First Baptist Church of Van Nuys
Bringing together a major regional Museum of history and culture for the San Fernando offers, what seems like, a million challenges. Our most pressing challenge at present is the establishment of a new Museum headquarters. Lots of progress is underway here - and, we ought to have some great news soon.
In the meanwhile, because history's treasures can be lost in the blinking of an eye, the Museum Community often must act when opportunities arise. Last year a Valley celebrity died and her property, including priceless documents about her life as a Valley-based entertainer were discarded. Protecting and securing historical artifacts is a never-ending responsibility.
Here are two genuine little mysteries, for those of who have grown tired of fitting in "ani" for a "blackbird" in crossword puzzles.
Puzzle Number One: (Level of difficulty - Gentle)
Examine this postcard of the First Baptist Church of Van Nuys. Is the postcard properly identified? Given the clothing of the people and the kinds of automobiles, what is your best guess about the year the postcard was made?
The historian of the present First Baptist Church might be of help.
Thanks to Gary Fredburg, Vice President of The Museum who donated the card for your Museum's postcard collection.
Puzzle Number Two: (Level of difficulty - Tough)
Phyllis Hansen, your Museum's advisor on California cultural history, is at present working on historic papers of Mrs. Armitage Forbes and Ms. Orpha Klinker, founders of the Friends of Campo de Cahuenga. Drawings and reproductions of work by the California artist, Langdon Smith have been located in the process. In 1909, Smith illustrated a book by Mrs. Forbes entitled Mission Tales in the Days of the Dons, proceeds from which helped to save California's missions and adobes.
There is a much respected poem, by one Langdon Smith entitled "Evolution". The question at hand is: Is the California illustrator also the poet?
If the challenges of history's puzzles interest you, and you care about preserving the history of the greater San Fernando Valley --- then, you might want to considering becoming part of your Museum Community.