Pastel by Orpha Klinker
The amazing Orpha Klinker surrounded herself with the doers and shakers of her era. Here she catches Cristine Sterling, the woman who saved the historic Avila Adobe on Olvera Street from destruction. Mrs. Sterling loved the Latino heritage of our city and joined with others like the artist and illustrator Orpha Klinker to product and increase public awareness for historic buildings.
Often women like Sterling, Klinker and Armitage-Forbes had to act at the spur of the moment to save historic structures from demolition.
The San Fernando Valley deserves a great Museum of history and culture. The San Fernando Valley deserves more great women like Christine Sterling and Orpha Klinker to help us become proactive, rather than last-minute reactive, to historic preservation.