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Saturday, February 27, 2010

WILLARD SIMMS PLANNING LECTURES FOR REPUBLIC STUDIOS' 75th ANNIVERSARY

Willard Simms on the lot at CBS Studios - February 2010 - Photo for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gerald Fecht (click on image to enlarge)
Arranging for The Museum's new lecture programs is hard work, and preparing programs to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Republic Studios is a major priority. Fortunately, the Chairman of The Museum's lecture series, Willard Simms is already on the job.
Here Willard is seen standing in front of what appears to be a boutique in New York's Little Italy - actually it is a film prop.
If you of a person or organization you would like to see included in the 75th Anniversary of Republic Studios' lectures give your Museum a call today:
1 (818) 347-9665
PS - We are seeking Republic Studios related photos and artifacts too.

TOMORROW IS TREE PLANTING WEATHER

Dear Northridge100 Friends,


Due to rain, we will be planting on Sunday, Feb. 28th, instead of Saturday.

Same Time, Same Place!

Where: 7726 Lasaine Ave. Northridge, 91325

When: Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Sign up and Breakfast: 8:30-8:45


Hope to see you on SUNDAY!

HISTORIC MEGA CONCERT IN NORTHRIDGE

2010 --- The Year of Valley History --- Northridge100
(click on image to enlarge)
Just in case people tell you that there isn’t much history in the San Fernando Valley, you might wish to remind them about a few “minor” performances on three days at Devonshire Downs in Northridge

Friday June 20th, 1969

Jimi Hendrix --- Spirit --- Joe Cocker --- Southwind --- Taj Mahal --- Albert King --- Edwin Hawkins Singas --- Ike and Tina Turner ---
Jerry Lauderdale

Saturday June 21, 1969

Creedence Crearwater --- Steppenwolf --- Jethro Tull --- Erik Burden
Buffe St. Marie --- Friends of Distinction ---Charity --- Sweetwater --- Lee Michaels --- Albert Collins --- Love --- Brenton Wood

Sunday June 22, 1969

Chambers Brothers --- Marvin Gaye --- Grass Roots --- Three Dog Night --- Johnny Winter --- Byaos --- Poco --- Mother Earth --- Flock
--- The Rascals

In reality the San Fernando Valley’s “fair grounds”, historic Devonshire Downs was home all sorts of outdoor activities. Once a track for horse racing, (remember, Northridge and Granada Hills had some of the finest horse breeding ranches in California) Devonshire Downs was host to The San Fernando Valley Fair, oversized graduations, classic car shows and yes.......... one of the most famous rock and roll weekends of all time.

MORE EARLY IMAGES OF TUJUNGA FIRE DEPARTMENT

2010 - The Year of Valley Adventures

Tujunga Fire Department negative (date unknown) Gift to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2010 (click on image to enlarge)

EARLY TUJUNGA FIRE DEPARTMENT NEGATIVES FOUND

2010 - The Year of Valley Adventures
Tujunga Fire Department negative (date unknown) Gift to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2010 (click on image to enlarge)
Some years ago, Gary Fredburg (Board Secretary of The Museum) purchased a manila letter-sized envelope with what appears to have someone's collection of photos of young women. But also in the envelope were a dozen black and white negatives.
The envelope has notes saying "Tujunga" and "Palm Springs??" Despite that I should be at Museum work, like writing letters and copy for our new website, I couldn't resist scanning some of the negatives to see what we might have.
This posting, and the one to follow, show what prints of the negatives would have looked like, and clearly reveal that the Tujunga Fire Department is their subject.
Young fireman in front of a modified fire pickup truck - Tujunga Fire Department negative (date unknown) Gift to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2010 (click on image to enlarge)
Hook and ladder type fire truck - Tujunga Fire Department negative (date unknown) Gift to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2010 (click on image to enlarge)

Note: As your Museum grows stronger and we have more volunteers, we hope to have San Fernando Valley experts who will be able to identify things like, the year and models of this equipment.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

ZELZAH - TOWN OF MYSTERIES

2010 - The Year of Valley History - Northridge100
Zelzah Train Station 1914 (click on image to enlarge)
Before it gained its present name, Northridge was called originally Zelzah (some say it was Zelzah Colony) and later North Los Angeles.
Zelzah Bunkhouses 1919
Credit for these photographs hasn't yet been fully established, and mysteries surround the origin of the name Zelzah. What or who these "bunkhouses" served is yet to be discovered.

