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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.

E.A. Batchelder, sketch of a thatched cottages in Campden, August 16, 1905. Image courtesy of Archives, Pasadena Museum of History (BFP.1.16)

Ernest Batchelder’s European Sketches

January 23, 2020

Ernest Batchelder is renowned for the distinctive softly-hued tiles his firm produced during the early twentieth century.  These tiles, which adorn public, commercial, and private …

A hedge of Cherokee Roses on Arlington Drive

Early Pasadena: An Astonishing Garden of Flowers

December 27, 2019

Early Pasadena was often described by visitors as a paradise.  Webster defined paradise as “any place … of blissful delights,” and one of the delights …

Helouan, March 1895, watercolor on paper, 24.6 x 33.2 cm, Helouan, Egypt. (ESF.007.1839))

Leaving the Past Behind & Starting Anew in Pasadena

December 11, 2019

“Dr. Adalbert Fenyes, wife, and daughter of New York City are recent arrivals in Pasadena, and have taken the Darling house on Grand avenue for …

Detail of letter from KLB Radio listener

KLB Radio: Pasadena’s First Radio Station

August 1, 2019

In the early 1920s Americans all over the country were falling under the spell of the newest novelty, amateur radio broadcasting. It was sometimes referred …

G.G. Green preparing to play golf

Forward! March! Into the Colonel G.G. Green Collection

March 11, 2019

Two years and over 600 items later, the finding aid for the Colonel George G. Green collection at PMH is finished!  The finding aid is …

Hungarian Crumb Pudding: The Perfect Ending to a Formal Dinner

February 14, 2019

At the turn of the twentieth century, dinner parties were elaborate affairs, designed to impress and to indicate social status. Evening Dress was the rule …

LASFS South Gate in 58

Outgrowing the Cafeteria: LASFS

August 10, 2018

Over the years, the meetings of the now-independent Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society got bigger. As some of the younger fans went on to their …

Book cover of The Uplift War by David Brin

Caltech Writers: Part II

June 12, 2018

There have been a number of science fiction and fantasy writers with ties to Caltech, but from the 1960s on, three have stood out, in …

Clifton's Sign

Clifton’s Cafeteria: For the Hungry and the Creative

June 1, 2018

Starting in the 1930s, there was a haven for writers, artists, fans and anyone else who had too little money for the lives they wanted …

Mysterious Island comic

Science Fiction after Frankenstein

April 26, 2018

So, where was the science fiction of the nineteenth century, if Frankenstein was so influential? It existed, but it followed “Sturgeon’s Law” in that most …