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.

Amazing Stories cover
Cover of Amazing Stories, May 1929. Featuring the byline of Clare Winger Harris, first female author to publish under her own name. Loan courtesy of Nick Smith.

Galactic Gallery Talk

Friday, August 24, 11:00 am

PMH Members are invited to explore the exhibition, Dreaming the Universe, with curator Nick Smith on this special one-hour tour. Learn more about the artifacts on display and hear out-of-this-world stories that only Smith could tell. *Tickets: Free. The tour has limited space, and advanced reservation is required.

Learn about Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California:


Members at a reception

At Home Series

Our 2018 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.

Programs begin at 6:00 pm. All programs take place at least in part outdoors. In case of rain, please consider your reservation a donation. Please note that these events include walking and steps. No high heels please. Tickets are $30 per person, per lecture, and advanced reservations are required.

Heading Out: To Walk in the Woods - May 22

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, will recount how Clinton Clarke of Pasadena and Alhambra’s Warren Rogers fought for years to protect America’s Pacific Slope from unwanted development. This lecture will take place in the beautiful gardens of a Mediterranean-revival house, designed and built in 1922-3 by Frank Brown. To purchase tickets, visit or call 1.800.838.3006.

The Legacy of a Father & Son: L.J. & Guy Rose - June 12

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 will share her recent research on the fascinating story of entrepreneur L.J. Rose and his artist son Guy. This lecture will take place at a 1913 historic home designed by architects Arthur and Alfred Heineman. To purchase tickets, visit or call 1.800.838.3006.

Life of a Modern Day Sculptor: Christopher Slatoff - July 24

Join us for a special conversation as artist Chuck Kovacic talks 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. Hear how Slatoff became friends with legendary author Ray Bradbury and how that friendship inspired The Illustrated Man, one of the sculptor’s favorite works. (The maquette of this work is currently on view at PMH.) A short documentary, Father Electrico: Ray Bradbury Lives Forever by John Sasser, will be shown about the creation of this sculpture. This program is presented in partnership with the California Art Club and American Legacy Fine Arts. To purchase tickets, visit or call 1.800.838.3006.

Journey to Palomar: George Ellery Hale - October 9

PBS producer Todd Mason will discuss 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 will be Hale’s other accomplishments and overarching goal to create “an American science.” The talk will include 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 will be held at the Beckman Institute at Caltech. To purchase tickets, visit or call 1.800.838.3006.

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.