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Working on an exhibition requires an immense amount of knowledge and a thorough understanding of the subject matter. . .and the ability to boil all of that down into labels that visitors can read in thirty seconds or less. This leaves much unsaid - and unread. Luckily, there are blogs to provide readers with information that, while fascinating, simply could not fit on a label. This blog also features articles related to our Education programs, the Museum Store, the Museum's vast collections, and more.

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onion fire article

A Stink in West Pasadena

June 28, 2017

For many in West Pasadena, a reason to celebrate arrived a few days before the Fourth of July in 1899. Shortly after 9 p.m. on June …

Beach sketch by Eva Scott Fenyes

Beaches: Watercolors and Sketches by Eva Fenyes

June 21, 2017

Several years ago, Collections staff posted a progressive exhibit of beach art using watercolors and sketches by Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930) on the Museum’s Facebook …

A.J. Calabu and #D chalk crayons

Beautiful Ephemera: Chalk Festival Street Painting

June 14, 2017

I am an artist, and I know that making art, while enriching and enlivening, can also be an intensely solitary process. Think of a painter …

centenarian panel

Happy Birthday Pasadena’s Centenarian Project

June 7, 2017

One woman fled the Bolshevik Revolution with her family as a child, only to find herself in flight again in 1934 escaping brutal persecution in …

cycleway curve

The Pasadena Cycleway

May 31, 2017

Pasadena historian Henry Markham Page wrote that “ … there was nothing like it in the United States – or probably anywhere else for that …

“Red Car Line – Venice, California” by Harold Edward Lanfair

The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry

May 24, 2017

Steve Crise, co-curator of the exhibition The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry (on view March 29 – August 13, 2017) describes a selection …

Middle Hall of the Algerian Court, circa 1897

Eva Fenyes’ Algerian Court

May 17, 2017

On the northwest corner of Orange Grove Avenue and Ellis Street in Pasadena, California, there once stood a mansion, exotic in style and unique to …

Porttrait of G.G. Green

Colonel Green in the Archives

May 10, 2017

  Not Colonel Mustard in the Library with a Candlestick Colonel Green is just one of the many people I’ve “met” at Pasadena Museum of …

Local cars on Raymond Avenue, 1939

Railroad Edition of the Collections Quarterly

May 3, 2017

Archives Feature – Trolleys in Pasadena Since a horse drawn wagon carried the first electric interurban trolley car up Fair Oaks Avenue into Pasadena in …

Grayson Arts

February 24, 2017

Grayson Arts, the firm which created artisan ceramics for the bath and home, was founded by husband and wife team John “Gail” and Helen Lee …