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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In the Spring, we announced that our Black History Collection has been digitized by the USC Imaging & Media Lab to be ma...
09/09/2020

In the Spring, we announced that our Black History Collection has been digitized by the USC Imaging & Media Lab to be made available online. The number of records on the site now surpasses 600, and that number will continue to grow as USC continues to upload the digitized artifacts in groups. This photo shows Porter Ballard, his sister Myrtis, Miss Hicks, and two unidentified women in 1916 (BH-D-5-7-7); . To view all of the photos currently available, visit http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/digital/collection/p15799coll118

This project is part of a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the University of Southern California’s L.A. as Subject Community Histories Digitization Project. The project adds to the visibility of collections that document underrepresented community histories.

To commemorate Labor Day, we selected this 1951 photograph of workers at M.D. Parts and Manufacturing Company on Foothil...
09/07/2020

To commemorate Labor Day, we selected this 1951 photograph of workers at M.D. Parts and Manufacturing Company on Foothill Boulevard. The photographer, J.Allen Hawkins, was often hired to take photographs for businesses that operated in Pasadena in the mid-twentieth century. (JAH6326n1)

Artist John W. Nicoll was #BornOnThisDay in 1865. Nicoll (1865-1943) studied art extensively in Europe. He spent three y...
09/05/2020

Artist John W. Nicoll was #BornOnThisDay in 1865. Nicoll (1865-1943) studied art extensively in Europe. He spent three years in Paris at the Académie Julian and continued his education in Rome and Seville. He later returned to the U.S. and settled in Pasadena in 1899, where he met Eva Scott Fenyes. This painting is one of several by Nicoll in Eva's collection.

John W. Nicoll (1865-1943). Mount Lowe at Sunset,circa 1899. Oil on canvas, 18 x 22 in. (Fenyes Collection, 2000.019.0117)

Here's the final Rose Bowl Spotify playlist, 2018-Present. For the creator of the playlist, Dan McLaughlin, "One of the ...
09/05/2020
2018-Present. Heard around Pasadena Rose Bowl incl. Rolling Stones,Taylor Swift,Arroyo Seco Weekend

Here's the final Rose Bowl Spotify playlist, 2018-Present. For the creator of the playlist, Dan McLaughlin, "One of the fun things about doing things in reverse chronological order is that you get some rather odd juxtapositions. For instance this list goes from The Rolling Stones, to BTS and then the Chole X Halle." McLaughlin, author and retired Pasadena librarian, created 6 Spotify playlists of musicians who have performed at the Rose Bowl over the decades. For links to the other lists, see our other posts from this week.

Dan · Playlist · 54 songs · 1 likes

In 2015, Dan McLaughlin curated the interactive exhibit Pasadena Pursuit. Now the author and retired librarian has creat...
08/31/2020
1965-1989. Heard in the Pasadena Rose Bowl incld. Peace Sunday, Journey and Budweiser Superfest

In 2015, Dan McLaughlin curated the interactive exhibit Pasadena Pursuit. Now the author and retired librarian has created a new project - Spotify playlists of musicians who have performed at the Rose Bowl over the decades. We'll share his lists throughout the week. Today's playlist features artists who performed at the Rose Bowl from 1965-1989, and includes Depeche Mode, Aretha Franklin, Journey, and more.

Dan · Playlist · 57 songs · 2 likes

Our new blog features the Emery home. As Assistant Archivist Kirk Myers explains, "Among the mansions that lined South O...
08/28/2020
The Emery Home: from South Orange Grove to Green Street • Pasadena Museum of History

Our new blog features the Emery home. As Assistant Archivist Kirk Myers explains, "Among the mansions that lined South Orange Grove Avenue at the turn of the century, the home at 707 has experienced a more varied history than most."

Among the mansions that lined South Orange Grove Avenue at the turn of the century, the Emery home at 707 has experienced a more varied history than most.

After women won the right to vote 100 years ago, the race was on to get them registered to vote for the next election. T...
08/26/2020

After women won the right to vote 100 years ago, the race was on to get them registered to vote for the next election. This newspaper image, from the scrapbook of suffragist Mary A. Holmes, shows California clubwomen planning a campaign to register women to vote. They registered 124,000 voters in three weeks - 73,000 of them were women. (Scrapbook 112)
#WomensEqualityDay

Just in time to quench our thirst on a scorching summer day, August 20th is National Lemonade Day!Kids have been practic...
08/20/2020

Just in time to quench our thirst on a scorching summer day, August 20th is National Lemonade Day!

