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Come Home Instantly! Part 2

Come Home Instantly! Part 2

One hundred years ago this summer, as told in Part 1 of “Come Home Instantly,” the Fenyes and Curtin families of Pasadena, California, went abroad on a European vacation. They traveled together across the Atlantic Ocean on the S.S. France and enjoyed the sights of Paris before going their separate ways in early June. Leonora [...]

Family History: Finding Yours

Family History: Finding Yours

How did the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints corral the market on genealogy research? “One of the LDS Church fundamental tenets: that deceased family members, especially ancestors, can be baptized by proxy, as well as receive other saving ordinances.…Baptism is essential for salvation” (Mormon.org). Even if a baptism isn’t on your schedule, we layman can be grateful [...]

Digging Up Secrets in Lamanda Park (Part 3)

Digging Up Secrets in Lamanda Park (Part 3)

“We wish to do the tourist who reads this book a good turn, having his comfort and enjoyment at heart; therefore we advise him to stop at Lamanda Park and make his headquarters for a day, or a week, or a fortnight, in this delightful spot.” - Over the Range to the Golden Gate: A Complete Tourist’s [...]

Come Home Instantly!

Come Home Instantly!

July 28, 1914: “In mid-ocean received news by ‘wireless’ that war had been declared between Austria and Servia. Great excitement and anxiety.” Eva Fenyes noted this pivotal moment in history, the start of World War I, on the cover of the S.S. Vaterland’s Bordspiele – Games & Amusements booklet, which depicts a carefree group of [...]

Culinary Historians

Culinary Historians

They are “dedicated to pursuing food history and supporting culinary collections.” The Culinary Historians of Southern California was founded in 1995 as an affiliate of the Los Angeles Public Library. Today, 250 women and men—chefs, writers, academics, product purveyors, restaurateurs, as well as people in the fields of entertainment, business, and culture—”have fun learning about [...]

Caught in a Zoot Suit Riot

Caught in a Zoot Suit Riot

June 10, 1943. An overcast and unseasonably cold evening in Pasadena. The time: World War II. The place: a street corner at the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Raymond Avenue. It was the middle of the Zoot Suit Riots in Los Angeles, and on this particular night, two African-American teenagers with a fondness for flamboyant clothing [...]

The Noonday Rest

The Noonday Rest

For those acquainted with the life and accomplishments of early Pasadena resident, Eva Scott Fenyes, trying to imagine her idle may seem very nearly impossible. Even on road trips, when she and her companions would stop by the roadside for a picnic lunch, she remained keenly aware of her surroundings and invariably sketched a memorable [...]

Mystery History No. 28

Mystery History No. 28

Where are we? What’s happening? In the circa 1900 photo (right), men lounge in what is identified on the back as “the rotunda” at the Hotel Green. I did a somewhat comprehensive post about the Hotel Green on my Pasadena PIO blog in 2011. You can see that post here for plenty of background. A couple of [...]

Busch Gardens, Ninita Parkway-Rose Villa Walking Tour

Busch Gardens, Ninita Parkway-Rose Villa Walking Tour

“Pasadena Heritage invites you to WALK, LOOK and LISTEN as we celebrate National Preservation Month. Each Saturday in May we will feature a different walking tour, or lecture that will educate, entertain, and highlight a unique part of Pasadena’s history and architecture.”  May 17th: Docent-led walking tours of charming Pasadena neighborhood that was once the [...]

Citizens Police Academy

Citizens Police Academy

In this 1935 photo, Sgt. Bailey supervises firearms instruction with two female employees (not sworn officers) of the Pasadena Police Department at the firing range in Eaton Canyon. Last Wednesday the Citizens Police Academy class spent the day at the same location. A few things have changed since then: The firing range is indoors now Women aren’t [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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