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Endowment Gift Supports Regional History



Pasadena resident Gary Cowles is fascinated by the history of the San Gabriel Valley, particularly the valley’s earliest years when property and water rights were changing hands. He is not alone; the region has long fascinated scholars.


“From the mission period until the present day, the San Gabriel Valley has been part of the economic engine that propelled California to be the world’s ninth largest economy,” says David Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library. More than 20 percent of the scholars who use the collections each year study California history. And The Huntington’s own history is an integral part of that larger story. Henry Huntington, through his land holdings and business interests, was one of the major players in the region’s economic development.


From his own investigation into the rich and diverse history of the ranchlands that eventually became the Huntington estate, Cowles knows first-hand the importance of preserving historic material. That is why he and his wife Norma decided to establish the Gary and Norma Cowles Endowment for Huntington and Local History. The fund will provide permanent support for a broad range of activities such as collection development, cataloging, oral histories, scholarly research, and public programs.


“We’re very grateful to Norma and Gary,” says Zeidberg. “Their gift means we will have the funds to make material available for further research into the region’s history and to help broaden public understanding.”


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