Tuesday, September 29, 2009

CHILDREN OF THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY AND VALLEY HISTORY

2009 - The Year of Valley History

Art by Child - Sun Valley Youth Arts Center - 2009
Photo by Gerald Fecht for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

A few years ago, a gentleman from Boys Town in Nebraska gave me a little square message-pin that reads:
"When you help a child today, you write the history of tomorrow." I have have long kept the pin over my desk to remind me of one of our Museum's most important missions - the presentation of history and culture to San Fernando Valley children. The reality is that children, who have a sense of belonging to a place, show it greater respect and care. Children need to be recognized as individually important (some are willing to risk their lives and limbs to tag their names in public places). This isn't all that different from powerful people who have their names carved atop grand buildings.

The cool thing about museums, is that they can educate by experience, without the threat of tests or examinations. This makes out educational task more challenging, because we have to win children's interest on the merits of our work.
You are invited to become part of our Museum Community today. By being part of our movement, you can preserve the past, record the present and "write the history of tomorrow."

Your Museum's telephone number is 1 (818) 347-9665

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