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Monday, December 14, 2015

A VERY HAPPY HANNUKAH


"A Moment In Time" 
by Nancy Mishkin 1998

Recently, my wife spent some time in the Mark Taper Recovery unit of the Jewish Home in Reseda. It was during her stay that I saw a part this remarkable complex. We were very impressed with the good care as well as the many fine pieces of art throughout the facility. 
I thought that this photo taken by Theresa Hughes of Nancy Mishkin's tender sculpture might be nice way to wish our Jewish friends in the San Fernando Valley a very happy Hannukah.                        comment by Jerry Fecht

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Today Baskin-Robbins ice cream for $.31 each; History of Company

Well, today is your lucky day... if you can make it out to the Baskin-Robbins store located at 1201 S. Victory Blvd., Burbank, 91502 (you know the one with the drive-thru!), a treat is in store.

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the history of the ice cream stores that eventually became Baskin-Robbins, you can enjoy $.31 ice cream scoops and $1.31 root beer floats!

Company History (from company website)


In December 1945, seventy-five years ago, two brothers-in-law shared a dream to create an innovative ice cream store that would become world-famous Baskin-Robbins ice cream stores.

Burton "Burt" Baskin and Irvine "Irv" Robbins had a mutual love of old-fashioned ice cream and the desire to provide customers a variety of flavors made with ingredients of the highest quality in a fun, inviting atmosphere.

As a teen, Irv worked in his father's ice cream store. During World War II, Burt was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and produced ice cream for his fellow troops. When the war was over, the two entrepreneurs were eager to capitalize on America's love of ice cream.








In 1945, Irv opened Snowbird Ice Cream in Glendale, California. His store featured 21 flavors and emphasized high-quality ice cream sold in a fun, personalized atmosphere. In 1946, Burt opened Burton's Ice Cream Shop in Pasadena, CA. By 1948, they had six stores between them. This concept eventually grew into Baskin-Robbins.




As the number of stores grew, Burt and Irv recognized that to maintain the high standards they set in the beginning, each store would require a manager who had an ownership interest in its overall operation. Even though they didn't realize it at the time, the two founders had pioneered the concept of franchising in the ice cream industry.

In 1949, there were more than 40 stores in Southern California when Burt and Irv purchased their first dairy in Burbank. This business decision allowed them to have complete control over the production of their ice cream, and the development of new ingredients and flavors.

It wasn’t until 1953 that the ice cream chain dropped the separate identities of Snowbird and Burton's and became Baskin-Robbins. A local advertising agency, Carson/Roberts, advised a uniform identity and image under the name Baskin-Robbins 31 Ice Cream. Their recommendations included the "31®" logo to represent a flavor for every day of the month, Cherry (pink) and Chocolate (brown) polka dots to be reminiscent of clowns, carnivals and fun and lastly, the use of cartoons to bring their flavors alive with personality to graphically highlight the name and delicious ingredients. With this over-arching branding, Baskin-Robbins' iconic pink spoons were created with the belief that people should be able to try any of their many flavors without cost.





Please send us a note about your favorite time and experience while ordering and enjoying a Baskin-Robbins ice cream cone.

If you have any Baskin-Robbins artifacts you would like to donate to The Museum, please contact Gary Fredburg, Chair, Artifacts Committee at 818-347-9665 or email him at gary.fredburg@TheMuseumSFV.org.

Enjoy your treat!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

JOIN US OUT ON RESEDA BLVD TODAY!

GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT AND 
COME HAVE SOME FUN WITH US ON RESEDA BLVD! 

Arts & Crafts Walk
Ornament Decoration Station
Live Portrait Art
Decorative Store Contest
Street Tree Decoration Contest
Live Holiday Performances 
and more! 

Saturday, December 5th
10am - 2pm
On Reseda Blvd.
Between Nordhoff and Gresham




https://resedablvd.wordpress.com

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY! #GIVINGTUESDAY




The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is a volunteer run non-profit that has been around for 10 years. It is funded primarily through private donations and memberships.  

Today, we are asking you to become a member or renew your membership.

