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Y. C. Hong

Y. C. Hong
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Chinese men had already helped build the California Central Railroad, the RR from Sacrament to Marysville, and the San Jose Railway. The Honorable John T. Doolittle of California addressed his fellow representatives in Washington D. C. in April 1999, to honor the Chinese-American community. Regarding the building of a connecting railroad line that runs for […]

Festive & Fashionable!

Festive & Fashionable!

We are easily lured by the baubles and lights of the holiday season. Some may even call us suckers, but that’s too humbug for our merry mood, so we shall ho ho ho and prance along on our way. One holiday event to which we shall prance is Pasadena Museum of History‘s holiday open house—”Festive […]

Pasadena Collections

Pasadena Collections

The Pasadena Museum of History may seem small, petite, and quaint, yet inside is chock full of historical wealth. The fun of treasure is the idea of the unimaginable and the invaluable, and what PMH holds within its walls is nothing short of priceless. Besides periodic exhibits such as the current “Fabulous Fashions,” PMH has […]

200 Batchelder Tiles Find a New Home

200 Batchelder Tiles Find a New Home

The folks at Pasadena Museum of History are pretty happy, maybe even giddy and gleeful, thanks to architectural historian Robert Winter, Ph.D., who’s donated to the museum part of his personal collection and accompanying archives. From PMH… The donation includes over 200 Batchelder tiles made between the years 1910 and the early 1930s, including tiles […]

Scrapbooking the Season of 1898-99

Scrapbooking the Season of 1898-99

As a popular resort destination during the last decades of the nineteenth century, Pasadena welcomed numerous tourists, especially during the Southland’s mild winter months. Outdoor activities such as shooting parties, hiking, golf, and tennis were organized by the local social clubs. Entertainments such as concerts, card parties, dinners, and dances were hosted in private homes […]

Fabulous Fashions

Fabulous Fashions

At one point in time, from the mid-1890s, women donned, worked, entertained, and paraded in dresses with sleeves in the shape of a leg of lamb. Leg o’ mutton sleeves they were, and apparently the size of the top-leg part of the sleeve continued to balloon in size until finally falling out of favor around […]

Steadfast

Steadfast

Susan Herney dove headfirst—first, into her mother’s diary and then into 200 pieces of correspondence between her parents, Al and Dorothy (Dot) Herney, during her father’s commission on the U.S.S. Scurry during World War II, which was a U. S. Navy minesweeper. One of its missions was to sweep for mines prior to the assaults […]

“The Provocative 15th Century”

“The Provocative 15th Century”

Libraries were being founded in France, Italy, Persia, and England. Johannes Gutenberg has set up his movable type printing press “as a commercial operation” in Mainz, Germany and five years later, in 1455, he completes “the first major book printed in movable type in the West,” the Gutenberg Bible. William Caxton sets up the first […]

Francisco Ramirez…Wrong Place, Wrong Time?

Francisco Ramirez…Wrong Place, Wrong Time?

In 1855, in the run-up to the Civil War, 18-year-old printer’s apprentice Francisco Ramirez founded the newspaper El Clamor Publico to express ideas of liberalism and democracy far in advance of this time and place. California was the newest state in the United States and in its southern half, Spanish-speaking Californios made up most of […]

The Lost Adult Theaters of Pasadena

The Lost Adult Theaters of Pasadena

They were called “dirty movie houses,” “adult cinemas,” or “girlie theaters.” From 1959 until about 1990, Pasadena had roughly ten of them, ranging from soft-core “nudie cutie” houses to hardcore venues. Some were former picture palaces fallen on hard times; others little more than dingy-looking storefronts – but before the Internet, DVDs and Blu-Ray cornered […]

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