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centenarian panel

Happy Birthday Pasadena’s Centenarian Project

June 7, 2017

One woman fled the Bolshevik Revolution with her family as a child, only to find herself in flight again in 1934 escaping brutal persecution in Harbin, China. Another, a Pasadena…

cycleway curve

The Pasadena Cycleway

May 31, 2017

Pasadena historian Henry Markham Page wrote that “ … there was nothing like it in the United States – or probably anywhere else for that matter.” It was a bold…

“Red Car Line – Venice, California” by Harold Edward Lanfair

The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry

May 24, 2017

Steve Crise, co-curator of the exhibition The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry (on view March 29 – August 13, 2017) describes a selection of artwork inspired by the…

Middle Hall of the Algerian Court, circa 1897

Eva Fenyes’ Algerian Court

May 17, 2017

On the northwest corner of Orange Grove Avenue and Ellis Street in Pasadena, California, there once stood a mansion, exotic in style and unique to the neighborhood. This was the…

Porttrait of G.G. Green

Colonel Green in the Archives

May 10, 2017

  Not Colonel Mustard in the Library with a Candlestick Colonel Green is just one of the many people I’ve “met” at Pasadena Museum of History.  Last year, I met…

Local cars on Raymond Avenue, 1939

Railroad Edition of the Collections Quarterly

May 3, 2017

Archives Feature – Trolleys in Pasadena Since a horse drawn wagon carried the first electric interurban trolley car up Fair Oaks Avenue into Pasadena in 1895, and well after the…

Grayson Arts

February 24, 2017

Grayson Arts, the firm which created artisan ceramics for the bath and home, was founded by husband and wife team John “Gail” and Helen Lee Grayson.  Begun as a hobby…

Portrait of Ernest Batchelder

Ernest A. Batchelder (1875-1957)

October 6, 2016

In comments about the tilemaker, Robert Winter, PhD has noted that Batchelder wrote two books on design and illustrated them with his own drawings. He was an expert in design…

Cha-Rie Tang at PMH

Artist in Residence

September 21, 2016

Batchelder tiles inspired Cha-Rie’s tile career. According to a 2013 article in the Pasadena Star-News, Cha-Rie “owns one of the largest collections of Batchelder molds in the country” and “has…

Rookwood Vase

PMH Collection Policy Reflects Pasadena History

September 7, 2016

Among the more than 10,000 objects in the Pasadena Museum of History’s collection is a silver-mounted vase donated by the Estate of Mary M. Pearson. The ceramic vase is adorned…