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Monday, July 19, 2010

CONFEDERATE GENERAL BUYS LAND IN GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA

2010 THE YEAR OF VALLEY HISTORY



I am going to ask The Museum's resident Civil War expert, Burnet Brown, to investigate General Joseph Lancaster Brent's role in that sad conflict, and see what he can discover about Brent's purchase of land from Spanish families in what is now Glendale, California

Sunday, July 18, 2010

THETA RHO THETA SORORITY LOS ANGELES VALLEY COLLEGE

2010 THE YEAR OF VALLEY ADVENTURES
Theta Rho Theta Sorority at Los Angeles Valley College Winter 1961 - Pledge Class Presentation - Gift to the Archives of the Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Roselyn Krause 2010

History of Theta Rho Theta from scrapbook loaned to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

Friday, July 16, 2010

CORVALLIS HIGH SCHOOL REUNION BRINGS PHOTO TO MUSEUM ARCHIVES

2010 THE YEAR OF VALLEY ADVENTURES

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Not long ago, the women of Our Lady of Corvallis High School - Class of 1985, celebrated their reunion. This photograph of the class is now part of the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley. The Chair of the Corvallis High School History Project of The Museum is Ms. Bronwyn Ralph.

Monday, July 12, 2010

PUZZLE AT LOUISE AND SATICOY IN VAN NUYS

2010 THE YEAR OF VALLEY ADVENTURES

Don't forget about The Museum's walking tour of historic Van Nuys this coming Saturday.
It's going to be lots of fun. Give The Museum a call to make reservations.
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"Too Windy - Be Back" Mural on the west side of Louise at Saticoy.Is this our Amelia?

Only five houses east of where I spent my last two years during high school, at Louise and Saticoy Streets in Van Nuys is this neat little mural. I think on of the characters is our Valley heroine Amelia Earhart, but have know idea of who "Too Windy" pig is?
Have any ideas?

SACRED IMAGES FROM SAINT BRIGIT OF SWEDEN IN VAN NUYS

2010 THE YEAR OF VALLEY ADVENTURES

Statue of Saint Jude Thaddeus in the church of Saint Brigit of Sweden in Van Nuys - photo for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gerald Fecht 2010 - click on image to enlarge.
Saint Jude Thaddeus is a much beloved spiritual presence among Roman Catholic and other Apostolic Christians. One of the 12 disciples of Jesus, he was largely neglected by medieval Christians due to his name "Judas" easily confused with Judas Iscariot the betrayer of Jesus. Since he was forgotten about, a devotion to Saint Jude grew as the protector of the forgotten - or as the patron saint of hopeless cases. For generations those with cancer were considered hopeless. The great performer Danny Thomas promised that if Jude would protect him in his effort to become a successful entertainer, he would in turn build Saint Jude a hospital for cancer-ridden children.

Detail stained glass window depicting the Sacrament of Penance or Confession of sins and a redirection of life. Photo by Gerald Fecht for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

Statue of Saint Brigit of Sweden - mystic and Christian saint. She was born on the 23 of July 1373 as Birgitta of Vadsterna in the Uppland of Sweden. Here she wears the crown of the Swedish royal family.

American servicemen and women honored in the vestibule of Saint Brigit of Sweden Catholic Church in Van Nuys.
The church is located at 16711 Gault Street west of Havenhurst beyond Van Nuys Airport and south of Sherman Way.

SAINT BRIGIT OF SWEDEN CHURCH IN VAN NUYS

2010 THE YEAR OF VALLEY ADVENTURES

The Anointing of the Holy Spirit - The Christian Sacrament of Confirmation. Detail of stained glass window in Saint Brigit of Sweden Catholic Church in Van Nuys. The Holy Spirit is depicted symbolically as a dove.

Detail from a stained glass window depicting the Christian Sacrament of the Eucharist. Gerald Fecht 2010. The unleavened bread of Judaism becomes for Christians the center of their rituals and belief.

The Sacrament of Baptism depicted in stained glass - detail - photo by Gerald Fecht

The Christian Sacrament of Holy Orders. (detail of stained glass window - St. Brigit of Sweden Van Nuys - Photo by Gerald Fecht for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2010) click on image to enlarge. Holy Orders confers the Christian priesthood in Apostolic churches. Christian priests are anointed with holy oils at their ordination.

Saint Brigit of Sweden is a Roman Catholic parish in a working class part of Van Nuys. It has a truly beautiful array of stained glass windows, and is often open for a respectful public to visit.