Note: If you find an error on this blog, or among other presentation by your Museum, pick up the telephone and let us know. Our number is 1 (818) 347-9665. The Museum appreciates your wisdom and support.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

THE MUSEUM'S POLITICAL COLLECTIONS.

2010 - The Year of Valley Adventures
1980 Political Button - Reagan and Bush. Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Jerry Berns 2010.

The Museum’s Political Collections
- “Man is by nature a political animal.”
Aristotle, founder of the first great museum in the western world.

Political behavior has certainly been around for at least as long as recorded history. But, formal politics in the modern sense might be said to have arrived in the San Fernando Valley with John C. Fremont, who played a significant role in the acquisition of California by the United States after the Battle of Cahuenga in 1845. Fremont was to be one of the first of two United States Senators from California, and the first Republican Party candidate for the presidency of the United States in 1856.

From Richard Nixon’s speech in front of Burbank High School, to Bill Clinton’s visit to Valley College, presidential politics has been an important part of Valley history.

Ronal Reagan, who would become the 33rd Governor of California and the 40th President of the United States, married his first wife Jane Wyman in 1940 at the Wee Kirk of the Heather chapel at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale. After his divorce, Reagan married Nancy Davis in 1952 in Little Brown Church in Studio City. Just prior to making war movies, Ronald Reagan played the role of General George Custer in the Valley's Republic Studios’ film, the Santa Fe Trail.

Politics has played a major role in Valley life from neighborhood councils, to movements such as the annexation to the City of Los Angeles (and attempts to separate from the city), zoning matters, City Council elections and County politics, as well as in California, Congressional and other campaigns.

Your Museum collects political memorabilia from all aspects of government. We archive documents, pamphlets and other accounts of political campaigns, books, photographs and recordings of political life in the greater San Fernando Valley.

Monday, February 22, 2010

MAJOR COLLECTION OF TUJUNGA PHOTOGRAPHS DONATED TO MUSEUM

2010 - The Year of Valley History
Unknown woman, likely in the area of Tujunga, California. Gift from Gary Fredburg to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2010 (click on image to enlarge)
40 historic photographs related to Tujunga, California from the 1930s has been donated to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley. The collection of black and white photographs and negatives is a gift from Board Secretary Gary Fredburg, and will designated as the Fredburg Collection.
The photos, mostly of young women, belonged to a public accountant in Sonora, California.
href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Md9z_-LK7qk/S4N0CJz0IqI/AAAAAAAAGZE/9omQW4vKMQc/s1600-h/Tujunga4.jpg">Unknown young woman - Fredburg Collection
Provocative image of young woman at the entrance to a tent - Fredburg Collection

Likely on a Sunday outing - Woman with little girl - Fredburg Collection 2010

Children in their Sunday clothing - Likely in Big Tujunga Canyon - Fredburg Collection.

