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.
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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.

When traveling, Eva Scott Fenyes always remembered to stop and take in the beauty of her surroundings. This article high...
05/01/2020
The Noonday Rest

When traveling, Eva Scott Fenyes always remembered to stop and take in the beauty of her surroundings. This article highlights five such moments from a subset of Eva's sketches depicting the noonday rest.
#FenyesFriday #MuseumFromHome

For those acquainted with the life and accomplishments of early Pasadena resident, Eva Scott Fenyes, trying to imagine her idle may seem very nearly impossible. Even on road trips, when she and her companions would stop by the roadside for a picnic lunch, she remained keenly aware of her surrounding...

We hope this photograph of the falls at Eaton Canyon provides some digital refreshment.(Photo by Jarvis Studio; Main Pho...
04/29/2020

We hope this photograph of the falls at Eaton Canyon provides some digital refreshment.
(Photo by Jarvis Studio; Main Photo Collection, C2-2-8)
#WaterfallWednesday

Now is the perfect time to get out that deck of cards and your favorite board games. What is your family playing? ##What...
04/28/2020
The Games People Play • Pasadena Museum of History

Now is the perfect time to get out that deck of cards and your favorite board games. What is your family playing?
##WhatToDoDuringQuarantine

For most of us games are pleasant pastimes at a family get-together, a party, around a campfire.

04/28/2020
My Masterpieces Monday - Episode 5 - 4/27/2020

In today's My Masterpieces Monday episode, PMH Program Coordinator Daniel Nevarez leads kids in an activity where they can learn how to become an art critic using the portrait paintings of Leonora Muse (painted in 1883) by William H. Lippincott and Leonora Curtin (painted in 1909) by John Hubbard Rich. This lesson is based on the curriculum developed for the My Masterpieces program field trip for fourth grade students.
#MyMasterpieces #PUSDProud #DistanceLearning #MuseumFromHome
Pasadena Unified School District Pasadena Educational Foundation

n this episode, PMH Program Coordinator Daniel Nevarez leads kids in an activity where they can learn how to become an art critic using the portrait painting...

Architects Myron Hunt and H. C. Chamber designed the library after placing first in a competition. Construction of Pasad...
04/25/2020

Architects Myron Hunt and H. C. Chamber designed the library after placing first in a competition. Construction of Pasadena Public Library’s third and current building began in 1925. Central Library, located at 285 E. Walnut Street, was dedicated on Lincoln’s birthday (February 12) in 1927. This beautiful building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with Pasadena’s entire Civic Center. (Main Photo Collection, L2-59)
#NationalLibraryWeek
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It's Friday, it's hot - time for the beach.  Well, watercolors and sketches of the beach.  #FenyesFriday
04/24/2020
Beaches: Watercolors and Sketches by Eva Fenyes

It's Friday, it's hot - time for the beach. Well, watercolors and sketches of the beach.
#FenyesFriday

Over the past three months, Michelle Turner, Collections Manager at Pasadena Museum of History, presented a progressive exhibit of beach art, which she posted on the museum’s page. Each Wednesday between Memorial Day and Labor Day she selected and introduced one of Eva Fenyes’ sketches ...

04/24/2020

We love our Volunteers! For #VolunteerAppreciationWeek, PMH Visitor Services & Volunteer Coordinator Janelle Piva created this special video for our Volunteers along with the following message: I want to say again that we appreciate you infinity. There are not enough words to describe how grateful we are for the dedication, support, and generosity you give everyday to PMH. Your constant commitment to the museum's mission and your passion are truly irreplaceable. You are an inspiration and we cannot wait to see everyone again back at the museum.

Pasadena Public Library’s second building was a beautiful Romanesque limestone stone structure that opened on September ...
04/23/2020

Pasadena Public Library’s second building was a beautiful Romanesque limestone stone structure that opened on September 9, 1890. It was located on the southeast corner of Walnut Street at Raymond Avenue in Library Park, now known as Memorial Park. (Main Photo Collection, P3-27) #NationalLibraryWeek
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Looking for your next book to read? Check out these recommendations from members of the Museum's Volunteer Book Club.#Wo...
04/23/2020
Reading Recommendations from PMH Volunteers - PMH

Looking for your next book to read? Check out these recommendations from members of the Museum's Volunteer Book Club.
#WorldBookDay

Looking for your next book to read? Check out these recommendations from members of the Museum's Volunteer Book Club.

