Pasadena Museum of History

Pasadena Museum of History The Mission of the Museum is to promote an appreciation of history, culture, arts, and sciences relevant to Pasadena and adjoining communities.

Founded in 1924 to preserve and share the rich history, art, and culture of Pasadena and neighboring communities, Pasadena Museum of History has developed into one of the country's premiere institutions of its size. PMH is an independent nonprofit cultural institution funded by generous gifts from foundations, corporations, businesses, individuals, and our members.

The MADness this weekend has started. PMH Members can enjoy reciprocal admission and store discounts at 12 other cultura...
05/10/2019
MADness: Membership Appreciation Days • Pasadena Museum of History

The MADness this weekend has started. PMH Members can enjoy reciprocal admission and store discounts at 12 other cultural institutions.

Your PMH membership card can be used twice a year to receive free admission and a 20% discount in the stores of other local museums.

PMH is pleased to announce its participation in the 10th annual Blue Star Museums. The 2019 program begins earlier than ...
05/10/2019

PMH is pleased to announce its participation in the 10th annual Blue Star Museums. The 2019 program begins earlier than in past years, launching on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day. A list of participating museums nationwide is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Visitors to PMH will see this Superman and other carousel figures, rocking horses, and toys that inspire movement in Giddy Up: Children Take the Reins. pasadenahistory.org/giddyup

Teachers at McKinley Junior High School in 1935 (Main Photo Collection, S14-23). #ThankATeacher
05/07/2019

Teachers at McKinley Junior High School in 1935 (Main Photo Collection, S14-23). #ThankATeacher

Pasadena Hospital's Graduating Class of Nurses, 1917 (Main Photo Collection, H51-15) #NationalNursesDay
05/06/2019

Pasadena Hospital's Graduating Class of Nurses, 1917 (Main Photo Collection, H51-15) #NationalNursesDay

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Come celebrate this afternoon at the Open House for the new exhibition Giddy Up: Children Take the ...
05/05/2019

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Come celebrate this afternoon at the Open House for the new exhibition Giddy Up: Children Take the Reins. One entire wall of the exhibit features carousel figures made in Mexico. https://pasadenahistory.org/giddyup

Parking is available in the Museum parking lot. Please note there is no parking on Walnut Street today due to the concert at the Rose Bowl.

Looking for a bit of whimsy this weekend?  Come to the Open House this Sunday from Noon to 5:00pm for our new exhibition...
05/03/2019

Looking for a bit of whimsy this weekend? Come to the Open House this Sunday from Noon to 5:00pm for our new exhibition Giddy Up: Children Take the Reins. https://pasadenahistory.org/exhibits/current-exhibition/

Parking is available in the Museum parking lot. Please note there is no parking on Walnut Street this weekend due to the concert at the Rose Bowl.

Estella Gammon, also known as Stella Gammon, was a local painter and arts educator, teaching at Pasadena schools for for...
05/01/2019

Estella Gammon, also known as Stella Gammon, was a local painter and arts educator, teaching at Pasadena schools for forty years. This watercolor by Gammon depicts Mary Lake in the Mammoth Lakes region. #WomenArtistsWednesday

Estella Gammon (1895-1990). Lake Mary, n.d. Watercolor on paper, 11 x 11.5 in. (Gift of Dorothy Rempel Munroe, 2006.006.01)

Our popular lectures for PMH Members, the At Home series, has been rebranded Out & About. Join fellow PMH Members for th...
04/30/2019
Members Only - California’s “Bell Lady” Mrs. A.S.C. Forbes • Pasadena Museum of History

Our popular lectures for PMH Members, the At Home series, has been rebranded Out & About. Join fellow PMH Members for these exclusive evenings featuring interesting people and interesting places.The first lecture of 2019, California’s “Bell Lady” Mrs. A.S.C. Forbes, is just 2 weeks away. Not a member? Join today: https://pasadenahistory.org/support/museum-membership/

Historian Phyllis Hansen will present the amazing story of how Mrs. A.S.C Forbes, California's Bell Lady who commemorated the El Camino Real.

Looking for the perfect gift, or your next read? PMH's Museum Store features the work of over forty local artists, publi...
04/26/2019

Looking for the perfect gift, or your next read? PMH's Museum Store features the work of over forty local artists, publications on Pasadena and surrounding areas, official Tournament of Roses© licensed products, and specialized artwork, gifts, and books relating to the exhibits and collections of the Museum.