A MEMORY FROM THE VIET NAM WAR BECOMES PART OF VALLEY HISTORY

2010 - The Year of Valley History
When Jerry Berns and Dennis Nolet became friends and fraternity brothers at Pierce College, they could have never dreamed of meeting one day half way around the world in Viet Nam. The ugly disruptions of war sometimes soften with time, and for the average college student today, born long after the Viet Nam war was over, that terrible conflict is seldom talked about and little understood.
This flyer was given to Jerry Berns from Denny Nolet somewhere in Viet Nam. Today Berns contributed it to the archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, where it will soon be translated and made available for scholars and future exhibits.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

MORE LO PRISTI FAMILY PHOTOS OF 1994 EARTHQUAKE

2010 - The Year of Valley Adventures - Northridge100
Water Heater crashes into the Lo Presti's service porch
Destruction in the Lo Pristi family's kitchen.
Special thanks to Patricia Lo Pristi for sharing these graphic reminders of what transpired in the San Fernando Valley in only seconds in 1994.
For those of us, who make our homes here, it is not "if" another earthquake will occur, but "when." We've learned to live with baby safety latches on our cupboards and discovered the importance of a common telephone contact outside of town. Most important, we learned how important our friends and neighbors are to us. And, for the sake of history, how important it is to scan our photographs and protect our records.

Share your images of the 1994 earthquake and your life in the San Fernando Valley. Call 1 (818) 347-9665 to see how you can get involved in The Museum Community.

LO PRESTI FAMILY SHARES 1994 EARTHQUAKE PHOTOS

2010 - The Year of Valley Adventure - Northridge100
Lo Presti Family Earthquake Photos - Northridge100 (click on images to enlarge) Destruction in Family Room
Earthquake Damage to a Parking Structure - California State University Northridge

No history of the San Fernando Valley would be complete, without accounts of the terrifying earthquake of 1994. Generally called the Northridge Quake, because of the epicenter there, the huge event caused extensive damage far beyond the Valley. Long after houses were put back into order or reconstructed, this area of Southern California experienced massive retro-fitting.

CAMPO DE CAHUENGA AND UNIVERSAL STUDIOS in 1969

2010 - The Year of Valley Adventures
Detail showing the site of Campo de Cahuenga and the entrance to Universal Studios. (click on images to enlarge)
This photograph, and another taken at a slightly different angle, are a gift to The Museum from our Board Secretary Gary Fredburg. I have enlarged a section of the photo to show the approximate location of Campo de Cahuenga. The pictures were taken in 1969 and are labeled "LA 823"
Where Lankershim Boulevard now passes between the Campo and Universal Studios is of immense historical importance. Here members of the ancient Tonga Tribe camped for countless years, taking advantage of the dense reeds growing along the Los Angeles River. The reeds provided the Tongva with long plant tubes, that acted as simple air mattresses and insulated walls for their huts (warm in the winter, cool in the summer). The reeds also hid Native American hunters, allowing them to creep close to ducks and other water fowl, and as vantage places for fishing.
A natural ford allowed almost year-round crossings of the River at the entrance to Cahuenga Pass. Later Lankershim Boulevard, once called San Fernando Road, passed this location on its way to the Mission of San Fernando Rey de Espana. From the site of Campo de Cahuenga, travelers made their way onto El Camino Real (east and west). Butterfield Stage coaches stopped here, and the last struggle between the United States and the Californiano Rancheros happened at this very site.
Campo de Caheunga, protected by The Friends of Campo de Cahuenga Historical Memorial Association and Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, is a treasure belonging to the residents of Los Angeles and all of the people of the United States.

Join Gary Fredburg, and The Museum Community of the San Fernando Valley as we work to preserve, protect and display our amazing history. Call 1 (818) 347-9665 and ask how you can get involved.

VIEW FROM MT. HOLLYWOOD IN 1925

2010 - The Year of Valley Adventures
On the Peak of Mt. Hollywood 1925 - photo gift to The Museum by Gary Fredburg 2010 - refer to image 1403
While your Museum is still very much in our formation stage, we are careful to proceed with the archiving of incoming artifacts, such as photographs, and start an on-going process of alerting other museums, academic agencies and organizations of materials that might be of value in their mission. It is the goal of The Museum to encourage an inventory of all historic artifacts in the greater San Fernando Valley.
A shared inventory of records and artifacts will serve the presentation of exhibits, foster scholarship on San Fernando Valley topics, and help to identify lost or stolen objects. As your Museum grows, we shall take on more and more of these professional responsibilities.
Right now, with limited office space and just a few volunteers, this is hard work, and a labor of love.
This image inscribed "On the Peak of Mt. Hollywood" was among many photos and artifacts donated to The Museum by our Board Secretary Gary Fredburg. It is stamped "R. W. Whelan" It was scanned and copies sent to Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, who is working diligently to save the land around the priceless old Hollywood sign and include the area into Griffith Park. A copy of the photograph was also sent to the Hollywood Heritage Museum.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