Membership Includes:
Complimentary Walking Tour Passes

Reserved Seating At Special Events

Members Only Opening Receptions 
Invitation to Annual Holiday Party 



Your membership provides essential support for events, educational exhibits, preservation efforts and workshops for Valley residents and guests.

The Museum held the following events in 2015:
Historic North Hollywood Walking Tour
Pacoima Mural Walking Tour
Historic Van Nuys Walking Tour
Bid Read Festival 
Speaker Series: Author, Bronwyn Ralph
Speaker Series: Photographer, Jimmy Steinfeldt  
Speaker Series: Author, David Coscia
Conversations with Heroes: Wings Over Wendy
Wine & Cheese "Talent In Valley" Art Fundraiser
Opening Kent Twitchell's Incredible Mural of Michael Jackson
Opening Mid Century Modern Exhibition 
Speaker Series: Artist, Debbie Wubben
Speaker Series: Artist, Christine Douglass
Speaker Series: Artist, Judy Heimlich
Speaker Series: Artist, Ellen Rundle

Programing for 2016 is now being developed and will be announced soon. 
The speaker series and historic walking tours will continue and new exhibits are being developed. 

Visit the website to become a member today! 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

[RE]visit [RE]seda Holiday Bazaar! 12/5/15

GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT AND 
COME HAVE SOME FUN WITH US ON RESEDA BLVD! 

Arts & Crafts Walk
Ornament Decoration Station
Live Portrait Art
Decorative Store Contest
Street Tree Decoration Contest
Live Holiday Performances 
and more! 

Saturday, December 5th
10am - 2pm
On Reseda Blvd.
Between Nordhoff and Gresham



https://resedablvd.wordpress.com

Saturday, November 28, 2015

TIME FOR SOME FUN!

The Museum has two great events going on today!

First, the annual "Walk It Off" tour (which happens the Saturday after Thanksgiving) is today from 10am - 12:30pm in North Hollywood. More information can be found here: www.eventbrite.com

HISTORIC NORTH HOLLYWOOD WALKING TOUR


Second, our monthly artist speaker series continues today with ceramic artists, Ellen Rundle. More information can be found here: ellenrundle.eventbrite.com

NOVEMBER SPEAKER SERIES: ARTIST, ELLEN RUNDLE


Join us and lets have some fun!


Thursday, November 26, 2015

HAPPY THANKSGIVING WISHES FROM THE MUSEUM FAMILY

From The Museum family to yours...


Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

The Museum Board of Directors

Sunday, November 22, 2015

ANNUAL WALK IT OFF TOUR! (11/28/15)

HISTORIC NORTH HOLLYWOOD WALKING TOUR
 ANNUAL WALK IT OFF TOUR! 

November 28, 2015
10:00 am - 12:30 pm 
$10/person (please consider paying in advance)


During the Thanksgiving weekend, we have a fun event to shed some calories and become more culturally literate at the same time!

Amelia_Earhart_statueCommonwealth_SavingsSt._Pauls_First
During the Historic North Hollywood "NoHo" walking tour, attendees will learn about real cowboys, pioneer families, movie television and recording stars, the Spanish conquest, Mexican ranchos, great steam trains, vast ranches and orchards, land barons, wars, architecture, and much more!

Additional tour highlights include:

  •     Amelia Earhart Statue
  •     Amelia Earhart Library (1928)
  •     El Portal Theatre (1926)
  •     St. Paul's First Lutheran Church
  •     NoHo Arts District
  •     NoHo Fire Station #60
  •     Lankershim Arts Center (1939) (S. Charles Lee, architect)
  •     So. Pacific Railroad Depot (1886)
  •     Commonwealth Savings & Loan Building
  •     Weddington Family History
  •     North Hollywood Masonic Temple Lodge 542
  •     Security Trust and Savings Bank (1924)
  •     Lankershim Elementary School (Marilyn Monroe attended)
You can sign up on Eventbrite: nohowalkingtour.eventbrite.com

In addition, if you would like write a check for a tour, it may be made payable and sent to: The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, 18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204, Northridge, CA 91324-3885

To RSVP by phone for an upcoming historic walking tour, please contact us at (818) 347-9665 and leave your name, email, phone number and how many attendees or email at events@theMuseumSFV.org.

