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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

LAPEL PINS REFLECT VALLEY VIEWPOINTS

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY         2013

Small things, like the political and patriotic lapel buttons below, are collected by your Museum - not for the sake of hobby-like collecting but as tangible evidence for events in San Fernando Valley history. If you are like most folks, there is a little box in your family room or a drawer in a dressing room that has things like a real silver dime, a high school swimming medal or a souvenir pin from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. The Museum's Acquisitions Committee recommends that you follow Henry David Thoreau  advice to "simplify, simplify, simplify." Put the coin in a safe place along with a note that its silver, and send the other (seemingly) unrelated objects to The Museum. 

Just for fun, I just explored such a drawer in my own home. So, The Museum will be getting an empty Rive Gauche Cafe match box before the (818) telephone prefix, a copy of Webb's Monitor - Morris's Edition signed R. A. Shreves Feb'y 8th, '09 <1909> The Miniature Monitor of Blue Lodge Masonry, a Green Party political button (that I once wore on St. Patrick's Day) and an AIDS Lifecycle souvenir bottle opener. 
I threw away the wrapped cough drop of unknown age.

The role of Freemasonry in San Fernando Valley history was particularly important at the end of the 19th and onset of the 20th century. The little guide book reveals the values that Masons in the Valley sought to meet, one hundred years ago.  The Rive Gauche Cafe match box relates to an era in which patrons smoked in public dining rooms. The AIDS Lifecycle opener and the Green Party button are evidence of Valley politics and medical issues.

How about writing "MUSEUM" on a large manilla envelope and begin dropping evidence of our history and lifestyles therein. The Museum's address is listed below.


Historic buttons - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2013.


Donate tax-deductible political memorabilia to your Museum today.
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
Acquisitions Committee
21031 Ventura Blvd., Suite 419
Woodland Hills, CA 91364-2230

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