upcoming exhibition

Designed to entertain as well as educate, changing exhibitions in the 2,000 square foot gallery space in the History Center feature diverse topics that speak to the area's multi-faceted history and interests.

Coming this Fall

Starting Over in Pasadena: 1890-1930

Glasscock and Vroman at 60 E Colorado (Courtesy of Pasadena Public Library, v2#203)
Glasscock and Vroman at 60 E Colorado. The store was at this location from 1894 to 1920.
(Courtesy of Pasadena Public Library, v2#203)

The forty years between 1890 and 1930 were a dynamic time in Pasadena’s history. The area changed rapidly from a small agricultural community to a renowned winter resort and bustling young city. Newcomers came for many reasons. They were taken by the region’s natural beauty and the opportunities associated with its growth and potential. It was an attractive place to start new ventures, or in some cases, to start over. The railroad provided convenient and affordable transportation to what became known as the “Crown City”. Winter resort hotels sprung up and a town grew, providing opportunities for real estate investments or starting commercial or service businesses. Pasadena was changing significantly, fashioned by a rapidly increasing population and their hopes, dreams, and achievements.

This exhibition will introduce visitors to both recognized and unrecognized individuals and families who played a vital role in the city’s development. The influence the of city's new residents - including entrepreneurs, immigrants, artists, and educators - who contributed to the city’s multicultural and cosmopolitan composition, will be showcased through photographs, diaries, letters, clothing, artwork, and ephemera.