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“My City” Looks Back at History to Guide the Way Forward to Pasadena’s Future

Passionate Pasadenans with a common desire to stay involved in how the city evolves gathered last Sunday at a private home and listened to local architect and urbanist David Robert Wolf as he told the story of how generations of residents have kept the spirit of “City Beautiful” alive for over a century here in the City of Roses. Wolf, who grew up in a…

Heritage Square Community Room Dedicated to Honor of Local Black Entrepreneur, Visionary Thomas Scott

Councilmember John Kennedy (at left) at the unveiling of a bust of Thomas D. Scott at the Heritage Square Community Room dedication. A community room named in honor of local black entrepreneur and visionary Thomas…

A Humanist Among the Scientists: A Conversation with Caltech’s Maura Dykstra

Maura Dykstra Credit: Caltech When you walk into Maura Dykstra’s new office at Caltech, one of the first things you notice is a table covered in scrolls, brushes, and calligraphic Chinese characters. For Dykstra, a…

Now Being Sold by Red Cross for $10.5 Million, Iconic Cravens Mansion was a Gift from a Grateful Immigrant

The palatial 20,000 square mansion that has housed the local chapter of the American Red Cross since 1962 in the neighborhood famously known as ‘Millionaire’s Row’ is up for sale with a fittingly hefty price…

The Huntington Library Announces Aquisitions, Including Unique Edition of John Muir’s Writings, Exquisite Illustrated Book on Camellias

From L-R: Herbert W. Gleason (1855–1937) A Snow-Banner, ca. 1911, platinum print in William Frederic Badè’s The Writings of John Muir, The Mountains of California, pt. 1, vol. 4. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1916–1924;…

President Obama’s College Days Pasadena Residence Commemorated as a Place in History

The Pasadena apartment building President Barack Obama lived in between 1980 and 1981 while an undergraduate at Occidental College will be the scene of a…

The Caltech Experience During Wartime

Left: Members of the V-12 navy unit at Caltech in 1941 Credit: Courtesy of Caltech Archives / Upper Right: 1946 "The Big T" yearbook photo…

City Honors Local African American Business Pioneer with Plaque Rededication

William Henry Harrison   The City of Pasadena honored the legacy of William Henry Harrison in a plaque rededication ceremony yesterday. Harrison made history as…

Huntington Library Debuts New American Art Wing This Weekend

The Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art at The Huntington. Opens to the public on October 22,…

Huntington Announces Launch of Crowdsourcing Project to Transcribe, Decode U.S. Civil War Telegrams

Papers of Thomas T. Eckert (1862–1877), an extensive and extraordinarily rare collection of nearly 16,000 Civil War telegrams. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. In a move to gain new insights into the U.S. Civil War, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today the public launch of an innovative crowdsourcing project to transcribe and decipher a collection of nearly 16,000 Civil War telegrams between Abraham Lincoln, his Cabinet, and officers of the Union Army. Roughly one-third of the messages were written in code. The Huntington is collaborating on the “Decoding the Civil War” project with…

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