Contemporary History Makers Gala Set for Nov. 10

Five extraordinary individuals will join the roster of Contemporary History Makers this fall as Pasadena Museum of History celebrates 2018 honorees John and Ginny Cushman, Judy Wilson, and Bill and Judy Opel at a Black Tie Gala Dinner at the California Club in Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 10.
Proceeds from the event benefit PMH’s educational programs.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction. Fine dining and the program portion of the evening being at 7:30 p.m. Bill and Carol Thomson are the event chairs.
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Thomson Elected Board President at Pasadena Museum of History

Photo courtesy Jim Staub William Thomson Jr.
Photo courtesy Jim Staub
William Thomson Jr.

William Thomson Jr., a distinguished intellectual property litigation attorney with the firm Brooks Kushman P.C. and a former mayor of Pasadena, has been elected president of the Board of Trustees of the Pasadena Museum of History for 2018-19.
A staunch advocate of the museum, Thomson is dedicated to promoting it throughout Pasadena and the Los Angeles area. “Our museum offers a wide range of engaging programs and educational opportunities for people of all ages and interests. It is a well-kept secret, and we will work hard to overcome this and make sure that our mission and resources are recognized throughout Southern California and beyond.”
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Lanterman House Gets New Director

Laura Verlaque

When Laura Verlaque takes over as the executive director of the Lanterman House museum on Monday, April 9, it will be with a real appreciation for the history of the place — including the famous family who built it as well as those who, over the past quarter-century, have labored to turn the home into a community “jewel.”
“The past 25 years, they’ve had the enormous task of preserving and restoring this house and I think they did it beautifully,” Verlaque said. “The heavy lifting is all done, now my role is to maybe dig a little deeper with some of the details.”
Verlaque spent the past 12 years at the Pasadena Museum of History — from which Melissa Patton, the Lanterman House’s only other permanent executive director, also came. Continue reading “Lanterman House Gets New Director”

Royals of Pasadena Exhibit Extols 100 Years of Tradition

Photo courtesy Suzanne Ehrmann Longest living Rose Queen Margaret Huntley Main, crowned in 1940 and now age 96, meets 2018 Queen Isabella Marez at the Pasadena Museum of History’s Royals of Pasadena exhibit, showcasing 100 years of elegance and tradition.
Photo courtesy Suzanne Ehrmann
Longest living Rose Queen Margaret Huntley Main, crowned in 1940 and now age 96, meets 2018 Queen Isabella Marez at the Pasadena Museum of History’s Royals of Pasadena exhibit, showcasing 100 years of elegance and tradition.

When the Pasadena Museum of History began piecing together its “Royals of Pasadena” exhibit, curators felt they were on a bit of a fishing expedition, cautiously dipping into a century of archives that revealed bits and pieces of former royals, as well as years reflecting war, celebration and social change.
They reached out to all the former royals they could locate, asking for memorabilia and photos.
In return, they received a flood of loaned items and, more importantly, memories that tied all the pieces together. More than 70 former queens and princesses responded to the outreach, many personally bringing back the items to the museum. Continue reading “Royals of Pasadena Exhibit Extols 100 Years of Tradition”

Museum of History Presents ‘Royals of Pasadena’

Photo courtesy Jim Staub Past Rose Queens gathered at the opening of the “Royals of Pasadena” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History last week, including (from left) 2005 Rose Queen Ashley Moreno, 1997 Rose Queen Jennifer Halferty Johnson, 1987 Rose Queen Kristin Harris McDonald, 1985 Rose Queen Kristina Smith, 1974 Rose Queen Miranda Barone, 1966 Rose Queen Carole Cota-Gelfuso and 1953 Rose Queen Leah Feland Cullen.
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Past Rose Queens gathered at the opening of the “Royals of Pasadena” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History last week, including (from left) 2005 Rose Queen Ashley Moreno, 1997 Rose Queen Jennifer Halferty Johnson, 1987 Rose Queen Kristin Harris McDonald, 1985 Rose Queen Kristina Smith, 1974 Rose Queen Miranda Barone, 1966 Rose Queen Carole Cota-Gelfuso and 1953 Rose Queen Leah Feland Cullen.

In honor of the 100th Rose Queen, Pasadena Museum of History has opened an exhibition celebrating the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court.
“Royals of Pasadena” is on view through Feb. 11 and will explore the traditions and history of the Royal Court, from the selection process to the Rose Queen Coronation, to riding on a float in the Rose Parade. Continue reading “Museum of History Presents ‘Royals of Pasadena’”

Pasadena Museum of History Adds Two Board Members

Pasadena attorneys Stephen Acker and Richard McDonald have been elected to the board of trustees of the Pasadena Museum of History.
As the governing body of Pasadena Museum of History, the volunteer board of trustees acts collectively to guide the museum and further its mission to collect, preserve and share the rich history of Pasadena and the West San Gabriel Valley. Its individual members are among PMH’s most accomplished and active supporters.
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