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Civil War, Arsenic & Old Lace in Pasadena

Civil War, Arsenic & Old Lace in Pasadena
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Civil War, Arsenic and Old Lace in Pasadena by Kirk Myers, Assistant Archivist On January 15, 1942 the Los Angeles Herald Express revisited a story it had reported four months earlier—that there was a “civil war” in Pasadena over the proposed rezoning of South Orange Grove Avenue. “In an atmosphere where the scent of lavender […]

Yarn Bombing at PMH

Yarn Bombing at PMH

Join Yarn Bombing Los Angeles from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 to decorate the History Center at Pasadena Museum of History in celebration of the exhibition “Strings Attached.” Yarn bombing is a relatively recent form of street art that employs colorful displays of knits or crochet and other fiber material instead of paint in public space. Participate in […]

Black History Month: The Duncan Family

Black History Month: The Duncan Family

Pasadena Pacesetters: The Duncan Family “Despite this area’s long tradition of diversity, much local recorded history has been heavily focused on ‘elite’ elements of local life, with emphasis on topics such as Arroyo culture, Craftsman art and architecture, the Indiana Colony and their citrus groves, and the mansions of the very rich. While important, the […]

African-American Firefighters in L. A.

African-American Firefighters in L. A.

In celebration of Black History Month, David Spence, LAFD Battalion Chief and Interim President of the African American Firefighter Museum, will present a program at the Pasadena Museum of History on February 9, about the history of African American firefighters in the Los Angeles area. Chief Spence will take us back to the late 1800s […]

Pulling Down the Curtain: Walter Plunkett’s Hollywood Legacy

Pulling Down the Curtain: Walter Plunkett’s Hollywood Legacy

Walter Plunkett, a man responsible for hundreds of celebrated designs in more than 260 films over a forty-year period, is not a household name. Plunkett’s career as a self-taught costume designer included one of the most iconic film costumes of all time: Scarlett O’Hara’s Curtain Dress. Plunkett (1902-1982) also designed costumes for Singin’ in the […]

The Gilded Age & Great Gatsby

The Gilded Age & Great Gatsby

Pasadena Museum of History’s Textile Arts Council is proud to partner with the curatorial staff of the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles to present a three-part lecture series featuring fashions throughout the decades. All programs begin at 6:30 p.m., though doors open at 6 p.m. for complimentary viewing […]

Filming at the Fenyes Mansion

Filming at the Fenyes Mansion

By Bob Bennett Eva Scott Fenyes, the grande dame of Fenyes Mansion (now the site of Pasadena Museum of History) is much remembered for her interest in art and art collecting. She included motion pictures in her artistic interests and was an early proponent of the new technology. In the early 1900s, just a few […]

“I Was a Little Kobe”

“I Was a Little Kobe”

“I was a little Kobe! All you had to do was give me the ball. In fact, if I couldn’t go to school when they went out to play, they wouldn’t go—because I was it! As I said, I was a little Kobe.” If you’re visualizing a long-limbed male jock-type from that quote, think again. […]

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