Family Stories at Pasadena Museum of History

Oct 11, 2009
The Meija family, one of the families whose stories help tell the story of Pasadena.

The Mejia family, one of the families whose stories help tell the story of Pasadena.

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



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