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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.

picnic in the Arroyo Seco in the 1880s

Arroyo Seco and Devil’s Gate: Early Picnics in West Pasadena

January 13, 2022

Before the Gilbert Darling family moved from Iowa to Pasadena in December, 1891, the daughters were told that Pasadena was a place “where one can Read More »

large house with long driveway

The Rose Garden: Scene of Many Pleasant Gatherings

December 21, 2021

The Rose Garden on South Orange Grove and Arbor Street is a beautiful complement to the Tournament House, the former home of Mr. and Mrs. Read More »

Welcome sign for Upper Hastings Ranch Lights

Upper Hastings Ranch Lights the Holidays

December 20, 2021

“It started simply,” says Kathy Gregg, president of the Upper Hastings Ranch Association. Residents began moving into the just-built development called Upper Hastings Ranch in Read More »

Moritz Rosenbaum in his garden, circa 1880.

The Rosenbaum Home

November 17, 2021

Moritz Rosenbaum came to the settlement that later became Pasadena in 1874. He bought fifteen acres on the southwest corner of Orange Grove and Colorado, Read More »

Pandemic. © Tim Ellis 2013. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/tim_ellis/9383290489)

Everybody Wins, or Everybody Loses?

October 26, 2021

In the talk I gave for ArtNight, there was a whole type of board game that I didn’t really mention, and that’s partly because it Read More »

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

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 Read More »