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“Exploring Pasadena’s Past” – The Heart of Pasadena’s Communities of Color

June 18, 2022

Celebrating Women’s History Month Through Books

March 28, 2022

Looking for your next book to read? Check out these recommendations from members of the Museum’s Volunteer Book Club.

“Who do you think you are, Barney Oldfield?”

February 21, 2022

On the afternoon of Washington’s birthday holiday, Monday, February 22, 1909, the oiled road of Santa Rosa Avenue was abuzz with the cheers, whispers, and Read More »

picnic in the Arroyo Seco in the 1880s

Arroyo Seco and Devil’s Gate: Early Picnics in West Pasadena

January 13, 2022

Before the Gilbert Darling family moved from Iowa to Pasadena in December, 1891, the daughters were told that Pasadena was a place “where one can Read More »

large house with long driveway

The Rose Garden: Scene of Many Pleasant Gatherings

December 21, 2021

The Rose Garden on South Orange Grove and Arbor Street is a beautiful complement to the Tournament House, the former home of Mr. and Mrs. Read More »

Moritz Rosenbaum in his garden, circa 1880.

The Rosenbaum Home

November 17, 2021

Moritz Rosenbaum came to the settlement that later became Pasadena in 1874. He bought fifteen acres on the southwest corner of Orange Grove and Colorado, Read More »

Pandemic. © Tim Ellis 2013. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/tim_ellis/9383290489)

Everybody Wins, or Everybody Loses?

October 26, 2021

In the talk I gave for ArtNight, there was a whole type of board game that I didn’t really mention, and that’s partly because it Read More »

Sketch from Pasadena Daily Evening Star, 9/8/1890, Page 1 (Newspaper Collection)

The New Library Opening: “A Notable Event in Pasadena’s History”

September 9, 2021

Did you know that Pasadena Public Library is older than the city itself? Founded in December 1882 (1) as a private subscription library under the Read More »

Brandied Peaches recipe

Cooking with Eva: Brandied Peaches

August 23, 2021

Amongst the cookbooks in the Fenyes Mansion are handwritten vintage recipes from a century ago. Since August is National Peach Month, we decided to share Read More »

the Japanese Tea Garden on the northwest corner of Fair Oaks and California

The G.T. Marsh Tea Garden: A Glimpse of Flowery Japan

August 15, 2021

In the summer of 1903, workmen were busily engaged in transforming what had been “only a barren stubble field fronting two hundred fifty feet on Read More »