Pasadena Museum of History remembers the birthdays of the Colorado Street Bridge and the city Saturday
By Rebecca Kuzins 06/20/2013
The Pasadena Museum of History is throwing a party Saturday to celebrate Pasadena’s 127th anniversary and the Colorado Street Bridge’s 100th birthday, with festivities that include a gala birthday-cake-cutting ceremony, appearances by Mayor Bill Bogaard and other city dignitaries, live music and dance performances by the Pasadena Ballroom Association.
The party will also feature exhibits and activities organized by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena Heritage, the Pasadena Sister Cities Committee and other organizations, examining Pasadena’s “bridges” to community, exploration, health, history, imagination and understanding. The theme of bridges will also be explored in activities for children sponsored by Kidspace Children’s Museum, Side Street Projects and We Tell Stories.
The museum will also mount “The Colorado Street Bridge Centennial Exhibition,” displaying images of the bridge created by local artists, photographers, writers and designers. The exhibit opens on Nov. 9 and runs through Jan. 12. Among the artifacts on display will be historic and contemporary photographs, original paintings and drawings, and the work of contemporary artist Kenton Nelson.
In addition, the Los Angeles Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers plans to place a plaque on the bridge in commemoration of its centennial. The tentative date for installation is Dec. 7, with details yet to be determined.
Pasadena’s 127th birthday celebration will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St. Visit pasadenahistory.org or call (626) 577-1669 ext. 10 for more information.
The party is free to the public. No reservations required.