Tour meets at 10:00 am SHARP - Amelia Earhart Statue; NW corner of Tujunga St. & Magnolia Blvd. (at corner of Library); North Hollywood


See you on the 28th!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Mid Century Modern Exhibit - Wine & Cheese Reception 11/21/15


Please join us for our Mid Century Modern Exhibit reception on 
Saturday, November 21st from 4PM to 6PM. Bring your friends and colleagues. Suggested Donation $10 The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 18860 Nordhoff Street, Suite 204 Northridge, CA 91324 Tel (818) 347-9665 RSVP: events@themuseumsfv.org



Sunday, November 15, 2015

GEORGE BARRIS PASSES AT AGE 89; WILL BE MISSED; LONG LIVE HIS AUTOMOBILES

We will all Miss George!

Thanks for everything you did for the entertainment industry as well as sharing your creative automotive gems with valley residents at local events.

George Barris, who created television's original Batmobile, along with custom vehicles for "The Munsters" and "The Beverly Hillbillies," passed away at age 89.

After Barris formed the hobby club Kustoms of America, his work got noticed by Hollywood, with producers commissioning him a car for the movie "High School Confidential" in 1958.

In the early '60s, Barris opened the shop in North Hollywood out of which he worked until his death. Over the next 70 years he would design literally hundreds of cars for television shows, movies, celebrities, heads of state and just regular folks.


But he's arguably known best for creating the Batmobile from the 1960s "Batman" series, a car he adapted from a Futura concept acquired from the Ford Motor Co.




"If you'll remember that pow, bang, wow is going out, throughout his whole script, that gives you an idea of what I had to contend with," Barris said on NPR in 2010. "Well, if you're going to make these exciting sounds and all this thing that comes up, I'm going to do the same thing to the car."

Another Barris classic - The Munster's Koach


Who did not not love The Munster's show!!!


Designed and built by George Barris.

The Koach was made from 3 Model T bodies and is 18 feet long. The 133" frame was made by hand.

It has a four speed manual transmission and a power rear end. The brass radiator and fenders were hand formed. In 1964, the cost to build the first one was $18,000.00. It had "blood red" velvet interior. It took 500 hours to hand form the ornate rolled steel scroll work. It had Gloss Black Pearl paint. The front end had a dropped axle, split radius rods and T springs. The studio gave George Barris 21 days to complete the car. Powered by a 289 Ford Cobra engine from a 1966 Mustang GT. Built with Jahns high compression pistons, ten chrome plated Stromberg carburetors, an Isky cam, and had a set of Bobby Barr racing headers.


The Batmobile fetched $4.62 million at auction in 2013.  

Read up on the history of George Karris - HERE.



George Barris, who created television's original Batmobile, along with custom vehicles for "The Munsters" and "The Beverly Hillbillies," has died, according to The Associated Press. He was 89.

Barris Kustom Industries spokesman Edward Lozzi says Barris died Thursday, following a lengthy illness.

Barris was still in high school in Northern California when he designed his first fully customized car, a 1936 Ford.

After Barris formed the hobby club Kustoms of America, his work got noticed by Hollywood, with producers commissioning him a car for the movie "High School Confidential" in 1958.

In the early '60s, Barris opened the shop in North Hollywood out of which he worked until his death.

Over the next 70 years he would design literally hundreds of cars for television shows, movies, celebrities, heads of state and just regular folks.

But he's arguably known best for creating the Batmobile from the 1960s "Batman" series, a car he adapted from a Futura concept acquired from the Ford Motor Co.

"If you'll remember that pow, bang, wow is going out, throughout his whole script, that gives you an idea of what I had to contend with," Barris said on NPR in 2010. "I said, 'Well, if you're going to make these exciting sounds and all this thing that comes up, I'm going to do the same thing to the car.'"

