The Arcadia Historical Society, founded in 1952, was created for the purpose of collecting and preserving artifacts and materials reflecting the rich heritage of Arcadia, California. The Society and its auxiliary group, the Friends of the Society, stage events, programs and exhibitions, occasionally in cooperation with the The Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage.
The Society holds four general membership meetings each year; in November, January, March, and May. A program of historical interest is the highlight of these meetings. At the Annual Meeting, members in good standing are eligible to vote for the Board of Directors. Members receive Caminos (a quarterly newsletter. Read our latest issue here) invitations to Museum exhibitions, receptions, and Arcadia Historical Society program. Between newsletters, look for news, announcements, and reflections, or share your thoughts and information of historical interest on our blog.
George Sanders- A Prescription For Big Meeting Turnout
It was standing room only at our January 16 General Meeting where guest speaker George Sanders, former Colonial Pharmacy owner and pharmacist told captivating stories about his childhood immigration from Hungary and his early enlistment in the US Army and his impressive rise from Army Private to Captain during his deployment in the WWII European theatre where he participated in the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge earning the Bronze Star medal, the fourth highest individual military award, awarded for acts of heroism, acts of merit or meritorious service in a combat zone. The Arcadia Historical Society strives to provide interesting topics and speakers in their continuing community outreach activities, as evidenced in this very successful meeting and member-guest turnout.
There They Go!
GENERAL MEETING~THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
Walk of Champions off to a Great Start!
Thanks to all who came to the October 3rd meeting, where Gail Marshall, Beth Costanza, and Sandy Snider shared news of the successful fundraising efforts for the ”Thoroughbred Walk of Champions,” another exciting community initiative of the Arcadia Historical Society. Champion committee members offered background information and details about the unfolding plans for the Walk. Coming soon: details about the creation and installation of the commemorative plaques!
Arcadia Business Icon Honored at September AHS/Chamber Breakfast
September 19, 2013–Wells Fargo Bank- Baldwin Avenue branch, was heralded as a Arcadia’s September “Business Icon” in a joint presentation made by Arcadia Historical Society president Gene Glasco and Arcadia Chamber of Commerce CEO Scott Hettrick at an early morning breakfast in the Sunset Room at Santa Anita Golf Course. Wells Fargo is known for their devotion in portraying municipal histories on colorful murals in their banking facilities and Arcadia’s Baldwin branch is no exception. Located at 1200 S. Baldwin Avenue, a 20 by 5 foot mural of early Arcadia history is particularly noteworthy with abstracts such as a marble-pillared Arcadia City Hall, images of Arcadia’s founder Elias J. (“Lucky”) Baldwin, the Santa Anita Racetrack, the Pacific Electric Railway and many other notable impressions that make the Wells Fargo Baldwin branch panorama a fun and interesting place to visit. Wells Fargo Bank excels in personal and small business banking and is the largest retail mortgage lender in the United States as of Q3 2011, originating one out of every four home loans. The Arcadia Historical Society congratulates Wells Fargo Baldwin branch for their wonderful achievement as one of Arcadia’s Business Icons!
Jessica Ortiz-Assistant Vice President/Store Manager, Wells Fargo Bank, Baldwin branch receiving joint Arcadia Chamber of Commerce and Arcadia Historical Society “Business Icon” award from Arcadia Historical Society President, Gene Glasco (left) and CEO Scott Hettrick, Arcadia Chamber of Commerce (right).
Arcadia Business Icon Honored at August AHS/Chamber Breakfast
Frank Perini, owner of Perini’s Hair Plus (formerly Frank’s Barber Shop) for 50 years was officially recognized in a joint presentation by the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce and the Arcadia Historical Society as an Arcadia “business icon” at the Chamber’s early morning networking breakfast Thursday, August 22, held at the Santa Anita Golf Course Sunset Room. An attractive plaque was presented to Perini in by Arcadia Chamber of Commerce CEO Scott Hettrick, and Arcadia Historical Society president Gene Glasco, in recognition of Perini’s five-plus decades of continuous operation at 73 East Foothill Boulevard. Gene and many of his friends were frequent customers of Frank’s Barber Shop, dating back to the mid nineteen-fifties.
Hats Off to Carol Libby
May 30, 2013
Right to Left- Society members “Barb” Kovacic, Arcadia City Councilman Gary Kovacic, Carol Libby, and Society President/Arcadia City Clerk pose in front of large decorated cake before serving to 84+ people at the Arboretum’s Peacock Cafe. Carol Libby receives beautiful plaque and recognition from Arcadia Chamber of Commerce CEO, Scott Hettrick during a special presentation honoring Carol for her decades long volunteer involvement in the community.
What a beautiful– and chock full of surprises–gift basket Julie Harris put together for Carol’s special day! Awesome!
See what you missed, and keep watch for our next auction date!
Lucky now stands tall in the Arcadia City Rose Garden!
Accolades for the Society
This Certificate of Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Judy Chu was presented to the Arcadia Historical Society at the Baldwin statue and “History Lives Here” Marker dedication held on Tuesday, April 16. The new Marker, adjacent to the Lucky Baldwin statue, is the tenth in a series of Markers that populate many historic sites within the City of Arcadia’s boundaries and is an informative and fitting tribute to Arcadia’s founder, Elias J. (Lucky) Baldwin. The Baldwin Marker was produced by Arcadia Historical Society Board member Sandy Snider who, along with Marker Committee Chairman Scott Hettrick, is responsible for seeking out historical places of interest for past and future installation of signage relating to Arcadia’s rich and storied history.
AHS Board Members in Our Community!
Congratulations to our Board members, Carol Libby and Sandy Snider on their wonderful exhibition at the library. For full coverage, check out this article on Board member Scott Hettrick’s Arcadia’s Best site!
“Chronicles of Arcadia” Unveiled in Author’s Back Yard
It was a warm afternoon in Carol Libby’s resplendent backyard, but that didn’t stop an enthusiastic crowd of sixty plus Arcadia history buffs who turned out last Sunday, August 12 to pick up a copy of Libby’s latest book, “Chronicles of Arcadia”. Th “Chronicles of Arcadia” is a compilation of pictures, anecdotal stories, and historical fact documenting the early influences of the Baldwin era from Arcadia’s infancy to contemporary times. In addition to noteworthy contributions from various community individuals, the “Chronicles of Arcadia” includes a collection of articles gleaned from the files of the Arcadia historical Society and past issues of its newsletter, the “Caminos”. Guests at this gala affair were treated to hors d oeurves, cool drinks, and a light buffet of beef dip sandwiches and cold salads. This interesting collection of articles and memories will be a great addition to your library or coffee table and make a perfect gift for the upcoming holidays. Copies can be purchased for $20.00 plus $5.00 postage on our Gift Shop page: Purchase Chronicles of Arcadia » To purchase by check or money order, send to: P.O. Box 661332, Arcadia, CA 91066-1332 or E-Mail: email@example.com General Meeting of the Arcadia Historical Society open to all members and guests followed by a presentation regarding the “Thoroughbred Walk of Champions”, another exciting community initiative of the Arcadia Historical Society. “Champion” committee members Gail Marshall, Beth Costanza and Sandy Snider will provide an interesting retrospective and detailed description of the “Walk of Champions” from inception to installation of the beautiful bronze sidewalk plaques that will beautify Huntington Drive and adjoining streets. Refreshments will be served.