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Tuesday, April 8, 2008


Old Van Nuys Post Office - Photograph taken by Gerald Fecht for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley. This building is part of Richard Hilton's planned tours of Van Nuys.

Today's Daily News (April 8, 2008) carries an article entitled "Van Nuys Was Once A Man's Dream" by Michael Caylo-Barandi an information-studies graduate student at UCLA. The article tells some of how Isaac Newton Van Nuys came to California and developed the town of Van Nuys. It addresses the general deterioration of the community. Fortunately, Caylo-Barandi also writes of those in the San Fernando Valley who are " opting to reaffirm the significance of Van Nuys."
The author comments about the efforts of historic preservationists to add ten pre-1911 Van Nuys homes to the city's designated landmarks status. He also writes about The Museum of the San Fernando Valley's Board Member, Richard Hilton"s upcoming walking tours of Van Nuys.
"The brainchild of this idea is history buff Richard Hilton. When the William Paul Whitsett house was scheduled for demolition to make way for condominiums, Hilton made some last-minute efforts to save it."
"We're losing our history, those touchstones of where we came from, how we got here and the lessons we need to know for the future," mourned Hilton. Community leaders support his walking tour."
Caylo-Barandi adds that "Soon, Hilton's tourists will re-imagine Van Nuys through a time warp."

2 comments: said...

keep up the good work Richard and thank you. Gary Fredburg

Gerald R. Fecht said...

A comment from the playwright Willard Simms:

Congrats to Richard Hilton! First, for showing that historians do go out there in the world and work to get things done about preserving and explaining history! And second, for getting a newspaper to sit up and take notice. Hooray!

Willard Simms