The Batmobile fetched $4.62 million at auction in 2013. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ladailynews/obituary.aspx?n=george-barris&pid=176358336#sthash.spPsPJyo.dpuf
George Barris, who created television's original Batmobile, along with custom vehicles for "The Munsters" and "The Beverly Hillbillies," has died, according to The Associated Press. He was 89.

Barris Kustom Industries spokesman Edward Lozzi says Barris died Thursday, following a lengthy illness.

Barris was still in high school in Northern California when he designed his first fully customized car, a 1936 Ford.

After Barris formed the hobby club Kustoms of America, his work got noticed by Hollywood, with producers commissioning him a car for the movie "High School Confidential" in 1958.

In the early '60s, Barris opened the shop in North Hollywood out of which he worked until his death.

Over the next 70 years he would design literally hundreds of cars for television shows, movies, celebrities, heads of state and just regular folks.

But he's arguably known best for creating the Batmobile from the 1960s "Batman" series, a car he adapted from a Futura concept acquired from the Ford Motor Co.

"If you'll remember that pow, bang, wow is going out, throughout his whole script, that gives you an idea of what I had to contend with," Barris said on NPR in 2010. "I said, 'Well, if you're going to make these exciting sounds and all this thing that comes up, I'm going to do the same thing to the car.'"

The Batmobile fetched $4.62 million at auction in 2013. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ladailynews/obituary.aspx?n=george-barris&pid=176358336#sthash.spPsPJyo.dpuf

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Speaker Series: Artist, Ellen Rundle & Pop-Up Art Mart (11/28/15)

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley invites you to meet the November featured artist, Ellen Rundle.



Rundle is a local San Fernando Valley ceramic artist with many years of experience working with Los Angeles firms as an art director/designer and even worked at the Getty. She is responsible for the huge public mural in North Hills located at the Old Church of Sepulveda which she created with "at risk" teens. Today, Ellen focuses mostly on creating gallery pieces and enjoys working on custom “storyboxes.” Learn more about her art on Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 2pm to 3pm.

Following the presentation, please join us for complimentary refreshments and enjoy the Museum. Don't forget to also enter the raffles!


ARTIST PRESENTATION: 2pm - 3pm

RAFFLE PRIZES:
- Two Walking Tour Passes
- Original Art Prints
- Books & More!

LOCATION: 
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
18860 Nordhoff St, Suite 204, Northridge CA 91324

FREE EVENT** & FREE PARKING
*$15 Suggested Donation to The Museum


https://ellenrundle.eventbrite.com

Monday, November 9, 2015

THE MUSUEM SUPPORTS GREAT STREET INITIATIVE HALLOWEEN EVENT; CD12 [RE]visit[RE]seda Blvd.




On Halloween, The Museum of the San Fernando Valley has a nice presence to support the Great Street Initiative and CD12’s [RE]visit [RE]seda Blvd team.

Thanks to board member Mel Mitchell and his wife Bev for their support of the event. Several other board members attended the event too.

Hundreds of residents and valley guests enjoyed costume and decorated bike contests, a live Scary Tale telling and Dia de los Muertos makeup artistry. One of the highlight of the festivities was the performance of CSUN Acasola, offering its  inaugural performance on the Reseda Blvd Great Street Flex Furniture custom designed by La-Mas. Pictured is Scott Sterling, President of The Museum with the group.

The Museum may have this group sing at its upcoming holiday party.



Friday, November 6, 2015

HISTORIC NORTH HOLLYWOOD WALKING TOUR (11/28/15)

HISTORIC NORTH HOLLYWOOD WALKING TOUR
 ANNUAL WALK IT OFF TOUR! 


