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.

This week would have marked Ernest Batchelder's 145th birthday. Our latest blog by Laura Verlaque celebrates the tilemak...
01/24/2020
Ernest Batchelder’s European Sketches - PMH

This week would have marked Ernest Batchelder's 145th birthday. Our latest blog by Laura Verlaque celebrates the tilemaker's strong, yet little known, talent in drawing.

Batchelder is also featured as one of Pasadena's early entrepreneurs in the current exhibition, Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890-1930.

Batchelder sketches from his travels underscore his deep interest in and knowledge of European design and architecture. They showcase his strong talent in drawing.

These photographs from PMH's J. Allen Hawkins Collection were taken during Martin Luther King, Jr.'s second visit to Pas...
01/20/2020

These photographs from PMH's J. Allen Hawkins Collection were taken during Martin Luther King, Jr.'s second visit to Pasadena. It was the first of two occasions when King would speak at Friendship Baptist Church. On February 28, 1960, he delivered the sermon, "The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life." The complete transcript of the sermon is available online through The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.

A selection of photos from this visit can be found on PDHC: http://collection.pasadenadigitalhistory.com/cdm/search/collection/p16237coll8/searchterm/Martin%20Luther%20King/field/all/mode/all/conn/and/order/title

This Saturday, film historian and musicologist Galen Wilkes will take us back in time and explore how the development of...
01/14/2020
LECTURE - Silent Flicks to Talkies • Pasadena Museum of History

This Saturday, film historian and musicologist Galen Wilkes will take us back in time and explore how the development of motion pictures took us from silent films to the first “talkies.” A limited number of tickets, which include admission to the galleries, are still available. Reserve your spot today.

Film historian and musicologist Galen Wilkes will take us back in time and explore how the development of motion pictures took us from silent films to the first “talkies.”

The January Book of the month is El Rancho de las Golondrinas: Living History in New Mexico’s La Ciénega Valley, by Carm...
01/10/2020

The January Book of the month is El Rancho de las Golondrinas: Living History in New Mexico’s La Ciénega Valley, by Carmella Padilla and Jack Parsons (Photographer). Get 30% off the book that gives an account of the Santa Fe museum founded by the Paloheimos, including biographical sketches, histories, and photographs.

It's never too early to shop for Valentine's Day.  Rose jewelry, in both sterling silver and gold-plated sterling silver...
01/08/2020

It's never too early to shop for Valentine's Day. Rose jewelry, in both sterling silver and gold-plated sterling silver, is currently 50% off. The Museum Store is open W-Su, Noon to 5:00pm

Happy New Year!  All hail the Rose King & Queen from 1913.  That's right, in 1913 Harrison Drummond had the honor of bei...
01/01/2020

Happy New Year! All hail the Rose King & Queen from 1913. That's right, in 1913 Harrison Drummond had the honor of being a Tournament of Roses King.

Tournament of Roses Special Collection

Historic Fenyes Mansion is especially festive during the holidays, as we install Edwardian-style decorations in the publ...
12/30/2019

Historic Fenyes Mansion is especially festive during the holidays, as we install Edwardian-style decorations in the public rooms downstairs. This beautiful display could not be done without the help of a small group of talented and dedicated volunteers. Take a bow 2019 decorating team: Karen Adams, Keith & Sue Anderson, Amy Breyer, Sarah Emery Bunn, Cindy & Gale Davis, Clary Kooshian, Venetia Large, Golden Watkins, and Greg Zyblut. The decorations will remain on view for the tours on January 3, 4, & 5, 2020.
Photos by Marlyn Woo/Joanne Wilborn

Historic Fenyes Mansion is especially festive during the holidays, as we install Edwardian-style decorations in the public rooms downstairs. This beautiful display could not be done without the help of a small group of talented and dedicated volunteers. Take a bow 2019 decorating team: Karen Adams, Keith & Sue Anderson, Amy Breyer, Sarah Emery Bunn, Cindy & Gale Davis, Clary Kooshian, Venetia Large, Golden Watkins, and Greg Zyblut. The decorations will remain on view for the tours on January 3, 4, & 5, 2020.
Photos by Marlyn Woo/Joanne Wilborn

Get your official gear before the 2020 Rose Parade. We have hats, shirts, tote bags, mugs, and more. Join PMH for our bi...
12/27/2019

Get your official gear before the 2020 Rose Parade. We have hats, shirts, tote bags, mugs, and more. Join PMH for our biggest sale of official Tournament of Roses merchandise this holiday season. (Please note that we do not be carry 2020 programs or pins.) The Museum Store is open today-Sunday, Noon to 5:00pm.

As we prepare for the next parade, Assistant Archivist Kirk Myers describes Pasadena's love of flowers using century-old...
12/27/2019
Early Pasadena: An Astonishing Garden of Flowers • Pasadena Museum of History

As we prepare for the next parade, Assistant Archivist Kirk Myers describes Pasadena's love of flowers using century-old quotations.

To learn more about Early Pasadena, including its love of gardens and parks, come view our current exhibition, Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890-1930. https://pasadenahistory.org/exhibits/

Early Pasadena was often described by visitors as a paradise. One of the delights of early Pasadena was an array of flowers that dazzled many.

The entire Museum will be closed today so our staff and volunteers can spend time with their families. The Exhibition Ga...
12/25/2019

The entire Museum will be closed today so our staff and volunteers can spend time with their families. The Exhibition Galleries and Museum Store will reopen on Thursday, December 26.

Pictured: Santa Claus while working with the Jaycees (Pasadena Star-News Collection).

PMH would like to wish everyone a joyful holiday season!Hanukkah photo from the PSN Collection (Photo by Walt Mancini, 1...
12/22/2019

PMH would like to wish everyone a joyful holiday season!

Hanukkah photo from the PSN Collection (Photo by Walt Mancini, 1986); Christmas photo from the J. Allen Hawkins Collection (Photo by J. Allen Hawkins, 2189b); Kwanzaa photo from the PSN Collection (Photo by Walt Mancini, 1993)

Pasadena Museum of History celebrated 2019 Contemporary History Makers Helen Baatz & her late husband, John Baatz,  Mire...
12/16/2019

Pasadena Museum of History celebrated 2019 Contemporary History Makers Helen Baatz & her late husband, John Baatz, Mireya & Larry Jones, and Jack & Lacreta Scott during a gala evening at The California Club in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 9. The six individuals were honored for their shared commitment to our community in areas of civic service; dedication to supporting the arts, music, and education; and their involvement in the field of medicine. The black-tie gathering of 170 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by fine dining and the awards program. Bill and Carol Thomson chaired the benefit, which supports the Museum’s educational programs. Photos by Marlyn Woo/Joanne Wilborn

Pasadena Museum of History celebrated 2019 Contemporary History Makers Helen Baatz & her late husband, John Baatz, Mireya & Larry Jones, and Jack & Lacreta Scott during a gala evening at The California Club in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 9. The six individuals were honored for their shared commitment to our community in areas of civic service; dedication to supporting the arts, music, and education; and their involvement in the field of medicine. The black-tie gathering of 170 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by fine dining and the awards program. Bill and Carol Thomson chaired the benefit, which supports the Museum’s educational programs. Photos by Marlyn Woo/Joanne Wilborn

Check out Anderson’s Typewriter Co.’s festive window display from 1945. Anderson (now Anderson Business Technology) lent...
12/14/2019

Check out Anderson’s Typewriter Co.’s festive window display from 1945. Anderson (now Anderson Business Technology) lent two typewriters for our current exhibition, Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890-1930. https://pasadenahistory.org/exhibits/

Which holiday storefront did you find captivating as a child? Likely it wasn't a business machines store, but Anderson's Typewriter Co. in 1945 looks pretty festive.

Check out this and other holiday images at http://collection.pasadenadigitalhistory.com/cdm/search/field/audien/searchterm/Christmas/mode/exact

"There were several of those old, familiar places. There was Hungary...There was New York...There was Egypt...But the co...
12/11/2019
Leaving the Past Behind & Starting Anew in Pasadena • Pasadena Museum of History

"There were several of those old, familiar places. There was Hungary...There was New York...There was Egypt...But the couple decided on California." These excerpts from Julie A. Stires' As She Pleased: Stories from the Life of Eva Scott Fenyes describe the allure of Pasadena to a cosmopolitan family.

Eva Scott Fenyes and her family are featured in the current exhibition, Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890-1930. The family’s legacy is also preserved through the permanent display of furnishings and artwork in the Fenyes Mansion, which has tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Eva travelled to Pasadena, bringing with her the memories and experiences of another life, a full life, an accomplished life. She was highly educated, widely traveled, and she was living life with energy and enthusiasm.

Have you seen our new exhibit yet? Stop on by on Sunday afternoon from 1-4 when we'll celebrate the opening with some ho...
12/07/2019
Starting Anew at Pasadena Museum of History

Have you seen our new exhibit yet? Stop on by on Sunday afternoon from 1-4 when we'll celebrate the opening with some holiday cheer.

