Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pasadena Museum of History events March-May

Pasadena Museum of History
Calendar of Events: March, April & May 2011

470 W. Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91103; Free Parking.
Information/Reservations: 626.577.1660, ext. 10, or at


Wednesdays, March 9, April 13 & May 11 10:30 am at San Rafael Branch of Pasadena Public Library (1240 Nithsdale Rd., Pasadena 91105)

Sunny Tales from Around the World: Children’s Storytelling with Sunny Stevenson
PMH is pleased to present a monthly storytelling series in collaboration with the Pasadena Public Library, San Rafael branch. On the second Wednesday of every month, the Museum’s beloved storyteller, Sunny Stevenson, enthralls her listeners with stories from her vast repertoire of tales from around the world. Enjoy stories about Southern/Black History in March, and Babies/Baby Animals in April.
Tickets: Free

Fridays, beginning March 4, 12:15 pm Tour at Pasadena Museum of History followed by Tea at Tea Rose Garden, 28 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena 91105

Mad for Hats! Tour and Tea
An in-depth, docent-led tour of the exhibition Mad For Hats! is the perfect prelude to afternoon tea. Following the 45-60-minute tour, guests will self-drive to a delightful and delicious tea at the charming Tea Rose Garden in Old Pasadena. Directions will be provided at the conclusion of each tour.

Tour -- Museum Members $4; Non-Members $8. Advanced reservation & tour payment required.

Tea -- $25 including tax and tip. Payable at restaurant (20% of your bill will be donated to PMH Educational Programs). Please call 626 577-1660, ext. 15 and ask for the “Tour and Tea Package.”

Thursday, March 17, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at Louise Green Studio, 1616 Cotner Avenue, Los Angeles, 90025

Studio Tour and Conversation with Millinery Designer Louise Green

A visit to the 9,000 square foot West Los Angeles studio of designer Louise Green, who operates one of the most successful high-end millinery companies in the United States. Louise will share with us the twenty-plus year history of her business and where she finds the inspiration for her beautiful and romantic creations. We will witness the process of making a hat by hand, and we can try on (or purchase) a few ourselves! Two tours are offered, at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Reservations required; limited availability.

Tickets: Textile Arts Council Members $5; Museum Members $10; Non-Members $15. Tour guests meet at the Louise Green studio in West Los Angeles; limited parking in her building available by request on a first-come-first served basis. Carpools suggested and available from the Museum. Suggestions available for nearby lunch options.

Saturday, March 19, 10:00 am at Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena 91103

Pasadena Stories 1940-1955: World War II and Its Aftermath
Every year, the Pasadena Public Library chooses one book for our community to read and discuss in public forums. The book selected this year, Mudbound by Hillary Jordan, tells the story of two families, one white and one African-American, in rural Mississippi during and immediately following World War II. In conjunction with OCOS, PMH and Pasadena Senior Center are collaborating on a presentation of community stories from Pasadena residents about their experiences during this same time period. Pasadena Star News editor Larry Wilson will lead a panel adding historical context to these personal family stories. You can participate as an audience member or as a story presenter by filling out a questionnaire. The questionnaire is downloadable on the Museum’s website, or available in hard copy at the Museum and at Pasadena Senior Center.

Tickets: Free; Reservations suggested by calling 626.577.1660, ext. 10.

Thursday, March 24, 7:30 pm at Pasadena Museum of History

Following the Bowler to its Source: What I Learned about the Social and Psychological Significance of Hats

Dr. Fred Robinson, current Chair of the Music Department, former Chair of the English Department at the University of San Diego, delved into cultural studies when he authored The Man in the Bowler Hat. In his lecture, he will discuss how hats function in the ongoing project of modern life, and why they became items more of costume than dress. Doors open at 6:30 pm for viewing of the exhibitions Mad For Hats! and Pasadena Patron; wine and cheese reception following lecture.

Tickets: Textile Arts Council Members $5; Museum Members $10; Non-Members $15. Reservations suggested; please call 626.577.1660, ext. 10.

Tuesday, March 29, 7:30 pm at Pasadena Museum of History

African Textiles: Traditional and Contemporary

An evening with Pasadena art dealer Sandra Perry. During this show and tell presentation, Ms. Perry will discuss the cultural importance of textiles within African traditions; their impact on European art; and, in turn, the influence of the Western world on contemporary African textiles.
Tickets: Textile Arts Council Members $5; Museum Members $10; Non-Members $15. Reservations suggested; please call 626.577.1660, ext. 10.

Thursday, April 14, 7:30 pm at Pasadena Museum of History

A Fine Feather: The Cawston Ostrich Farm, Feathers, and the Millinery Industry in the Early 20th Century
Millinery historian Barbara Troeller leads us on an entertaining historical overview of the Cawston Ostrich Farm in Pasadena and the important role of feathers in woman's fashion from 1870 to 1920. Supported by memorabilia, photos and feathered accessories, the speaker will reveal little known facts (and more than a few secrets) of the feather trade, including the "Feather Fashion Frenzy" and the devastating "Feather Crash" of the Edwardian Era. Guests will be treated to an exciting and dazzling display from Troeller's private collection of antique feathered hats and rare exotic millinery plumage which is guaranteed to delight! Wearing a hat to this event is highly encouraged. Doors open at 6:30 pm for viewing of the exhibitions Mad For Hats! and Pasadena Patron; wine and cheese reception following lecture.

Tickets: Textile Arts Council Members $5; Museum Members $10; Non-Members $15. Reservations suggested; please call 626.577.1660, ext. 10.

Saturday, April 16, 2:00 pm at Pasadena Museum of History

Lecture and Book Signing with Author Molly Siple

A first-of-its-kind monograph, California Light: A Century of Landscapes, by Jean Stern and Molly Siple, offers up a comprehensive look at the plein air paintings created by members of the California Art Club over the past 100 years. Divided into two main sections, the first half of the book addresses the beginnings of “Art in California, 1880-1925: A Perspective” and offers a historical narrative on the inception of painting the California landscape. The second half of the book, “A New Chapter for Plein Air,” picks up the narrative and offers a contemporary account of the club members’ paintings to-date, as well as efforts to educate art enthusiasts about California's rich art heritage.

Tickets: Museum and California Art Club Members free; Non-Members $5. Reservations suggested; please call 626.577.1660, ext. 10.

Saturday, May 7, 10:00 am Workshop; 12:30 pm Luncheon and Fashion Show at Altadena Town and Country Club, 2290 Country Club Drive., Altadena 91001

Millinery Haute Couture
Save the date for a very special fashion event just in time for Mother’s Day! Details coming soon on Pasadena Museum of History’s website,

Sunday, May 15, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at Pasadena Museum of History

MOTA (Museums of the Arroyo) Day

Free Day -- The Museums of the Arroyo (Gamble House, Heritage Square, Los Angeles Police Historical Museum, Lummis Home and Garden and Pasadena Museum of History) join together annually to celebrate the historical culture they share. On this special day, all are open free to the public, with complimentary shuttle service provided between museums. Special exhibits, art workshops, and refreshments are offered throughout the day. For information about the participating museums and shuttle service, please visit

Tickets: Free

Friday, May 20, 6:00 to 10:00 pm at Pasadena Museum of History and Cultural Venues throughout the City

ArtNight Pasadena

Free Open House at Pasadena Cultural Institutions -- Enjoy a free evening of art, music and entertainment as Pasadena’s most prominent arts and cultural institutions swing open their doors. Last Fall 14,000 people experienced the excitement of ArtNight. For details please visit

Tickets: Free

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