NEIL BUCKNAM SHARES NORTHRIDGE PHOTOS FROM THE 1950s

2010 The Year of Valley Adventures -- Northridge100
“Steve Bucknam built his home on the corner of Lindley Avenue and Rayen Street in Northridge, California. Steve is standing on the slab of the house that he built himself. He is standing with his oldest son. The picture was taken in the spring of 1951. That is Lindley Avenue in the background. Steve passed away in 2004, the house remains in the family.”

A snapshot of Northridge Elementary in 1957. The school stood on the corner of Nordhoff and Reseda.
Neil Buckman, a Northridge native, shares these photographs as part of the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Northridge, the Zelzah Colony and Porter Ranch.

Friday, February 19, 2010

WHY THE MUSEUM COLLECTS VALLEY YEARBOOKS

El Portal Yearbook 1942 - Verdugo Hills High School - Tujunga, California - Gift to The Museum from Gary Fredburg - February 2010.
Sports and body conditioning took on a different meaning to students and coaches who knew that they (including the young coach) could well be serving in the Armed Forces at the end of the school year.
Despite these smiling faces, what must the feelings of these girls and boy have been reading the message "The Enemy is Listening" "Defense Window - Buy Savings Stamps" "Protect Your Future - Learn a Trade" These girls may not have known it, but they would be the first generation to follow their mothers into defense factories and begin their journey to financial independence.

WHY THE MUSEUM COLLECTS VALLEY YEARBOOKS

2010 The Year of Valley Adventures
Red Cross Nurse - Drawing by J. Cauthen for the El Portal Yearbook - 1942 - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg February 2010
Why does your Museum go to the trouble and expense of collecting school yearbooks from the San Fernando Valley and related areas? Well, aside from the obvious record of students who attended Valley schools, year books reveal amazing details about the lives and times of those growing up in our communities. What were the visions of students graduating from high school in 1942?

Take a moment to look at these images taken from a 1942 El Portal yearbook from Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga, California.
What would be the destinies of the boys and girls graduating from VHHS in June of 1942?

Many students at Verdugo Hills High School in 1942 had friends and relatives already serving in the Armed Forces. Here, home on leave, a newly minted soldier poses in front of his Tujunga home.


Share your stories about growing up in the San Fernando Valley today and with future generations. Don't let your yearbooks or school memorabilia end up in a trash bin or forgotten in some hidden attic. Contact your Museum today, and stay a part of the history that you helped create. 1 (818) 347-9665

WESTERN BOYS BASEBALL ASSOCIATION INFORMATION SOUGHT

We have a friend of The Museum who is seeking information about a boys' baseball team (in the 1950s) who were wearing t shirts with the "Western Boys Baseball Association on an outside circle and the inside reads, East Valley Van Nuys."
No information is known about this League somewhere around 1953 - 55.
Thanks for your help here.
Jerry 1 (818) 347-9665

Thursday, February 18, 2010

OLIVE GROVES IN SYLMAR

2010 The Year of Valley Adventures
Picking Olives at Sylmar, California - Historic postcard - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2010 (click on image to enlarge)
This postcard mailed to Miss Sadie Gortner in McMinnville, Oregon on April 20, 1909 was a true penny-postcard. It bears a 1¢ green Benjamin Franklin stamp. The card, like many of its era was printed in Germany, ironic since Dr. Franklin made his living as a printer. It was published by the Newman Post Card Company in Los Angeles. "Th" writes to Miss Sadie, "Good morning and what will you have today."
By 1940 signs outside of Sylmar, California proclaimed that it was the world's largest producer of olives. Until very recent times olive trees lined San Fernando Road in that independent city in the San Fernando Valley.