Kids have been practicing their entrepreneurial skills as proprietors of roadside stands for decades, as we see in this charming shot by early 20th-century Pasadena photojournalist Helen Lukens Gaut (HLG-135). Did you have a lemonade stand or sell something similar?
#NationalLemonadeDay #throwbackthursday

Today we celebrate National Aviation Day, which was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936 on the annive...
08/19/2020

Today we celebrate National Aviation Day, which was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936 on the anniversary of aviation pioneer Orville Wright’s birthday (August 19, 1871-January 30, 1948). His brother, Wilbur Wright, had died many years earlier (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912).
This image was featured in PMH’s 2013/2014 exhibition Kites, Wings, & Other Flying Things, which examined the artistry and engineering behind rapidly advancing aeronautical technologies, as well as Pasadena’s key place in the story of flight from the kite through the space age. Can you imagine how awe-inspiring it must have been to see this air show in Dominguez Hills (A9-40)?

08/12/2020
History At Home - Helen Lukens Gaut

This episode of History At Home delves into the life and work of Pasadena photojournalist Helen Lukens Gaut, whose photography captured the essentials of life—nature, architecture, and motoring. History At Home is brought to you by PMH and Pasadena Media.

History At Home is brought to you by Pasadena Museum of History and Pasadena Media. This episode delves into the life and work of Pasadena photojournalist He...

For National Book Lovers Day, we thought we would share Story Book Hour by Florence Ceramics. The Florence Ceramics Comp...
08/09/2020

For National Book Lovers Day, we thought we would share Story Book Hour by Florence Ceramics. The Florence Ceramics Company was started in 1942 by Pasadena housewife Florence Ward in the family garage at 1644 N Lake Ave. Within 7 years, the company built a state-of-the-art ceramics plant on S San Gabriel Blvd. Florence Ceramics produced high quality historical and literary figurines, birds, animals, and artware for 24 years before being bought out by a rival company in 1964.

Story Book Hour figurine, 1946-64. Made by Florence Ceramics, Pasadena, CA. Ceramic, gold, and lace. Gift of Doug Foland. (2010.008.023)
#NationalBookLoversDay

This new online Pasadena Digital History exhibition features historic images of Lake Avenue from the 1890s through 1970....
08/06/2020
Lake Avenue: A History

This new online Pasadena Digital History exhibition features historic images of Lake Avenue from the 1890s through 1970. See how the street evolved over eighty years. What is your favorite shop or restaurant on Lake?

This online exhibit offers historic glimpses of Lake Avenue, Pasadena. Established in the mid-19th century, the road took its name from a lake located at the southernmost end. The foot of the San Gabriel Mountains lies at the northernmost end. Lake Avenue was home to a number of businesses and resid...

Did you know that Bird Park Apartments on Catalina Island was once the location of one of the largest aviaries in the wo...
08/03/2020
Wrigley & Renton: Pasadenans on Catalina, Part II • Pasadena Museum of History

Did you know that Bird Park Apartments on Catalina Island was once the location of one of the largest aviaries in the world? Read the final blog in our "five Pasadenans who had a lasting effect on Catalina Island” series. All 6 blogs in the series are available on our website.

This article on William Wrigley, Jr. and David Renton is the final blog in a series on “five Pasadenans who had a lasting effect on Catalina Island,” as documented by the late PMH researcher Sidney K. Gally.

Gilbert Skutt was not an artist by trade, but his love of natural landscapes drew him to plein air painting. In 1917, Sk...
07/29/2020

Gilbert Skutt was not an artist by trade, but his love of natural landscapes drew him to plein air painting. In 1917, Skutt moved to picturesque Pasadena, where he was appointed superintendent of the city parks in 1923. He is credited with the improvement of many parks and the civic center during his tenure. Skutt was a member of the Pasadena Horticultural Society, the American Institute of Park Executives, and the state forestry committee. #WeAreParksAndRec

Image: Gilbert L. Skutt (1882-1967). Pasadena, n.d. Oil on board, 11.5 x 15.5 in. Gift of Michael Pierceall. (2014.009.01)

The last two blogs in our "Pasadenans Who Influenced Catalina" series focus on the two men who built much of what is sti...
07/27/2020
Wrigley & Renton: Pasadenans on Catalina, Part I • Pasadena Museum of History

The last two blogs in our "Pasadenans Who Influenced Catalina" series focus on the two men who built much of what is still on the island today - William Wrigley, Jr. and David M. Renton.

