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.

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This new online exhibition features photos from PMH and other Pasadena Digital History partners that span over 100 years...
05/04/2021
Asian Americans in Pasadena

This new online exhibition features photos from PMH and other Pasadena Digital History partners that span over 100 years, dating from the 1880s to 2013, and offer a glimpse of Asian American life in Pasadena over the past century and the impact of Asian Americans on our community.
#AAPIHM #aapiheritagemonth

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The photos in this exhibition span over 100 years, dating from the 1880s to 2013, and offer a glimpse of Asian American life in Pasadena over the past century and the impact of Asian Americans on our community. Asian Americans in Pasadena is a curated digital exhibition featuring photographs and obj...

Pasadena has always taken pride in its trees. This photograph shows the first home of the Giddings family in 1878. Two n...
04/30/2021

Pasadena has always taken pride in its trees. This photograph shows the first home of the Giddings family in 1878. Two notes with the photograph mention trees. One states, ""Grandmother Hollingsworth is standing in front of her oak tree." The other quotes an excerpt from Lon F. Chaplin's Thirty Years in Pasadena (1930) that mentions a tree that was likely planted after this photograph was taken: "At the present Giddings home on east Colorado Street there is a famous mulberry tree that provides the coolest possible shade in summer, and with so broad a spread that many sizable gatherings have been held under its overhanging branches, which indeed fall like a spray to the very ground."
#ArborDay

Pasadena has always taken pride in its trees. This photograph shows the first home of the Giddings family in 1878. Two notes with the photograph mention trees. One states, ""Grandmother Hollingsworth is standing in front of her oak tree." The other quotes an excerpt from Lon F. Chaplin's Thirty Years in Pasadena (1930) that mentions a tree that was likely planted after this photograph was taken: "At the present Giddings home on east Colorado Street there is a famous mulberry tree that provides the coolest possible shade in summer, and with so broad a spread that many sizable gatherings have been held under its overhanging branches, which indeed fall like a spray to the very ground."
#ArborDay

This blog highlights the career of engineer and contractor Clarence Day, whose work in Pasadena by the mid-1950s involve...
04/27/2021
Clarence Day: Pasadena Contractor • Pasadena Museum of History

This blog highlights the career of engineer and contractor Clarence Day, whose work in Pasadena by the mid-1950s involved more building sites and land developments with more miles of new roads than any other engineer in the community.

This article originally appeared in the June 1983 issue of the Pasadena Museum of History (then Pasadena Historical Society) newsletter. The author, Mary Borgerding, was a long-time museum volunteer and the Mary Borgerding Award for Outstanding Library Service was created in her honor.

His name is stamped in the sidewalks all over Pasadena - Clarence Parkman Day was a civil construction consultant for over sixty years.

Check out these awesome egg ornaments. You can view Art2Go's egg ornament craft tutorials on YouTube. Want us to add you...
04/23/2021

Check out these awesome egg ornaments. You can view Art2Go's egg ornament craft tutorials on YouTube. Want us to add your egg to our album? Please email pics of your eggs to [email protected]. We'd love to see your creEGGtions.
Egg Ornament Craft for Kids: https://youtu.be/5ddOcuwgMm8
Egg Diorama Craft for Kids Age 11 and up: https://youtu.be/mm1EQ_9YYYo

The Pasadena Star-News Photo Collection in the PMH Archives contains a series of historic photographs that the newspaper...
04/22/2021

The Pasadena Star-News Photo Collection in the PMH Archives contains a series of historic photographs that the newspaper used to celebrate Earth Day in 1996. This photograph, taken by early Pasadena photographer W. Albert Martin around 1914, shows one of the many streams that used to exist in the lower Arroyo. (PSN Collection - Earth Day)
#EarthDay

The Pasadena Star-News Photo Collection in the PMH Archives contains a series of historic photographs that the newspaper used to celebrate Earth Day in 1996. This photograph, taken by early Pasadena photographer W. Albert Martin around 1914, shows one of the many streams that used to exist in the lower Arroyo. (PSN Collection - Earth Day)
#EarthDay

For National Volunteer Week, our Visitor Services and Volunteer Coordinator Janelle Piva wrote a blog describing how ins...
04/20/2021
Volunteers are Vital • Pasadena Museum of History

For National Volunteer Week, our Visitor Services and Volunteer Coordinator Janelle Piva wrote a blog describing how instrumental and irreplaceable our volunteers are at events like MOTA Day.
#NVW

PMH volunteers are instrumental and irreplaceable multitaskers at our larger events that can welcome over 1,000 visitors to our campus.

