Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘History Buff’


Two Views of City Beautiful

Two Views of City Beautiful
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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 […]

Representing Ourselves: Giving Voice to the Latinas We Know

Representing Ourselves: Giving Voice to the Latinas We Know

Désirée Zamorano and Isabel Quintero at two Latinas who are raising their voices. The National Endowment for the Humanities has partnered with the American Library Association, allocating $1.48 million to support Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, “a public exploration of the rich and varied experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States […]

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 […]

Iron Jawed Angels

Iron Jawed Angels

  In celebration of Women’s History Month, YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley will screen Iron Jawed Angels on Thursday, March 24. This 2004 film stars Hilary Swank and Frances O’Connor as suffragists, feminists, and women’s rights activists Alice Burns and Lucy Burns (respectively), as well as Anjelica Huston as Carrie Chapman Catt and Julia Ormond as Inez […]

In Her Words

In Her Words

Editor’s note: In honor of Women’s History Month, we are re-publishing Julie Stires’ article “In Her Words” about Pasadena icon Eva Scott Fenyes. “There are a troop of female bull-fighters in our hotel, very nice decent women—modest & quiet & gentle…I asked permission of one of the bull-fighters to take her photo. She was very […]

Pulling Down the Curtain: Walter Plunkett’s Hollywood Legacy

Pulling Down the Curtain: Walter Plunkett’s Hollywood Legacy

Walter Plunkett, a man responsible for hundreds of celebrated designs in more than 260 films over a forty-year period, is not a household name. Plunkett’s career as a self-taught costume designer included one of the most iconic film costumes of all time: Scarlett O’Hara’s Curtain Dress. Plunkett (1902-1982) also designed costumes for Singin’ in the […]

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