Steve Baker was a keystone in Monrovia's history, serving as the city’s memory for decades as he worked diligently to share our history with everyone he met. To make good on a debt that can never truly be repaid, our local community organizations are raising funds for a Samson Bear in Steve’s honor. As the contributions from our local organizations are covering the cost of the bear itself, we invite others to contribute as well; donations to this fundraiser will help pay the additional expenses related to the "Steve Baker Bear's" installation and long-term maintenance for years to come. The Bear will be placed and themed to highlight Steve’s personality and contributions – though his signature top hat is a must!
Will you help us memorialize one of Monrovia’s most irreplaceable residents?
Steve Baker is also being memorialized with a web app called stevebakersmonrovia.com. It enables users to take a virtual stroll through Monrovia and learn about its historic places. App users get to be in his company – listening to videos of him speaking, reading words he's written based on his research, and viewing old photos identified by him.
More About Steve:
Steve Baker (1941-2022) was Monrovia’s city historian for thirty years, and his love of its history and ability to recall it set him apart from his peers and made him the ultimate resource about the city’s history. His life in Monrovia for most of his eighty years and refusal to own a television left him time to read, learn and wonder about our town’s history. He painstakingly researched facts, answered obscure questions, and documented the history of people, places, and buildings.