Have you been enjoying ArtNight Pasadena? Don't forget to check out our Virtual Tours of the Fenyes Mansion that for one...
04/17/2021

Have you been enjoying ArtNight Pasadena? Don't forget to check out our Virtual Tours of the Fenyes Mansion that for one night only are featuring ArtNight-Only bonus items (look for the RED circles). Be quick, they’ll disappear at the stroke of midnight!
Virtual Mansion Tour for Youth: https://pasadenahistory.org/virtual-youth-tour/
Virtual Mansion Tour for Adults: https://pasadenahistory.org/virtual-tour/

Have you been enjoying ArtNight Pasadena? Don't forget to check out our Virtual Tours of the Fenyes Mansion that for one night only are featuring ArtNight-Only bonus items (look for the RED circles). Be quick, they’ll disappear at the stroke of midnight!
Virtual Mansion Tour for Youth: https://pasadenahistory.org/virtual-youth-tour/
Virtual Mansion Tour for Adults: https://pasadenahistory.org/virtual-tour/

In just 15 minutes, our ArtNight Pasadena presentation will begin. The planet Mars has long been connected to humankind ...
04/17/2021

In just 15 minutes, our ArtNight Pasadena presentation will begin. The planet Mars has long been connected to humankind through religions, literature, and science. Exploring the Red Planet through History and Culture features Nick Smith, guest curator of PMH’s 2018 exhibition Dreaming the Universe, in a program about our fascination with Earth’s neighboring planet and some of the many ways Mars is part of our culture. The event will take place on Zoom. Pre-registration is not required. Link to the 7:00pm event: https://zoom.us/j/98455477878?pwd=WmtybUtWdFAzSG5FQXI3bDJ1aHVOQT09. Meeting ID 984 5547 7878; Passcode: Artnight

Image: Cover of A Princess of Mars, the first book in the John Carter series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Provided by the speaker.

In just 15 minutes, our ArtNight Pasadena presentation will begin. The planet Mars has long been connected to humankind through religions, literature, and science. Exploring the Red Planet through History and Culture features Nick Smith, guest curator of PMH’s 2018 exhibition Dreaming the Universe, in a program about our fascination with Earth’s neighboring planet and some of the many ways Mars is part of our culture. The event will take place on Zoom. Pre-registration is not required. Link to the 7:00pm event: https://zoom.us/j/98455477878?pwd=WmtybUtWdFAzSG5FQXI3bDJ1aHVOQT09. Meeting ID 984 5547 7878; Passcode: Artnight

Image: Cover of A Princess of Mars, the first book in the John Carter series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Provided by the speaker.

It's ArtNight Pasadena! We hope that you join us and other cultural organizations across the city for an out-of-this-wor...
04/17/2021

It's ArtNight Pasadena! We hope that you join us and other cultural organizations across the city for an out-of-this-world virtual evening. While you're waiting for our presentation to begin at 7pm, please check out our Virtual Tours of the Fenyes Mansion. Can you find the ArtNight-Only bonus items we’ve added to these 3-D interactive tours for Youth and Adults? Hint – look for the RED circles. Be quick, they’ll disappear at the stroke of midnight!
Virtual Mansion Tour for Youth: https://pasadenahistory.org/virtual-youth-tour/
Virtual Mansion Tour for Adults: https://pasadenahistory.org/virtual-tour/

