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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.

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Colonel G. G. Green Carves the Turkey

November 21, 2017

“A California Pilgrimage” On Thursday, November 29, 1900, family and friends of Colonel G. G. Green celebrated Thanksgiving in the Colonel’s private Pullman train car …

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Cooking with Eva: Hungarian Recipes for Adalbert

November 15, 2017

Amongst the cookbooks in the Fenyes Mansion and the family papers in the Archives are handwritten vintage recipes from a century ago. Some of Eva …

1967 Rose Princess gown by William Cahill

William Cahill: Wedding Couturier and Royal Court Designer

November 8, 2017

The Royals of Pasadena: Rose Queen® and Royal Court exhibit features eight gowns by world renowned wedding dress designer, William Cahill (1918 – 2005). William …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …