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Altadena’s History On Display

Every year, the Historical Society puts up a new exhibit in the small museum space within its archive.

Current exhibit

Eyes on Altadena (2020-2022)
Features exceptional work by local photojournalists. These stunning images capture Altadena over the years and were carefully assembled by the photographers themselves. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the museum to close, this exhibit will continue through the end of 2022.

Past exhibits

Theatre Americana (2019)
Born during America’s Little Theater movement in the 1930s, Theatre Americana was a playwright’s workshop, an artistic endeavor, and a popular part of Altadena’s social scene. It was the driving force in securing New Deal WPA funding to create Farnsworth Park and construct the Davies Building, Altadena’s first recreation center. With images, quotes, playbills, props, and more, this exhibit told the story of the Theatre Americana.

Five Men and the Mountains (2017-2018)
Featuring their words, maps, photos, and memorabilia from the 1890s through the 1950s, the exhibit profiled Theodore Lukens, Will Thrall, Don McLain, L.T. Gotchy, and George Wharton James, five men who dedicated their lives to charting, conserving, and promoting the San Gabriel mountains.

Interesting Altadenans (2016)
This exhibit highlighted fifty famous and fascinating Altadenans–movie stars, artists, authors, scientists, athletes, and more.

Altadena In the Rose Parade (2015)
Featuring documents, parade programs, photographs, and clippings, the inaugural show in AHS’s new exhibit space celebrated our community’s seven decades of participation in the internationally known event.