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History Lit Opens July 9th

History Lit Opens July 9th
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Our gratitude to Unbound Productions for providing stills from the upcoming 2016 History Lit, which opens on July 9. As in the 2012 productions, the program includes adaptations of Katherine Mansfield’s The Garden Party and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s The Two Altars: Or Two Pictures in One. New this year is an adaptation of L. Frank  Baum’s The Girl Who […]

History Lit Returns

History Lit Returns

We wrote in May 2012: It’s an interesting idea: “original stage adaptations of literature that reflect history.” Unbound Productions in collaboration with the Pasadena Museum of History present History Lit, three short plays that the audiences experience as they are led through Fenyes Mansion, Curtin House, and the Estate’s gardens. You walk and you watch a […]

Two Views of City Beautiful

Two Views of City Beautiful

The City Beautiful Movement had its first “large-scale elaboration” during the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 in Chicago. Remember the “White City”? Architects from the East Coast, along with sculptor Augustus Saint-Gardens, were hired by architect Daniel Turnham to build a ” model city of grand scale… with modern transport and no poverty visible.” In […]

Japanese Gardens of Manzanar: Past, Present & Future

Japanese Gardens of Manzanar: Past, Present & Future

As part of its East Asian Garden Lecture Series, the Huntington presents “Japanese Gardens of Manzanar: Past, Present, and Future.” During World War II, the internment camp at Manzanar in the California desert held more than 10,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry. To ameliorate the harsh conditions, many of those imprisoned there built […]

History Mystery No. 41

History Mystery No. 41

Where are we? And what’s happened? In this Jan. 2, 1933, a young man in an east Indian or Middle Eastern costume (it’s hard to tell) covers a seat on a float for the 44th Rose Parade. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find which float it was. The photo description simply states, “Young man in costume constructing a Tournament […]

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

The South Pasadena Public Library’s community room was packed. Chairs miraculously appeared a full fifteen minutes into the evening’s history lecture. Local residents, reflecting the area’s diverse ethnicity and cultural backgrounds, had gathered for Matt Hormann’s “The Darkest Night.” It was a quiet room as Matt launched into his presentation, a lecture accompanied by slides. The topic: Pasadena’s […]

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

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 […]

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