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About Pasadena

Altadena Historical Society
Altadena Historical Society, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1935 to gather, preserve, and make available information about the people, places, and events that have shaped the community in the past. Click here to subscribe to their quarterly news letter by becoming a member.

Pasadena Historical Society
Founded in 1924 as the Pasadena Historical Society, Pasadena Museum of History operates the only Museum and Research Library devoted solely to preserving and educating the public about the history of Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley. It is an independent nonprofit cultural institution funded by generous gifts from foundations, corporations, businesses, individuals, and our members. Membership includes an annual meeting and access to other historical museums.

The Pasadena History Home Page
A short history of Pasadena from 1886 to Present. The land now famous for the Tournament of Roses, the Rose Bowl, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and California Institute of Technology, was once occupied by the Hahamogna Tribe of Native Americans. In 1886 Pasadena incorporated, largely as a measure to rid the city of its saloon.

Old Pasadena History
Old Pasadena is nationally recognized for its vibrant main street revitalization. Old Pasadena offers memorable architecture and reflects the traditions of early California, blending in a cultivated collection of shopping, delectable dining and endless entertainment. In January 1875, the first schoolhouse was built near the intersection of California Street and Orange Grove Avenue.

About California

California History and Culture - State Symbols
Here's where you find all that information for that state report, like state bird or flower.

California History
A major collection of documents from and about California's rich history. The documents range from books, maps, newspapers, and periodicals, to pictorial materials (including daguerreotypes, lithographs, stereographs, and paintings) and ephemera (such as posters, programs, pamphlets, and sheet music).

California History Online
Lovely California Historical Society website includes geographic information, California natives, early explorers, to modern times.

California Interesting Facts (
Site where you can find interesting facts such as - One out of every eight United States residents lives in California.

California Regional Map
Large (500k jpg) | Small (80k jpg) -- Perfect for that 4th grade California history report.

Early California History: An Overview
California's history is so romantic and filled with legend that it is fitting that the region was named for a fictional island peopled by pagan Amazons.

Heyday Books
Publishing books about California history, culture, and literature.

San Gabriel Valley's First Settler's Cemetery
Savannah Memorial Park is a 4.5-acre piece of land at Valley Boulevard and Mission Drive contains may headstones where some of the original settlers were buried. The association has compiled a database of individuals buried on this historic site.

Pasadena Historic and Landmark Districts
This map shows all of the City of Pasadena's Historic areas and National Register Historic Districts.

Historical Figures in Early California

On June 27, 1542, an explorer under Spanish command, named Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, left the port of Navidad on the Pacific Coast of what is now Mexico and headed north.

Juan Bautista de Anza
Juan Bautista de Anza was the first European to establish an overland route from Mexico, through the Sonoran Desert, to the Pacific coast of California. New World Spanish explorers had been seeking such a route through the Desert Southwest for more than two centuries.

Governors of California
A tribute to the individuals who have served as chief executive of the State of California from 1849 to present.

Russia's Great Voyages
More than two hundred years ago, Russian naturalists, ethnographers, astronomers, cartographers, geographers and artists first described the west coast of America to the rest of the world.

Sir Francis Drake
The British explorer, Sir Francis Drake, sailed up the coast of California in 1579.