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This photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Day was published with the original article.

Clarence Day: Pasadena Contractor

April 27, 2021

You see his name stamped in the sidewalks all over town. He is Clarence Parkman Day, who for more than sixty years served Pasadena and …

anet Kadin, President of the Volunteer Council and longtime docent, gives a mini tour of the Fenyes Mansion during MOTA Day 2019. Photo by Brad Macneil

Volunteers are Vital

April 19, 2021

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller Our volunteers are vital to Pasadena Museum of History’s success. …

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)

Florence Ceramics

March 25, 2021

Pasadenan Florence Ward (1898-1991) began taking art classes as a way of coping with the death of one of her sons in 1939. Encouraged by …

The Stuart home at the corner of Terrace and Howard (later renamed Green) sometime after it was moved in 1893.

House Moving in 1893 Style

March 9, 2021

On March 18, 1893 one of the local news items that the Pasadena Daily Evening Star cited was: “H.I. Stuart, of the First National bank, …

A postcard view looking north from the live oak tree at the intersection of California and Orange Grove.

A Tale of Two Trees

February 18, 2021

Pasadena has long been noted for its beautiful tree-lined streets, but the original landscape was a largely treeless plain, with a few native live oaks. …

Family of Dan Woods, uncle of Benjamin McAdoo (BH-L-24-9)

Community Histories: The Black History Collection

February 10, 2021

Pasadena Museum of History’s Black History Collection is comprised of photographs, letters, family records, property deeds, and other materials revealing the history of the African …

The small white sign in the center of this painting reads San Gabriel Hotel. Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Old house (Grape Vine), San Gabriel, California, 10 May 1904. Watercolor on paper, 7 x 10 in. (Fenyes Collection, ESF.008.2136)

Painting California: “…a very valuable thing…”

January 26, 2021

“It seems to me it would be a very valuable thing if you could carry out your plan to make accurate water-color studies of the …

Pasadena City Hall in the snow, 1949. photo by William Hart (Main Photo Collection, C14-B9)

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

January 14, 2021

SUB-FREEZING WEATHER COMES IN WITH SNOW screamed the headline in the Pasadena Star News on January 11, 1949. Traffic snarled, kids whooped for joy, and …

Advertisement in the Pasadena Daily News, Tournament of Roses Edition, 1913. One might imagine Pasadena’s society ladies costumed as saleswomen and conducting The Christmas Shop in these rooms at Boadway Bros. (Tournament of Roses Collection)

Eva Fenyes and Boadway Brothers Department Store

December 17, 2020

It was an enormous pit, a huge gaping excavation that threatened to undermine Cabrillo Place. The bungalows and shops teetered on the edge of a …

Christmas Tree Lane at night(Postcard Collection)

Christmas Tree Lane: Celebrating a Century of Holiday Brilliance

December 9, 2020

One hundred years ago this month, the magnificent Deodar trees on Altadena’s Santa Rosa Avenue were first entwined with multi-colored lights and lit on December …