Pasadena Museum of History Receives Grant Award from California Humanities

Published : Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | 5:08 PM

Rocket ship ride based on hit 1950s TV series, Space Patrol, at the Market Basket grocery store, Pasadena, 1952. Photo by J. Allen Hawkins, Hawkins Collection (JAH7675)

California Humanities has recently announced the 2017 Humanities For All Project Grant awards. Pasadena Museum of History has been awarded $10,000 for its project entitled Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California. PMH was one of twelve award recipients from a field of eighty applications.

Humanities for All Project Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities. Grants are awarded to projects that give expression to the extraordinary variety of histories and experiences of California’s places and people to ensure that the stories can be shared widely. These narratives help everyone find commonalities, appreciate differences, and learn something new about how to live well together.

Dreaming the Universe will be on view March 3, 2018 through September 2, 2018 at Pasadena Museum of History. It will explore the history of science fiction in Southern California from 1930 to 1980, and how it interacted with the advances of science, the changes in technology, and shifts in American society. “Science fiction is often regarded as literature of the imagination, but it was here in Southern California that the worlds of speculation, science, and society overlapped in ways that helped to change the world,” explained PMH Executive Director Jeannette O’Malley. The exhibition will feature historic artifacts, fine and graphic art, books and ephemera, and historic photographs. Nick Smith, president of Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, is curator.

“Everyone participates in the humanities in one way or another, and everyone has something to share to help us better understand and appreciate each other,” noted Tricia Wynne, chair of the board of California Humanities. “Our new Humanities For All Project Grants program is a way to make support for public humanities programs more accessible across the state of California, amplifying voices we may not often hear.”

California Humanities is an independent nonprofit and state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This year marks the organization’s 40th anniversary of promoting the humanities as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to help strengthen California. The organization produces, funds, creates and supports humanities-based projects and programs, eye-opening cultural experiences and meaningful conversations. During the past 40 years, California Humanities has awarded over $29 million in grants across the state. For more on California Humanities’ work and current initiatives, please visit, connect on Facebook at “California Humanities,” and Twitter at @CalHumanities.





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