Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pasadena Digital History Collaboration to relaunch website

On April 21, the Pasadena Digital History Collaboration will be launching a revamped website and image database for Preservation Week.  Now it will be easier than ever to find the photo you’re searching for among the 7,000 records that are available on the PDHC database!  Our records now include Pasadena City directories, with eleven already scanned and available online.  They range in years from 1881 to 1924.

They also include the records of a new organization.  We are proud to announce the addition of a new contributing partner – the City of Pasadena’s Planning Department.  The Planning Department has added more than 100 photographs of homes throughout Pasadena with more records soon to come.

Founded by Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena Museum of History, and Pasadena City College Shatford Library, the PDHC is a consortium of cultural institutions dedicated to assembling, digitizing, and making web-accessible historical documents and artifacts that represent Pasadena’s heritage for the benefit of both the local community and researchers world-wide.

Capture the Memories
Event: Do you have family photos that show Pasadena’s past? Would you like your family to be a part of a larger history ofPasadena and share them with researchers and people specifically interested in our community? PDHC is looking for family photos of Pasadena to add to their 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 digitized images.Date & Time:  Saturday, April 20, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Orientation Room (LL-311), Shatford Library, Pasadena City College, 1570 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106.  Please note that free parking will be available that day in Lot 5 off of Bonnie Avenue.
Reservations:  None required.

Shoebox Collections
Event:  Pasadena Public Library’s Local History Librarian Dan McLaughlin will present examples of current “shoebox collections,” and highlight the strengths of these photos as part of the PDHC online collection. He will also suggest resources that people can use to research their own family photos.
Date & Time:  Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 pm
Location:  Technology Learning Center, Pasadena Central Library, 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91101
Reservations:  Space is limited; reservations suggested. Please email

Address Sleuths
Event:  Facebook users are encouraged to post a Pasadenaaddress on the PDHC Facebook page.  It can be any address – your home or a property you’ve always found fascinating.  Our volunteers will then do the research for you and send back some interesting tidbit within two weeks – it could be a photo, an architectural plan, or information about past owners.  Who knows what our address sleuths will uncover?
Date & Time:  Sunday, April 21 through Saturday, April 27

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