Tel: (818) 347-9665 PST

info@TheMuseumSFV.org

www.TheMuseumSFV.org




Friday, November 2, 2018

Pelota Mixteca - NEW Museum exhibit - please visit and enjoy

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is pleased to announce it latest exhibit, Pelota Mixteca, running through the end of the year at The Museum.

“Pelota Mixteca in the San Fernando Valley,” will showcase via photographs and artifacts, a sport that originates in Oaxaca, Mexico and has become important to the retention and redefinition of identity and community among Oaxacan transnational migrants who currently reside in the greater Los Angeles area and play in the northeastern San Fernando Valley.




The two photographers to be highlighted include: Leopolodo Peña, currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at University of California, Irvine. His photographic work is centered on two themes: immigration and modern environment. 

Also, Daniel Oliveras de Ita is a Mexican Photographer and Anthropologist, candidate for a Ph.D. degree, at the Institute of Anthropological Research, UNAM. He has produced a documentary, Pasajuego, that features teams from both the United States and Mexico in attempt to document the transnational identity of the community of players.


A reception is being planned with current players and VIP’s that highlight the sport.

The exhibit is FREE as part of regular museum viewing. 


Free Parking. Elevator Access.
 
The Museum is located at 
18860 Nordhoff St., Ste. 204
Northridge, 91324

Please contact us at 818-347-9665, info@TheMuseumSFV.org and visit www.TheMuseumSFV.org.

 

The Museum speaker series - 11/10 - 2:00 Salute to Veterans; Free for veterans and their families;please join us

Have you ever wanted to sit down and speak and hear from our heroes, our veterans?

Are you a veteran that would like to learn about the Veterans History Project?

Veterans who served in the United States military, in any capacity, from World War II through recent conflicts will be onsite to discuss their service. As a salute to this annual, historically and ongoing important holiday, please join us for this special event.

Franky Ortega, WWII  Airborne Demonstration Team member, will introduce the veterans and the Veterans History Project. Together with the group Wings Over Wendys, they will lead a panel discussion with an open Question-and-Answer forum for the public. 

The purpose of the event is to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of local San Fernando Valley veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand their selfless service. Their stories are amazing and you will find each inspirational on this Veterans Day weekend.

Bring your father, mother, grandfather, grandmother or other family members that are veterans. Share your stories. Listen to stories. Enjoy this event.

All veterans and their families are FREE to attend this event.

R-S-V-P:    
If you are a veteran or family member and will not pay a fee, RSVP HERE.

If you are a non-veteran and will pay the $10/person, please RSVP on EVENTBRITE.

2) Walk-up okay, but please contact us at 1-818-347-9665 or email at info@TheMuseumSFV.org to let us know you are attending and how many folks in your party.


Event Location:
The Museum SFV
18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204
Northridge, CA 91324-3885

(SE Corner of Nordhoff St. and Wilbur Ave. - across the street from Arco station)


Parking:    FREE in Museum parking 

Elevator access:  Yes, The Museum is located on 2nd floor, suite 204

Please visit us on the web at  www.TheMuseumSFV.org

Visit The Museum’s blog too at    museumsanfernandovalley.blogspot.com
Tell a friend.  Bring a friend.


Bio
Franky Ortega is a National Board Certified Teacher at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School (originally part of the Birmingham Hospital during WWII) and teaches Salary Point Credit educator courses on WWII for the Los Angeles Unified School District. 


He is affiliated with the National WWII Museum, WWII  Airborne Demonstration Team, and the 82nd Airborne California Historical Group. He regularly participates in static line parachute jumps from C-47s that were used during WWII and often teaches the general public about the sacrifice and service of our WWII veterans through speaking engagements and static displays at air shows.




The Museum's NoHo Walk It Off Tour - Sun - Nov 25th from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm; please join us

Hello to all historic walking tour fans of North Hollywood (NoHo).

One of the most popular tours of the year, with our tummies full it is time for The Museum's Walk It Off  Tour, held this year on Sunday, November 25th from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm.