November 28, 2015 - (After Thanksgiving)
10:00 am - 12:30 pm | $10/person (please consider paying in advance)



 Amelia_Earhart_statueCommonwealth_SavingsSt._Pauls_First
For the Historic North Hollywood "NoHo" walking tour, attendees will learn about real cowboys, pioneer families, movie television and recording stars, the Spanish conquest, Mexican ranchos, great steam trains, vast ranches and orchards, land barons, wars, architecture, and much more!
Additional tour highlights include:
  • Amelia Earhart Statue
  • Amelia Earhart Library (1928)
  • El Portal Theatre (1926)
  • St. Paul's First Lutheran Church
  • NoHo Arts District
  • NoHo Fire Station #60
  • Lankershim Arts Center (1939) (S. Charles Lee, architect)
  • So. Pacific Railroad Depot (1886)
  • Commonwealth Savings & Loan Building
  • Weddington Family History
  • North Hollywood Masonic Temple Lodge 542
  • Security Trust and Savings Bank (1924)
  • Lankershim Elementary School (Marilyn Monroe attended)
You can sign up on Eventbrite: nohowalkingtour.eventbrite.com
In addition, if you would like write a check for a tour, it may be made payable and sent to: The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, 18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204, Northridge, CA 91324-3885
To RSVP by phone for an upcoming historic walking tour, please contact us at (818) 347-9665 and leave your name, email, phone number and how many attendees or email at events@theMuseumSFV.org .
Tour meets at Amelia Earhart Statue; NW corner of Tujunga St. & Magnolia Blvd. (at corner of Library)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

THANK YOU FOR VISITING!

The Museum is approaching its one year anniversary at the Plaza De La Cordillera in Northridge and we just wanted to say:
 THANK YOU FOR VISITING!


Michel Stevens Speaks To Visitors 10/17/15

Lee Davis Speaks To Delta Kappa Gamma Visitors 10/31/15

Judy Heimlich Presents Artwork 10/31/15

We look forward to bringing you new events and exciting programing in 2016.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015


TREASURES OF THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY 


The rocky hills of Chatsworth, in the northwest corner of the San Fernando Valley are now places for family picnics and areas in which to practice the popular recreation of rock climbing.  From the late 1920s to the 1960s dozens of motion pictures were made here, and one can encounter an occasional t.v. production going on today. 

Handcar coming through Chatsworth c. 1930
Vintage postcard - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
from Gary Fredburg 2015.  (click on image to enlarge it.)

Your Museum collects, studies and presents the history of Chatsworth and the other communities of the Greater San Fernando Valley.                                                              comments by Jerry Fecht


The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 
18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204 
Northridge, CA 91324-3885 
Telephone:  818-347-9665

Friday, October 30, 2015

SACRED SPACES IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY



Church and Baptistry of the Mission San Fernando Rey de EspaƱa
Vintage postcard - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
from Gary Fredburg 2015


Among the earliest communities of Christians, (Romans, Greeks, Syrians etc.) those just learning about the religion (catechumens) were excluded from witnessing the sacrament of the Eucharist until they were baptized. Separate buildings or chambers were designated as "baptistries". (One of the most famous of these is the Baptistry of the Cathedral of Florence - a copy of its doors  is in the museum at Forest Lawn in Glendale.)
Looking between the two tall palms in this vintage postcard, we can see a pathway leading to the Baptistry of the Mission San Fernando Rey, a separate building from the historic church. Native Americans and others who had not been baptized were given instruction here and baptized into the Christian religion.
                                                                                                                      comments by Jerry Fecht


The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 
18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204 
Northridge, CA 91324-3885 
Telephone:  818-347-9665

Monday, October 26, 2015

A VALLEY FULL OF SURPRISES (Part 3)




VALLEY MARKET TOWN   
Vintage postcard - gift to The Museum from Gary Fredburg 2015

In the 1950s, the villages of the edges of San Fernando Valley were poorly
connected by unsure surface streets. Towns like Canoga Park and Sylmar had 
occasional festivals and parades, but young families had little reliable entertainment 
or shopping options. Perhaps a sign of the vast malls to come, Valley Market Town
emerged on Sepulveda Boulevard. 
Do you recall the kiddie rides or snack shops at Valley Market Town?
Make your  memories  or photographs of Valley Market Town part of our history.
                                                                                              comments by Jerry Fecht


The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 
18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204 
Northridge, CA 91324-3885 
Telephone:  818-347-9665