Membership has its privileges! One benefit that is particularly appreciated is the opportunity to attend our exclusive At Home Series. These unique programs combine presentations by outstanding guest speakers at architecturally unique homes in and around Pasadena. Each of these evening events offers attendees a mix of history, culture, food, and companionship with fellow PMH members. Needless to say, At Homes are among our most popular offerings – and they are for members only.
At Home Series
Our At Home series combine presentations by outstanding speakers with visits to architecturally unique homes. PMH Members are invited to enjoy evenings of history, culture, food, and companionship with fellow PMH members.
Below are descriptions of past programs. The next At Home series will be announced in Spring 2019.
Heading Out: To Walk in the Woods
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the San Gabriel Mountains were delightful for picnicking, camping or hiking, but when Angeles Crest Highway began to push through them in the 1930s, this idyllic natural setting was threatened. Two champions arose to defend their local mountains. Although they did not derail the highway, their campaign produced the Pacific Crest Trail. Dr. Terence Young, professor emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona and author of Heading Out: A History of American Camping, recounted how Clinton Clarke of Pasadena and Alhambra’s Warren Rogers fought for years to protect America’s Pacific Slope from unwanted development. This lecture took place in the beautiful gardens of a Mediterranean-revival house, designed and built in 1922-3 by Frank Brown.
The Legacy of a Father & Son: L.J. & Guy Rose
Leonard John (L.J.) Rose (1827-1899) and his son Guy Rose (1867-1925) both left lasting legacies in the San Gabriel Valley. L.J. had many successful, and unsuccessful, ventures throughout his life. His fascinating story includes the naming of a train station called Lamanda Park, the creation of Sunny Slope Water Company, and the naming of the City of Rosemead. Guy studied art and painting in the U.S. and France, eventually becoming one of California’s premier plein air artists. In detailing the lives of the Roses, historian Diana Loomis shared her recent research on the fascinating story of entrepreneur L.J. Rose and his artist son Guy. This lecture took place at a 1913 historic home designed by architects Arthur and Alfred Heineman.
Life of a Modern Day Sculptor: Christopher Slatoff
This event featured a special conversation when artist Chuck Kovacic talked to Christopher Slatoff about his journey to becoming an award-winning sculptor and teacher. Once famous for traveling the world to make sculptures out of sand, Slatoff is now known for his impressive body of work cast in bronze. Guests heard how Slatoff became friends with legendary author Ray Bradbury and how that friendship inspired The Illustrated Man, one of the sculptor’s favorite works. A short documentary, Father Electrico: Ray Bradbury Lives Forever by John Sasser, was shown about the creation of this sculpture. This program was presented in partnership with the California Art Club and American Legacy Fine Arts.
Journey to Palomar: George Ellery Hale
PBS producer Todd Mason discussed the dramatic personal and professional struggle of Caltech visionary George Ellery Hale to build the Yerkes, Mount Wilson, and Palomar observatories, each the largest in the world in their day. Also mentioned was Hale’s other accomplishments and overarching goal to create “an American science.” The talk included clips from his film, The Journey to Palomar, and a brief discussion of future giant telescopes being constructed to extend Hale’s quest to “unravel the secrets of the stars.” This program was held at the Beckman Institute at Caltech.