Learn about real cowboys, pioneer families, movie television and recording stars, the Spanish conquest, Mexican ranchos, land purchases and sales of acreage, vast ranches and orchards, fruit, freight trains, wars, architecture, and much more! Tour highlights include:

  •     Amelia Earhart Statue           
  •     Academy of Arts & Entertainment
  •     Amelia Earhart Library (1928)   
  •     El Portal Theatre (1926)
  •     Tiny's Patio (1923)
  •     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 (1896)   
  •     Commonwealth Savings & Loan Building
  •     Weddington Family History       
  •     North Hollywood Masonic Temple Lodge 542
  •     Phil’s Diner               
  •     Lankershim Elementary School (Marilyn Monroe attended)
R-S-V-P:    
1) Purchase tickets in advance on EVENTBRITE (we appreciate this)

2) Walk-up okay, but please contact us at 1-818-347-9665 or email at info@TheMuseumSFV.org to let us know you are attending and how many folks in your party.

Cost:        $10 per person       

Parking:    FREE street parking in area around park, library and church.

Tour meets promptly at 9:55 am - 

5211 Tujunga St. 
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Amelia Earhart Statue; NW corner of
Tujunga St. & Magnolia Blvd. (on corner of North Hollywood Regional Library)

Please visit us on the web at           www.TheMuseumSFV.org

Visit The Museum’s blog too at     museumsanfernandovalley.blogspot.com
 

Tell a friend.  Bring a friend.

Thank you,

Michel Stevens

President

Bill Carpenter
Director of Historic Walking Tours

Saturday, October 13, 2018

10/13 Walking Tour to be held - rain or shine - please join us in Sherman Oaks


The Museum SFV walking tour of William Mellenthin ranch-style bird house homes will occur today at 10:00 am, rain or shine - please join us and bring a friend. Okay to walk-up and pay at the start of the tour $10/pp.

We are scheduled to enter at least one home today.
RSVP at EVENTBRITE
Walk-up OKAY - just contact us at 818-347-9665 and let us know how many people will be attending.
Meet at corner of W. Magnolia Blvd. and Longridge Ave in Sherman Oaks, 91423.
We will begin tour near a home located at 5219 Longridge Ave.

Bring a friend, colleague or family member today - kids are okay too!


Monday, October 8, 2018

10-27 Speaker Series - WWII and the SFV - special event


Please join us on Sat. October 27th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm as Franky Ortega, a National Board-Certified Teacher at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, will be the presenter on an interesting topic, WWII and the San Fernando Valley.

He will tie in several valley landmarks with historical perspective on WWII. Topics will cover Lake Balboa Park, Birmingham General Hospital, Van Nuys Airport and Jue Joe Ranch, an old ranch with roots in the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.


Attendees will learn or re-learn about the history behind war-era elements such as air raid sirens that were placed throughout the Valley, many of which are still visible today. The impact of the Cold War and might of the valley aerospace industry will also be discussed.



Of course, Hollywood and the entertainment industry did its share during the war to promote the Valley. Mentions of epic WWII film scenes from Van Nuys Airport's "Casablanca" Marlon Brando's "The Men", Jimmy Stewart's "It's a Wonderful Life" will be reviewed.


Please RSVP and pay in advance with:  EVENTBRITE (Okay to walk-up and pay-call us to RSVP and mention many guests)
Cost:        $10 per person
Parking:    Free in Museum parking lot

RSVP:     1-818-347-9665, email at info@TheMuseumSFV.org

Please consider inviting a family member, colleague or friend. 


Please consider becoming a Member or Donor today.

Come on out on the 27th for a terrific event.

History of Tongva Indians - Los Angeles; San Gabriel Valley and San Fernando Valley

Here is a terrific article written by Annie Lloyd and seen on www.laist.com offering detailed background of the Tongva Indians in and around  Los Angeles, San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys.  Enjoy.

Click HERE to review a study of the Tongva Indians.


Los Angeles recently voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, joining several other cities around the country in an attempt to honor the people on whose land the United States built its empire. The story of L.A.’s birth often goes back to the first pueblo in the area, which became the official Los Angeles settlement in 1781 (as either El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles or El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reyna de los Angeles—historians remain unsure), but the pueblo didn’t arrive in a vaccuum. Settlers didn’t find themselves on empty soil prior to their claim on the area. Whose lives did they upend?

