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Tuesday, July 5, 2011


DISCOVERING OUR VALLEY   2011             

Last evening as I was leaving Dodger Stadium with my family, there were bright bursts of fireworks all across the city. The night was clear and warm and the spirit of American Independence surrounded us.  Our splendid city was a carpet of light below us.
City countdown photos 216, 215 and 214

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley will take part in the celebration of the city's birth this September. The chair for the event is Liane Schirmer, (mother, teacher, Museum Board member and community activist.) Liane hopes that you will share Los Angeles photographs with The Museum as the birthday approaches.

The great dream of marking California's treasures, by Mrs. Armitage Forbes and her allies, is demonstrated by an El Camino Real bells at the base of Angeles' Flight. (photo by Gerald Fecht for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley  2010)
Angel's Flight reopened today after a safety inspector for the state approved of new wheels for this grand old tramway.

Palm Walk in Echo Park around 1890 - Historic postcard given to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gary Fredburg in 2011 - click on image to enlarge)

The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History in Exposition Park. Historic postcard - gift to The Museum from Gary Fredburg 2011 - click on image to enlarge.
When the City of Los Angeles expanded its governmental limits to include the present locations of the University of Southern California, it supported a great commercial and cultural exposition resulting in the building of the wonderful Museum of Natural History. A rose garden replaced a "morally suspect" race track.  Today part of the museum houses a fine collection of California history including precious documents and artifacts related to San Fernando Valley history.

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