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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.

funeral of Owen Brown

Owen Brown in Pasadena

January 10, 2018

January 10, 1889 was a significant date in early Pasadena history – the funeral of Owen Brown, son of abolitionist John Brown.  Owen was the …

1984 Olympic soccer game

A Well-rounded Bowl: The Stadium in the Arroyo

December 27, 2017

Pasadena is best known for its roses and architecture, both of which are embodied by one structure – the Rose Bowl. Designed by famed Pasadena …

one of the greeting cards in the collection

The Art of Greetings: Studio Art Greeting Cards

December 20, 2017

Sending greeting cards during the holiday season has been a western tradition since the mid-nineteenth century. First popular in England, mass-produced greeting cards began being …

Language of Flowers floral bouquet

Edwardian Christmas Décor: Part II

December 13, 2017

  Floral Displays Like the Victorians before them, Edwardians were lavish in their use of plants and plant materials for décor. In these great houses, …

holiday decor in dining room

Edwardian Christmas Décor: Part I

December 6, 2017

Deck the Halls! ‘Tis the season to be decorating – and gifting friends and family with tokens of our love and appreciation, often in the …

Photograph of Kenneth Bell

Rescued From a Rental Car: Memories from the Bell Family

November 29, 2017

In 2009, PMH received a small package of materials the sender had found in a rental car and enclosed a note saying, “You might like …

Thanksgiving Green ad

Colonel G. G. Green Carves the Turkey

November 21, 2017

“A California Pilgrimage” On Thursday, November 29, 1900, family and friends of Colonel G. G. Green celebrated Thanksgiving in the Colonel’s private Pullman train car …

Hungarian recipe for milk dumplings

Cooking with Eva: Hungarian Recipes for Adalbert

November 15, 2017

Amongst the cookbooks in the Fenyes Mansion and the family papers in the Archives are handwritten vintage recipes from a century ago. Some of Eva …

1967 Rose Princess gown by William Cahill

William Cahill: Wedding Couturier and Royal Court Designer

November 8, 2017

The Royals of Pasadena: Rose Queen® and Royal Court exhibit features eight gowns by world renowned wedding dress designer, William Cahill (1918 – 2005). William …

Los Olivos postcard

Travels with Eva Fenyes: An Auto Trip to Los Olivos, 1917

November 1, 2017

Eva Fenyes often kept a journal when she traveled, and several of her small notebooks have survived the years. All are available in the Reading …