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When Johnny Came Marching West

When Johnny Came Marching West
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On April 9, 2015 local churches, schools and public buildings can partake in a national observance. A nationwide commemoration of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender of the Confederate Army—150 years ago—will be observed on Thursday.¹ Locations with bells will ring them for four minutes beginning at 3:15 p.m. EST—one minute for each year of the […]

Moments in Time

Moments in Time

Last week I went to see Pasadena Museum of History’s companion exhibits Pasadena Pursuit and Mystery History for the third time. Fascinating historical facts, artifacts, and photographs fill two galleries. Fun, informative, and interactive! The curator of Pasadena Pursuit, Dan McLaughlin, set up a kiosk in the North Gallery where you can search Pasadena Public […]

Courage and Cowardice in San Marino

Courage and Cowardice in San Marino

  It was such a frightful torrent of abuse that it made her physically ill – sick enough that she had to retire from her job as a math teacher at Huntington Middle School in San Marino. “Filthy Jew – drop dead,” threatened one anonymous late-night phone call. “Jew, get out of San Marino,” read […]

Historic Interviews

Historic Interviews

He owned a barber shop. She was the first Black manicurist to work on white customers. He is Mr. LeRoy Mims. She is Mrs. Leona Lee. Both are Pasadena residents. The Pasadena Museum of History interviewed over two dozen African-American residents back in 1984. Not only did these interviews provide the content for the documentary […]

Jazzy Ash, Black Mexica, Dance & Song Jubilee, Tea Time

Jazzy Ash, Black Mexica, Dance & Song Jubilee, Tea Time

Continuing: Black History Month Display. A historical view of African-American families as seen through African-American literature and the Civil Rights Movement. For all ages. Free to the public. Hastings Branch Public Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena 91107. The Whipping Man at the Pasadena Playhouse through March 1st. Tickets: $25-$125. Location: 39 S. El […]

Our African-American History Celebrated

Our African-American History Celebrated

Learn, discuss, exchange, eat, and dance these last two weeks of Black History Month… Saturday, Feb. 21: 33rd Annual Black History Parade & Festival, 10 a.m. Begins at Charles White Park (at Fair Oaks and Ventura Street) in Altadena, heads south on Fair Oaks Avenue and ends at Robinson Park, 1080 N. Fair Oaks Ave., […]

Painting California: “…A Very Valuable Thing…”

Painting California: “…A Very Valuable Thing…”

“It seems to me it would be a very valuable thing if you could carry out your plan to make accurate water-color studies of the old buildings in this region. Accuracy is the first requirement; and such a series would have serious historic value. I hope you may be able to realize this plan….”[1] Charles […]

Mystery History—On Exhibit!

Mystery History—On Exhibit!

Ann Erdman loves history: the histories of her family, her town. Over years, she has tracked her family tree—sharing many of her findings on AnnErdman.blogspot—and in the depths of the Pasadena Museum of History, she found local photographic treasures. Then she thought it would be fun to put us to the test… Mystery History is […]

Mystery History Comes to PMH: A Chat with Ann Erdman

Mystery History Comes to PMH: A Chat with Ann Erdman

January 30th marks the opening of “Mystery History,” a new exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History. The creator or Mystery History, Ann Erdman, was kind enough to answer some questions…   HP: What drew you to these historical photos? Are you a historian, did you study history, are you interested in your own family […]

Mystery History No. 33

Mystery History No. 33

Where are we? What’s happening? In this 1935 photo (right), Joseph Barry, J. Louis Comiskey, and Harry Grabiner sit on an arroyo stone wall at Brookside Park while the Chicago White Sox play a baseball game during spring training. From 1933 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1950, the Chicago White Sox had their spring […]

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