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The Year Ahead at the Huntington: Full Slate of Exhibitions and Opening of the New Education and Visitor Center

View of the Garden Court through the Central Garden of the new Education and Visitor Center scheduled to open in early 2015 at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Architectural Resources Group and Office of Cheryl Barton, © Art Zendarski. A full slate of exhibitions at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens – from a powerful installation of photographs featuring two…

Cameron Turner: Mack Robinson — Second to None

Mack Robinson. Photo courtesy Pasadena City College Sometimes we have no idea that we’re in standing the presence of greatness.  As students at John Muir High School in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, we…

Pasadena Museum of History Launches New Website

Pasadena Museum of History is pleased to announce the launch of its all-new website (www.pasadenahistory.org) which went live on July 9, 2014. The completely redesigned website was created to provide a more user-friendly experience, with…

University Club Donates Historic Books to Pasadena Museum of History

The University Club of Pasadena (founded 1922) recently donated a selection of thirty-six historic books from its “member’s library” to the Research Library and Archives of Pasadena Museum of History. James Harwood, president of the…

A History of the Braley Building

The Braley Building, now home of the Church of Scientology of Pasadena, was originally constructed in 1906 for civic and business leader Edgar Braley. It housed Braley’s bicycle emporium, then with the rising popularity of…

Monday, September 22

Historical Discussion on Henry VIII in the Eyes of a Courtier

Susan Brigden, a published historian, will discuss during a lecture at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens on Monday, September 22, 7:30 p.m.…

Tuesday, September 23

Huntington to Hold Discussion on “Healthcare in China One Thousand Years Ago”

Nathan Sivin, a noted historian will discuss a golden period in Chinese history when medical practice shifted to a much more scholastic approach and medical…

Saturday, September 27

Confidential Bus Tour to Expose Pasadena’s Most Gruesome Murders, Suicides, Other Crimes

If you think Pasadena is the safest place on earth then you might reconsider when you hear the stories of the city’s most gruesome murders,…

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1943: Pasadena’s Finest Capture “The Human Fly”

On April 2, 1943 Carl Hopper, a 22 year old bandit and kidnapping suspect, made a daring escape from HOJJ (Hall of Justice Jail), and from that day forward he would be known as the “human fly”. Hall of Justice c. 1939. Photo courtesy of LAPL Cops hunted the human fly for several days without success. He finally resurfaced in a shoe store at 4411 W. Slauson. He had entered the store and, simulating a gun, he held up the manager Hans A. Camnizter — getting away with $23.51. A private patrolman, Edward Scheld, heard the ruckus and saw Hopper…

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