Portrait of Ernest Batchelder

Ernest A. Batchelder (1875-1957)

By Michelle Turner | 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…

Judith Heitkemper (Cimino)

Golden Age of Sewing

By Jeanette Bovard | January 13, 2016

From house dresses to haute couture, women in the 1950s used their sewing skills to create smart wardrobes that reflected fashion influences from Paris to Hollywood. Renowned designers such as…

1890s women' bodice

Sewing and Construction Skills of the 1890s and 1920s

By Jeanette Bovard | December 2, 2015

How did these fabulous fashions find their way into women’s wardrobes? The evolution of dressmaking and sewing skills over the decades reflected women’s changing roles as did the fashions they…

Pasadena aviatrix Yolando Spirito

What, No Pants?!

By Jeanette Bovard | November 4, 2015

As common as pants are in our wardrobes today, it was scandalous for women to appear in them just over 100 years ago. The trend toward trousers began during the…

A Final Walk

By Jeanette Bovard | September 15, 2015

By the late 1930s, there were only a handful of Civil War veterans left in Pasadena. Unlike in earlier days, there were no big groups of them attending events, such…

Give Us a Flag: African American Civil War Soldiers

By Jeanette Bovard | September 8, 2015

…And I further declare and make known, that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and…

Under a Heavy Fire: Lieutenant Thomas Ellsworth

By Jeanette Bovard | September 1, 2015

“Under a heavy fire carried his wounded commanding officer from the field.”– from the Medal of Honor citation of Thomas F. Ellsworth, 55th Massachusetts Infantry In mid-1863, Corporal Thomas Ellsworth…

By Their Gallantry in Action

By Jeanette Bovard | August 25, 2015

When the Civil War began, the United States had no official medals or other decorations that could be awarded to soldiers or sailors for bravery or special merit. This was…

Summer Camp: Civil War Veteran Associations

By Jeanette Bovard | August 18, 2015

The local Civil War veterans, especially the Union Army veterans, tended to socialize together both locally and on “road trips.” Some were to reunions at Gettysburg, or state and national…

The Mystery of the Horn Chair

By Jeanette Bovard | August 13, 2015

Tucked away in a quiet corner in the attic of the Fenyes Mansion, the horn chair has long been an object of fascination for the Museum staff. Recent research in…