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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.

Grayson Arts

February 24, 2017

Grayson Arts, the firm which created artisan ceramics for the bath and home, was founded by husband and wife team John “Gail” and Helen Lee …

Ernest A. Batchelder (1875-1957)

October 6, 2016

In comments about the tilemaker, Robert Winter, PhD has noted that Batchelder wrote two books on design and illustrated them with his own drawings. He …

Artist in Residence

September 21, 2016

Batchelder tiles inspired Cha-Rie’s tile career. According to a 2013 article in the Pasadena Star-News, Cha-Rie “owns one of the largest collections of Batchelder molds …

PMH Collection Policy Reflects Pasadena History

September 7, 2016

Among the more than 10,000 objects in the Pasadena Museum of History’s collection is a silver-mounted vase donated by the Estate of Mary M. Pearson. …

History of the Arroyo Seco Parkway Preserved in Museum’s Archives

April 11, 2016

The Arroyo Seco Parkway was officially dedicated on Dec. 30, 1940 and opened to the public the next day — just in time to handle …

Golden Age of Sewing

January 13, 2016

From house dresses to haute couture, women in the 1950s used their sewing skills to create smart wardrobes that reflected fashion influences from Paris to …

Historic Negatives Collections

December 10, 2015

PMH maintains the area’s largest and most complete photographic archives of Pasadena and its environs, numbering an estimated one million photographic images. Staff, interns, and …

Sewing and Construction Skills of the 1890s and 1920s

December 2, 2015

How did these fabulous fashions find their way into women’s wardrobes? The evolution of dressmaking and sewing skills over the decades reflected women’s changing roles …

What, No Pants?!

November 4, 2015

As common as pants are in our wardrobes today, it was scandalous for women to appear in them just over 100 years ago. The trend …

A Final Walk

September 15, 2015

By the late 1930s, there were only a handful of Civil War veterans left in Pasadena. Unlike in earlier days, there were no big groups …