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“Venerable” Shakespeare Club Visits Museum of History Exhibit

Shakespeare Club member and artist Celeste deCoudres. Photo by Janell Papik A contingent of the Shakespeare Club visited the Pasadena Museum of History’s current exhibition “Starting Anew” which tells the story of the early arrivers and shapers of the city. Brad McNeil, the Museum’s Director of Education, was an informative and dynamic guide. Several artifacts loaned by the Shakespeare Club helped show the social, cultural,…

Pasadena Senior Center Will Celebrate 60th Anniversary with A Year of Events and Activities in 2020

Pasadena Senior Center in 1960. The size was tripled in 1998. Courtesy of Pasadena Senior Center The 60th anniversary of the Pasadena Senior Center will be celebrated with a series of special events and activities…

Local Architect/Urbanist David Wolf is Dead at 54

David Wolf seen at a May, 2017 gathering above the Arroyo to discuss how Pasadena should evolve and where he delivered "My City," his presentation telling the story of how generations of residents have kept…

Esther Nishio, Who Led Japanese-American Post World War II Re-Assimilation When She Attended Pasadena City College in 1944, Dead at 93

Esther Nishio (at center) arrives at Pasadena City College to take classes in 1944. Courtesy photo Esther Takei Nishio may have been petite, but when she passed away earlier this month she left a large…

Generations Later, Great-Granddaughter Continues Family’s Search for Rare Oil Portrait of Prominent Pasadena Oil Executive Nelson A. Howard

Above is an image of the sought-after portrait, the only copy Gina Sammis can find to date. Gina Sammis is on a quest. Her family’s historian, she has been actively researching the elusive whereabouts of…

At 100 Years, Looking Back: Huntington as Futurist

Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927), sitting at his desk. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. One hundred years ago [Friday], on a hot, dusty…

Reenactment Honors All Pasadena-Area Military Deaths in Civil War Salute on Memorial Day

Civil War soldiers will come to life again as volunteers don authentic military garb and pay honor to all veterans with a barrels-high gun salute…

Historic Preservation Commission Considers Special Designations for Two Significant Pasadena Homes on Tuesday

Members of Pasadena’s Historic Preservation Commission will drive to two homes in the City on Tuesday, September 4, as part of their evaluation process before…

Five Fascinating Stories About Pasadena You Probably Didn’t Know

It’s no secret that Pasadena has a storied history of space-age wonders, cinematic backdrops, and beautiful tree-lined neighborhoods, but what about the quirkier aspects that…

After 40 Years, Pasadena Heritage Continues to Watchdog Aggressive Development, Mansionization, and More

After 40 years working to preserve historic structures and the culture of the community, Pasadena Heritage hosts its Annual Meeting tonight to look back on the organization’s accomplishments over the years and discuss challenges the group faces in the new year. Pasadena Heritage Executive Director Sue Mossman Pasadena Heritage Executive Director Sue Mossman says a continued spike in development, neighborhood mansionization, fallout from the now-dead 710 freeway tunnel project are top issues the organization will monitor moving forward. “New development continues at an aggressive pace,” said Mossman. “It seems that every other day, there’s a project that we need to…

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