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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 …

book club graphic

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 …