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Thursday, April 16, 2009


San Diego Commemorative Bell - collection of the Tarzana Historical Museum 2009 - photo in the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley (click on image to enlarge)

More and more the need for an all-San Fernando Valley Heritage Conference has become apparent! From protecting our collections from theft or neglect, to the writing of collective grants, or just getting the Valley's fair share of support from foundations and government agencies -the time for a united Valley Heritage Alliance is at hand.
This bronze casting of a San Diego Commemorative bell, in the collection of the Tarzana Historical Museum, is a small but good example of why our Valley museums and historical groups need to know what their neighbors are doing. Campo de Caheunga, founded by Mrs. A.S.C. Armitage Forbes, is not only the birthplace of modern California but also the home the historic El Camino Real bells. A loan from the Tarzana Historical Museum to the Campo de Caheunga of the San Diego bell could be an interesting and valuable addition when the Campo produces its upcoming exhibit on the life and times of Mrs. Forbes.

The San Fernando Valley, in the heart of the Creative Center of the World, deserves a great Museum of history and culture.

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