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Thursday, November 11, 2010

IT'S EASY TO FALL INTO PAROCHIAL TRAPS IN HISTORY

2010   THE YEAR OF VALLEY HISTORY

When our Museum Vice President Gary Fredburg recently gave the Museum Archives this vintage postcard, it puzzled us. Was there a cathedral in San Fernando? Where in our valley was this impressive Catholic school. The answer is that the saint Fernando doesn't just belong to the California valley named for him. An important Spanish saint, there are churches, schools, parishes and even towns named for him in Europe and throughout North and South America. This school happened to be in Texas.

San Fernando Cathedral School in Texas - Photo gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gary Fredburg 2010.  (click on image to enlarge)

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