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You Should Visit this Local Hidden Historic Gem

The Old Mill, known originally as El Molino Viejo, is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. But what makes this historic building and garden so special? The mill was built in 1816 as a corn and wheat mill for Mission San Gabriel and it is the oldest commercial building in Southern California. The building earned the name the “old mill” when a newer mill was…

Collections Spotlight

Silver-mounted ceramic vase, Rookwood Pottery Company, circa 1892. Photograph by Michelle L. Turner. Image courtesy of Pasadena Museum of History. (Gift of the Estate of Mary M. Pearson, 2015.014.01) Among the more than 10,000 objects…

Major History of Medicine Collection Comes to The Huntington

Angélique Marguerite Le Boursier du Coudray, Abre?ge? de l'art des accouchemens: dans lequel on donne les pre?ceptes ne?cessaires pour le mettre heureusement en pratique…Paris: La veuve Delaguette, 1759. The Lawrence D. Longo and Betty Jeanne…

Fabulous Women’s Fashions Through the Decades On Display

Clothing is a necessity of life. From intricate dresses to utilitarian jeans, our fashion history tells a story about who we are. The Pasadena Museum of History’s runway-worthy take on women’s changing fashions begins in…

Pasadena Museum of History Presents its Winter 2016 Collections Quarterly – The Gilded Age Edition

Pasadena Museum of History’s Collections Quarterly, features new acquisitions as well as select items from the Archives, art and artifacts collection, and the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo collections. Archives Feature First page of the Scrapbook on Throop Mandolin…

A Brief History of the Rose Bowl

Left: Rose parades of early days were a far cry from the spectacular pageants of modern years. This photo shows the Tournament of Roses on…

The History of Our Favorite Drink

Friday evening at the Altadena Library, Stuart Byles, author of Los Angeles Wine: A History from the Mission Era to the Present (American Palate), gave…

Architectural Historian Robert Winter, Ph.D. Donates Personal Collection of Batchelder Tiles to Pasadena Museum of History

Robert W. Winter in his home, 2014. Photograph by Marlyn Woo/Joanne Wilborn. Courtesy of the Pasadena Museum of History. Pasadena Museum of History is pleased…

The Great History Freeze of 2015 Achieves Fundraising Goal

Thanks to more than eighty financial backers, Pasadena Museum of History’s crowd-funding campaign, The Great History Freeze of 2015, achieved – and then surpassed –…

Pasadena Museum of History Deep Freezing At-Risk, Irreplaceable Historic Images

Today Pasadena Museum of History (PMH) turned to two sources for help in preserving its highly at-risk, irreplaceable historic photos: cryogenics and crowd-funding. With the launch of The Great History Freeze of 2015, PMH has high hopes that this month-long Kickstarter campaign will succeed in raising sufficient funds to purchase one or more industrial freezers towards a long-term goal of ten. What’s happening to the negatives? The over one-million photographic images in Pasadena Museum of History’s archives are among the Museum’s most valuable resources, attracting researchers worldwide and utilized on a regular basis by local journalists, scholars, and individuals. In…

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