Fenyes Curtin Paloheimo Collection

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Hollyhocks, Milford, Pennsylvania, July 22, 1884. Watercolor sketch (ESF.009.1286)

Blooming Messages: The Victorian Language of Flowers

By Michelle Turner | May 5, 2020

Eva Scott Fenyes left the museum a stunning collection of artwork that includes a number of charming botanical studies of plants and flowers.

Helouan, March 1895, watercolor on paper, 24.6 x 33.2 cm, Helouan, Egypt. (ESF.007.1839))

Leaving the Past Behind & Starting Anew in Pasadena

By Michelle Turner | December 11, 2019

“Dr. Adalbert Fenyes, wife, and daughter of New York City are recent arrivals in Pasadena, and have taken the Darling house on Grand avenue for the winter. Dr. Fenyes was…

Hungarian Crumb Pudding: The Perfect Ending to a Formal Dinner

By Michelle Turner | February 14, 2019

At the turn of the twentieth century, dinner parties were elaborate affairs, designed to impress and to indicate social status. Evening Dress was the rule – tails for the gentlemen…

Language of Flowers floral bouquet

Edwardian Christmas Décor: Part II

By Michelle Turner | December 13, 2017

  Floral Displays Like the Victorians before them, Edwardians were lavish in their use of plants and plant materials for décor. In these great houses, nearly every table and mantelpiece…

holiday decor in dining room

Edwardian Christmas Décor: Part I

By Michelle Turner | December 6, 2017

Deck the Halls! ‘Tis the season to be decorating – and gifting friends and family with tokens of our love and appreciation, often in the form of plants and flowers.…

Hungarian recipe for milk dumplings

Cooking with Eva: Hungarian Recipes for Adalbert

By Michelle Turner | November 15, 2017

Amongst the cookbooks in the Fenyes Mansion and the family papers in the Archives are handwritten vintage recipes from a century ago. Some of Eva Scott Fenyes’ hand-written dishes include Hungarian recipes,…

Eva Fenyes on a burro

Fall 2017 Edition of the Collections Quarterly

By Michelle Turner | October 18, 2017

  Archives Feature – The Benshoff Collection Our Archives houses the marvelous Benshoff Family Collection, which contains architectural drawings, personal papers, and photographs. William Alton Benshoff (1869-1959) was an architect…

photograph of Chi lo sa

Chi lo sa’s Basket: Trunk, Prison, Hiding-place, & More

By Michelle Turner | September 7, 2017

Among the many artifacts being inventoried this summer in the basement of Fenyes Mansion is a small basket that, considering its age, is in surprisingly good condition. Its tightly woven…

Scrapbook from the collections

Summer 2017 Edition of the Collections Quarterly

By Michelle Turner | July 19, 2017

Archives Feature – Going Places with Frank Purcell In 1949, as California was celebrating its centennial, Pasadena’s Indiana Colony was turning 75. That year, The Independent featured a series, “The…

vintage recipes

Cooking with Eva: Vintage Recipes from the Archives

By Michelle Turner | July 12, 2017

Amongst the cookbooks in the Fenyes Mansion are handwritten vintage recipes from a century ago. Some of Eva Scott Fenyes’ recipes include almond puffs, brandied peaches, Indian griddle cakes, oatmeal…