The Mount Lowe Preservation Society hopes for the museum to be open in the fall of 2024.
By News Desk
With the purchase and renovations of a 14,000 square foot building (250 North Vinedo Avenue, Pasadena) in 2011. Following the completion of ADA compliant bathrooms and fire sprinklers, the last hurdle is an elevator.
The collections at Mount Lowe Preservation Society have grown. The archives now have more than 800,000 images, 100,000+ 3-D artifacts and ephemera, an 8,000+ book research library, an indoor railroad signal garden, some antique and classic cars, and numerous other collections.
Focused mostly on trains and trolleys, collections include the Mount Lowe Railway, Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society Archives, Los Angeles Railway, Southern Pacific Railway, and numerous other lines which operated throughout the United States. There is also a collection of Civil War Balloon Corps memorabilia, Chief Aeronaut Thaddeus Lowe and related materials, photography of the California Missions by A. C. Vroman, and artifacts from El Camino Real.
Past displays have included numerous shows for the Pasadena Museum of History including “The Art of Getting There,” “Pacific Electric Railway, Then and Now,” “Thaddeus Lowe, Chief Aeronaut of the Union Army,” and “Remembering Mount Lowe, Souvenirs of the Railway.” They loaned materials to the Huntington Library for the 300th anniversary of Father Serra’s birth from our El Camino Real collections.
The archives have been used for several book projects for Arcadia Publishing including Mount Lowe (History of Rail Series and Postcard Series), Mount Lowe Railway Then and Now, Pacific Electric Railway Then and Now, Los Angeles Railway Then and Now as well as the latest title, Mount Wilson Observatory. Numerous organizations and individuals have also made use of their materials for books, articles, theses, and student projects.
The Mount Lowe Preservation Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational foundation founded in 2000. If you have transportation materials that are in need of a new home, you can contact the institution for re-homing to a permanent location.
> Hours: Monday through Friday strictly by appointment only.
[This article has been updated to include the address. Dec. 12, at 11:00 am.]
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