Did you know that it’s #NationalLibraryWeek? Pasadena’s first library was established in 1882. It was a private subscrip...
04/22/2020

Did you know that it’s #NationalLibraryWeek? Pasadena’s first library was established in 1882. It was a private subscription library under the name of Pasadena Library and Village Improvement Society. Pasadena’s first public library building was on the grounds of the Central School Building on the south side of Colorado Street between Raymond Avenue and the Santa Fe tracks. (Main Photo Collection, S3-2)
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To celebrate #EarthDay, we're sharing this photograph of conservationist, forester, and Pasadena civic leader Theodore L...
04/22/2020

To celebrate #EarthDay, we're sharing this photograph of conservationist, forester, and Pasadena civic leader Theodore Lukens (on right) on San Jacinto Peak in 1905 (Helen Lukens Gaut Collection, HLG-123)

As the sun sets, please take a #MuseumMomentofZen with William’s Keith’s Sunset Glow. This later period Keith shows the ...
04/22/2020

As the sun sets, please take a #MuseumMomentofZen with William’s Keith’s Sunset Glow. This later period Keith shows the influence of Jean-Francois Millet and the Barbizon School.

The strength of Eva Scott Fenyes’ painting collection consists of works of California artists, most of whom she cultivated relationships with once she and Adalbert Fenyes had settled in Pasadena. She knew William Keith, a leading nineteenth century San Francisco artist, perhaps through William Merritt Chase. Eva visited Keith’s studio each time she was in the area and often bought paintings.

William Keith (1839-1911). Sunset Glow, 1895-1900. Oil on canvas, 23 x 27 in. (Fenyes Collection, 2000.019.0068)
#MuseumFromHome

We are saddened at the passing of Ian Whitcomb (July 10, 1941-April 19, 2020), a consummate entertainer and special frie...
04/21/2020

We are saddened at the passing of Ian Whitcomb (July 10, 1941-April 19, 2020), a consummate entertainer and special friend of Pasadena Museum of History who was honored -- along with his wife Regina – as a Contemporary History Maker in 2007. The Altadena resident had long been a favorite musical performer at numerous activities at PMH and elsewhere throughout the community and well beyond. Although his prolific achievements as musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, author, broadcaster, and actor brought him legions of fans, British-born Whitcomb first came to our attention as a pop idol and member of the “British invasion.” This 1965 photo from the PMH Archives shows Whitcomb with deejay Casey Kasem at the KRLA studios in Pasadena. (J. Allen Hawkins Collection, 25286n1)

04/20/2020
My Masterpieces Monday - Episode 4 - 4/20/2020

My Masterpieces Monday is back. In this episode, PMH Program Coordinator Daniel Nevarez leads kids in an activity where they can learn how to look at art by using portrait paintings of Leonard and Rebecca Scott by William Merritt Chase. This lesson is based on the curriculum developed for the My Masterpieces program field trip for fourth grade students.
#MyMasterpieces #PUSDProud #DistanceLearning #MuseumFromHome
Pasadena Unified School District Pasadena Educational Foundation

In this episode, PMH Program Coordinator Daniel Nevarez leads kids in an activity where they can learn how to look at art by using portrait paintings of Leon...

Ever wonder what grocery receipts looked like over 100 years ago? Check out this article that was originally published i...
04/17/2020
Limited Use, Discard Thereafter: Finding Pasadena’s Past in Old Receipts

Ever wonder what grocery receipts looked like over 100 years ago? Check out this article that was originally published in 2014 to see receipts from Pasadena grocers, meat markets, confectioners and bakers, and of course the National & Union Ice Co.
#FenyesFriday #MuseumFromHome

http://hometown-pasadena.com/history/limited-use-discard-thereafter-finding-pasadenas-past-in-old-receipts/89281

Rarely do I save grocery receipts. As soon as possible, I shred and recycle those slick strips of white thermal paper that some magical tabulating machine generated with a click and a whir and a generic, “ Thank you. Please visit our website at….” These seemingly bland records of purchase are ...