This article on William Wrigley, Jr. and David Renton is part of a series on “five Pasadenans who had a lasting effect on Catalina Island,” as documented by the late PMH researcher Sidney K. Gally.

This new exhibition from the partners of Pasadena Digital History shows artwork and photographs depicting the San Gabrie...
07/22/2020
San Gabriel Mission in Art & Photographs

This new exhibition from the partners of Pasadena Digital History shows artwork and photographs depicting the San Gabriel Mission from 1877-1953, with most of the images dating from 1880-1910.

This exhibition shows a collection of artwork and photographs depicting the San Gabriel Mission from 1877-1953. For information on the history of the mission, visit the Mission San Gabriel Archangel website at parish.sangabrielmissionchurch.org/. This is a curated digital exhibition featuring photog...

Most Pasadenans remember Charles F. Holder as the founder of the Valley Hunt Club and the first Tournament of Roses pres...
07/20/2020
Charles F. Holder: A Pasadenan on Catalina • Pasadena Museum of History

Most Pasadenans remember Charles F. Holder as the founder of the Valley Hunt Club and the first Tournament of Roses president, but did you know that he also founded The Tuna Club of Avalon?

This article on Charles F. Holder is part of a series on “five Pasadenans who had a lasting effect on Catalina Island,” as documented by the late PMH researcher Sidney K. Gally.

Happy National Ice Cream Day! This photo shows an industrial ice cream machine at the Creamery Products Company in South...
07/19/2020

Happy National Ice Cream Day! This photo shows an industrial ice cream machine at the Creamery Products Company in South Pasadena in 1951. (J. Allen Hawkins Collection, JAH6319n1) #icecreamday

In this installment of  “five Pasadenans who had a lasting effect on Catalina Island,” PMH Intern Grant Holt details the...
07/13/2020
Peter Gano: A Pasadenan on Catalina • Pasadena Museum of History

In this installment of “five Pasadenans who had a lasting effect on Catalina Island,” PMH Intern Grant Holt details the life of Peter Gano, the man who built Look Out Cottage - later renamed Holly Hill House by the Giddings family. Wonder how he got the building supplies up the cliff? Why with the help of his retired circus horse, Mercury.

This article on Peter Gano is part of a series on “five Pasadenans who had a lasting effect on Catalina Island,” as documented by the late PMH researcher Sidney K. Gally.

07/10/2020
History At Home - Travels with Eva

Today we routinely capture the scenes of our lives with phone cameras; in the late 1800s/early 1900s Eva Scott Fenyes chronicled her life and journeys in sketches and paintings. Enjoy the second installment of History At Home, brought to you by Pasadena Museum of History and Pasadena Media. All images in this video are featured in the book As She Pleased: Stories from the Life of Eva Scott Fenyes by Julie A. Stires (Raymond Press, 2019).

Today we routinely capture the scenes of our lives with phone cameras; in the late 1800s/early 1900s Eva Scott Fenyes chronicled her life and journeys in ske...

Did you know that the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo family also had a home in Santa Fe, NM? Check out this online exhibition o...
07/08/2020
The Leonora Paloheimo Watercolor Collection - Women's International Study Center

Did you know that the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo family also had a home in Santa Fe, NM? Check out this online exhibition of Leonora Paloheimo's watercolors from the Acequia Madre House collection.

The Leonora Paloheimo WATERCOLOR COLLECTION   Leonora Paloheimo painted with watercolors throughout her life. The Acequia Madre House® Collection contains over 250 of her landscapes, still lifes, and even a few portraits. The paintings selected for this special preview exhibit are from the 1960s. ...

