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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 often go unheeded in a city which turns 132 years old this weekend? Archivist Anuja Navarre of the Pasadena Museum of History took out time preparing for this Sunday’s open-to-the-public city birthday party to fish up a few corkers for…

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…

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…

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,…

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 new assistant professor of history, calligraphy is not just a hobby—it is practice to help her read and analyze historical documents. Dykstra is a historian studying the policies, government, and everyday life in China during the last dynasty—from the 17th to the early 20th century. We sat down with her to discuss Chinese history, calligraphy, her hobbies, and the importance of teaching history to science…

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