ENCINO SHOPPING DISTRICT STILL HERE.


Sales Market in Encino - detail from gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Marc Wanamaker 2010 (click on image to enlarge)

This shopping strip in Encino is still in existence. The stores have changed but the architecture remains the same. It is just west of Encino Park on the north side of Ventura Boulevard. The tallest structure is directly across the street from Encino Park.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

VAN NUYS WALKING TOUR NEXT SATURDAY JULY 17

2010 THE YEAR OF VALLEY ADVENTURES

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

WHAT WAS IN THE THOUGHTS OF CANOGA PARK GRADUATES JUNE 1945

2010 THE YEAR OF VALLEY ADVENTURES

31st Annual Summer Commencement Canoga Park High School June 1945 - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2010
As I prepared this little program for its home in the Archives of The Museum, I wondered what must have been in the thoughts of the boys and girls who graduated that long ago summer evening in 1945. Birmingham Hospital (now Birmingham High School) was preparing for a massive number of American wounded from an invasion of the Japanese mainland. World War II would be over in September, but the kids and families of the Canoga Park High School graduates had only hope to rely on for "normal" lives. Now in their 80s, wouldn't be great to learn about their thoughts that June.

HONEY PRODUCTION A LASTING PART OF SAN FERNANDO VALLEY HISTORY

2010 THE YEAR OF VALLEY ADVENTURES

Honey Bee Culture - Rancho Los Encinos - date unknown - detail from gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Marc Wanamaker 2010 (click on image to enlarge)

Mentioned in early Spanish accounts of the Tongva people, who resided for centuries in the San Fernando Valley, was their love of honey and its importance to their culture. Honey, prior to the introduction of cane and beet sugar, was the primary sweetening agent in the era of Spanish ranchos. European honeybees were critical to the development of the California citrus industry and enabled early American settlers to produce great orchards of apricots and peaches.


Suggesting the curative properties of raw honey, La Miel Jireh of 12915 San Fernando Road in Symar, sells a variety of honeys including flavors influenced by orange, sage and wild flower. The Spanish word "miel" means honey. The name arrived in Iberia with the Roman conquest and came to Rome from the ancient Greeks. Mil indicates sweetness, hence women's names like Melissa. Check out La Miel Jireh at www.lamieljireh.com

The San Fernando Valley, in the heart of the Creative Capital of the World, deserves a great Museum of history and culture.

UNIVERSAL CITY AND WARNER BROTHERS AREAL 1969

2010 THE YEAR OF VALLEY ADVENTURES.

Areal photograph of Universal Studios and Warner Brothers area. Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2010 (click on image to enlarge)
This photograph, taken in 1969 shows clearly the Los Angeles River as it runs east and west at the left side of Universal Studios. The Cahuenga Pass is readily seen. In the upper left of the photo, the Warner Brothers complex in Burbank can be seen.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

OPENING OF JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL IN GRANADA HILLS

2010 THE YEAR OF VALLEY ADVENTURES

Opening Kennedy High School Sept. 1971 - news clipping - gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gerald Fecht 2010
Left: William Albers (principal), Carolina Maslen (girls’vp), Robert Ross (boys vp) and Dr. Norman Schacter Superindendent of Area K LAUSD.

REPUBLIC PICTURES 75th ANNIVERSARY EVENT

2010 THE YEAR OF VALLEY ADVENTURES
Gene Autry publicity flyer Republic Pictures - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2010.

SAVE THE DATE!
Republic Pictures 75th Anniversary Event
Saturday, September 25, 2010
11 a.m. - 5 p.m
@ CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford in Studio City, CA 91604
Presented by The Museum of the San Fernando Valley &
the Studio City Neighborhood Council

FREE event to attend!
Enjoy live entertainment, speakers, celebrities, memorabilia, serials & trailers, crafts for kids, story telling, and more! Food & drink will be available for sale.

Friday, July 2, 2010

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY TROPICAL BIRD FARM IN THE 1930s

2010 THE YEAR OF VALLEY HISTORY

(detail from a gift to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Myron Ross 2010 - click to enlarge)

While this image, taken in 1933, is usually seen in histories of Encino, the two delivery trucks have a Van Nuys address. Perhaps, a little parochial excitement might just come of this?
The San Fernando Valley had several providers of wild animals and unusual birds, after all what would a good Tarzan movie been without a lion or two, and a romantic On The Road To... film been without a disapproving cockatoo?