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Starting Anew Exhibition

Starting Anew Exhibition

Friday, to Sunday,
Presented by: Pasadena Museum of History
470 W. Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91103


www.pasadenahistory.org

Tickets $10 members / $15 non-members

Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890 – 1930 has reopened to the public with enhanced content: Growth, Development, Pasadena Amidst World Crises. 

Advanced, timed ticket reservations are now required for all gallery visitors, including PMH members. Make plans to view or revisit this exhibition before it closes on Sunday, February 12. 

How was this flourishing young city affected by the international crises that rocked the world in the second decade of the 20th century? The enhanced exhibit explores the city's private and public sector development within the broader context of world affairs. Specifically, new content looks at how back-to-back global events - World War I (1914-1918) and the Flu Pandemic of 1918 – affected Pasadena and its residents.

How was this flourishing young city affected by the international crises that rocked the world in the second decade of the 20th century? The enhanced exhibit explores the city's private and public sector development within the broader context of world affairs. Specifically, new content looks at how back-to-back global events - World War I (1914-1918) and the Flu Pandemic of 1918 – affected Pasadena and its residents.

The forty years between 1890 and 1930 were a dynamic time in Pasadena’s history. The area changed rapidly from a small agricultural community to a renowned winter resort and bustling young city. Newcomers came for many reasons. They were taken by the region’s natural beauty and the opportunities associated with its growth and potential. It was an appealing place to launch a new venture, or in some cases, to start over. The railroad provided convenient and affordable transportation to the appropriately nicknamed “Crown City.” Pasadena was changing significantly, fashioned by a rapidly burgeoning population and its hopes, dreams, and achievements.

Historic images, documents, artwork, clothing, and ephemera, many selected from the Museum's collection – along with research compiled over decades by scholars, PMH staff, and volunteers – illustrate the scope of these vibrant decades in Pasadena’s history. The exhibition also features the legacy of Museum benefactors Eva and Adalbert Fenyes. After arriving in Pasadena as newlyweds in 1896, this sophisticated couple quickly embraced the city as their new home. They purchased real estate, developed businesses, and contributed to the cultural and artistic development of Pasadena. Their 1906 Beaux Arts mansion is an important component of the exhibit storyline, providing visitors with a glimpse into what life was like on Pasadena’s Landmark Millionaire’s Row in the early 1900s.

The Exhibition Galleries are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from noon to 5:00 pm throughout the run of an exhibit, unless otherwise noted in their calendar.

 

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