Julie Stires

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 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,…

Los Olivos postcard

Travels with Eva Fenyes: An Auto Trip to Los Olivos, 1917

By Michelle Turner | November 1, 2017

Eva Fenyes often kept a journal when she traveled, and several of her small notebooks have survived the years. All are available in the Reading Room & Archives at Pasadena…

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…

Port Said by Eva Scott Fenyes

Reading with Eva Fenyes

By Michelle Turner | July 6, 2017

Looking for something a little different to read this summer? Well, Lizzie Steidel, Pasadena Museum of History’s Collections Intern, is sorting and cataloging hundreds of artifacts stored in the Fenyes…

Beach sketch by Eva Scott Fenyes

Beaches: Watercolors and Sketches by Eva Fenyes

By Michelle Turner | June 21, 2017

Several years ago, Collections staff posted a progressive exhibit of beach art using watercolors and sketches by Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930) on the Museum’s Facebook page.  The images were also…

Middle Hall of the Algerian Court, circa 1897

Eva Fenyes’ Algerian Court

By Michelle Turner | 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…

Local cars on Raymond Avenue, 1939

Railroad Edition of the Collections Quarterly

By Michelle Turner | 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…