In Part 2 of our series on Pasadenans and Catalina, PMH Public Outreach Intern Grant Holt takes a look at entrepreneur H...
07/06/2020
Hancock Banning: A Pasadenan on Catalina • Pasadena Museum of History

In Part 2 of our series on Pasadenans and Catalina, PMH Public Outreach Intern Grant Holt takes a look at entrepreneur Hancock Banning, a businessman and land developer who introduced many Pasadenans to the island in the 1880s.

This article on Hancock Banning is part of a series on “five Pasadenans who had a lasting effect on Catalina Island,” as documented by the late PMH researcher Sidney K. Gally.

Happy Independence Day! This photo shows fireworks above the Rose Bowl on July 4, 1945. (J. Allen Hawkins Collection, ja...
07/04/2020

Happy Independence Day! This photo shows fireworks above the Rose Bowl on July 4, 1945. (J. Allen Hawkins Collection, jah1142n1)

John W. Nicoll (1865-1943) was born in Newburgh, New York.  He studied in Paris for three years at Académie Julian, and ...
07/01/2020

John W. Nicoll (1865-1943) was born in Newburgh, New York. He studied in Paris for three years at Académie Julian, and then continued at Academia Real in Seville and in Rome. Nicoll also spent time traveling in North Africa. By 1899 he had settled in Pasadena, where he met artist and art patron Eva Scott Fenyes. In addition to artwork by Nicoll in the collection, the Archives houses correspondence between Nicoll and Eva, as well as a photograph of the artist painting in the Fenyes Garden in 1907.

John W. Nicoll (1865-1943). Quiet Cove, 1899. Oil on canvas, 23.5 x 20.5 in. (Fenyes Collection, 2000.019.0223)

In 1992, Sidney K. Gally created a presentation relating the stories of the five Pasadenans who influenced the developme...
06/29/2020
Five Pasadenans and Santa Catalina Island • Pasadena Museum of History

In 1992, Sidney K. Gally created a presentation relating the stories of the five Pasadenans who influenced the development of Catalina. With this introduction, we are pleased to begin a blog series developed from Gally’s original 1992 presentation, “Five Pasadenans and Santa Catalina Island.”

“This is the story of five Pasadenans who have had a lasting effect on Santa Catalina Island,” noted Sidney K. Gally in a 1992 presentation.

New on pasadenahistory.org - Our Fenyes Mansion Virtual Tour offers online visitors a VIP all-access pass to explore the...
06/26/2020

New on pasadenahistory.org - Our Fenyes Mansion Virtual Tour offers online visitors a VIP all-access pass to explore the historic home’s highlights, as well as every intriguing nook and cranny! Click-on prompts in each room provide insights on specific items and Fenyes family history.

It's National Candy Month. This photo shows the candy display at the United Artists Theatre on Colorado Boulevard in 195...
06/24/2020

It's National Candy Month. This photo shows the candy display at the United Artists Theatre on Colorado Boulevard in 1951. Even if you're enjoying movies at home, don't forget to grab your favorite sweet treat. (J. Allen Hawkins Collection, JAH6301n1)
#NationalCandyMonth

Happy Birthday to author Octavia Butler, born #onthisday in 1947. Butler did a book signing at PMH in 1999 and was inclu...
06/22/2020

Happy Birthday to author Octavia Butler, born #onthisday in 1947. Butler did a book signing at PMH in 1999 and was included in our 2018 exhibition, Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California.

Happy Father’s Day! This photo shows a Mr. Crandall helping his daughter get out of the car on her wedding day in 1950. ...
06/21/2020

Happy Father’s Day! This photo shows a Mr. Crandall helping his daughter get out of the car on her wedding day in 1950. (J. Allen Hawkins Collection, JAH5838p2) #FathersDay

06/18/2020
"Pasadena" ~ Ian Whitcomb and The Bungalow Boys

This week marks the 134th anniversary of Pasadena's incorporation. In honor of the occasion, we wanted to share this video of the late Ian Whitcomb singing "Pasadena" with The Bungalow Boys. City of Pasadena - Public Agency

http://www.picklehead.com/ian.html ~ Ian Whitcomb's website Song Title: "Pasadena" Ian Whitcomb ~ Ukulele, Banjo, Accordian & Vocals Bobby Bruce ~ Violin Fre...

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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/
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.