Mystery History No. 7

Jan 13, 2013

Mystery HistoryWhere are we? And what’s happening?

This photo was taken on Nov. 26, 1952. Members of the Shakespeare Club of Pasadena pose in costume for the club’s American Heritage Day pageant.

Left to right are Mrs. Don C. McMillan (wife of Pasadena’s city manager at the time), Mrs. I. William King, Miss Helen C. Houson, Mrs. Anne Mellor, and Mrs. Harold Shirk.

Here are, left to right that same day, Mrs. Leo G. McLaughlin, past president, Miss Helen Louise Taylor, director of public affairs, Mrs. Arthur L. Howells, founder/chairman of the American Heritage Day Pageant and Mrs. Brown S. McPherson, president of the Pasadena Shakespeare Club.

This was when the Shakespeare Club was at 230 S. Los Robles Avenue; its home from 1905 to 1971:

Shakespeare Club

In 1972, the club moved to 171 S. Grand Avenue:


The Shakespeare Club of Pasadena is the oldest women’s club in Southern California. There’s some wonderful history here.

I had the pleasure of speaking to the club a few years ago about city issues during one of their monthly luncheon meetings there.

Many thanks to the Shakespeare Club of Pasadena, Pasadena Public Library and the University of Southern California.

Ann ErdmanAnn Erdman is happily retired after decades of loyal service to the City of Pasadena as the Public Information Officer. Her blog can be found at


2 Responses for “Mystery History No. 7”

  1. Is the building on Los Robles still there? I can’t picture it. Maybe not.

  2. Ann Erdman says:

    No, it’s gone now. It was at the southeast corner of Los Robles and Cordova.



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