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1906 SF Earthquake: Found Pics

1906 SF Earthquake: Found Pics

Though this is not the history of Pasadena or even San Gabriel Valley, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake is a defining moment in our state’s history. I stumbled upon some historic photographs—was gobsmacked—and I can’t resist sharing them. My mother and I were visiting family up in Greenbrae, Marin County. My cousin has a pile of books, ranging […]

PMH Free Admission to “The Art in the Street” & Feynes Mansion Tours

PMH Free Admission to “The Art in the Street” & Feynes Mansion Tours

To coincide nicely with the 25th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival, the Pasadena Museum of History is welcoming everyone to view a current exhibit “Art in the Street: 25 Years of the Pasadena Chalk Festival”—free of charge on June 17 and 18. Not only is it free to roam the history of the Chalk Festival, so […]

Octavia Butler: Telling My Stories

Octavia Butler: Telling My Stories

“How much of this nonsense does he believe, I wonder, and how much does he say just because he knows the value of dividing in order to conquer and rule?” “Sound familiar?” asks Heather Jones in her Wear Your Voice magazine piece on November 9, 2016. In regard to the personality and character that is Donald […]

Historic Pubs & Trivia Tour

Historic Pubs & Trivia Tour

For starters it may be a bit of “street calamari” with a flight of Troublemaker sauvignon blanc at Vertical Wine Bistro.  Along the way, be serenaded with historical elements and forgotten lore about Old Pasadena and the pubs that have paved the way on Pasadena Heritage‘s “Historic Pubs & Trivia Tour” on May 25. Other […]

Restoring the Historic Robinson House

Restoring the Historic Robinson House

Laurabelle Arms Robinson, heiress to a Youngstown, Ohio, iron fortune, married attorney Henry M. Robinson, protegé of her uncle, David Tod Ford. Henry Robinson was instrumental in developing the Huntington Library, California Institute of Technology, and the Mount Palomar Observatory. He was a domestic and international advisor for 30 years to Presidents Wilson, Coolidge, and Hoover, […]

Matt Hormann’s “The Darkest Night” at Women’s City Club

Matt Hormann’s “The Darkest Night” at Women’s City Club

On May 6, local historian and journalist Matt Hormann presents his lecture “The Darkest Night: The Destruction and Rebirth of Pasadena’s Chinatown.” Didn’t know that Pasadena even had a Chinatown? You’ve probably walked it several times or at least seen the entryway, easily recognizable by the throwback burger joint on the corner. Of course, Jake’s has now […]

Castle Green, Historic Architecture on Mother’s Day

Castle Green, Historic Architecture on Mother’s Day

Need a Mother’s Day idea? Take mom on an architectural self-tour at historic Castle Green for Mother’s Day. On May 14, guests to Castle Green can tour one of Pasadena’s most iconic locations: the Moorish and Turkish Rooms, as well as the Grand Salon. Perhaps sip a lemonade on the veranda and check out the progress […]

Survivors of Kent State

Survivors of Kent State

“Here I am again, dodging bullets.” So said Randy Gardner to The Arizona Republic. The first time, before “again,” the date was May 4, 1970 and twenty-eight Ohio National Guardsmen “fired approximately 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four (Kent State University) students and wounding nine others.” The protest that day was […]

California Art Club & Merrell Gage

California Art Club & Merrell Gage

The California Art Club, headquartered in Pasadena, has nine chapter locations up and down the state. In 1909, the Painters’ Club of Los Angeles formally ended, yet some members believed that a need existed still for “artists living in Southern California to meet and share their ideas, and to exhibit together.” In this version of the club […]

The Art in the Street… and of Getting There

The Art in the Street… and of Getting There

Two new exhibitions at Pasadena Museum of History take a look at art from different perspectives. Art in the Street: 25 Years of the Pasadena Chalk Festival celebrates the silver anniversary of one of the area’s most popular art attractions. The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry explores how railroads, the apex of the […]

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