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Gamble House Cookbook History

AN ALMOST DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF GAMBLE HOUSE COOKBOOKS By Barbara Harris Cury, Gamble House History Committee One in a series of History Committee presentations chronicling the evolution and contributions of the Docent Council. When The Gamble House Docent Council went to work in 1966, then as now Docents were eager to pepper their main Docent activities of housekeeping and touring with social occasions to welcome professionals and the community to …Read More

There’s No Place Like Home

A GREENE & GREENE LANTERN FINDS ITS WAY BACK by Ted Bosley The news came to me on May 12, in an email from a friend: a Greene & Greene lantern was up for sale on Craig’s List. Even though I typically discover that these listing usually involve modern reproductions, I hurried to check out this particular lead. From the photo on Craig’s List I was pretty sure that this …Read More

Exclusionary Covenants in Pasadena

International Museum Day 2017 The worldwide community of museums celebrate International Museum Day on and around May18, 2017 around the theme Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums. This theme focuses on the role of museums that, by working to benefit society, become hubs for promoting peaceful relationships between people. The acceptance of a contested history is the first step in envisioning a shared future under the banner …Read More

Woodwork Leads to a Passion for Greene & Greene

OUR STORY THROUGH THEIR EYES:  JACK STUMPF His Love of Woodwork Leads to a Passion for Greene & Greene By Mary Quinn-Lumsden, Gamble House History Committee Jack Stumpf’s woodworking hobby began as a 10-year-old when, mesmerized, he witnessed the talents of his grandfather—a woodworker, carpenter, and quite resourceful craftsman who made his own tools. When Jack was a sophomore in high school, his parents bought him an old lathe. That magic …Read More

Picturing a Legacy

OUR STORY THROUGH THEIR EYES: JEANETTE THOMAS Picturing a Legacy That Put The Gamble House in a New Light By Bobbi Mapstone, Gamble House History Committee I interviewed Jeanette Thomas on July 6, 2006, while I was on staff as PR and Marketing Manager at The Gamble House. Then, as now, she held a place of honor in Docent Council lore and my oral history experience compelled me to get …Read More

Gamble House Journey Brings Her the World

OUR STORY THROUGH THEIR EYES: ELIZABETH SAMSON Gamble House Journey Brings Her the World By Mary Quinn-Lumsden, Gamble House History Committee A seasoned docent with a decade of experience at the Getty Villa, Elizabeth Samson was in search of a change. After looking into a museum or two in the L.A. area, she came upon an open house at The Gamble House. Lo and behold, she was quickly enticed by fabulous …Read More

Love at First Sight

OUR STORY THROUGH THEIR EYES: SUE ZANTESON Her “Love at First Sight” Is Still Going Strong By Chini Johnson-Taylor, Gamble House History Committee Sue Zanteson first stepped inside the Gamble House doors to attend a lecture hosted by the American Society of Interior Designers. Her first impression was “love at first sight. The neatness and simplicity of the House, with nothing extraneous, was straightforward and well done”—a description that could …Read More

Bookstore with a Capital “B”

Lee Sanders and Docent friends on a 1998 arts and architecture tour of Chicago OUR STORY THROUGH THEIR EYES: LEE SANDERS Making It a Bookstore With a Capital “B” By Bobbi Mapstone, Gamble House History Committee Lee Sanders was destined for a life in art and architecture. His parents, interior designers and antique collectors, greatly influenced his love of historic buildings, antiques, and the decorative arts. His uncle, a devotee …Read More

Beauty in Motion

OUR STORY THROUGH THEIR EYES: NANCY ULLRICH Setting the House’s Beauty in Motion By Mary Quinn-Lumsden, Gamble House History Committee Dancing had always been Nancy Ullrich’s true passion. But she had no idea that another passion was about to take center stage… Her first experience with The Gamble House came through a strong friendship with Paula Stewart, sister of then-Director Randell Makinson, whom she met through her sorority alumnae group. …Read More

Collective Curiosity

EXPLORING THE MAKING OF THE GREENE & GREENE ARCHIVES Over the past 7 years, I’ve visited the Greene & Greene Archives at The Huntington twice, once at the old Scott Gallery location and most recently at its new home at the Munger building. Each visit has been full of wonders such as family diaries, iridescent glass samples that resemble the glass in the Gamble House front door and dining room …Read More