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Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Museum SFV Speaker Series - History of Jue Joe Ranch - Sat. August 8th - Noon - 2:00 pm; Free

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, as part of its History of Speaker Series is pleased to present The History of Jue Joe Ranch.

Date:  Saturday, August 8, 2020

Time:  Noon - 2:00 pm   (Learn about history during lunch!)

Cost:   Free  (we would appreciate a $10 donation)

“Descendant of the 2nd emperor of the Song Dynasty (Zhao Gunagyi), Jue Joe was born and raised in a chicken coop, in 1860. He grew up dirt poor and vowed that his descendants would never suffer as he had. So at the age of 14 he sailed alone to California, working as a cabin boy, and jumped ship in San Francisco. He sailed with 16 lbs of rice and landed with 1/4 lb left. So he went to the Chinese Six Companies for help. They sent him to St. Helena and Marysville to work the vineyards. Then he found work on the Southern Pacific Railroad. In the Mojave Desert he met Otto Brant who was hoboing his way to L.A. They became friends and together hoboed to that destination. According to San Tong, Jue Joe learned business from Otto Brant and what land and water would mean to future settlers of the L.A. Basin. “ – written by Auntie Soo-Yin.

In 1913, California passed a law that forbid aliens (Non-Americans) from purchasing land in the state. The openly racist ALIEN LAND ACT was aimed at a growing and prosperous Asian population whose success threatened white hegemony in the Golden State.

But Chinese born Jue Joe was friends with the very powerful Otto Brant. The fascinating story of how Otto Brant helped his Asian friend purchase land, in spite of the restrictive law.

Franky Ortega, educator and historian of the SFV and WWII history tying in the valley will present.

Unfortunately, the Jue Joe Ranch is in the process of being demolished. It is historic but was not protected as an historic building by the City of Los Angeles. Franky has been out to the ranch and will provide an update on the latest with The Ranch.

Free to all Museum members and guests.

A $10 suggested donation would be appreciated to support YOUR Museum. You can go to our website at to make a donation on PayPal.

Presentation and Q&A session to follow.

Please RSVP on EVENTBRITE HERE.  You can also


Meeting ID: 852 2043 7997

Passcode: 957727

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Thank you.

Please spread the word to family, friends and colleagues - you will enjoy this presentation!

Friday, July 17, 2020

Northridge Beautification Foundation - Support upcoming mural project and fundraiser

The Museum of the San Fernando fully supports the upcoming mural project of Northridge Beautification Foundation.

Please support this upcoming fundraiser. 

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

This is my last project for Northridge Beautification Foundation.  Please help me SPREAD THE WORD for all the work we've accomplished in the last 10 years! 
TAKE OUT (OR DINE ON PATIO) AT SHARKY'S ON JULY 31, AUGUST 1 & 2.  SHARKY'S in Northridge will match your contribution to benefit the fantastic Northridge Farms Horse Mural going up at 8765 Reseda Blvd. 
JUST SHOW THE FLYER (on your phone or printed out).

The mural will be an awesome addition to the history of the community.

Thank you for all the support you've given me.  We could not have had the art on the street without your contributions.

My very best!  Stay safe and healthy.
Andrea Alvarado
 Depiction of the upcoming Mural on Reseda Blvd., just north of Parthenia.

Support. Protect. Promote.

Please do your share to promote art and artists and community beautification in the valley.

Michel Stevens, The Museum SFV

Happy 65th Anniversary to Disneyland

On July 17 1955, Disneyland, officially opened to the public! 

This is the only Disney park built and stepped foot in by Walt Disney himself. 

Happy 65th anniversary to the original Magic Kingdom and the Happiest Place on Earth!

Walt Disney came up with the concept of Disneyland after visiting various amusement parks with his daughters in the 1930s and 1940s. He initially envisioned building a tourist attraction adjacent to his studios in Burbank to entertain fans who wished to visit; however, he soon realized that the proposed site was too small. 

After hiring a consultant to help him determine an appropriate site for his project, Disney bought a 160-acre (65 ha) site near Anaheim in 1953. Construction began in 1954.