It's ArtNight Pasadena! We hope that you join us and other cultural organizations across the city for an out-of-this-world virtual evening. While you're waiting for our presentation to begin at 7pm, please check out our Virtual Tours of the Fenyes Mansion. Can you find the ArtNight-Only bonus items we’ve added to these 3-D interactive tours for Youth and Adults? Hint – look for the RED circles. Be quick, they’ll disappear at the stroke of midnight!
Virtual Mansion Tour for Youth: https://pasadenahistory.org/virtual-youth-tour/
Virtual Mansion Tour for Adults: https://pasadenahistory.org/virtual-tour/

Join us for an out-of-this-world live presentation during ArtNight Pasadena this Friday. The planet Mars has long been c...
04/14/2021

Join us for an out-of-this-world live presentation during ArtNight Pasadena this Friday. The planet Mars has long been connected to humankind through religions, literature, and science. Exploring the Red Planet through History and Culture features Nick Smith, guest curator of PMH’s 2018 exhibition Dreaming the Universe, in a program about our fascination with Earth’s neighboring planet and some of the many ways Mars is part of our culture.

The link to the live Zoom event will be posted on Facebook and our website after 6:00pm on ArtNight (April 16) and remain active throughout the presentation. Pre-registration is not required. https://pasadenahistory.org/events-overview/free-days/

Image Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Join us for an out-of-this-world live presentation during ArtNight Pasadena this Friday. The planet Mars has long been connected to humankind through religions, literature, and science. Exploring the Red Planet through History and Culture features Nick Smith, guest curator of PMH’s 2018 exhibition Dreaming the Universe, in a program about our fascination with Earth’s neighboring planet and some of the many ways Mars is part of our culture.

The link to the live Zoom event will be posted on Facebook and our website after 6:00pm on ArtNight (April 16) and remain active throughout the presentation. Pre-registration is not required. https://pasadenahistory.org/events-overview/free-days/

Image Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This new Pasadena Digital History online exhibition features photographs of some signs lost in history, others etched in...
04/09/2021
Signs & Signboards from Pasadena

This new Pasadena Digital History online exhibition features photographs of some signs lost in history, others etched in our memories, and yet others that are interesting, intriguing, and fun. We hope you enjoy these historic photos as much as we do.

This exhibition features photographs of some signs lost in history, others etched in our memories, and yet others that are interesting, intriguing, and fun. We hope you enjoy these historic photos as much as we do. The PDHC database currently contains over 50,000 records related to Pasadena’s hist...

April 6 is California Poppy Day. Artist Benjamin Chambers Brown, known as “The Dean of Pasadena Painters,” often drew in...
04/06/2021

April 6 is California Poppy Day. Artist Benjamin Chambers Brown, known as “The Dean of Pasadena Painters,” often drew inspiration from the beautiful California landscapes. The painting California Poppies shows the San Gabriel foothills aglow with the bright colors of poppies in full bloom.
#CaliforniaPoppyDay

Benjamin Chambers Brown (1865-1942). California Poppies, circa 1920. Oil on canvas, 10 x 14 in. (Fenyes Collection, 2000.019.0082)

April 6 is California Poppy Day. Artist Benjamin Chambers Brown, known as “The Dean of Pasadena Painters,” often drew inspiration from the beautiful California landscapes. The painting California Poppies shows the San Gabriel foothills aglow with the bright colors of poppies in full bloom.
#CaliforniaPoppyDay

Benjamin Chambers Brown (1865-1942). California Poppies, circa 1920. Oil on canvas, 10 x 14 in. (Fenyes Collection, 2000.019.0082)

Cesar Chavez Day honors the legacy of labor movement leader and environmentalist Cesar Chavez. This photo from the Archi...
03/31/2021

Cesar Chavez Day honors the legacy of labor movement leader and environmentalist Cesar Chavez. This photo from the Archives shows Chavez in 1991 shaking hands with one of his supporters after a press conference outside of the Pasadena Courthouse, where the United Farm Workers had a hearing that afternoon.

Photo by Nancy Newman-Bauer (Pasadena Star-New Collection).

