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We hold free quarterly history-related programs for our members and the public four times a year, with knowledgeable speakers like historian Paul Ayers and building biographer Tim Gregory or fascinating subjects like the Leon Ricks collection of photos showing Altadena in the 60s and 70s.

2023 Juneteenth Celebration

Monday, June 19, 2023 at 11:30 am
William D. Davis Memorial Building at Farnsworth Park
568 Mount Curve Ave., Altadena

Join the Altadena Historical Society (AHS) and Mountain View Mortuary to commemorate Juneteenth. AHS will award two $1,000 Ellen Garrison Clark Scholarships to John Muir High School graduating seniors at a luncheon. Tickets are $20, or $160 for a table of 8. BUY TICKETS ONLINE

Paul Ayers: The Cabin Culture of the Arroyo Seco

Monday, April 24, 2023 at 7:30 pm
Altadena Community Center

Historian Paul Ayers examines a lost recreational community that thrived on the upper Arroyo Seco in the first half of the 20th century. Spurred on by a Forest Service program that offered cheap cabin leases and facilitated by a County Road that was the original planned route of the Angeles Crest Highway, the area became the home to three major resorts and over 150 cabins.

Robert Owens: Altadena’s Early Black Entrepreneur

Monday, January 23, 2023
Altadena Community Center

Erik Hillard, a local outdoorsman and trail builder, shares the story of Robert Owens, for whom El Prieto Canyon was named. Owens, born into slavery in 1806, became the wealthiest Black man in Los Angeles County.

The Double Life and Explosive Death of Rocketry Pioneer Jack Parsons

Monday, October 17, 2022
Altadena Community Center

Former Altadena Town Council member and journalist Justin Chapman discusses his research and articles on Jack Parsons, whose pioneering rocketry work helped lead to the founding of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and who also practiced Black Magic at night.

Watch these presentations on our YouTube Channel.

Juneteenth Black History Program

Ellen Garrison Clark Celebration
AHS raised funds to purchase a marker for the grave of Black civil rights activist Ellen Garrison Clark. The video, available on YouTube (link to YouTube) captures the program celebrating her life and work.

Book signing: Letters from the Sphinx
Paul Rollins, author of Letters from the Sphinx discussed his new book about the William Allen family, early Altadena pioneers, at the Altadena Main Library.

Getting Around in Old Altadena
Author Richard Bale showed images from his unpublished manuscript tracing the history of transportation from early days in Altadena through the1940s and 50s.