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The Singing Recruiter: James Gowdy Clark

June 2, 2015

From “Children of the Battlefield” by James Gowdy Clark, 1864: Upon the field of Gettysburg The summer was high, When freedom met her haughty foe, Read More »

W.R.C. – The Official Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic

May 26, 2015

The Woman’s Relief Corp, founded in the late 1870s in New England, quickly became a national organization, and eventually the official auxiliary to the Grand Read More »

Memorial Day: A Civil War Holiday

May 19, 2015

In May of 1865 in Charleston, South Carolina, the African American community decorated the graves of Union soldiers who had died while in a Confederate Read More »

The Reverend Colonel Higgins

May 12, 2015

Reverend David J. Higgins was already in his forties by the time the Civil War began and was an established minister. He decided that it Read More »

A Closer Look at Thaddeus Lowe

May 7, 2015

Civil War balloonist Thaddeus Lowe was born on August 20, 1832 in Jefferson, New Hampshire. His full name was Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe, and with Read More »

The John F. Godfrey Post, Grand Army of the Republic

May 5, 2015

The John F. Godfrey Post was far from the first Grand Army post formed in California. In fact, it was the ninety-third! Pasadena didn’t form Read More »

Thomas Croft: The Man Who Owned Pasadena for a Day

April 28, 2015

Thomas Croft was an organized man. That served him well during his time in the Union Navy during the Civil War. He was an officer, Read More »

What’s an Enfield, and Why is it in the Exhibit?

April 21, 2015

The Enfield .577 caliber rifled musket was the second most common weapon used in the American Civil War, largely because it was used by both Read More »

Cruising Colorado Boulevard: A Memoir

November 4, 2014

My chariot to freedom arrived in the form of a jalopy. I had turned 16 in July and my driver’s license was aching to go Read More »

The Arts & Crafts Origins of the Finnish Folk Art Museum

December 9, 2012

Many people who’ve been to the Finnish Folk Art Museum assume this “tupa,” or Finnish-style farmhouse. was designed in authentic Scandinavian style. But in its Read More »