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Organized for a Cause: Social Clubs & Women’s Suffrage

July 20, 2021

In 2020, PMH joined the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment with two blogs related to a suffrage scrapbook from the museum’s …

the first lithograph of Pasadena, 1886

West Pasadena in 1886: A Wonderful Little City

June 9, 2021

1886 was an eventful year in early Pasadena. Incorporation as a city was finalized on June 19, but a transformation from the agricultural village founded …

Mt Wilson Observatory (MW13-27b)

Lookout Mountain and the Speed of Light

May 19, 2021

The first lookout tower of the Angeles Forest was erected on Lookout Mountain No. 2 in 1913 and was active until 1927 when it was …

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 …