Check out these photos of Jackie Robinson from PCC Shatford Library.#JackieRobinsonDay
04/15/2020

Check out these photos of Jackie Robinson from PCC Shatford Library.
#JackieRobinsonDay

In honor of #JackieRobinsonDay we celebrate the legacy of Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier of Major League Baseball on this day in 1947.
Here‘s a photo collage from our digital archives of his Pasadena Junior College (our college’s former name) sports uniforms for track & field, football and baseball.
http://collection.pasadenadigitalhistory.com/cdm/singleitem/collection/p16237coll6/id/1307/rec/1

Celebrate #WorldArtDay and have a #MuseumMomentofZen with this untitled landscape by Benjamin Brown. While the majority ...
04/15/2020

Celebrate #WorldArtDay and have a #MuseumMomentofZen with this untitled landscape by Benjamin Brown. While the majority of artwork by Brown in the Museum’s collection is from Eva Fenyes’ estate, this untitled landscape was donated by a member of the artist’s family.

Benjamin Chambers Brown (1865-1942). Untitled landscape, n.d. Watercolor on paper, 21 x 17 in. (Gift of Mary Herring, 2006.004.02)

PMH reached out to the African American community in Pasadena in 1984 to collect the history of this community in Pasade...
04/14/2020

PMH reached out to the African American community in Pasadena in 1984 to collect the history of this community in Pasadena. Historian Robin Kelley researched and interviewed a number of prominent members of the African American community. After collecting their history through interviews, photographs, and other materials, we produced a beautiful and fascinating documentary called Changing Rose. This documentary is housed in our Archives. If you would like to watch and listen to all the interviews, they are available online at
https://archive.org/details/pasadenamuseumofhistory
#museumfromhome

Image: Ray Bartlett, 1940s (Black History Collection, BH-L-7-5)

Now that the storm has passed, let's enjoy After the Rain by Elmer Wachtel. Wachtel and his wife, fellow artist Marion K...
04/13/2020

Now that the storm has passed, let's enjoy After the Rain by Elmer Wachtel. Wachtel and his wife, fellow artist Marion Kavanaugh Wachtel, settled in Pasadena after their marriage in 1904 and he painted this landscape shortly afterward.

Elmer Wachtel (1864-1929). After the Rain, circa 1905. Oil on canvas, 11.75" x 16.25" (Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Collection, 2000.019.0075)
#MuseumMomentofZen

Eva Scott Fenyes created this watercolor sketch of a vase holding orange nasturtiums in April 1897. Although Eva never c...
04/12/2020

Eva Scott Fenyes created this watercolor sketch of a vase holding orange nasturtiums in April 1897. Although Eva never considered herself a professional artist or exhibited her works, she studied art and produced paintings throughout her life. She collected most of her paintings and drawings into 14 folio sketchbooks dating from 1866 to 1928. Each sketch is identified by number, location, and date, and many have additional annotations.

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Pasadena. Cal., 17 April 1937. Watercolor on paper, 12.75 x 10 inches (ESF.008.1937)

It's #NationalSiblingsDay. Pictured is older brother Harold Hubbard in 1907 at 8 years old with his siblings, Russell, 4...
04/10/2020

It's #NationalSiblingsDay. Pictured is older brother Harold Hubbard in 1907 at 8 years old with his siblings, Russell, 4 and Mildred, 2. As an adult, Harold would become a noted journalist in Pasadena, working at the Pasadena Union and the Pasadena Star-News following a successful career with Hollywood newspapers.
(Harold Norwood Hubbard Papers, HNH23-2-2)

His daughter, Marilyn Hubbard Roberts (1930-2013), donated her father’s papers to PMH after writing and publishing his biography. An online exhibition of this collection can be viewed on Flickr: [email protected]/sets/72157636735632793/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157636735632793/
#MuseumFromHome

For this #MuseumMomentofZen, we chose a photograph by Helen Lukens Gaut. Gaut’s photography reflects the essentials of h...
04/09/2020

