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Civil War Exhibitions at Pasadena Museum of History – Expanded Information & Special Programming

Pasadena GAR in Memorial Park, circa 1920 (Special Collections) In a year that marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil war, Pasadena Museum of History joins with organizations nationwide to commemorate the sesquicentennial of a conflict that has continued to affect the America in which we live. When Johnny Came Marching West: How the Civil War Shaped Pasadena and Thaddeus Lowe: Chief…

Pasadena Museum of History Honors Jericho Road Pasadena and Hometown Pasadena

L-R: Julie Stires, Melanie Goodyear, Jeannette O’Malley (PMH Executive Director), Karen Craig (PMH Trustee), Kat Ward. Photo credit: Jim Staub Two local organizations and a Museum volunteer were singled out for special accolades at the…

Experts to Reveal Contents of Centuries-Old Chinese Manuscript Discovered in Huntington Library’s Archives

Pages from section 10,270 of the “Yongle Encyclopedia,” 1562–1567. Photo courtesy of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Two historians will discuss an almost 500-year-old Chinese manuscript recently uncovered in the Huntington Library…

Pasadena Museum of History Presents “The Giddings-Hollingsworth Edition”

Pasadena Museum History’s Collections Quarterly, sent out four times a year, features new acquisitions and loans as well as select items from the Archives, art and artifacts collection, and the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo collections. Giddings-Hollingsworth family in…

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…

Saturday, April 18

Armenian Genocide Memorial to be Unveiled, Dedicated Saturday

An artist's rendering of the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Monument On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Saturday, April 18 at 3:00…

Monday, April 27

Altadena in the 1940s: Richard Bale Remembers

Richard Bale remembers that in the 1940s it wasn’t uncommon to see horses and cows pastured on the west side of Altadena, and chickens and…

Monday, July 20

Altadena Man’s Obsession Results in “Then and Now” Photo Exhibit by Historical Society

An Altadena man’s obsession with photographing his community over 50-some years has resulted in a “Then and Now” exhibit of photographs in a local gallery.…

Monday, October 12

Huntington Exhibition Commemorates Magna Carta’s 800th Anniversary, Explores the Establishment of the Rule of Law

Left: Members copy of the U.S. Constitution, printed by the Constitutional Convention for members of Congress, 1787. Right: Rare draft of the Magna Carta, Laws…

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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 the automobile, was subsequently transformed into Pasadena’s first electric car dealership. The design, including the classic Beaux Arts exterior and magnificent galleria, is the work of C.W. Buchanan, one of Pasadena’s most prolific architects. By the late 1970s the Braley Building, along with the rest of Pasadena’s old town, had succumbed to urban blight and was slated for demolition. A concerted band of citizens joined…

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