one of the greeting cards in the collection

The Art of Greetings: Studio Art Greeting Cards

By Michelle Turner | December 20, 2017

Sending greeting cards during the holiday season has been a western tradition since the mid-nineteenth century. First popular in England, mass-produced greeting cards began being printed in the United States…

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.…

Photograph of Kenneth Bell

Rescued From a Rental Car: Memories from the Bell Family

By Michelle Turner | November 29, 2017

In 2009, PMH received a small package of materials the sender had found in a rental car and enclosed a note saying, “You might like to have these.” After a…

Thanksgiving Green ad

Colonel G. G. Green Carves the Turkey

By Michelle Turner | November 21, 2017

“A California Pilgrimage” On Thursday, November 29, 1900, family and friends of Colonel G. G. Green celebrated Thanksgiving in the Colonel’s private Pullman train car while traveling from Woodbury, New…

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,…

1967 Rose Princess gown by William Cahill

William Cahill: Wedding Couturier and Royal Court Designer

By Michelle Turner | November 8, 2017

The Royals of Pasadena: Rose Queen® and Royal Court exhibit features eight gowns by world renowned wedding dress designer, William Cahill (1918 – 2005). William Cahill is remembered as a…

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…

batchelder tile factory sketch

Ernest Batchelder: Educator, Designer and Tilemaker: Part II

By Michelle Turner | October 25, 2017

This essay is adapted from the text in the exhibit Batchelder: Tilemaker, which was on view at Pasadena Museum of History from September 2016 through March 2017. Ernest Batchelder: Educator,…

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…