California was home to thousands of people before Spanish settlers arrived—around 350,000 across the whole state—and the Los Angeles Basin in particular was home to the Gabrieliño-Tongva people. The movements of the Tongva peoples set the stage for what would eventually become Los Angeles. Their footpath through the Sepulveda Basin was the original 405 freeway. The L.A. State Historic Park was formerly a fertile basin within a mile of Yaanga, the Tongva people’s largest known village in the area. The Hahamog'na, a band of the Tongva peoples, settled along the Arroyo Seco river, which now comprises Northeast Los Angeles.





Their influence on the eventual metropolis of Los Angeles extends far beyond their choice of location, though; the forced labor and enslavement of Tongva peoples is what allowed Spanish settlers and missionaries to develop their reach in the first place. When the Spanish arrived in Southern California, they sought fertile land to produce the crops they were hoping to cultivate. This led them to the bountiful San Gabriel Valley (the San Gabriel Mission is credited as the first location of Spanish settlers in the area that became Los Angeles). Craig Torres of the Tongva community, through UCLA’s Mapping Indigenous L.A. project, explains how, prior to Spanish arrival, the San Gabriel Valley consisted of a “concentric circle” of native communities, which the Spanish recognized and exploited—they subsumed inter-connected communities into the Mission system, which was easier for them than accessing isolated communities along the coast (the dual name of Gabrieliño-Tongva comes from forced assimilation at the hands of the San Gabriel missionaries).

Tongva tribal council member Mark Acuña explained to KCET’s Departures how, “In order to accomplish all that mission work, it was on the backs of Indians. There’s no other way to talk about it. We built the 21 missions. We worked the fields.” Junipero Serra was the founding father at many of those 21 missions, including Mission San Gabriel. Serra’s legacy of violence against indigenous peoples of California has led to criticism of his sainthood, as well as vandalism on statues of his likeness around the state.

The forced servitude led the Tongva peoples to revolt against the Mission. In 1785, a Tongva woman named Toypurina was approached by a fellow tribesman named Nicolás José. Toypurina had a reputation as a powerful medicine woman, and José sought her help to kill the mission’s padres. The plan was for her to use her talents to immobilize the Spanish priests while the male warriors killed them, according to KCET. The padres caught wind of the plot, and enacted a counter-plot to imprison the revolters, but Toypurina maintained her harsh stance against the missionaries.

During the subsequent trial, she defended her actions, saying, "I hate the padres and all of you, for living here on my native soil, for trespassing upon the land of my forefathers and despoiling our tribal domains," according to the L.A. Times. Her likeness can now be found in public art around East and South L.A.; her face covers a wall of Ramona Gardens, and a painted interpretation of her face is part of Pacific Standard Time’s LA/LA’s Oaxacan mural project at the Central Library.

What is now downtown also had a large concentration of Tongva peoples because it was originally the site of Yaanga, a large Tongva village. It was far enough out of Mission San Gabriel’s reach, so fewer peoples were forced to convert and work for the padres, but it was close to the original Los Angeles pueblo. As such, the Yaanga-based Tongva peoples were still exploited for manual labor. As the pueblo and early versions of Los Angeles grew, settlers encroached further and further into the Yaanga village. The center of the village was an old sycamore tree called El Aliso; historians place it near what is now an onramp for the 101 freeway, a stone’s throw from Union Station. 



After early settlers had enslaved and assimilated the Tongva peoples, the California Gold Rush and the path to statehood would further decimate their population. The U.S. acquired California in 1848, and a rush of Anglo-Americans came West to seek the reported wealth of the state’s gold. The gold was available in the northern part of the state only, but the rabid industriousness and entitlement of new California settlers made its way to the Southland and affected the Tongva peoples in equal numbers. With the promise of gold, and by association money and power, came the desire to turn California into a state. This led to a disregard of previous treaty practices that had granted land to the peoples, leaving most indigenous populations homeless, according to KCET. Downtown Los Angeles saw a de facto slave market of Tongva labor emerge, where people were imprisoned for being homeless and forced to work off their bail, often paid in liquor instead of cash. Chief red blood Anthony Morales told KCET’s Departures that “as time went on, as society started changing, we needed to blend in with the other ethnic groups in Los Angeles because there was a bounty on us. We had to blend in with different cultures and become part of their societies. We were thought of as the lowest people, ethnically and race-wise.”

