History
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, innovative design and charitable interests in Pasadena’s unique and rich heritage. They also introduced a new award: the Arroyo Service Award. Awardees Don and Nancy McIntyre were honored for their extraordinary impact on the Pasadena community. The black tie event…

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 Water Department and after heading down a small hill and…

“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…

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…

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,…

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…

Local History Professor Examines “The Arc of Abolition”

Assistant Professor of History Sarah Gronningsater Credit: Caltech Assistant Professor of History Sarah Gronningsater, who grew up in New York City, played on the same playground nearly every day of her childhood. She did not know it as a child, but from the 1820s to the 1850s, a group of free African American households lived on the very site of that playground. Gronningsater sees this as a striking coincidence, as she is now a historian studying 18th and 19th century American history, with a particular focus on African Americans in New York State. We sat down with her to discuss…

More Stories