Cesar Chavez Day honors the legacy of labor movement leader and environmentalist Cesar Chavez. This photo from the Archives shows Chavez in 1991 shaking hands with one of his supporters after a press conference outside of the Pasadena Courthouse, where the United Farm Workers had a hearing that afternoon.

Photo by Nancy Newman-Bauer (Pasadena Star-New Collection).

Check out our new blog on Florence Ceramics: https://pasadenahistory.org/collections/florence-ceramics/Pasadenan Florenc...
03/30/2021

Check out our new blog on Florence Ceramics: https://pasadenahistory.org/collections/florence-ceramics/

Pasadenan Florence Ward began taking art classes as a way of coping with the death of one of her sons in 1939. Encouraged by a professor, she began making ceramics out of her garage in 1942. Most of these early “garage” pieces were of children. Initially begun as a hobby, it turned into a booming business that lasted for decades.
#WomensHistoryMonth

Image: Figurine, Story Book Hour. Marked: Story Book Hour / Florence Ceramics / Pasadena / California/ ©. 6.75 in high, 8.5 in wide (Gift of Doug Foland, 2010.008.023)

Check out our new blog on Florence Ceramics: https://pasadenahistory.org/collections/florence-ceramics/

Pasadenan Florence Ward began taking art classes as a way of coping with the death of one of her sons in 1939. Encouraged by a professor, she began making ceramics out of her garage in 1942. Most of these early “garage” pieces were of children. Initially begun as a hobby, it turned into a booming business that lasted for decades.
#WomensHistoryMonth

Image: Figurine, Story Book Hour. Marked: Story Book Hour / Florence Ceramics / Pasadena / California/ ©. 6.75 in high, 8.5 in wide (Gift of Doug Foland, 2010.008.023)

Edith Honor Earl was #BornOnThisDay in 1901. The artist is known for her detailed portraits of figures from a variety of...
03/24/2021

Edith Honor Earl was #BornOnThisDay in 1901. The artist is known for her detailed portraits of figures from a variety of backgrounds. In 1956, she produced pastel portraits of the four Paloheimo children.
#WomensHistoryMonth

Edith Honor Earl (1901-1996). Portraits of Nina, George, Eric, and Eva, 1956. Pastel on paper, 15 x 12 in (each). (Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Collection, 2000.019.0930, 0105, 0107, 0106)

Check out these awesome egg ornaments. You can view Art2Go's egg ornament craft tutorials on YouTube. Want us to add you...
03/23/2021

Check out these awesome egg ornaments. You can view Art2Go's egg ornament craft tutorials on YouTube. Want us to add your egg to our album? Please email pics of your eggs to [email protected]. We'd love to see your creEGGtions.
Egg Ornament Craft for Kids: https://youtu.be/5ddOcuwgMm8
Egg Diorama Craft for Kids Age 11 and up: https://youtu.be/mm1EQ_9YYYo

For National Flower Day, this blog gives you watercolors of flowers by Eva Scott Fenyes and explains the messages differ...
03/21/2021
Blooming Messages: The Victorian Language of Flowers • Pasadena Museum of History

For National Flower Day, this blog gives you watercolors of flowers by Eva Scott Fenyes and explains the messages different flowers convey according to the Victorian language of flowers.
#NationalFlowerDay

Eva Scott Fenyes left the museum a stunning collection of artwork that includes a number of charming studies of plants and flowers.

One hundred years ago, in 1921, Nelbert Chouinard (1879–1969) founded the Chouinard Art Institute, which became a world-...
03/19/2021

One hundred years ago, 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. Nelbert and her brother Lloyd had moved to California in 1909, and Nelbert began teaching at Throop Polytechnic Institute and later taught at the Batchelder School of Design and Otis Art Institute. What many don’t know is that prior to establishing the school for which she is known, Nelbert was an accomplished artist herself. #WomensHistoryMonth

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)

