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Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night
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On April 28, Matt Hormann, who has written so many wonderful history articles for Hometown Pasadena over the years—including “A Love that Dared Not Speak Its Name,” “Courage and Cowardice in San Marino,” and “When South Pasadena Was for Whites Only“—comes to South Pas. Library for a History Night presentation entitled “The Darkest Night—The Destruction and Rebirth of […]

Civil War, Arsenic & Old Lace in Pasadena

Civil War, Arsenic & Old Lace in Pasadena

Civil War, Arsenic and Old Lace in Pasadena by Kirk Myers, Assistant Archivist On January 15, 1942 the Los Angeles Herald Express revisited a story it had reported four months earlier—that there was a “civil war” in Pasadena over the proposed rezoning of South Orange Grove Avenue. “In an atmosphere where the scent of lavender […]

Yarn Bombing at PMH

Yarn Bombing at PMH

Join Yarn Bombing Los Angeles from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 to decorate the History Center at Pasadena Museum of History in celebration of the exhibition “Strings Attached.” Yarn bombing is a relatively recent form of street art that employs colorful displays of knits or crochet and other fiber material instead of paint in public space. Participate in […]

Establishing a Historic District & Applying for the Mills Act

Establishing a Historic District & Applying for the Mills Act

Our appreciation to Pasadena Heritage for the text below regarding a seminar about establishing a historic district, which will be held April 9, 10 a.m.-noon… In Pasadena, neighborhoods that are designated historic at the local (city) level are called Landmark Districts. These are areas in which historic buildings and their settings are protected by municipal […]

Iron Jawed Angels

Iron Jawed Angels

  In celebration of Women’s History Month, YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley will screen Iron Jawed Angels on Thursday, March 24. This 2004 film stars Hilary Swank and Frances O’Connor as suffragists, feminists, and women’s rights activists Alice Burns and Lucy Burns (respectively), as well as Anjelica Huston as Carrie Chapman Catt and Julia Ormond as Inez […]

In Her Words

In Her Words

Editor’s note: In honor of Women’s History Month, we are re-publishing Julie Stires’ article “In Her Words” about Pasadena icon Eva Scott Fenyes. “There are a troop of female bull-fighters in our hotel, very nice decent women—modest & quiet & gentle…I asked permission of one of the bull-fighters to take her photo. She was very […]

Black History Month: The Duncan Family

Black History Month: The Duncan Family

Pasadena Pacesetters: The Duncan Family “Despite this area’s long tradition of diversity, much local recorded history has been heavily focused on ‘elite’ elements of local life, with emphasis on topics such as Arroyo culture, Craftsman art and architecture, the Indiana Colony and their citrus groves, and the mansions of the very rich. While important, the […]

African-American Firefighters in L. A.

African-American Firefighters in L. A.

In celebration of Black History Month, David Spence, LAFD Battalion Chief and Interim President of the African American Firefighter Museum, will present a program at the Pasadena Museum of History on February 9, about the history of African American firefighters in the Los Angeles area. Chief Spence will take us back to the late 1800s […]

Pulling Down the Curtain: Walter Plunkett’s Hollywood Legacy

Pulling Down the Curtain: Walter Plunkett’s Hollywood Legacy

Walter Plunkett, a man responsible for hundreds of celebrated designs in more than 260 films over a forty-year period, is not a household name. Plunkett’s career as a self-taught costume designer included one of the most iconic film costumes of all time: Scarlett O’Hara’s Curtain Dress. Plunkett (1902-1982) also designed costumes for Singin’ in the […]

The Gilded Age & Great Gatsby

The Gilded Age & Great Gatsby

Pasadena Museum of History’s Textile Arts Council is proud to partner with the curatorial staff of the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles to present a three-part lecture series featuring fashions throughout the decades. All programs begin at 6:30 p.m., though doors open at 6 p.m. for complimentary viewing […]

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