Friday, January 30, 2015


Author David Coscia returns to The Museum for the monthly Speaker Series on Sunday, February 22, 2015

Come learn about the incredible history of the Pacific Electric. David will offer an interesting presentation, answer any questions and then there will be a book signing.  For those folks interested in the history of transportation.. this event is for you!  Please bring a friend to two to this event.

WHERE: The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
DATE:     Sunday, February 22, 2015
TIME:     3:00 - 5:00 pm

The Museum will open up at 2:00 pm on Sunday and close after the speaker event at 5:00 pm

Cost: $10/person, General Admission
Museum Members: Preferred Seating
Parking: Free
Light refreshments served.
Cost of each book: $60. A portion of each book sale is being generously donated to The Museum.

Please RSVP and pay in advance by clicking HERE.

You can also RSVP via phone and pay at the door by calling The Museum at 818-347-9665 or

David Coscia

Pacific Electric Railroad images - Gift to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2012  (click on images to enlarge)   Image number 4608

 Dated March 23, 1947 -  Image number 4611

 Dated June 19, 1955 - Image number 4609

Dated June 19, 1955  -   Image number 4610

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cornerstone Theatre Company | CALIFORNIA: THE TEMPEST 7/7/15

Cornerstone Theater Company is a multi-ethnic, ensemble-based theater company that travels all over the California performing one play. This year they are coming to Pacoima and performing The Tempest. They commission and produce contemporary adaptations of classics, which combine the artistry of professional and community collaboration. The play is pay-what-you-can (suggested donation $10) but they are offering a unique community experience to their members before the play on Saturday, February 7, with great local food, drinks, mural tour (lead by Manny Velazquez, Muralist & PAI Docent), prime seating and a meet & greet with the cast. Pre-Valentine date, anyone? 

Please come out and support local theatre! 

Performances: February 5, 6 & 7, 2015,
Indoors at ArTES Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academy
1001 Arroyo Ave, San Fernando, CA 91340

7:30pm Curtain.

Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can (Suggested donation $10)
Seating is limited so call to reserve your seats: 1-800-578-1335

More info -

Pacoima Community Experience Tickets
Saturday, February 7th at 4pm 

Wine and appetizers as you enjoy an exclusive tour of the Pacoima community with Muralist Manny Velazquez as he introduces you to the renowned murals along Mural Mile. The experience will also include dinner with the cast and crew from "California: The Tempest" at the community potluck and reserved seating for the performance. 
Your donation helps to support the California Bridge Tour and also provides permits and restoration fees for local murals. Click here to purchase your seat ->


CA State Senator Robert M. Hertzberg’s Van Nuys staff led by Barri Worth Girvan, District Director, received a tour of The Museum yesterday.

Everyone came away with a greater appreciation of the history, art and culture of the valley and what The Museum is offering to valley residents and guests.

Two veterans from Wings Over Wendys, Art Sherman and Howard Swerdlick were in attendance to provide first-hand accounts of their service in WWII and to act as docents for the military exhibit at The Museum.

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg was first elected to the California Assembly in 1996. After three years of hard work, he was twice unanimously elected Speaker and served until 2002. Then he spent a dozen years building a successful a career in private industry and helping to establish groundbreaking public policy in several areas. Bob has always fought for BIG and BOLD ideas to fix California and tried to always think long term and solve tough problems.

For the Senator’s bio, please click HERE.

The Museum encourages elected officials and staff members from any other CA Senator, CA Assembly, Los Angeles City District and Los Angeles City Department staff’s to set up a time for a tour. To do so, please contact The Museum at 818-347-9665 or

Saturday, January 24, 2015


PHOTOS WANTED FOR UPCOMING BASEBALL BOOK:  Author Chris Docter is looking for old baseball and softball photos for an upcoming Arcadia book titled Mexican American Baseball in the San Fernando Valley, due for release in late 2015.   

Photos should date between the 1900s to the 1960s that feature Mexican American men and women that participated in community, youth, church, military, high school, college or business teams in the Valley.   

If you have photos or questions, please contact Chris Docter at   or (818) 399-9026.

 The Museum has discussed with the author the opportunity to share the experience in creating the book at an upcoming Speaker Series event. Stay tuned for details.

Friday, January 16, 2015

THE BIG READ: "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea

Every Spring The Museum of the San Fernando Valley participates in The Big Read program. The Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) initiative that encourages all to pick up a book and read. 

In previous years the books and events where centered on Greek culture and Indian culture... for 2015 we will be centering the event around the novel "Into The Beautiful North," by Luis Alberto Urrea, and highlighting Mexican culture. 

Short Summary of "Into The Beautiful North" from Amazon: 
Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village--they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men--her own "Siete Magníficos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over. 

Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, Into the Beautiful North is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.

We hope you will join us in reading "Into The Beautiful North" and attend the festival (date and time to be announced).

If you would like to volunteer during the festival, please contact us at