Around that time, President Fillmore instructed three U.S. Government Treaty Commissioners to draw up treaties granting land ownership for California indigenous tribes. The treaties were never ratified by the U.S. Senate after California business interests had lobbied against them, and they remained under an “injunction of secrecy” until the turn of the century, according to the Gabrieliño-Tongva Tribe official history. After the treaties came to light, the California Jurisdiction Act of 1928 allowed the California Attorney General to represent the Gabrieliño-Tongva peoples—who were not among the tribes with original treaties— and declared the unratified treaties as grounds for the peoples’ own claims to land. After new legislation in 1946, the Indian Claims Commission could address relief for individual members of the tribe, eventually reaching a settlement in 1972 to award $633 to each living member for the stolen land. Contemporary land claims for the tribe were still unsettled.

In 1994, California signed Senate Bill 1134, which finally recognized the Gabrieliño-Tongva under state law. There were approximately 5,000 in the Tongva population in Southern California when Europeans made contact with their land. As of 2008, 1,700 people are documented as members of the Gabrieliño-Tongva tribe.


Indigenous Peoples Day - Los Angeles; History of Tongva Indians

The first annual Indigenous Peoples Day - Los Angeles offered 12 hours of events, activities, music and recognition.





LOS ANGELES -- City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and the Los Angeles City-County Native American Indian Commission announced the first official celebration to commemorate Indigenous Peoples Day in Los Angeles.

A major day-long event is planned for Monday, October 8, from 7a to 7p, at Civic Center in downtown Los Angeles, 200 N Spring Street, Los Angeles, 90012. Both Grand Park and City Hall public spaces will be utilized for activities planned throughout the day, including: a sunrise ceremony, 5K run, parade of nations, Native American powwow, panel sessions on trending topics related to Native Americans and the community, a fashion show, and a grand finale that will include a performance by critically acclaimed Native American rock group Redbone.


10-28 Historic Walking Tour of Van Nuys 2:00 - 3:30 pm; please join us

Join us for a stroll back in time through the "Town That Was Started Right!"

Learn about the origin of the Daily News and the company which was a nationwide maker of silent movie theatre organs. Who were Hobart Johnstone Whitley, Wayne E. Bechtelheimer and Whitley Van Nuys Huffaker? Relive "Wednesday Nights on Van Nuys Boulevard." We will have historic photographs and stories to share as we wander this surprisingly historic San Fernando Valley treasure.


  Tour highlights include:
  •     Van Nuys Bungalow           
  •     Women’s Club
  •     Old Van Nuys Library (1927)      
  •     United Methodist Church
  •     Municipal Building Façade      
  •     Van Nuys Post Office
  •     Abeles Map              
  •     Fernando Statue, Crystal Plunge
  •     Bob’s Big Boy, Busch Gardens       
  •     Lankershim, Van Nuys, Whitsett, Whitley

The development entity known as The Syndicate began the process in 1910, but William Paul Whitsett saw it through to the end. Originally a barley field, Van Nuys became a prosperous center of City Government, agriculture and industry. Come explore what remains to be appreciated: original 1911 buildings hidden beneath modern facades, first churches, a civic center with many special revelations, one of the main hubs of social and official activity, the Women's Club building, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monuments #201, #202, and #911, and National Register of Historic Places Monument #2509. 

RSVP:     1-818-347-9665, email at events@TheMuseumSFV.org
Please RSVP and pay in advance with:  EVENTBRITE - Search under: Van Nuys Historic Walking Tour  (Okay to walk-up and pay)

Cost:        $10 per person donation; Also, please visit  www.TheMuseumSFV.org
Parking:    Street & metered parking in area  museumsanfernandovalley.blogspot.com


Attendees will meet under the "Bridge/Archway" 

Braude Constituent Center,     
6262 Van Nuys Blvd. 
(SE corner of  Sylvan Street and Van Nuys Blvd.)

