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Friday, October 9, 2009

HIGH PHOTO DONATION ADDS PARTS TO THE PUZZLE OF SAN FERNANDO VALLEY HISTORY

2009 - The Year of Valley History

Among the photographs given to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by David High this last July, were these two pictures; a tin-type with "M. Weddington age 14 months" and a second just inscribed "Milo". Guy Weddington McCreary identifies these as Milo Westley Weddington, among the first pioneer children of the village of Toluca/Lankershim (now North Hollywood).

Milo Wesley Weddington - tin type - gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from David High - July 2009 refer to photo HC-105

Milo Wesley Weddington - photograph gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from David High - July 2009 refer to photo HC-103

This photo of Milo about 2 years old, dressed as was the custom in what today would be considered girl's attire, is not only important from the perspective of Weddington family history, but The Museum's effort to move and or protect the historic Weddington House in North Hollywood. Here we can see the use of shingle-like siding on the house but porch as well. A great vase sits on the right and a kind of crochet throw over a porch chair.
Without the concern of David High, these parts of the puzzle that is San Fernando Valley history might have been forever lost.

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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