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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.

The Reverend Colonel Higgins

May 12, 2015

Reverend David J. Higgins was already in his forties by the time the Civil War began and was an established minister. He decided that it …

A Closer Look at Thaddeus Lowe

May 7, 2015

Civil War balloonist Thaddeus Lowe was born on August 20, 1832 in Jefferson, New Hampshire. His full name was Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe, and with …

The John F. Godfrey Post, Grand Army of the Republic

May 5, 2015

The John F. Godfrey Post was far from the first Grand Army post formed in California. In fact, it was the ninety-third! Pasadena didn’t form …

Thomas Croft: The Man Who Owned Pasadena for a Day

April 28, 2015

Thomas Croft was an organized man. That served him well during his time in the Union Navy during the Civil War. He was an officer, …

What’s an Enfield, and Why is it in the Exhibit?

April 21, 2015

The Enfield .577 caliber rifled musket was the second most common weapon used in the American Civil War, largely because it was used by both …

Cruising Colorado Boulevard: A Memoir

November 4, 2014

My chariot to freedom arrived in the form of a jalopy. I had turned 16 in July and my driver’s license was aching to go …

The Arts & Crafts Origins of the Finnish Folk Art Museum

December 9, 2012

Many people who’ve been to the Finnish Folk Art Museum assume this “tupa,” or Finnish-style farmhouse. was designed in authentic Scandinavian style. But in its …