrence Welk Show. He’s a member of an African-American family that’s been in Pasadena since 1923, with members including a PCC professor, Pasadena’s first black firefighter and a prominent local businessperson.
The day will conclude with a 5 p.m. panel and community discussion led by Star-News public editor (and Pasadena native) Larry Wilson.
And not only is this day of dynamic local history free, but the museum will be giving attendees a free Preserving My Family Stories packet, which will guide you through the process of collecting and maintaining your family-history stories.
Family Stories: A Celebration of Community
Sunday, October 11, noon – 6:30 p.m.
Pasadena Museum of History
470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena