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Monday, October 21, 2013

IMAGES OF SPANISH ERA CALIFORNIA FOR CHILDREN

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY                  2013

You might be surprised to learn that children's books about California (especially San Fernando Valley) history and culture are collected by your Museum. How history is presented to children provides important insights into the thinking and values of the contemporary adult community.
Here are a few illustrated images by Betty Le Mohn done in 1949.


Saddles and Sails - A Book of California by Lois Mills - Illustrated by Betty Le Mohn - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Tammy Bain of Littleton, Colorado 2013. (click on images to enlarge them.)

 Children in the Spanish colonies of California are depicted as carefree and without the chores that would have been the reality of life in the mission era.

The Spanish explorer Juan Cabrillo, accompanied by a helpful Indian explores the coast of Southern California.

 Col. John C. Fremont is depicted as an heroic "Indian fighter", protector of pioneers from native Americans and Mexicans.

Mission Indians, depicted as docile and grateful,  kneel before Fra Junipero Serra.  Native Tongva and Chumash peoples were forced into mission compounds.


 El Camino Real

 Californian riders along El Camino Real

Romantic image of Fra Junipero Serra within the walls of a mission seen in contemporary condition.







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