For this #MuseumMomentofZen, we chose a photograph by Helen Lukens Gaut. Gaut’s photography reflects the essentials of her life and especially her interest in reconciling the products of the machine age (in this case, the automobile) to the virgin land. (HGL-24)

You can view an online exhibition of her photographs on Flickr: [email protected]/collections/72157628264594705/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/collections/72157628264594705/
#MuseumFromHome

In this blog, Pasadena's First "First Responders," PMH volunteer Susan Beeler Anderson takes a look at the origins of Pa...
04/08/2020
Pasadena’s First “First Responders” • Pasadena Museum of History

In this blog, Pasadena's First "First Responders," PMH volunteer Susan Beeler Anderson takes a look at the origins of Pasadena’s Fire Department.
#MuseumFromHome
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In Pasadena's First "First Responders," Susan Beeler Anderson takes a look at the origins of Pasadena's Fire Department

An exhibition on dogs from Pasadena Digital History. 🐕 🐾#MuseumFromHome
04/07/2020
Pasadena Dogs

An exhibition on dogs from Pasadena Digital History. 🐕 🐾
#MuseumFromHome

While there are many stately, dignified, indeed majestic images of Pasadena in our collective archives, some of our most favorite photos are enhanced by the presence of a dog. In some cases the dogs are primped and posed as thoroughly as any model. In others, a proud child drags his favorite friend....

04/06/2020
My Masterpieces Monday - Episode 3 - 4/6/2020

In Episode 3 of My Masterpieces Monday, PMH Program Coordinator Daniel Nevarez leads kids in an activity where they can learn how to become an art critic using the landscape paintings Near Pasadena by Granville Redmond and California Oaks by Carl Oscar Borg. Please let us know what they think - we'd love to hear from the kids.
#MyMasterpieces #PUSDproud #DistanceLearning #MuseumFromHome
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In this episode, PMH Program Coordinator Daniel Nevarez leads kids in an activity where they can learn how to become an art critic using the landscape painti...

Did you know that crossword puzzles were all the rage in the 1920s? This article about one of Eva Fenyes’ favorite pasti...
04/03/2020
That Guiltiest Feeling

Did you know that crossword puzzles were all the rage in the 1920s? This article about one of Eva Fenyes’ favorite pastimes was originally published in 2014.
#FenyesFriday

On July 29, 1925, at 3 a.m., Eva Fenyes, unable to sleep, was quietly engaged in a rather pleasant indulgence that was sweeping the country. She was solving a crossword puzzle. Cruciverbalist, a word that would not be coined until the 1970s, would have described Eva Fenyes perfectly. She had books f...

This beautiful, small landscape of rolling hills and oak trees depicted in bright, intense afternoon light provides a lo...
04/02/2020

This beautiful, small landscape of rolling hills and oak trees depicted in bright, intense afternoon light provides a lovely #MuseumMomentofZen. The artist, Benjamin Brown, and Eva Fenyes were good friends, as seen through surviving correspondence and photographs in our holdings. PMH has 21 artworks by Benjamin Brown that were owned by Eva.

Benjamin Chambers Brown (1865-1942). Untitled landscape, n.d. Oil on canvas, 10 x 18 cm. (Fenyes Collection; 2000.019.0081)

It's #CensusDay. Make sure you're counted.This image shows the busy commercial intersection of Fair Oaks Avenue and Colo...
04/01/2020

It's #CensusDay. Make sure you're counted.

This image shows the busy commercial intersection of Fair Oaks Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. The photograph was taken in 1910 (when Colorado Boulevard was still known as Colorado Street); the building in the middle of the picture sits on the southeast corner of the intersection. The building was taken down in 1928, during the widening of Colorado Street, and replaced in 1929 by the current structure at that location, known as the Bear Building. (Main Photo Collection, S42-4)

03/31/2020
Starting Anew with Curator Brad Macneil

Although our fascinating exhibit Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890-1930, is currently closed to visitors, the Museum's inaugural venture into podcasting features an in-depth discussion of the exhibit and the history it explores. Listen as KPFK radio host/journalist Pamela Wilson ("Treasures of the West") interviews Starting Anew curator Brad Macneil in our debut PMH Podcast.

This podcast is made possible by The Paloheimo Foundation.

