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Baseball Signed by Babe Ruth Stored for Fifty Years in Pasadena Basement Now Up for Auction

Image credit: Lelands.com A baseball that Babe Ruth autographed in Los Angeles in 1927 and gave to father-and-son Fern Ambrose and Fern Gramer Yarbrough when the “Bambino” was in town to shoot a silent movie has been sitting in its original Wilson sporting goods box in a Pasadena basement for over half a century. The ball, certified by a top authentication company, is now up…

The Other-Worldly Exhibit That Puts Pasadena at the Epicenter of All Things Science Fiction Opens Today with Free Intergalactic Party

It’s no surprise that Pasadena is synonymous with space travel and cosmic collaborations on a global scale thanks to innovative institutions such as Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, but some experts go farther and claim…

Rose Bowl Wins Historic Preservation Award

Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium has been named one of nine recipients of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s 37th Annual Preservation Awards, which recognize achievement in the field of historic preservation. This year’s projects reflect a wide…

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…

Take A Virtual Stroll of Pasadena’s Neighborhoods, Shaped by the Wealthy, the Railroad, and the Vacationers

Different eras of Pasadena’s past are visible in the architecture found in all corners of town and one local historian says that city would look much different if the once-booming railroad that surged through the…

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s First Visit to Pasadena, in 1958, Was to the Caltech Y

Photo: Image courtesy Caltech Y Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was to visit Pasadena three times. His very first visit came in the winter of…

Pasadena Museum of History Honors Sheryl and Ed Peters at Grand Opening of the Fenyes Mansion Servant’s Room

Pasadena residents Sheryl and Ed Peters were honored at a champagne reception at Pasadena Museum of History on Wednesday, November 29, for their underwriting of…

Pasadena Museum of History Dazzles with Contemporary History Makers Gala

On Saturday, October 28, the Pasadena Museum of History celebrated Contemporary History Makers awardees Ken and Tracy McCormick and Penny Plotkin for their civic passion,…

On Halloween 81 Years Ago, JPL Came Into Being

Eighty-one years ago this Halloween, at 9 a.m., a truck from the California Institute of Technology turned on to a road owned by the Pasadena…

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 tag of $10.5 million. Situated just off of South Orange Grove on Madeline Street, the home was built in 1930 against the tumultous backdrop of the nation’s free-falling economy. The stock market had crashed only the year before, the Great Depression was gripping Pasadena and financially-ruined men were jumping to their deaths off the Colorado Street bridge. Yet here, the cigarette-fortune-fueled heiress to the Liggette…

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