Mission, History & Leadership

Preserving Our History

AHS raised funds to purchase a marker for the grave of Black civil rights activist Ellen Garrison Clark. The video captures the program celebrating her life and work.

The Altadena Historical Society (AHS) was founded in 1935. We gather, preserve, and share print and digital information about the people, places, and events that have shaped the Altadena community.

Your AHS membership dues and donations allow AHS to continue—and expand—our work in the form of quarterly lectures, collection archives, exhibits, research, publishing, community outreach and more.

AHS is one of the oldest volunteer groups in the community. Explore our website to learn about all we offer—then visit us at the Altadena Community Center.


  • 1935: Founded as the Altadena Historical and Beautification Society.
  • 1935: Installation of public drinking fountain at 2474 N. Lake, now gone.
  • 1938: Publication of Altadena,’by Sarah Noble Ives, a 371 page history of the community.
  • 1930’s and 1940’s: Landscaping projects including poppy plantings and palm trees along Fair Oaks
  • 1976: Publication of Altadena’s Golden Years, by Robert Peterson, a pictorial history of Altadena’s first 90 years.
  • 2003: Establishment of an office and archive at the Altadena Community Center.
  • 2004: Publication of Altadena: Between Wilderness and City, by Michele Zack, a comprehensive written and pictorial history of the entire community.
  • 2020: Altadena Historical Society closes archives during the COVID-19 pandemic but initiates virtual presentations and expands on-line outreach.
  • 2021: The Echo, our semiannual newsletter, publishes volume 94.

Board of Directors

President: Jane Brackman
Vice President: TBD
Secretary: Deirdre Del Rey
Treasurer: Peggy Blue

Minna Adams
Marlane Forsberg
Timothy Gregory
Kathy Hoskins
Veronica Jones
Jean Phillips
Sandra Thomas
Daria Topousis