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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 …

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 …

Photo of 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 …

Scrapbook Collection, 112

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, …