Although our fascinating exhibit Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890-1930, is currently closed to visitors, the Museum's inaugural venture into podcas...

03/30/2020
My Masterpieces Monday - Episode 2 - 3/30/2020

In this week's My Masterpieces Monday virtual art lesson, kids (and adults) can learn more about being an art critic - this time using a portrait titled Mrs. Adalbert Fenyes by John Hubbard Rich.
#MyMasterpieces #PUSDproud #DistanceLearning #MuseumFromHome
Pasadena Unified School District Pasadena Educational Foundation

Due to COVID-19, PMH has temporarily closed. However, just like hardworking staff and students, our staff continues to work from home. PMH is a proud partner...

Let’s (virtually) travel to Egypt for a #MuseumMomentofZen with this watercolor by Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Helouan...
03/29/2020

Let’s (virtually) travel to Egypt for a #MuseumMomentofZen with this watercolor by Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Helouan Hotel was a health resort in Egypt. It was here where Eva met her future husband Dr. Adalbert Fenyes, who was the resort’s physician. A British medical journal describes Helouan in 1895, “Helouan is fourteen miles by rail from Cairo, and is a small residential suburb, also in the desert, and contains two large and comfortable hotels.” If you want to look up what the city looks like today, the city’s name is commonly spelled Helwan, rather than Helouan.
“Helouan, March 1895,” watercolor on paper, 24.6 x 33.2 cm, Helouan, Egypt. (ESF.007.1839)

Everything that we do at PMH – exhibitions, events, lectures, preserving historic objects and documents – is only possib...
03/28/2020

Everything that we do at PMH – exhibitions, events, lectures, preserving historic objects and documents – is only possible because of the involvement and support of our community. Thank you!

Pictured: Fabulous Fashion exhibit opening reception, 2015 (Photo by Jim Staub); Happy Birthday Pasadena, 2018 (Photo by Joanne Wilborn/Marlyn Woo); At Home lecture for members, 2018 (staff photo)

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470 W Walnut St
Pasadena, CA
91103

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.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 12:00 - 17:00
Thursday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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New Memorial Tiles being installed today. I am proud to have my Paternal Grandfather memorialized there.
I have a Grayson Arts bottle #209, is it valuable?
Im attending March 8 Pasadena's art night, but I don't see a list of participating venues, parking or trolley map? Thank you
The Pasadena Museum of History's Holiday 🎄🎄 Open House has been selected as a Top Event in LA this weekend! "It's the perfect Cultural Cocktail of Music, Visual Treats, and a Family Craft in a Beaux-Arts style Pasadena Cultural Heritage landmark." http://culturalcocktailhour.com/this-weekend-in-la-holiday-open-house-at-the-pasadena-museum-of-history/6409/
I have quite a few items from the Maryland Hotel ... serving pieces, silverware, linens. Some are imprinted "Maryland Hotel," and some say "Hotel Maryland." I am curious ... were the names interchangeable, or did it change from one to the other at some point in time? Does anyone happen to know? Thanks!
From their webpage for their new exhibit "Dreaming the Universe" -- "Rare award pieces given to former Pasadena resident and “Dean of Science Fiction Artists” Frank Kelly Freas most known for creating will also be on display." I do think is due and fitting that Kelly Freas be included in this exhibit. However, one correction needs to be made: Kelly has never resided in Pasadena.
Long Beach Company of Steampunks and Neo Victorians had fun at the Pasadena Museum of History today.
1981 princesses Monica Cambell & Julie Vogel
One of my favorite places to visit when I return to my home town of Pasadena.
Is this photo of what it says it is? Is this officer on duty or off? Is this evidence of a past bridge patrol on the Colorado Blvd bridge?
Is the Pasadena Museum of History getting involved with the One Arroyo project inaugurated by Mayor Tornek? If not, I think you should, because one of the things the organizers are talking about building in the Arroyo Seco is a museum "to tell the story of Pasadena, from summer haven for Midwestern industrialists to the historic Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl sporting events and legacy concerts." Like we don't already have a Pasadena Museum of History or Tournament House, both within a stone's throw of the Arroyo Seco, which do exactly that. They have a website, but this Star-New articles is a little more telling: