History Makers Gala

Since 2000, Pasadena Museum of History has honored Contemporary History Makers for their contributions to our cultural community. The 2017 Contemporary History Makers will again be honored at the California Club with a black tie cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a three-course seated dinner. We expect more than 200 guests including business and community leaders, civic officials, educators, and friends to attend this celebration.

Contemporary History Makers Gala logo

The 2016 Contemporary History Maker Awards were presented to Holly & Dave Davis, Thomas Seifert & Dianne Philibosian, PhD, Dick & Ann Ward, and Robert Winter, PhD (in absentia) at a Black Tie Gala Dinner at The California Club on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Proceeds from the event benefitted PMH's educational programs.


Dave & Holly Davis
Thomas Seifert & Dianne Philibosian, PhD
The Honorable Richard J. Ward & Ann Ward

These extraordinary couples were honored as 2016 Contemporary History Makers for their shared commitment to our community in areas of civic service, dedication to education, health, sports and recreation, and the local environment, and their contributions to the growth, development, and promotion of Pasadena and its environs.

Robert Winter, PhD

Architectural historian Robert Winter was also honored for his long tenure with the Museum as a Board Member, Trustee Emeritus, mentor, and scholar. Winter has permanently enriched the Museum's collections with his gift of the Ernest A. Batchelder Tile Collection & Archives, which was on display in the exhibition Batchelder: Tilemaker. His Contemporary History Makers award was presented in absentia with an electronic tribute.

Contemporary History Makers

Each year the Museum honors select individuals, businesses, or corporations whose civic passion, innovative design, or charitable interests continue to shape Pasadena’s unique and rich heritage. View the list of past History Makers.



Lagerlof, Senecal, Gosney, & Kruse LLP



Pasadena Now



Vince & Karen of Art Deco Entertainment



Innovate Marketing Group



John & Helen Baatz

Joan J. Branin, Ph.D.

Karen & Steve Craig

Ginny & John Cushman

Wendy Funkhouser & Jim Williams

Hahn & Hahn LLP

Lucas Horsfall Accountants + Advisors

Don & Nancy McIntyre

Dr. Dennis O'Leary & Linda Davis-O'Leary

Pasadena Tournament of Roses

Pasadena City College Foundation

Primuth & Driskell, LLP

Thomas Seifert & Dianne Philibosian

Carol & Bill Thomson

The Honorable Richard J. Ward & Ann Ward


Avery Dennison

Bill & Claire Bogaard

Georgianna Erskine

Jim & Sue Femino

Julie D.  Gallant

Carl & Nancy Hulick

Dr. & Mrs. Michael Kadin

Cynthia Kurtz & Jim McDermott

Betty McKenney

Pasadena Community Foundation

Penny Plotkin

Elizabeth Smalley, M.D. & Garth Gilpin

Stanislawski & Company, Inc.

Peggy Stewart

Tom & Laney Techentin

Betsey Tyler

Judy & Randy Wilson


As of 10/11/16


800 Degrees Pizza, A Noise Within, Alexander's Steak House, Aquarium of Pacific, Blaze Pizza, Bodega Wine Bar, Botegga Louie, Bourbon Steak, Braise and Crumble, Casa Cordoba, Chop Stop, City Café, Dinner Detective, Gales Restaurant, Green Street, Hollywood Wax Museum, Ice House Comedy, iPic Entertainment, Ixora Florist, Kidspace Museum, LA Zoo, Laugh Factory, Le Grande Orange, Los Angeles Food & Wines Festival, Melting Pot Tour, Menchie's, Natural History Museum, Neon Retro Arcade, Paco's Mexican Restaurant, Paper Source, Paradis-ice cream, Pasadena Center Operating Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, Richard Singer, Ruth's Chris Steak House,San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, Sand Box Fitness, Sharp Seating Company, Specialty’s Café & Bakery, Tahoe Donner, The Beas Knees, The Pasadena Tour Company, The Pizza Press, The University Club of Pasadena, True Food Kitchen, Urban Plates, Veggie Grill, Wen Floral, Wine LA