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Working on an exhibition requires an immense amount of knowledge and a thorough understanding of the subject matter. . .and the ability to boil all of that down into labels that visitors can read in thirty seconds or less. This leaves much unsaid - and unread. Luckily, there are blogs to provide readers with information that, while fascinating, simply could not fit on a label. This blog also features articles related to our Education programs, the Museum Store, the Museum's vast collections, and more.

Los Olivos postcard

Travels with Eva Fenyes: An Auto Trip to Los Olivos, 1917

November 1, 2017

Eva Fenyes often kept a journal when she traveled, and several of her small notebooks have survived the years. All are available in the Reading …

batchelder tile factory sketch

Ernest Batchelder: Educator, Designer and Tilemaker: Part II

October 25, 2017

This essay is adapted from the text in the exhibit Batchelder: Tilemaker, which was on view at Pasadena Museum of History from September 2016 through …

Eva Fenyes on a burro

Fall 2017 Edition of the Collections Quarterly

October 18, 2017

  Archives Feature – The Benshoff Collection Our Archives houses the marvelous Benshoff Family Collection, which contains architectural drawings, personal papers, and photographs. William Alton …

1886 Pasadena photo

Country Living in Pasadena

October 11, 2017

When Pasadena was incorporated as a city in June, 1886 it was experiencing the beginning of a real estate boom that would transform it from …

Pasadena Lager

This Round’s on the Collections Manager

October 4, 2017

A six-pack has been sitting on the corner of my desk for a week and a half. (And no, I wasn’t fired. Granted, I wasn’t promoted either, …

Sketch by tilemaker Ernest Batchelder

Ernest Batchelder: Educator, Designer and Tilemaker: Part I

September 27, 2017

  This essay is adapted from the text in the exhibit Batchelder: Tilemaker, which was on view at Pasadena Museum of History from September 2016 …

rose hall design drawing

Calling on the Rose Muse: Creating the “Royal Rose Hall” Installation

September 20, 2017

As a member of the curatorial team for the Royals of Pasadena exhibit, I was called upon to imagine what might be created in the …

photograph of Chi lo sa

Chi lo sa’s Basket: Trunk, Prison, Hiding-place, & More

September 7, 2017

Among the many artifacts being inventoried this summer in the basement of Fenyes Mansion is a small basket that, considering its age, is in surprisingly …

Sanborn map of Woodbury Estate

Back Up the Train!

August 30, 2017

A Correction and Additions to “All Aboard! Riding the Rails with Colonel G.G. Green.” Where Did Philip Armour Live? Pasadena or Altadena? Soon after my …

Thaddeus Lowe home

The Startling Personal Finances of Professor T.S.C. Lowe

August 23, 2017

A bold entrepreneur and scientist, Thaddeus S.C. Lowe (1832-1913) made fortunes and lost them. The story of Professor Lowe’s fortunes is a cautionary tale. He was …