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The Catalina Casino, 2013. Highsmith, Carol M, photographer. The Catalina Casino, built on the site formerly known as Sugarloaf Point on Catalina Island off the coast of California. California Santa Catalina United States, 2013. May. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2013634824/.

Wrigley & Renton: Pasadenans on Catalina, Part II

August 3, 2020

This is the final article in a six-part series on “five Pasadenans who had a lasting effect on Catalina Island,” as documented by the late …

Portraits of Wrigley and Renton

Wrigley & Renton: Pasadenans on Catalina, Part I

July 27, 2020

This is the fifth article in a six-part series on “five Pasadenans who had a lasting effect on Catalina Island,” as documented by the late …

Portrait of Charles F. Holder, 1907. Photo by Frank G. Schumacher. (Courtesy of Pasadena Public Library, ppl_13999)

Charles F. Holder: A Pasadenan on Catalina

July 20, 2020

This is the fourth in a six-part series on “five Pasadenans who had a lasting effect on Catalina Island,” as documented by the late PMH …

Peter Gano. Courtesy of Catalina Island Museum.

Peter Gano: A Pasadenan on Catalina

July 13, 2020

This is the third in a six-part series on “five Pasadenans who had a lasting effect on Catalina Island,” as documented by the late PMH …

Portrait of Hancock Banning. Courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum.

Hancock Banning: A Pasadenan on Catalina

July 6, 2020

This is the second in a six-part series on “five Pasadenans who had a lasting effect on Catalina Island,” as documented by the late PMH …

Watercolor of Catalina by Jae Giddings Carmichael

Five Pasadenans and Santa Catalina Island

June 29, 2020

“This is the story of five Pasadenans who have had a lasting effect on Santa Catalina Island,” noted then-Pasadena Historical Society (now Pasadena Museum of …

The Durand home from Arlington Drive (Postcard Collection)

The Home with Gold Doorknobs

June 16, 2020

Arlington Garden continues to attract attention for its beautiful landscaping and variety of Mediterranean plants.  It was previously the scene of a noted garden more than …

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 …