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Oct. 13th - 10:00 am; Walking tour of William Mellenthin Ranch-Style Homes - Sherman Oaks

Please join us for our third one of the year - a fun morning as we explore beyond the book and physically view and discuss the homes of builder William Mellenthin.

Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

$10/pp - RSVP in advance on EVENTBRITE (okay for walk-us, but we would like to know you are attending- call us at 818 .347 .9665 or send us an email at info@TheMuseumSFV.org).

Please bring a hat, wear walking shoes and sunscreen. Water will be provided to all attendees. Light refreshments will also be provided at home at end of tour.





Author and docent Chris Lukather will take attendees on a fun and educational walk through a Sherman Oaks neighborhood that has a cluster of southern California builder William Mellenthin’s ranch style “Birdhouse” homes.

At the end of the walk, we will enter one of the homes for a more in-depth discussion and an opportunity for attendees to meet author Chris Lukather and to purchase a signed copy of his book. Cost of the book is $30.  He spent three years researching in order to create this terrific book. .


In the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s housing developments began peppering the available land outside of Los Angeles. Affordable, family-friendly communities like the San Fernando Valley initiated an exodus to the suburbs. It was in the Valley that designer-builder William Mellenthin developed his singular brand of cozy, charming home which became known as the Mellenthin Birdhouse ranch home—so called because they featured a cupola or dovecote built prominently into the roof.

Directions to the walking tour:
Meet at 9:55 am at 5219 Longridge Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

NE corner of W. Magnolia Blvd. & Longridge Ave.
www.TheMuseumSFV.org    Tel: 818-347-9665
info@TheMuseumSFV.org   The Museum’s blog: museumsanfernando.blogspot.com
 

Parking: On Magnolia at Longridge; Near Fulton and Magnolia; possibly at Weddington & Longridge. Please respect parking in any residential neighborhoods regarding driveways.

Tell a friend. Bring a friend or two!

RSVP - HERE

Thank you.

Sept 30th - North Hollywood "NoHo" Historic Walking Tour 2018

Hello to all historic walking tour fans of North Hollywood (NoHo).

Due to our blurb in Westways magazine, we are staging the NoHo tour on back-to-back weekends.

Thank you to the many, many calls from readers expressing interest in this tour.

Please JOIN US and meet Sunday, 9/30 a little bit before 2:00 pm at the NW corner of Magnolia and Tujunga at the Amelia Earhart statue.




Learn about real cowboys, pioneer families, movie television and recording stars, the Spanish conquest, Mexican ranchos, land purchases and sales of acreage, vast ranches and orchards, fruit, freight trains, wars, architecture, and much more! Tour highlights include:

  • Amelia Earhart Statue            
  • Academy of Arts & Entertainment
    Amelia Earhart Library (1928)    
  • El Portal Theatre (1926)
  • Tiny's Patio (1923)
    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 (1896)    
  • Commonwealth Savings & Loan Building
    Weddington Family History        
  • North Hollywood Masonic Temple Lodge 542
    Phil’s Diner                
  • Lankershim Elementary School (Marilyn Monroe attended)

R-S-V-P:     
1) Purchase tickets on EVENTBRITE

2) Walk-up okay, but please contact us at 1-818-347-9665 or email at info@TheMuseumSFV.org to let us know you are attending and how many folks in your party.

Cost:        $10 per person        

Parking:    FREE street parking in area around park, library and church.

Tour meets promptly at Amelia Earhart Statue; NW corner of
Tujunga St. & Magnolia Blvd. (at corner of North Hollywood Library)

Please visit us on the web at           www.TheMuseumSFV.org

 
Visit The Museum’s blog too at     museumsanfernandovalley.blogspot.com

Tell a friend.  Bring a friend.


Thank you,

Michel Stevens

Friday, September 14, 2018

Speaker Series - Dr. Jessica Kim, CSUN; discusses book -Metropolis, Empire, and Revolution in the Los Angeles-Mexico Borderlands, 1865-1940

Dr. Jessica Kim, Assistant Professor of History California State University, Northridge specializes in the history of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, urban history, the history of Los Angeles, and public and digital history.

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, she will be discussing her book based on her dissertation.



 

Please join us for an interesting discussion and presentation on this topic.

