Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Pasadena: Unexpected Roots

When I first began to explore the history of Pasadena, I was focused primarily on Latinos.  There was a paucity of facts on members of the community and there were a lot folks who had really interesting lives that weren't well known.  Like most other folks who delve or dive into archives it quickly became clear that the history was one more of connections than of isolation.
I get to share a bit of what I've learned next week.
This event is organized by the Pasadena Museum of History.
It's really an honor to not only be giving the talk, but to be doing so at the Blacker House is a once in a life time experience.
"Join us for an evening  filled with intimate stories of Pasadena’s earliest days as reflected in the romance, marriage, and works of Arturo Bandini and Helen Elliott Bandini: a melding of the legacies of Old California and a Transcendentalist sensibility to women’s identity and roles.  Our guide, Pasadena’s Roberta H. Martínez, author ofLatinos in Pasadena, will point out unexpected connections with the Valley Hunt Club, Greene and Greene architecture, Charles Lummis, and even the Manhattan Project.  Ms. Martínez is the Executive Director of Latino Heritage; and as an independent researcher and scholar, she has explored many of the lesser-known nooks and crannies of Pasadena history.

This event takes place at the renowned 1907 Blacker House, designed by Greene and Greene".
Image: Arturo Bandini leaning against a tree with two unidentified men.
Courtesy of the Archives, Pasadena Museum of History (People-B).

Members-Only At Home Series Event

Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 pm at Blacker House, Pasadena

Tickets: PMH Members Only, $30 per person.  RSVP online or by calling 626.577.1660, ext. 10.


  1. Looks good… Hope i can make it!

  2. Hope you can make it.
    I'm just editing some last thoughts. I want to at least share a bit about their grand daughter and great grand daughter. They have a fascinating family!