California Light: A Century of Landscapes: Paintings of the California Art Club by Jean Stern and Molly Siple is currently featured as the 30% off Book of the Month. https://pasadenahistory.org/visit/store/

Happy Administrative Professionals Day! (Pasadena Star News Collection)
04/24/2019

Happy Administrative Professionals Day! (Pasadena Star News Collection)

For Earth Day, we pulled this photograph from the Archives of the Arroyo Seco (Main Photo Collection, A7-1).
04/22/2019

For Earth Day, we pulled this photograph from the Archives of the Arroyo Seco (Main Photo Collection, A7-1).

The History Center galleries may be dark, but there is still plenty of art to see. Take a docent-led tour of the Fenyes ...
04/17/2019

The History Center galleries may be dark, but there is still plenty of art to see. Take a docent-led tour of the Fenyes Mansion to see the 67 artworks on view on the main floor and learn about the legacy of the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Family. This springtime painting, along with two others painted by Finnish artist Laura Jarnefelt, hangs in Consul Paloheimo’s office. #WomenArtistsWednesday https://pasadenahistory.org/tours/fenyes-mansion-tours/

Laura Jarnefelt (1904-1985). Spring Lake, 1947. Watercolor on paper, 21.5 x 19 in. (Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Collection, 2000.019.0130)

The roses are in bloom at Pasadena Museum of History
04/15/2019

The roses are in bloom at Pasadena Museum of History

Today (4/12) and tomorrow (4/13) are the last two days to view Something Revealed; California Women Artists Emerge, 1860...
04/12/2019
Something Revealed at Pasadena Museum of History

Today (4/12) and tomorrow (4/13) are the last two days to view Something Revealed; California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960. What is your favorite artwork in the exhibition?

PMH is proud to present Phase II of this landmark fine art exhibition of over 300 works, offering a new appreciation of the women who defied gender and expectation in an era of inequality.

It's California Poppy Day! Poppies may be in season until mid-May, but these poppies by Ellen Burpee Farr - along will a...
04/06/2019

It's California Poppy Day! Poppies may be in season until mid-May, but these poppies by Ellen Burpee Farr - along will all of the other artwork in the galleries - will only be on view for one more week. #CAPoppyDay https://pasadenahistory.org/exhibits/current-exhibition/

Ellen Burpee Farr (1840–1907). Untitled – California Poppies, circa 1890. Oil on canvas. Collection of Charles N. Mauch

Born in Portland, Maine, Edna Marrett Wilcocks (1887–1969) and her husband moved to Altadena in the early 1930s. Edna ...
03/28/2019

Born in Portland, Maine, Edna Marrett Wilcocks (1887–1969) and her husband moved to Altadena in the early 1930s. Edna taught art at Pasadena's Flintridge School for Girls and at Anoakia School in Arcadia. An internationally known artist, Edna is equally recognized for her portraits (her specialty), landscapes and seascapes in oil and watercolors, and watercolor floral and still life. The collection of her artwork at PMH is unique in that it consists of two watercolors and eight drawings of cityscapes featuring local landmarks. This drawing of Pasadena’s City Hall is currently on view in Something Revealed. #womenshistorymonth #5womenartists https://pasadenahistory.org/exhibits/current-exhibition/

Edna Marrett Wilcocks (1887–1969). Untitled – City Hall, (Pasadena, California), n.d. Charcoal and colored pencil on paper, 6.75 x 9 in. (2015.002.010)

Mary DeNeale Morgan (1868–1948) was born in San Francisco. She attended the California School of Design and studied ar...
03/26/2019

Mary DeNeale Morgan (1868–1948) was born in San Francisco. She attended the California School of Design and studied art with several artists, including William Keith. In 1910, she moved to Carmel and was instrumental in transforming the area into a flourishing artists’ colony. Unlike many of the artists on view in our current exhibition, Mary did enjoy a notable reputation during her lifetime. Eva Scott Fenyes saved a few newspaper articles mentioning Mary in a scrapbook Eva titled, “Artists…I have known since coming to California. The artists painted pictures I possess.” This Carmel scene is currently on view in Something Revealed and will be reinstalled in the Fenyes Mansion at the close of the exhibition. #womenshistorymonth #5womenartists https://pasadenahistory.org/exhibits/current-exhibition/

Mary DeNeale Morgan (1868–1948). Road to Carmel, circa 1915-1920. Watercolor on paper, 13.5 x 20 in. (Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Collection, 2000.019.0076)

It's National Puppy Day! This photo shows Fighter Pilot Walter Melville Boadway of Pasadena with a puppy during World Wa...
03/23/2019

It's National Puppy Day! This photo shows Fighter Pilot Walter Melville Boadway of Pasadena with a puppy during World War I in Europe. During the war, dogs worked really hard and played important roles. They were sentry dogs, carried messages and supplies to wounded soldiers for self treatment, and comforted lonely dying soldiers as well as soldiers in the trenches. (Walter Boadway Collection, WMB-2-11-p27) #NationalPuppyDay

Join us this Saturday as storyteller Ed Landler “Mr. Ed” uses his many voices, hats – and perhaps some surprises  ...
03/21/2019
Not So Far in the Distance: True Legends of the California Gold Rush • Pasadena Museum of History

Join us this Saturday as storyteller Ed Landler “Mr. Ed” uses his many voices, hats – and perhaps some surprises – to tell both factual and poetic accounts of the discovery of gold, the naming of Death Valley, and the exploits of legendary bandit Joaquin Murrieta. Tickets are free, but space is limited. Reservations suggested.

