Heritage Square Oxnard, California - July 2009 - Photo by Janne Fecht
Your Museum's president, Jerry Fecht doffs his hat to salute all of you who are helping to make a great Museum for the San Fernando Valley a reality. Click on the photograph, and you'll see that the hood ornament is thanking you as well.
This Saturday, as we often do, my wife Janne, friends Linda Moore, Mary Friedman Olson and I went out on an exploration of Southern California. Somehow, just somehow, our adventures tend to be along the coast when the San Fernando and Coñejo Valleys heat up. Our quest this Saturday were the cities of Oxnard and Ventura. (If you haven't seen the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, you've missed a real gem!)
When we walked to Oxnard's Heritage Square, I got down right jealous. Houses and other buildings from the early 1900s had been carefully relocated and restored to their original grandeur. Surrounding them were charming gardens, fountains and walkways. I could only imagine how wonderful it would be for families in the San Fernando Valley to stroll along Chandler Boulevard witnessing the great old steam engine that Councilman Tom LaBonge often talks about. The Metropolitan Transit Authority would have finally restored Lankershim Depot to its former glory, and folks were viewing displays about the history of transportation and safety services.
Wonderful old streetlights from the Department of Water and Power's "bone yard" would bring safety and enjoyment of visitors to North Hollywood Park. From the bandshell in the gardens of the historic Weddington House, still loved songs from the turn to the 20th century would invite visitors and neighbors to picnic. And, we're fortunate to see another wedding in the mother house of the NoHo and San Fernando Valley
Listen! From Lankershim Boulevard comes a real Pacific Electric Railroad Car.
The San Fernando Valley, in the heart of the Creative Capital of the World, deserves a great Museum of history and culture.
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