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We are striving to provide increased online content to our community. This blog features articles related to the Museum's vast collections and changing exhibitions.

Bronze clock, pre-1933. Made by Charles C. Reynolds, Pasadena, CA. (2019.004.02).

A Clock and Its Maker

May 20, 2020

A mysterious clock, Pasadena Tournament of Roses®, and Pasadena’s first undertaker – what do they have in common?

oak tree craft by Art2Go

At Home Activities: Inspired by Nature

May 13, 2020

Since we are unable to host Museums of the Arroyo (MOTA) Day this year, we compiled these nature-inspired activities for some at home fun along …

Eva Scott Fenyes. Hollyhocks, Milford, Pennsylvania, July 22, 1884. Watercolor sketch (ESF.009.1286)

Blooming Messages: The Victorian Language of Flowers

May 5, 2020

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930), whose Pasadena estate is now home to Pasadena Museum of History, left the museum a stunning collection of drawings and watercolors …

book club graphic

From the PMH Volunteer Bookshelf

April 22, 2020

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

Dayton Street Firehouse, 1890s (Main Photo Collection, D5-F1-12)

Pasadena’s First “First Responders”

April 7, 2020

They may not have called themselves Pasadena’s Bucket Brigade, but we should consider the citizens of Pasadena as this young city’s first “first responders.” There …

Political cartoon (Scrapbook Collection, 112)

Preserving the Protest: The Scrapbook of Mary A. Holmes

March 18, 2020

Historian, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich wrote “well-behaved women seldom make history” to describe colonial women who were included in the community, but whose records and lives …

Tintype of the Parker Brothers; Charles and Millard Parker Collection (CMP.1.21)

Out of the Dumpster and Into the Archives

February 7, 2020

Finding history in a collection of photographs and newspaper clippings is an exciting time in the Archives. When a stack of seemingly unimportant papers and …

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 …