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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

JEFF PIRTLE VISITS HISTORIC LANKERSHIM READING ROOM

Jeff Pirtle 2008 - Photo by Gerald Fecht for Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley - (click on image to enlarge)

The great Valley historian Jim Gulbranson had a eye for the preservation of San Fernando Valley history. That's one good reason the historic Lankershim Reading Room was saved just days before the wrecking ball crushed its value for future generations. The reading room is now under restoration by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society at the Andres Pico Adobe in Mission Hills.

While Campo de Cahuenga is under renovation, Phyllis Hansen (who is a member of the Historical Society) and a Board Member of both Campo de Cahuenga and The Museum of the San Fernando Valley) saw the opportunity for the Campo and Historical Society to hold their meetings at the same time and to share a pot luck dinner - to get to know each other better.

Before their respective meetings, Jeff Pirtle (Archivist for NBC Universal and Board Member of Campo de Cahuenga) got to visit the Andres Pico Adobe, the Lankershim Reading Room and Archives of the Historical Society, for the first time. He and other Campo Board members now have a far greater awareness of the activities and challenges of the Historical Society.

Deuk Perrin, President of Campo de Caheunga, called for regular exchanges between groups working to preserved Valley and California history. Your Museum is working hard to bring about services for storage and artifact preservation of Valley historical treasures.

The San Fernando Valley deserves a great Museum of history and culture.

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