Members Events

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.

Holiday m.a.d.ness - holiday appreciation days

Shop for unique holiday gifts at select museum stores and enjoy reciprocal free admission to exhibitions this Thanksgiving weekend, during Holiday Membership Appreciation Days (M.A.D.ness). If you are a member at PMH or any of the approximately twenty participating institutions, show your membership card to receive these benefits. What a fun way to enhance your holiday shopping this year!

PMH will be open during regular hours, 12:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday & Sunday, November 25 & 26. Please note that we will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday & Friday, November 23 & 24. Be sure to check times and dates of operation for other participating institutions.

View the list of participating institutions.

If you have misplaced your PMH membership card, contact us at 626.577.1660, ext. 11 or membership@pasadenahistory.org to request a replacement. 

Members at a reception

At Home Series

Our 2017 At Home series combined presentations by outstanding speakers with visits to architecturally unique homes. PMH Members enjoyed evenings of history, culture, food, and companionship with fellow PMH members.

The next series will be announced in spring 2018. Below are examples of past At Home programs.

The Art of Jean Mannheim

Early Pasadena artist Jean Mannheim was one of several prominent Arroyo Seco artists who established the city as a center for the arts in the early twentieth century. Richard Reitzell, a direct descendant of the artist, covered the breadth of his career and shared examples of his broad range of subjects from landscapes to portraits. As author of From a Versatile Brush: The Life and Art of Jean Mannheim (Arroyo Publishing, 2011), Reitzell chronicled sixty years of the artist’s work and shared some of the plein-air landscapes of California’s unspoiled shorelines, valleys, mountains, and deserts. The lecture took place at a 1882-83 farmhouse designed by George Stimson.

Eyes on the Universe

Since the beginning of the 20th century, Southern California - particularly Pasadena - has been world-renowned in astronomy, cosmology, and astrophysics. The Carnegie Observatories have been at the forefront in each of these fields since its founding in 1904 by George Ellery Hale. For the past 40 years, most of the research has taken place at the Observatories’ large telescope facilities in northern Chile. Dr. John Mulchaey, director of the Observatories, described many of the fascinating discoveries and talked about today’s “golden age” of astronomy and the promises it holds for decoding the mysteries of the Universe. This lecture was held on the Carnegie Observatories campus, which includes the original 1912 office building designed by Myron Hunt. 

Cultivating Camellias

The Nuccio family are premiere growers of camellias and azaleas in Southern California. Nuccio Nurseries has sold over 600 varieties to the trade and the public since brothers Joe and Julius Nuccio began the horticultural business in 1935. Second generation Tom Nuccio shared his family’s stories, the process of cultivating new varieties, and the changes he has seen in the business through the years. The 1901 Cudahy Craftsman is touted as the Grandest Bungalow in all of Southern California. Edna and John “Jack” P. Cudahy, the son of the millionaire meat-packer, Michael Cudahy, engaged architect Charles W. Buchanan to build their 11,000 square foot home in Pasadena when they moved from Kansas City at the turn of the century. The former Pasadena Showcase House of Design will be opened for this lecture.

Arroyo Culture -

Ann Scheid, curator of the Greene and Greene Archives at The Gamble House explored how Pasadena attracted a number of artists and artisans who formed a distinctive colony that flourished and eventually spread its influences in California in the early 20th century. The initial attraction was Throop Institute, a center of Arts and Crafts training where Ernest Batchelder activated a program in design. The focus was on some of the key figures who lived and worked in Pasadena, who later became well-known and influential educators, artists, and artisans. This lecture was held in the garden of a 1911 cottage in the historic Madison Heights neighborhood.

Musical Metropolis

Dr. Kenneth H. Marcus, president of the Historical Society of Southern California, professor of History at the University of La Verne, and author of Musical Metropolis: Los Angeles and the Creation of a Music Culture, 1880-1940 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) explored a cultural history of Los Angeles that presented how the study of music reveals the development of the city itself. Both diversity and decentralization characterized Los Angeles’s music culture with men, women, and children comprising both performers and audiences from a variety of different backgrounds: Anglo, Latino, African American, and Asian American. This lecture took place at the Greene & Greene 1909 Crow-Crocker house.

Not a Member? For information regarding membership, visit the membership page of our website or call 626.577.1660, ext. 11.

To view photos from past Members' receptions, please visit the Museum's Facebook page.