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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ALAN YOUNG WOODLAND HILLS ACTOR

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How many people can claim successful careers in radio, motion pictures, the stage, animation and even old time vaudeville? Well, lifelong Woodland Hills resident Alan Young did just that.Young, for five seasons, was the voice of the talking horse Mr. Ed on CBS television. He starred in the science fiction film, The Time Machine, and was the beloved voice of Donald Duck's uncle Scrooge McDuck for Disney. He was honored at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City in 1989 by the Pacific Pioneer Broadcaster.

Alan Young - actor - Woodland Hills - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gerald Fecht 2014.  (click on image to enlarge it.)


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Monday, July 28, 2014

THE VALLEY'S GAIL DAVIS BECAME A MEGA-TV STAR

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The actress Gail Davis lived and worked out of the San Fernando Valley. Her early career was in motion pictures, chiefly in western films. She began by working with Roy Rogers and later became a "regular" in Gene Autry productions. Gail Davis' most significant role was that of Annie Oakley in a syndicated television series. Gail is buried in Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills above Burbank. 


Gail Davis - film and television actress - vintage postcard - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2014.  (click on image to enlarge it.)

Friday, July 25, 2014

ASBURY RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM ONCE SERVED LA FROM THE VALLEY

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Before its acquisition by the Pacific Electric Railway in 1954, the Ashbury Rapid Transit system served much of Los Angeles. Never very large, the system provided a small but useful part of the city of Los Angeles with part of its transportation network.

Ashbury Rapid Transit System (1935-1958) historic photograph -  Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2014.  (click on the image to enlarge it.)

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY'S LINDA STERLING'S STELLAR CAREER

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Few people better exemplify the impact of the lives of individuals, whose lives and careers are part of San Fernando Valley history, have made on America and Southern California than Linda Sterling.
Dr. Linda Sterling (PhD. English UCLA) began her creative life's journey as a showgirl. In the 1940s Linda performed in films for Republic Pictures, mostly in serial movies. Perhaps her most recognized is her title role in the "Tiger Woman" in the 1940s. She continued her work in film and television into the 1960's.
When she started her family, Linda Sterling redirected her life as a professional educator. She became a professor of English at Glendale College, where she worked from 1967 until 1990. She died in Studio City.
Linda Sterling - actor educator - vintage postcard - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2014.  (click on image to enlarge it.)

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fraternal Societies in the San Fernando Valley in 1890s




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Membership dues receipt - W.N. Forker to International Order of Odd Fellows - San Fernando - June 27, 1894  - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2914.

         Membership dues receipt - W.N. Forker to American Order of United Workmen - June 28, 1893

Monday, July 14, 2014

REPUBLIC OF FRANCE HONORS VALLEY VETS WITH LÉGION d"HONNEUR

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     Continuing The Museum's ongoing program, "Narrating Lives" Oral Histories of the San Fernando Valley, Lee Davis project director had some very special guests at our July 8th Board meeting. Lee invited leaders of the San Fernando Valley veterans organization, Wings of Wendys, to discuss ways The Museum can include veterans' histories with upcoming exhibits in our new Northridge space. A special emphasis will made to allow Valley school children to learn about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families for American freedoms. The vets will also be included in The Museum's Speakers Series. 

Accompanied by volunteer Paul Magosian (center in blue) leaders of Wings Over Wendys veterans association discuss an affiliation with The Museum to bring veterans' histories to the San Fernando Valley. 
Right is Michael LaVere of West Hills, a survivor of 36 B-14 combat missions over Germany as a naigator during World War II. Mr. LaVere, age 84, was recently honored by the Republic of France with its cherished medal of the Légion d'Honneur
At right is Art Sherman, leader of the Wings of Wendy's association. was a bombardier during the Second World War. Art is leading discussions between The Museum and Wings of Wendys to secure veterans' histories. Mr.Sherman was also honored by the Republic of France with its revered medal of the Légion d'Honneur.

President Scott Sterling addresses Museum Board and guests at July meeting, at newly painted Museum space in Northridge.  (click on images to enlarge them)

Friday, July 11, 2014

STUDENT SOPHIA WILEY ELECTED TO MUSEUM BOARD

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Congratulations to Sophia Wiley, latest Student Board Member of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley. Ms. Wiley, a graduate student in Anthropology, is the third California State University Northridge student to be elected to the Board. 
Aside from acting as the voice of Valley students on the Board, Sophia will work with Kristine Keller to discover ways to further involve our college and university students in the activities and direction of The Museum. She will additionally focus on the Filipino community in the Valley

Sophia Wiley welcomed to Board by Scott Sterling Museum President