by Timothy Rutt
After the Native Americans, some of Altadena's earliest pioneers were Mexicanos who moved in to unsettled lands. Author and historian Roberta Martinez will look at Altadena's Latino heritage in an Altadena Historical Society program on Mon., Jan. 27.
ALTADENA: HOMESTEADERS, SQUATTERS AND EARLY PIONEERS
Before real estate developers discovered Altadena in the 1850s, Mexicanos, homesteaders and squatters laid claim to areas near Altadena’s canyons. Setting up residence on unoccupied land, our earliest pioneers have a historical legacy not yet fully told. Using photos and maps, Roberta will discuss her recent discoveries about early local land use relative to the Homestead Act instituted in the 19th century to populate the wide-open western United States. After the event Roberta will be selling and signing her book, Latinos in Pasadena.
Roberta H. Martinez is the Executive Director of Latino Heritage, an organization that is dedicated to promoting knowledge of the Latino experience and history through cultural and educational programs in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley. Roberta graduated from UC Riverside with a degree in Music History. An author, historian, television producer, advisor for the Pasadena Historical Museum, Roberta published her most recent book Latinos in Pasadena in 2009. Her specific area of research is Latino heritage and women’s issues. She currently co-chairs Pasadena City College President’s Latino Advisory Committee.
The presentation will be Monday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 PM at the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Drive.