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Thursday, January 13, 2011

VOLUNTEER JIM KUCIEL'S SPECIAL TOUCHES AT CAMPO DE CAHUENGA

DISCOVERING OUR VALLEY   2011

One of the pleasures serving on the Board of the Campo de Cahuenga Historical Memorial Association (aside from trying to remember its name) is watching the dedicated work of the historic site's many volunteers. A great example of the men and women who dedicate so much work at the grand old house, inspired by Mrs. Armatage Forbes, is the effort of Calabasas resident Jim Kuciel.

 Jim Kuciel explains his plans to reface the fireplace of Campo's main room to Deuk Perrin (standing), president of the Association.  (photo for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gerald Fecht 2011)
 A Calabasas resident, Jim Kuciel has spent many hours to make Campo de Cahuenga enjoyable today and for future generations. Here he stands, beneath a pastel portrait of Mrs. Armatage Forbes, at the side of his newly painted exhibit of historic pottery and tile fragments tucked away into straw. (photo by Gerald Fecht)

Soon newly cut tiles will face the old fireplace of Campo de Cahuenga. Jim Kuciel's job here was not only affixing the tiles but to match the rich ox-blood ceramics of the flooring. The Campo de Cahuenga Historical Memorial Association encourages other volunteers, such as Jim Kuciel, to join in its efforts to preserve and enhance this great American treasure house.
This photograph was donated by Phyllis Hansen to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley - 2011.

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