Event Calendar

Upcoming Event in July

Exploring the Red Planet through History and Culture with Nick Smith

This free virtual presentation* will be available for viewing Thursday, July 22 through Sunday, July 25

Cover of A Princess of Mars.
Cover of A Princess of Mars.

The planet Mars has long been connected to humankind through religions, literature, and science. Join Nick Smith, guest curator of PMH’s 2018 exhibition Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California, to explore our fascination with Earth’s neighboring planet, and discover some of the many ways Mars is part of our culture.

This free virtual presentation* will be available for viewing Thursday, July 22 through Sunday, July 25. An email with the link to the presentation will be sent to all of our email subscribers on Thursday, July 22.

*Pre-recorded presentation from Spring ArtNight 2021.

Upcoming Event in August

Walking Tour: Diversity in Early Pasadena 

Saturday, August 14, 10:00 am to Noon, departing from & returning to Pasadena Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 91105 (North East corner of Central Park, at Raymond and Dayton - just south of the Castle Green)

The Francisca Building, 1923. Located at 22-26 W. Dayton St., it was the first commercial building commissioned by an African-American for occupancy by African American businesses (Black History Collection, BH-L-48-3)
The Francisca Building, 1923 (BH-L-48-3)

The Francisca Building was the first commercial building commissioned by an African American for occupancy by African American businesses (Black History Collection, BH-L-48-3)

In Pasadena’s early years, the area south of present-day Old Pasadena was home to people from a diverse range of ethnicities and backgrounds. We'll explore the difficulties and opportunities they encountered as they navigated life in the Crown City working as Pullman porters, launderers, entrepreneurs, domestic workers, artists, and agricultural/construction workers, among other pursuits. Join us to walk in their footsteps and learn about their stories, many of which have been forgotten and are overdue for rediscovery.

We begin our tour just south of Old Pasadena, on Dayton Street. We'll circle Central Park, discussing the original railroad system, businesses and hotels in the area, and the people who built and worked in them. After a short jaunt into the alleys of Old Pasadena, we'll return to the park to end the tour in the shade of the towers of Castle Green.

This walking tour is the second event in our Exploring Pasadena initiative.

Tickets: General $25; PMH Members $20. Space is limited; advance reservations required. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning August 1.