Main Street, U.S.A. is patterned after a typical Midwest town of the early 20th century, and took much inspiration from Walt Disney's hometown, Marceline, Missouri.[40] Main Street, U.S.A. has a train station, town square, movie theater, city hall, firehouse with a steam-powered pump engine, emporium, shops, arcades, double-decker bus, horse-drawn streetcar, and jitneys.

Encircling Disneyland and providing a grand circle tour is the Disneyland Railroad (DRR), a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge short-line railway consisting of five oil-fired and steam-powered locomotives, in addition to three passenger trains and one passenger-carrying freight train. Originally known as the Disneyland and Santa Fe Railroad, the DRR was presented by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway until 1974. From 1955 to 1974, the Santa Fe Rail Pass was accepted in lieu of a Disneyland "D" coupon. With a 3 ft (914 mm) gauge, the most common narrow track gauge used in North America, the track runs in a continuous loop around Disneyland through each of its realms.

One of Disneyland's signature attractions is its Disneyland Monorail System monorail service, which opened in Tomorrowland in 1959 as the first daily-operating monorail train system in the Western Hemisphere. The monorail guideway has remained almost exactly the same since 1961, aside from small alterations while Indiana Jones Adventure was being built.

Disneyland was dedicated at an "International Press Preview" event held on Sunday, July 17, 1955, which was open only to invited guests and the media. 

How much did it cost for adults and children to enter Disneyland on July 18, 1955?
Answer below.

Although 28,000 people attended the event, only about half of those were invitees, the rest having purchased counterfeit tickets or even sneaked into the park by climbing over the fence.

The Special Sunday events, including the dedication, were televised nationwide and anchored by three of Walt Disney's friends from Hollywood: Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings, and Ronald Reagan.

On December 5, 1985, to celebrate Disneyland's 30th year in operation, one million balloons were launched along the streets bordering Disneyland as part of the Skyfest Celebration.

The "Happiest Homecoming on Earth" was an eighteen-month-long celebration (held through 2005 and 2006) of the 50th anniversary of the Disneyland Park, also celebrating Disneyland's milestone throughout Disney parks worldwide. Attractions that had been in the park on opening day had one ride vehicle painted gold, and the park was decorated with fifty Golden Mickey Ears. The celebration started on May 5, 2005, and ended on September 30, 2006.

Disneyland aerial view in 1963.

Disneyland aerial view in 2004.

Mickey and Minnie in 1955.

Walt Disney with models of the Magic Kingdom and the Matterhorn.

Answer trivia: A one-day ticket to Disneyland on 7-18-55 and in 1955 cost $1 for adults and $.50-$.75 cents for children. In addition to the price of entry, each of the park's rides had a fee.

Sources: Disneyland; D23; Wikipedia

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy July 4th to all The Museum of the San Fernando Valley members, donors, Friends of The Museum and visitors.  How about a little holiday trivia?

Send us your answers and if you have these all correct, we will send you two passes to an upcoming Museum speaker or historic tour event ($20 value!)

Send answers to: themuseumsfv(at)gmail(dot)(com).

1) What historical event do Americans celebrate on the Fourth of July?

a) Official signing of the Declaration of Independence
b) George Washington's birthday
c) The first shots of the American Revolution
d) Formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence

2) How many founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence?

a) 13
b) 7
c) 32
d) 56

3) Which president first held a Fourth of July celebration at the White House?

a) George Washington
b) John Adams
c) Thomas Jefferson
d) James Madison

4) Which two U.S. presidents died on July 4th in the same year?

a) Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
b) James Monroe and Martin Van Buren
c) Millard Fillmore and Andrew Johnson
d) William Howard Taft and Warren G. Harding

5) Which U.S. president was born on Independence Day?

a) Calvin Coolidge
b) James Buchanan
c) Andrew Johnson
d) Ronald Reagan

6) What is the estimated number of people living in the 13 colonies on July 4, 1776?

a) 2.5 million
b) 9 million
c) 15 million
d) 30 million

7) Which of the following was not one of the original 13 American Colonies?

a) Vermont
b) Georgia
c) Massachusetts
d) North Carolina

Good luck!

Sources: Varied
The Museum SFV members and visitors... it's that time of the year when we ask you to consider voting for YOUR Museum of the San Fernando Valley as the BEST museum in the valley.

Please vote online at:

Deadline is August, Sunday, 30 2020.

You must vote for a minimum of five categories.

Thank you.