Starting Anew explores the forty years between 1890 and 1930, a dynamic time in Pasadena’s history when the area changed rapidly from a small agricultural community to a renowned winter resort and bustling young city.

Enjoy holiday cheer in vintage Pasadena style this Sunday at our Holiday Open House from 1-4pm. Visitors will be able to...
12/06/2019

Enjoy holiday cheer in vintage Pasadena style this Sunday at our Holiday Open House from 1-4pm. Visitors will be able to peek into the elegant Fenyes Mansion, adorned with touches of Edwardian-style holiday décor. For info on all of the festivities, visit our website: https://pasadenahistory.org/events-overview/free-days/

Photo of the Fenyes Mansion Studio by Gale Davis.

Thank you Pasadena Digital History for sharing this iconic photo from our collection of Christmas Tree Lane in 1947.
12/05/2019

Thank you Pasadena Digital History for sharing this iconic photo from our collection of Christmas Tree Lane in 1947.

Where do you go to see holiday lights? Perhaps it's Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena. Our image this week is of The trees on the Lane, Santa Rosa Avenue, which have been lighted annually as a Christmas Holiday display since 1920. This particular image was captured in 1947.

Check out this and other holiday images courtesy of the Museum of History at http://collection.pasadenadigitalhistory.com/cdm/ref/collection/p16237coll8/id/863

Now through January 5, 2020, visitors who take the Fenyes Mansion tour will get to see Edwardian style Christmas trimmin...
12/04/2019

Now through January 5, 2020, visitors who take the Fenyes Mansion tour will get to see Edwardian style Christmas trimmings in the public rooms downstairs. The Fenyes Mansion will also be open for viewing during the Holiday Open House on December 8.

Photo of the Fenyes Mansion exterior balcony by Gale Davis.

Support PMH on #GivingTuesday. Give locally and your tax-deductible gift will support our mission to promote an apprecia...
12/03/2019

Support PMH on #GivingTuesday. Give locally and your tax-deductible gift will support our mission to promote an appreciation of history, culture, arts, and sciences relevant to Pasadena and adjoining communities through our educational programs, exhibitions, and research library. https://pasadenahistory.org/support/donate-now/

We know we post this photo every year, but what can we say? It's our Thanksgiving tradition (and B.J. and Tulula the tur...
11/28/2019

We know we post this photo every year, but what can we say? It's our Thanksgiving tradition (and B.J. and Tulula the turkey are adorable). It is also our tradition to be closed on Thanksgiving and the day after. The Exhibition Galleries and Museum Store will reopen on Saturday, 11/30. Fenyes Mansion Tours will also resume on Saturday, 11/30. The Research Library & Archives will reopen on Thursday, 12/5.

Image: Nineteen month old B.J. Baker with Tulula the turkey, 1983 (Pasadena Star-News Collection). Don’t worry, Tulula was the family pet!

Tickets are still available for tomorrow night's reading and book signing with Arroyo:A Novel author Chip Jacobs.Accordi...
11/20/2019
Book Signing - Arroyo: A Novel • Pasadena Museum of History

Tickets are still available for tomorrow night's reading and book signing with Arroyo:A Novel author Chip Jacobs.

According to an article in Pasadena Weekly, the characters in Jacobs' debut novel "interact with historical figures such as Teddy Roosevelt, Rose Parade founder Charles Holder, newspaperman Charles Lummis, aeronaut Thaddeus Lowe, muckraker Upton Sinclair and others. Major scenes take place at Cawston Ostrich Farm, Mount Lowe Railway, Hotel Green (now Castle Green), the Raymond Hotel, Busch Gardens, the Doo Dah Parade and other local landmarks." Sound like the perfect read for a local history buff?

Award-winning author and Pasadena native Chip Jacobs will read from and discuss his debut novel, Arroyo, historical fiction about the dramatic and often mysterious roots of Pasadena’s iconic Colorado Street Bridge.

Pasadenan Glen Dawson rappelled and climbed his way into history.Learn about the avid globe-trotting climber and renowne...
11/12/2019

Pasadenan Glen Dawson rappelled and climbed his way into history.

Learn about the avid globe-trotting climber and renowned man of books at a lecture and book signing with Elizabeth Pomeroy, author of Glen Dawson: Mountaineer and Bookman, this Saturday. Tickets are still available: https://glendawson.bpt.me/

Thank you to those who have served. This photo from our Archives shows US Marines Sgt. Frank Marlow, Staff Sgt. Jeff Col...
11/11/2019

Thank you to those who have served.

