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Iron Jawed Angels

Iron Jawed Angels
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  In celebration of Women’s History Month, YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley will screen Iron Jawed Angels on Thursday, March 24. This 2004 film stars Hilary Swank and Frances O’Connor as suffragists, feminists, and women’s rights activists Alice Burns and Lucy Burns (respectively), as well as Anjelica Huston as Carrie Chapman Catt and Julia Ormond as Inez […]

In Her Words

In Her Words

Editor’s note: In honor of Women’s History Month, we are re-publishing Julie Stires’ article “In Her Words” about Pasadena icon Eva Scott Fenyes. “There are a troop of female bull-fighters in our hotel, very nice decent women—modest & quiet & gentle…I asked permission of one of the bull-fighters to take her photo. She was very […]

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 […]

Y. C. Hong

Y. C. Hong

Chinese men had already helped build the California Central Railroad, the RR from Sacrament to Marysville, and the San Jose Railway. The Honorable John T. Doolittle of California addressed his fellow representatives in Washington D. C. in April 1999, to honor the Chinese-American community. Regarding the building of a connecting railroad line that runs for […]

Festive & Fashionable!

Festive & Fashionable!

We are easily lured by the baubles and lights of the holiday season. Some may even call us suckers, but that’s too humbug for our merry mood, so we shall ho ho ho and prance along on our way. One holiday event to which we shall prance is Pasadena Museum of History‘s holiday open house—”Festive […]

Pasadena Collections

Pasadena Collections

The Pasadena Museum of History may seem small, petite, and quaint, yet inside is chock full of historical wealth. The fun of treasure is the idea of the unimaginable and the invaluable, and what PMH holds within its walls is nothing short of priceless. Besides periodic exhibits such as the current “Fabulous Fashions,” PMH has […]

200 Batchelder Tiles Find a New Home

200 Batchelder Tiles Find a New Home

The folks at Pasadena Museum of History are pretty happy, maybe even giddy and gleeful, thanks to architectural historian Robert Winter, Ph.D., who’s donated to the museum part of his personal collection and accompanying archives. From PMH… The donation includes over 200 Batchelder tiles made between the years 1910 and the early 1930s, including tiles […]

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