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In the Community

A presentation by Paul Ayers at the Altadena Community Center


We provide speakers, exhibits, information, articles for publications, and research assistance to schools; community groups and organizations such as the Altadena Libraries, the Town Council, the Chamber of Commerce; Altadena businesses, senior groups, and other local historical societies.

Talks include “Ten FAQs about Altadena,” ” The Millionaires Who Invented Altadena,” “History of the Cobb Estate,” and more. Let us know your interests and we can prepare a program that meets your needs.


From time to time we offer walking or driving tours or events in historic places to tell the stories of buildings and families in Altadena’s past.


We welcome the opportunity to work together with other organizations in Altadena. Here are a few of our more recent projects:

Hidden Histories project

Recognizing that the voices of marginalized communities (including Black, indigenous, Asian, and Latino) are often silent, AHS partnered with the Altadena Library and the Altadena Town Council to host Hidden Histories. These live events featured local community members telling their own stories about life in Altadena. Visit the Library’s page to listen to the recordings and learn more.

Fourteen Decades of Altadena History

This permanent exhibit located in the lobby of the Altadena Community Center linking Altadena History to the annular rings of a felled Christmas Tree Lane tree is a result of a partnership with the Altadena Community Center Advisory Board and dedicated Altadena volunteers.

100 Years of Lights

An entertaining video tour of Christmas Tree Lane as it celebrated its centennial, made possible by a partnership between the Altadena Libraries, Christmas Tree Lane Association, and Altadena Historical Society.