This photo from our Archives shows US Marines Sgt. Frank Marlow, Staff Sgt. Jeff Collins, Sgt. Bill Chapman, and Corporal Tim Doherty at the Veteran's Day celebration at City Hall in 1978 (Photo by Blake Sell; Pasadena Star-News Collection)

Time to reset your clocks. Daylight savings ends tomorrow. Watercolor sketch of a village street, including a steeple wi...
11/03/2019

Time to reset your clocks. Daylight savings ends tomorrow.

Watercolor sketch of a village street, including a steeple with a clock and weather vane. Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930) painted this while visiting La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland in October, 1892. (ESF.007.1606a)

Happy Halloween from PMH and these young trick-or-treaters we found in our Archives (Flag Collection, 2-67-113)
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween from PMH and these young trick-or-treaters we found in our Archives (Flag Collection, 2-67-113)

In 2016, we were honored to be able to borrow tiles from the Dutch Chocolate Shop for the exhibition Batchelder: Tilemak...
10/30/2019
This 105-year-old restaurant is a secret, tiled masterpiece. And it's up for sale

In 2016, we were honored to be able to borrow tiles from the Dutch Chocolate Shop for the exhibition Batchelder: Tilemaker. The tile mural that we displayed was removed from the shop in the early 1980s to make room for a permitted exit. The Chocolate Shop itself was part of Esotouric's Secret Los Angeles' Batchelder By Bus excursion.

A new owner is on the menu for the downtown L.A. building that houses the long-shut Dutch Chocolate Shop, a rare showcase for tilework by Ernest Batchelder.

Thanks Pasadena Digital History for sharing this fun Halloween photo from our collection of photographs taken by Pasaden...
10/25/2019
Pasadena Digital History

Thanks Pasadena Digital History for sharing this fun Halloween photo from our collection of photographs taken by Pasadena photographer J. Allen Hawkins.

No doubt there will be many Halloween parties in Pasadena during the next week. With that in mind we thought we would share an image of party goers back in 1950. Miss Eileen Mc Kanna hosted this Halloween celebration which according to the Pasadena City Directories, was likely at 2305 Ridgeway in San Marino. Sorry, but we don't know if it is in fact Miss Mc Kanna standing behind the chair.

There are 29 images in this collection photographed by J. Allen Hawkins. Check them out at http://collection.pasadenadigitalhistory.com/cdm/ref/collection/p16237coll8/id/1157

New Book of the Month - Outside In: The Architecture of Smith and Williams, edited by Jocelyn Gibbs, Debi Howell-Ardila,...
10/16/2019

New Book of the Month - Outside In: The Architecture of Smith and Williams, edited by Jocelyn Gibbs, Debi Howell-Ardila, Anthony Denzer, Lilian Pfaff, and Alan Hess is currently 30% off in the Museum Store.

From 1946 to 1973, Whitney Rowland Smith and his partner, Wayne Williams, designed more than 800 projects, from residential, commercial, and public buildings to housing tracts, multi-use complexes, and parks and master plans for cities. Through a breathtaking array of images, Outside In unveils the core of Smith and Williams’s architectural practice.

You are invited to create your own legacy by sponsoring a Commemorative Tile. These Arts and Crafts-style tiles provide ...
09/25/2019

You are invited to create your own legacy by sponsoring a Commemorative Tile. These Arts and Crafts-style tiles provide you with the opportunity to acknowledge a special event or person. Your sponsorship will also convey your support of the Museum’s mission to preserve and share the rich history of our community. The donor recognition site is located on the front steps of the History Center, and the next order deadline is September 30. pasadenahistory.org/tiles

This autumn landscape was painted by Leonora Frances Curtin Paloheimo. While Leonora is well known for her linguistics r...
09/18/2019

This autumn landscape was painted by Leonora Frances Curtin Paloheimo. While Leonora is well known for her linguistics research, she also painted as a hobby. As a child, she had studied art in Santa Fe, New Mexico with Gerald Cassidy. According to an archivist in Santa Fe, this painting depicts El Rancho de las Golondrinas, the family home in Santa Fe, which was dedicated as a museum in 1972. #WomenArtistsWednesday

Leonora Frances Curtin Paloheimo (1903-1999). [Autumn Landscape], 1969. Watercolor on paper, 19 x 23 in. (Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Collection, 2000.019.0019)

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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?