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Image of what the Mission Theater marquee might have looked like

Mrs. Fenyes and the Movies (Part 2 of 4): The Mission Theater

November 11, 2020

Clune’s Broadway Theater, built by William (Billy) Clune on Eva Fenyes’ property at 528 South Broadway in Los Angeles, opened in October 1910. Just months …

The American proposes (Pasadena, California) [actors: Carol Dempster & Richard Barthelmess], November 1918. Colored pencil on paper, 6.5 x 5 in. (Fenyes Collection, ESF.012.3122)

Mrs. Fenyes and the Movies (Part 1 of 4): Los Angeles

November 5, 2020

Eva Fenyes came to Pasadena in 1896, attracted by the temperate climate, the beautiful landscape, and the quality of light which is so unique to …

Grace Madden Votes article (Scrapbook 112, p 60)

First Ballot Cast: Grace G. Madden Votes

October 27, 2020

While we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, it is worth noting that many women had won the right to …

The location of “Camp Idle a While” was described as a “well-shaded spot” of “fine Live Oak trees” in August 1899. An 1893 lithograph of Pasadena shows a cluster of trees west of California Street in the Arroyo, which may have been the site of the camp.

Camp Idle a While: An Arroyo Vacation in 1899

October 15, 2020

On August 9, 1899 the “Society Gossip” section of the Pasadena Daily Evening Star contained a brief note that “There is a merry party of …

movie night

Go to the Movies with the PMH Volunteers

September 28, 2020

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

Cold Storage House, November 10, 1920, ink on paper, 19.5 x 25.8 cm, Montecito, California. Sketched at the” old Home of Mrs Robert Louis Stevenson. Now home of Mr. & Mrs. Salisbury Field." (ESF.013.3433)

1920: Sketches from 100 Years Ago

September 24, 2020

For the Museum’s 100th blog, I thought it would be fun to look at sketches that Eva Scott Fenyes created 100 years ago. While Eva …

PHS16-23 Eva Fenyes with dog

The Smart Set

September 9, 2020

  When Eva Fenyes took her four little dogs to their photo session at Kohler Photo Studio on East Colorado, Fairy, Prince, and Non se …

An early postcard view of the Emery home at 707 South Orange Grove Avenue.

The Emery Home: from South Orange Grove to Green Street

August 25, 2020

Among the mansions that lined South Orange Grove Avenue at the turn of the century, the home at 707 has experienced a more varied history …

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 …