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Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day 2020 - trivia challenge

Can you guess the actual dates of each of the major wars since the Civil War?

A.  Civil War
B.  Spanish American War
E.  Korean War
F.  Vietnam War
G.  Iraq War
H.  Afghanistan War

1.  June 25, 1950 – July 27, 1953

2.  April 21, 1898 – August 13, 1898

3.  November 1, 1955 – April 30, 1975

4.  July 28, 1914 – November 11, 1918

5.  September 1, 1939 – September 2, 1945

6.  Oct 7, 2001 - Present

7.  April 12, 1861 – April 9, 1865

8.  Mar 20, 2003 – Dec 18, 2011

To play trivia:
Please send us your tally by calling  out one letter and one number such as A1 or C3 (just examples).

If you guess all correctly, we will send you two passes to an upcoming historic walking tour or speaker event ($20 value).

Please send in your guess to:

Leave us your name and email address you want us to respond to and we will notify you if you are a winner.

Thank you.

Michel Stevens -post

Memorial Day 2020 - to be remembered

The Museum SFV extends wishes to all military families and veterans of all wars on this Memorial Day 2020.

Here are some Memorial Day tidbits with an image from various wars.

When the first versions of Memorial Day were celebrated after the Civil War, the event went by the name Decoration Day, when flowers were laid on graves.

Civil War image

For more than 100 years, Memorial Day was reserved for honoring the lives of Civil War soldiers. The holiday didn’t expand to casualties of all American wars until after World War I.

WWI image

Although there has been debate on the birthplace of Memorial Day, the U.S. government has given Waterloo, New York, the official title.

WWII image

In 1868, about 5,000 people decorated graves at Arlington National Cemetery’s first Memorial Day ceremony. About the same number of people still gather there annually.

Korean War image

Until 1971, when Memorial Day became an official federal holiday, the annual commemoration stayed on May 30, no matter what day of the week.

Vietnam War

Federal guidelines say the flag should be displayed at half-staff only until noon, then go up to full-staff until sundown.

Iraq War

Congress passed a law in December of 2000 that requires Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to honor the fallen soldiers.

Some of this trivia collected from Reader's Digest.

Michel Stevens -post

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

6-13-20 Speaker Series Event - David Coscia - author; The Southern Pacific in the SFV; Zoom presentation

The Museum SFV is very pleased to announce the return of author David Coscia with another fascinating book on the the history of the railroad in the San Fernando Valley - please join us for this special ZOOM presentation/ event. 

NOTE: With The Museum currently closed, we are moving our speaker series online - more people, members and guests will be able to enjoy our diverse and educational programming.

You will receive the Zoom meeting info the week before the event.

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in 1998, David Coscia began researching the railroad history of the San Fernando Valley. This culminated twenty years later with the publication of the book, Southern Pacific in the San Fernando Valley: 1876-1996. 

This massive tome focuses on the history of the Southern Pacific, and also has information on Amtrak, Metrolink, industrial railroads, and little known railroads such as the monorail that operated at Busch Gardens. 

Come learn about the beginnings of the railroads and the changes to the valley due their presence. We begin with small steam locomotives, graduate to giant steam locomotives, and close with more modern diesel locomotives. 

Born and raised in the community of Granada Hills, David has had a life-long love of history. In December 1993, he graduated with a B. S. in History from California State University, Northridge. 

Copies of his book will be available for purchase afterwards and David will be signing books. The retail price is $90, but copies will available for a significant discount. Please bring cash or a check, no credit cards accepted. We hope to see you there. 

RSVP: 1-818-347-9665 or email at

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (presentation, 2:00-3:30 and then Q&A)

Cost: $10 per person

Free for Museum members (emails us for link)

Please pay in advance via EVENTBRITE or PayPal you can pay via check sent to The Museum SFV.

Location of Speaker Event:

ZOOM Meeting - details/dial-in/log-in to be sent in early June

Please forward this to a family member, colleague or friend. This will be a terrific presentation and event. These type of events are to educate and will also allow The Museum to raise some needed funds during these coronavirus times.

Thank you.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

50th anniversary of Kent State shootings -where were you?

Tomorrow is the 50th Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970.

If you are old enough to remember that day, time and experience... please tell us about it.

Were you a college student at the time?

A parent with school-age children?

Were you in or did you have family in Vietnam at the time?

Help us educate valley residents and guests about this moment in history.

Enjoy an excerpt from an article in the OC Register via Daily News:

Kent State’s perpetual wound still painful after 50 years
Half a century after four students were killed on campus by military troops during an anti-war protest, some questions may never be answered

By | | Orange County Register

Dean R. Kahler’s first college semester was nearing an end when he went home for the weekend 50 years ago this month to celebrate his 20th birthday.
Kent State University student Dean Kahler, who was paralyzed from the waist down by a National Guardsman’s bullet on May 4, l1970, eads a candlelight procession in September of 1970. s. (© Akron Beacon Journal/TNS/

The northeast Ohio country boy had worked in the Republic Steel melt shop in Canton to help pay for school and got a late start on college. He had a high draft number, so he didn’t worry about going to Vietnam. He looked forward to four years of academics to launch his chosen career in public service.

When he returned to campus Sunday afternoon, everything had changed. Two days of anti-war demonstrations culminated in the torching of a campus military building. The governor came to town vowing to restore order and called in the Ohio National Guard. Curfews were set and armed troops patrolled the grounds.

And within 24 hours, on May 4, 1970, Kahler’s world would forever change amid a violent combustion that put a hard time stamp on the end of the1960s and delivered the war to the doorstep of America’s heartland.

That’s when guardsmen opened fire on a crowd of students at Kent State University, killing four and wounding nine, including Kahler, who suffered a spinal-cord injury that permanently paralyzed him from the chest down. 

Please click HERE to read the rest of the article.

Also, enjoy the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song, written by Neil Young, OHIO

Click link here:  OHIO

OHIO: an iconic song written by Neil young in response to the Ohio, Kent state shooting.. listen to this  powerful Time capsule edition and experience the crisp nostalgic sound that would have once been heard ringing throughout Streets in Vietnam protests following the release of four beautiful souls in cold blood by the ONG on Kent state campus grounds in Kent, Ohio May 4, 1970

Please add a comment below or email us.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

The Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation - learn, grow, support

The Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation

Preserving and sharing Southern California railroads past and present
through public outreach, photographic collections and adventure.

The Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation is built on three elements: preservation, adventure, and education. Read about our exciting programs below.

Founded in 1999 by Josef Lesser and Ron Gustafson, the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation (LARHF) preserves, shares, and celebrates the history of railroading throughout the Los Angeles and Southern California.

We are sorry to inform The Museum SFV followers that Josef Lesser, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away peacefully in his Los  Angeles home at 9:48 am on Friday, February 28, 2020. He was 83 years old. 

The organization continues to educate via satellite exhibits across the Southland, by sharing our archive of historic photography and memorabilia, by hosting member field trips and special events, by holding Scouting classes on railroad safety, and with our book publishing series. We employ our resources and expertise to support media, researchers, authors, heritage groups, and local communities.

The Museum SFV has been asked to locate a valley location and we hope to do so in the near future.

Also, upon opening up again, the LARHF had agreed to participate in our 2020 speaker series.

To learn more, please visit the LARHF website at

Mailing Address:
Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation
825 Colorado Blvd Ste 242
Los Angeles, CA 90041-1714