Monday, February 15, 2010

LECTURE ABOUT THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT

On Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm, the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society will present Dr. David Lynch, author of the book "Field Guide to the San Andreas Fault", who will present photographs and detailed maps that highlight the fault based on a series of driving trips from Cape Mendocino to the Mexican border, with emphasis on southern California..
The event will be held at the Saugus Train Station in Heritage Junction at William S. Hart Park, a unit of the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation System, 24101 Newhall Avenue (formerly San Fernando Road), in Newhall, California.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR LOS ENCINOS EASTER EGG HUNT

A MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL CROSBY TO THE MUSEUM COMMUNITY

Call for Docents!! Los Encinos SHP
Old Time Egg Hunt Saturday, April 3 from 1-3

Our biggest event is only 7 weeks away. It's always a fantastic day filled with pretty, clueless babies, along with costumed characters, old fashioned games, music and house tours.

The 1st gathering around the corral begins at 1 o'clock. We need egg hiders for the little 2 years and under. It's not difficult. The babies have no idea what's going on anyway. And they need all the help they can get. The hunt begins at 1:30.

While that is going on, the 2nd gathering (ages 3-4 years) begins at the near-by meadow at 2:00. We need more egg hiders!

The 3rd gathering (ages 5 and up) at 2:30 in the orange grove is the largest and we need the cleverest egg hiders of all. This group needs a little crowd control, too. Men in uniform would be a welcome addition (sorry, no fire arms).

Bring your gig, dress up and participate, or just wear an Easter bonnet. The more people, the more fun. We will serve food and beverages, too.

There will also be a special slide-show presentation of my new book: "Encino."

I hope you can come by and help us celebrate a new decade and the last million years'

Michael Crosby
President, Los Encinos Docent Association contact: crosbymd@gmail.com

Friday, February 12, 2010

75th ANNIVERSARY OF REPUBLIC STUDIOS COMMITTEE BEING FORMED

Detail of a Statue of the Republic Studios actor, John Wayne by Harry Jackson in 1984 - Photo by Gerald Fecht for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley - Feb 2010 (click on image to enlarge)
In preparation for the big 75th Anniversary of the founding of Republic Studios in Studio City, the Museum of the San Fernando Valley is forming a special REPUBLIC STUDIO EXPERIENCE Committee. The Museum’s Committee will be working closely with the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Studio City Neighborhood Council, to support community events surrounding the Anniversary.

The information and artifacts gathered by The Museum’s Republic Studios effort will form a basis for the organization’s ultimate objective of creating a site that celebrates the role played by the San Fernando Valley in the entertainment industry.

Among the things The Museum’s special Republic Studios 75th Anniversary Committee will be seeking will be:
• General histories of Republic Studios and related studios
• Profiles of Republic’s leadership – Administrative matters
• Maps and images of the physical layout of the Studios
• Histories of Craft Guilds and Unions related to the Studio
• Documents related to the Studios -
• Scrapbooks and Personal artifacts
• Biographies / images of Actors
• Biographies/ images and recordings of Musicians and Composers
• Scripts used in Republic Studios’ films
• Film lists
• Information / images of Republic’s locations
• Historical Journals
• Directories and pamphlets
• Pamphlets, brochures, posters, still photographs
• Postcards featuring the Studios
• Promotional items related to the Studios and its films
• Animals used in Republic productions
• Awards and recognitions for the Studios & its professionals
• Equipment used in film making at Republic
• Press releases and media coverage
• Periodicals, including “movie magazines”

Contact your Museum if you are interested in serving on, or supporting this exciting project. 1 (818) 347-9665

