The Altadena Historical Society began collecting oral histories back in the days of audio tapes to record the personal recollections of longtime Altadenans for future generations.
We have over 35 oral histories, now on CDs. Please come to the archives to hear their memories. Transcripts are available for some of these recordings.
Our collection also includes fascinating first-person written accounts of Altadena life, including those of Richard Bale, author Growing Up in Altadena in the 1940’s and Mary Agnes Crank, who told of ranch life here in the 1870’s.
We continue to look for people with interesting experiences of life in Altadena as we add to our collection. Notable AHS oral histories include those of:
Freddi Brook and Jeanette Dillinger
Frank and Jo DuPuy
Dr. Charles Haines Jr.
Laurie and Doug Kinsinger
Walter and Dorothy Lepisto
C. Scudder Nash