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Thursday, January 31, 2008

WILL THE WEDDINGTON HOUSE BE NEXT TO DISAPPEAR?

Valley Music Center - Now Demolished - Postcard in the collection of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley - gift of Gary Fredburg - 2008

Don't you just love it, when the media announces that priceless artifacts or art from the American West has been transferred to the Smithsonian or a New York museum? If you are like most of us, in this era of carbon footprints, getting back east may be at best a very rare occasion!
Well meaning people often remark about how there is no culture in the San Fernando Valley. Could it be that's because its been shipped away - or worse yet simply demolished. As a youth, I saw the great Dame Judith Anderson perform Media in the Valley Music Center, but the great performances there have been silenced forever.

Now, a move is afoot to move the historic Weddington House, out of the community that the Weddington familly founded, across our city. Some are saying that this expensive move will occur in a matter of weeks. For children studying local history in Valley schools, the mother house of North Hollywood might as well be moved to Mars.
Historical buildings belong in the communities where their impact was made! How many historic Valley buildings are within a mile or two of your home?
We need every inch of open parkland we can manage to keep in Los Angeles, but in the San Fernando Valley we desperately need our few remaining historic structures available to the public - especially teachers and students.
It is not good enough to sigh, after the fact, and say "oh well, at least the Weddington House didn't get destroyed." Inaccessibility might as well mean destruction.
Our political representatives need to step up to this matter. Ask them to consider the possibilities for the Valley communities they represent.
Help KEEP THE WEDDINGTON HOUSE IN THE VALLEY WHERE IT BELONGS.
Contact your city council person right away!

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