HELP CLEAN UP NORTH HOLLYWOOD

Note to the Museum Community, from Councilman Tom LaBonge

A Saturday morning Clean-up in North Hollywood on Saturday, Feb.
27th at 8 a.m. Meet at the NoHo BID office at 5026 Lankershim Blvd. We
will beautify the area between Magnolia Blvd. and Camarillo St., Tujunga
Ave. and Vineland Ave.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

NORTHRIDGE100 TREE PLANTING EVENT

2010 -- The Year of Valley Adventures -- Northridge100
Why We Live In The Valley - Photo Feb. 2010 - For the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gerald Fecht - (click on image to enlarge)

Please join us for our first Northridge100 tree planting event
Saturday, February 27th -- 9 am - 12 pm -- Location: Northridge South

What to bring:
Wear comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and closed-toe shoes. Bring a water bottles, sun hat and positive energy!
How to Sign Up:
All volunteers must individually pre-register to attend.
You can register at http://www.treepeople.org/volunteer-registration
If you would like to register a group, please contact Lisa Sotelo at volunteer@treepeople.org or call (818) 623-4879. This is a first come first served opportunity.

Our next tree planting will be held in April. If you or your group is interested in a tree planting event in your neighborhood, email us and we'll show you how to get started!

Hope to see you there!
-Northridge100
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CORVALLIS HISTORY COMMITTEE FORMED

2010 -- The Year of Valley Adventures
Winter view near the entrance of Kagel Canyon in the northeastern area of the San Fernando Valley. February 2010 - Photograph for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gerald Fecht (click on image to enlarge)

Special thanks to the Committee for the Preservation of the history and heritage of Our Lady of Corvallis High School. The newly formed committee will work to discover a timeline of the school's history, acquire supportive artifacts and documents, and construct an on-going profile of Corvallis alumnae. The committee's efforts will result in a permanent archive within The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, for scholastic research and the enjoyment of future generations.
Interested parties are encouraged to contact Ms. Bronwyn Ralph, Chair of the History of Corvallis Committee at:
1 (818) 347-9665.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

THE SPIRIT OF DOLORES FERNANDEZ DANCES ON IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE PRESERVING THE IDLE HOUR CAFE

2010 - The Year of Valley History
Detail of exterior mural of the old Iliad Bookstore in North Hollywood - Dolores Fernandez - Photo for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gerald Fecht 2009 (click on image to enlarge)

Dolores Fernandez closed the doors of her Cana cantina in historic North Hollywood in the mid 1980s. Today only the distant echos of pounding shoes and clapping hands of flaminco dance remain. Your Museum Community has joined with Chris Nichols and others in the heroic struggle to preserved the great old barrel building, once the Idle Hour Cafe.
Chris recently told The Museum's Sheilah Kodimer and Jerry Fecht, that Dolores looked at the fading mural of where once the Iliad bookstore stood, and said to him "That's me!"

Want to make sure the Idle Hour "barrel" cafe survives? Call The Museum of the San Fernando Valley today, and tell us to COUNT ME IN! 1 (818) 347-9665

PERSISTENCE AND THE DREAM OF A GREAT MUSEUM FOR THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

2010 -- The Year of Valley Adventures

In response to those who think that The Museum's supporters are too small in number, of too little influence, too poorly funded...
"Never doubt that a small group of concerned people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead


Join The Museum Community today. Call 1 (818) 347-9665

SAVING THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN - A MESSAGE FROM COUNCILMAN TOM LABONGE

A message from Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge.