One hundred years ago, 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. Nelbert and her brother Lloyd had moved to California in 1909, and Nelbert began teaching at Throop Polytechnic Institute and later taught at the Batchelder School of Design and Otis Art Institute. What many don’t know is that prior to establishing the school for which she is known, Nelbert was an accomplished artist herself. #WomensHistoryMonth

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)

Happy Birthday to artist Kate Greenaway, who was #BornOnThisDay in 1846. The daughter of a woodblock printer and seamstr...
03/17/2021

Happy Birthday to artist Kate Greenaway, who was #BornOnThisDay in 1846. The daughter of a woodblock printer and seamstress, Greenaway was an imaginative child. Whenever her family struggled financially, she would use her imagination to escape hard times. Her passion for art began at age 12, when she enrolled at the Finsbury School of Art. She tried to continue her art education at the Central School in South Kensington, but was dismayed to find that women were barred from figure drawing classes. Instead, Greenaway chose to enroll at the Slade School of Art in 1871, where art classes were accessible by both men and women. Greenaway became a successful artist and children's book illustrator, and the Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955 in her honor.
#WomensHistoryMonth

Kate Greenaway (1846-1901). Girl with a M**f (cropped), circa 1900. Ink on paper, 14.8 x 11.2 cm. (Fenyes Collection, 2000.019.0128)

Happy Birthday to artist Kate Greenaway, who was #BornOnThisDay in 1846. The daughter of a woodblock printer and seamstress, Greenaway was an imaginative child. Whenever her family struggled financially, she would use her imagination to escape hard times. Her passion for art began at age 12, when she enrolled at the Finsbury School of Art. She tried to continue her art education at the Central School in South Kensington, but was dismayed to find that women were barred from figure drawing classes. Instead, Greenaway chose to enroll at the Slade School of Art in 1871, where art classes were accessible by both men and women. Greenaway became a successful artist and children's book illustrator, and the Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955 in her honor.
#WomensHistoryMonth

Kate Greenaway (1846-1901). Girl with a M**f (cropped), circa 1900. Ink on paper, 14.8 x 11.2 cm. (Fenyes Collection, 2000.019.0128)

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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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A new Toastmasters club is forming. " Pasadena Art, Culture, and History Toastmasters " in your area. The first meeting will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021. Toastmasters International, a nonprofit educational organization that teaches effective speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of members in 145 countries with over 364,000 people using our curriculum. This includes corporations such as Bank of America, Citi Group, Kaiser Permanente, SCE and more. Please share this exciting news with the your members and the community. We are certain that this new Toastmaster club will bring added benefits to the community and the City and help to connect peoples with each other especially in this uncertain time. Attached is the flyer for this upcoming free event with details. Direct link to registration https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vdOuhqjkqHtMl_8TOXeqj_hc3WzA5VC5a
I thought I would share one of my mementos of the Maryland Hotel. It is the record of all income and cash disbursements from 1937 until it closed. My grandfather was the owner at the time.
I am gathering material for a documentary on radio station KRLA in the 60s and 70s. Their studio was in the carriage house of the Langham Huntington on Oak Knoll. I am having great difficulty finding photos of the carriage house, the studio, and the front porch that attracted a lot of celebrities. Can you help me find some actual photos from that period?
Hello! Here's home movie footage of the 1955 Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena. I digitally scanned this 8mm film myself a week ago. Digitally scanning people's 8mm home movies is a hobby of mine. I made no enhancements to this. Here is the link to my YouTube channel. Enjoy! P.S. I digitally scan movie film as a hobby. If you have home movies that you've wanted digitized but learned it is expensive, then please visit my Facebook profile to learn more details because I do this work for cheap, and I do a much better job than transfer companies because I'll use my video editing software to make your films look as nice as possible (without charging extra).
Hi guys, My name is Marta and I live in Pasadena. Since you are a big part of the community of Pasadena and participate so actively in culture and legacy, I would like to share something with you. I wrote a song about Pasadena and about the strange moments we’re going through right now due to the COVID-19 situation. I think I send out a positive vibe and lots of hope. I hope you like it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsYtOmBpxBM Stay safe, Marta
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/