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Featured Historical Photos

Featured Historical Image:


Mother and Son at the Arcadia Public Library 

As we celebrate the Arcadia Public Library centennial this year, we are pleased to feature this endearing 1953 photograph of a mother and son entering the Arcadia Public Library, at 25 North First Avenue. Many local residents remember this building from their childhoods and fondly refer to it as the “old” library. Modeled after the Hill Avenue branch of the Pasadena Public Library, it served the community from 1930 until 1961, when the new library was built at 20 West Duarte Road. Even though the old library building was demolished, a historical marker, placed at the northwest corner of Huntington Drive and First Avenue, documents its existence and importance to the history of Arcadia. 

Also shown in the photograph are library employee Eleanor Gilbert at the circulation desk and a patron browsing the 7-day book area.

If you are interested in Arcadia’s rich history, visit either the Arcadia History Room located at the Arcadia Public Library or the Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage. The Arcadia History Room is shown by appointment only. Call 626-821-5569 for more information on the Library’s collection or 626-574-5440 for more information about the Museum’s collection. 


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Published: July 07, 2020