"Dear Friends,
This weekend, the Hollywood sign will be draped with a fabric sign that reads, "Save the Peak." (I have attached a press release on this event and hope you'll read it.) This effort has been sanctioned by the city and Hollywood Sign Trust. Officials from the Trust for Public Land and I launched a public fund-raising campaign today to purchase a 138-acre parcel of land called Cahuenga Peak, which is situated just to the west of the Hollywood sign. It is absolutely critical that we preserve the view of the famous landmark and open the land to hiking and other recreational uses for future generations of Angelenos. Once the land is purchased, it will be turned over to the city and become part of Griffith Park.
You may be aware that I have worked to purchase of this parcel for years. I hope you'll support this effort. For more information about Cahenga Peak, visit: www.savehollywoodland.org
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact my Director of Communications,
Carolyn Ramsay, (213) 485-3337.
Thank you. Tom"

Monday, February 8, 2010

MORE MEMORIES OF J. CLARE HALLACK REALTORS IN NORTHRIDGE

2010 -- The Year of Valley Adventures -- Northridge100
Interior of J. Clare Hallack Realtors - Northridge, California - detail from promotional card
Promotional card images courtesy of Ms. Marnie Nemcoff, Vice President, Marketing, of the Matadors Community Credit Union.

The opulent interior of the J. Clare Hallack Realtors in Northridge, once was designed to inspire potential customers were the possibilities of living in the northwest San Fernando Valley. These images of the interior of the establishment are details from a promotional card found in the archives of the Matador Community Credit Union.

Become part of history - join in the adventure of recovering Northridge / Porter Ranch history. Call your Museum for information - 1 (818) 347-9665

J. CLARE HALLACK REALTY - A NORTHRIDGE MEMORY

2010 -- The Year of Valley Adventures --- Northridge100
Hallack Realty (interior - A) (image 1346) Entranceway.
J. Clare Hallack Realtors - Northridge, California (image 1345) These images are courtesy of Ms. Marnie Nemcoff, Vice President, Marketing, of the Matadors Community Credit Union.
Before this building became the home of the Matadors Community Credit Union, it was a headquarters for J. Clare Hallack Realtors.
In my early explorations of the San Fernando Valley, I recall seeing in the front window of the Hallack building a white marble bust of Saint Joan of Arc, that I had seen two decades before in the Davis ranch-home in Chatsworth.
A Northridge resident told Ms. Nemcoff that there was once"a million dollars' worth of antiques in the offices."

Join the fun of recovering Northridge and Porter Ranch history. Call your Museum 1 (818) 347-9665

Sunday, February 7, 2010

L.A. HERITAGE ALLIANCE GROWING AGAIN

2010 The Year of Valley Adventures

With each meeting the L.A. Heritage Alliance is growing. This February 2010 gathering at the Hollywood Heritage Museum on a very wet Saturday morning brought out organizers from the far reaches of Los Angeles County to address important issues such as: funding for historical groups in a time of economic crisis, plans for the great L.A. Heritage Day coming in April, and how to make all levels of government work to benefit the preservation and presentation of history. With four inches of rain having fallen in Hollywood during the night, no one brought up water conservation.
Matthew Gerred, the Chairman of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley's L.A. Heritage Committee, and Museum Presdent Jerry Fecht attended. Matthew is a member of the Alliance's Heritage Day Planning Committee.


Join your Museum Community today. Call: 1 (818) 347-9665 Your Museum needs a Government-Relations Chairperson.

Friday, February 5, 2010

MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE HIGH COLLECTION 2010

2010 The Year of Valley Adventures David High Collection
These phtographs are among the unidentified images in the David High Collection. Likely photos from the collection of a member of the early Weddington Family of North Hollywood, they date from c. 1895 to around 1920. They may also be keepsakes from friends and family members in Storm Lake and Winterset, Iowa. If you can identify any of these photographs, please call The Museum soon. Refer to the HC (High Collection) number. 1 (818) 347-9665
Photograph donated to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by David High - July 2009 - refer to HC-133
Photograph donated to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by David High - July 2009 - refer to HC-136
Photograph donated to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by David High - July 2009 - refer to HC-138
Photograph donated to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by David High - July 2009 - refer to HC-138 - Patriotic Day Family Portrait