Yearly Archives: 2014

Preservation Week Programming – Shoebox Collections

433PDHC will be celebrating National Preservation Week, April 27 – May 3, 2014 by providing preservation tips throughout the week on Facebook and with preservation events:

Shoebox Collections

Date & Time: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:30 to 9:00 pm

Location: Technology Learning Center, Pasadena Central Library, 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena 91101

View current “shoebox collections.” Learn what resources are available to research your own family photos. Presented by Pasadena Public Library’s Local History Librarian Dan McLaughlin, who recently authored and published Pasadena history Headline Quiz: 690 Pasadena History Trivia Questions taken From Pasadena Newspaper Headlines.

Reservations: Space is limited; reservations suggested. Please email


Preservation Week Programming – Capture the Memories

555PDHC will be celebrating National Preservation Week, April 27 – May 3, 2014, by providing preservation tips throughout the week on Facebook and with preservation events:

Capture the Memories

Date & Time: Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10:00  am to 1:00 pm

Location: Orientation Room (LL-311), Shatford Library, Pasadena City College, 1570 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106. Please note that parking will be available that day in Lot 5 off of Bonnie Avenue.

Do you have family photos that show Pasadena’s past? Would you like your family to be part of a larger history of Pasadena and share them with researchers and people specifically interested in our community? PDHC is looking for family photos of Pasadena to add to our digital collection of online historical images. Bring in your photos, and students from PCC’s Digitization Skills Certificate Program will scan them on the spot and add them to the database. Participants will receive a cd with copies of their images.

Reservations: None required. However, it is recommended that prior to the event, patrons fill out the metadata form for each photograph they plan to have scanned.

Special Online Exhibition

Hal HubbardPDHC is proud to announce the launch of a special exhibition – A Journalist’s Journey: Harold Norwood Hubbard, 1899-1996. The veteran journalist, Harold Norwood Hubbard, began his illustrious career in 1924 as a cub reporter at the Hollywood Citizen-News, starting a lifetime dedicated to news reporting in Southern California in the 20th century. In the course of his term at the Citizen-News he became “assistant managing editor, managing editor, editor and, often simultaneously, travel editor, political editor, weekly publications editor, feature editor, editor of the editorial page, book editor, and almost every other kind of editor except sports and society.” (HNH) He was there during the glamorous heyday of old Hollywood, covering the motion picture business, and to some he was known as the ‘dean of journalists’ writing about Hollywood. During his term he covered every Oscar presentation – – probably more times than anyone else. Hubbard helped merge the Hollywood News, a Copley publication, with the Citizen-News, and later merge the Citizen-News with the Valley Times. He was with the Citizen-News until its bankruptcy in 1970. In 1971, according to Hubbard, the Copleys started a new newspaper, the Pasadena Union, in order to fill the gap in circulation between their West San Gabriel papers and the publications centered in Glendale. Although considered for years, they were hesitant about moving into Pasadena because of the presence of a well-established daily and of well-established weeklies. At the Pasadena Union, Hubbard headed the editorial staff and helped develop a wide variety of feature stories of interest to residents of Altadena, Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and Highland Park. He made it his business to meet and talk with as many people as possible. His files document his research. The Union existed from 1971-1973, after which Hubbard actively continued with the Pasadena Star-News through 1996 before passing away at the age of 97.

A Journalist’s Journey was curated by Pasadena Museum of History archives volunteer Barbara Bishop, with the assistance of Michelle Turner, in memory of Marilyn Hubbard Roberts (1930-2013), who donated her father’s papers to the Museum after writing and publishing his biography. Material from this collection is available through the PDHC website.