PMH is pleased to partner with the Pasadena Public Library to present this program in conjunction with the Library’s One City, One Story 2019 community reading celebration.

PMH is pleased to partner with the Pasadena Public Library to present this program in conjunction with the Library’s One City, One Story 2019 community reading celebration.

Alice Bell Dane (Greenlee) (1870-1930) and her family moved to Southern California in 1885. Her father, Ezra Dane, used ...
03/21/2019

Alice Bell Dane (Greenlee) (1870-1930) and her family moved to Southern California in 1885. Her father, Ezra Dane, used the first lumber brought to Pasadena by steam locomotive to build the family home known as Sunnyridge. Alice lived in the area her entire life and was active in several social clubs. She studied art with Edith White, who had a studio in the Hotel Green. Alice had her own studio in the Arcade Building on Arcade Lane, off Colorado Boulevard. She is best known for her paintings of fruit and flowers. This painting, along with a companion work, is currently on view in Something Revealed. #womenshistorymonth #5womenartists https://pasadenahistory.org/exhibits/current-exhibition/

Alice Bell Dane (Greenlee) (1870-1930). Untitled – Passion Flower Vine, 1895. Oil on canvas, 24 x 14 in. (Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Collection, 2000.019.0214)

Although Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930) never considered herself a professional artist or exhibited her works, she studied...
03/19/2019

Although Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930) never considered herself a professional artist or exhibited her works, she studied art and produced paintings throughout her life. She recorded her life, homes, and travel routes in sketches and watercolor paintings. The fourteen red leather folios of Eva Scott Fenyes’ artwork in the PMH collection feature an impressive array of subjects done in a variety of media, from pencil sketches and pen and ink renderings to pastels and watercolor paintings. The 250 to 400 images preserved in each volume tell not only the story of her travels, interests, and love for her family, but also that of a devoted, talented artist. This pastel sketch of an adobe house is from Folio 12, which is currently on view in Something Revealed. #womenshistorymonth #5womenartists https://pasadenahistory.org/exhibits/current-exhibition/

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Our House. Santa Fe. July 29, 1919. Pastel on paper. (Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Collection, ESF.012.3200)

The only thing more satisfying than going through and processing an interesting collection is finishing the finding aid....
03/14/2019
Forward! March! Into the Colonel G.G. Green Collection • Pasadena Museum of History

The only thing more satisfying than going through and processing an interesting collection is finishing the finding aid. In this blog, Sue Anderson highlights some of her favorite discoveries that are now indexed and easily accessible.

Two years and over 600 items later, the finding aid for the Colonel George G. Green collection is finished! Future researchers will be able to study the contents of this collection using the 19 page finding aid. .

After studying at the Chicago Art Institute, Maud Daggett (1883-1941) came to Pasadena for a year to work at Throop Inst...
03/14/2019

After studying at the Chicago Art Institute, Maud Daggett (1883-1941) came to Pasadena for a year to work at Throop Institute under Ernest A. Batchelder. Daggett later returned to Pasadena, after studying in Europe, and was an active member of Pasadena's art community. Daggett signed and dated this small bust, which she gifted to a local art teacher who subsequently donated the work to PMH. Although not a finished piece, this charming plaster bust of a small child is a wonderful example of Daggett's work as the artist specialized in garden sculpture featuring child themes. The bust is currently on view in Something Revealed. #womenshistorymonth #5womenartists https://pasadenahistory.org/exhibits/current-exhibition/

Maud Daggett (1883–1941). Untitled –Young Child, 1931. Plaster cast, 14 in. (Gift of Ceil Johnson, 88.61.1). Photograph by Martin A. Folb, PhD.

