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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.

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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 …

Detail of letter from KLB Radio listener

KLB Radio: Pasadena’s First Radio Station

August 1, 2019

In the early 1920s Americans all over the country were falling under the spell of the newest novelty, amateur radio broadcasting. It was sometimes referred …

G.G. Green preparing to play golf

Forward! March! Into the Colonel G.G. Green Collection

March 11, 2019

Two years and over 600 items later, the finding aid for the Colonel George G. Green collection at PMH is finished!  The finding aid is …

Hungarian Crumb Pudding: The Perfect Ending to a Formal Dinner

February 14, 2019

At the turn of the twentieth century, dinner parties were elaborate affairs, designed to impress and to indicate social status. Evening Dress was the rule …