2009 - The Year of Valley History
Day of the Dead Altar Pieces - Collection of Janne and Jerry Fecht
Have you noticed an interesting change in the weather. Perhaps, you've seen that the sunlight in the park strikes the trees differently that it did only a few weeks ago? Interesting that the time for flu shots, coincides with the rapid approach of Fall. Humm.
The other day a young Latino workman came to our home to get our heater ready for winter. When he was about to leave, he remarked how much he liked our little Day of the Dead display. I told him that when his and your Museum gets a location for the display of San Fernando Valley artifacts, that we would regularly celebrate Latino and other ethnic arts and crafts.
Ivan, the workman, wanted the Museum Community to know that his family tradition teaches that death is not to be feared but to be celebrated as part of the great mystery of life. He said that his beloved grandmother died last year and that he had decided to honor her's and other deceased family memories with a special Day of the Dead tattoo. Here is Ivan's salute to his family Mexican origins and to their sacred memories.
The San Fernando Valley, in the heart of the Creative Capital of the World, deserves a great Museum of history and culture.