While traveling in Europe from 1906 to 1908, Teresa Cloud (1876-1965) studied art not only at Academie Julian in Paris b...
03/12/2019

While traveling in Europe from 1906 to 1908, Teresa Cloud (1876-1965) studied art not only at Academie Julian in Paris but also in Italy, Switzerland and England. After returning home to Pasadena in 1908, she took charge of and taught the art classes at Miss Orton’s Classical School for Girls. She was active in Pasadena’s art circles such as the Pasadena Music and Art Association. Cloud was a painting companion of Eva Scott Fenyes, and the friend and contemporary of Eva’s daughter Mrs. Leonora Muse Curtin. This watercolor by Cloud is currently on view in Something Revealed. #womenshistorymonth #5womenartists https://pasadenahistory.org/exhibits/current-exhibition/

Teresa Cloud (1876-1965). Untitled, no date. Watercolor on paper, 8.75 x 11 in. (Gift of Evelyn Kyle, 1988.50.01)

What better way to celebrate International Women's Day than by viewing Something Revealed at ArtNight Pasadena? This lan...
03/08/2019

What better way to celebrate International Women's Day than by viewing Something Revealed at ArtNight Pasadena? This landmark exhibition recognizes how talented women, who were once overshadowed by men in the annals of art history, have historically made their mark in a male dominated world #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter https://pasadenahistory.org/events-overview/free-days/

Photo: Exhibition Reception, by Martin A. Folb, PhD

In  1921, Nelbert Chouinard (1879–1969) founded the Chouinard Art Institute, which became a world-class professional a...
03/07/2019

In 1921, Nelbert Chouinard (1879–1969) founded the Chouinard Art Institute, which became a world-class professional art school. Nelbert oversaw the school until 1961. What many don’t know is that prior to establishing the school for which she is known, Nelbert was an accomplished artist herself. Nelbert Chouinard’s work is currently on view in Something Revealed. #womenshistorymonth #5womenartists https://pasadenahistory.org/exhibits/current-exhibition/

Nelbert Murphy Chouinard (1879–1969). Untitled – Landscape, circa 1916. Oil on board, 24 x 20 in. (Gift of the family of Nelbert M. Chouinard, 2018.013.01)

By the twentieth century, Mary Helen Carlisle (1869-1925) was painting in oils and pastels, with a focus on gardens. In ...
03/05/2019

By the twentieth century, Mary Helen Carlisle (1869-1925) was painting in oils and pastels, with a focus on gardens. In 1911, the Steckel Gallery in LA exhibited the works of Carlisle’s “Pastels of California Gardens, Pictures of the Centennial in Mexico, Portraits in Pastel, and Miniature Portraits.” One of the gardens noted was that of Eva and Adalbert Fenyes. The discovery of this exhibition by archivist Julie Stires finally gave Carlisle the long overdue recognition she deserved – the pastel in the collection had previously been misidentified by an appraiser as a work by Richard Miller. Carlisle’s pastel is currently on view in Something Revealed. #womenshistorymonth #5womenartists https://pasadenahistory.org/exhibits/current-exhibition/

Mary Carlisle (1869–1925). The Fenyes Garden, Pasadena, California, 1911. Pastel on paper, 15 x 11.5 in. (Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Collection, 2000.019.3707)

03/04/2019
LATIMESTODAY EP011 PATT MUSEUM SOMETHINGREVEALED

Check out this Los Angeles Times Today video with Patt Morrison for a look at what is currently on view in Something Revealed. Then come to ArtNight Pasadena and see the artwork in person.

We hope to see you next Friday night for ArtNight Pasadena. In addition to delicious food, we'll have amazing music and ...
02/28/2019

We hope to see you next Friday night for ArtNight Pasadena. In addition to delicious food, we'll have amazing music and of course an outstanding fine art exhibition. https://pasadenahistory.org/events-overview/free-days/

Grab some authentic Chinese deliciousness at the Dinas Dumpling truck, during ArtNight Pasadena at the Pasadena Museum of History. A portion of proceeds from sales goes back to ArtNight as a part of the Food Trucks Give Back program. Support them to help support us!!

Due to popular demand, the landmark fine art exhibition Something Revealed; California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960 w...
02/26/2019

Due to popular demand, the landmark fine art exhibition Something Revealed; California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960 will remain on view in our galleries through Saturday, April 13, extending its original closing date by two weeks. Don't miss your chance to see one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed exhibits in PMH history. Something Revealed is open 12- 5 pm Wednesdays through Sundays. https://pasadenahistory.org/exhibits/current-exhibition/

Pictured: Vivian F. Stringfield (1881-1933). Landscape, circa 1930. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Stringfield Family; Hilda D. Levy (1908-2001). Movement, 1956. Enamel and lacquer on board. Private Collection.

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Metro Gold Line, exit Memorial Park. Bus: 780, 180, 181, and the 256 stop at Orange Grove and Colorado, just two blocks from the PMH. The 267 stops directly in front of the Museum.

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