Cost: $10/pp; PLEASE RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite.  Walk-in attendees welcome, but we would appreciate advance notice by calling 818-347-9665 or info@TheMuseumSFV.org and let us know you will be attending. Advance copies of her book will be available for sale. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Museum.
info@TheMuseumSFV.org


FREE Parking. Elevator access to 2nd floor.  Raffle Prizes too!

Directions to The Museum:
18860 Nordhoff St. Northridge, CA 91324-3885
SE corner of Wilbur Ave. and Nordhoff St.

½ mile from CSUN (west) and 1/3 mile from the Northridge Fashion Mall (east)
Easy access from 118 Fwy.-Tampa exit; 101 Fwy.-Reseda exit; 405 Fwy.-Nordhoff exit

www.TheMuseumSFV.org    Tel: 818-347-9665


info@TheMuseumSFV.org  

The Museum’s blog: museumsanfernandovalley.blogspot.com

Please bring a friend, colleague or family member and enjoy YOUR Museum.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Celebracion y Fiesta! 9/30; Fun event; Support Campo de Cahuenga

Celebracion y Fiesta!

Food, Fun, Fashion, Music and much more!

All to benefit UCNH and Campo de Cahuenga

11:00 am - 5:00 pm; $20/pp

Food and drink included.

A great time for a great cause; 

Located at Campo de Cahuenga
3919 Lankershim Blvd. 
Studio City, CA 91604

Right Across the street from Universal Studios.

Payment in advance only.   Click HERE for payment.

San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center (SFVACC) - Members Only Exhibit - September 5th - 29th

The San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center (SFVACC) is pleased to present, Members Only Exhibit from September 5th - 29th at the center in Tarzana.

Free event; Viewing, 11 am - 5:00 pm; Tues. - Sat.

Come view 108 works from 38 member artists.

Please support local artists and the SFVACC.

18312 Oxnard St, Tarzana, CA 91356 - Take the Metro Orange line to Reseda too!

www.sfvacc.org

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

8/26/18 2:00 pm Historic Walking Tour of Van Nuys - please join us

Join us for a stroll back in time through the "Town That Was Started Right!"

Learn about the origin of the Daily News and the company which was a nationwide maker of silent movie theatre organs. Who were Hobart Johnstone Whitley, Wayne E. Bechtelheimer and Whitley Van Nuys Huffaker? Relive "Wednesday Nights on Van Nuys Boulevard." We will have historic photographs and stories to share as we wander this surprisingly historic San Fernando Valley treasure. 




Tour highlights include:
  • Van Nuys Bungalow            
  • Women’s Club
  • Old Van Nuys Library (1927)       
  • United Methodist Church
  • Municipal Building Façade       
  • Van Nuys Post Office
  • Abeles Map               
  • Fernando Statue, Crystal Plunge
  • Bob’s Big Boy, Busch Gardens        
  • Lankershim, Van Nuys, Whitsett, Whitley



The development entity known as The Syndicate began the process in 1910, but William Paul Whitsett saw it through to the end. Originally a barley field, Van Nuys became a prosperous center of City Government, agriculture and industry. Come explore what remains to be appreciated: original 1911 buildings hidden beneath modern facades, first churches, a civic center with many special revelations, one of the main hubs of social and official activity, the Women's Club building, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monuments #201, #202, and #911, and National Register of Historic Places Monument #2509. 

RSVP:     1-818-347-9665, email at events@TheMuseumSFV.org
Please RSVP and pay in advance with:  EVENTBRITE - Search under: Van Nuys Historic Walking Tour  (Okay to walk-up and pay)

Cost:        $10 per person donation; Also, please visit  www.TheMuseumSFV.org
Parking:    Street & metered parking in area  museumsanfernandovalley.blogspot.com


Attendees will meet under the "Bridge/Archway" of the Braude Constituent Center,     

6262 Van Nuys Blvd. on the SE corner of  Sylvan Street and Van Nuys Blvd.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

8/25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm The Museum Speaker Series - History of Van Nuys Airport (VNY) - Join us

This Saturday afternoon at The Museum, we will offer a fascinating overview of the history of Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The event begins at 2:00 pm and will last approximately one hour - then Q&A.  RSVP HERE.

Carrie Nicoletti, from Van Nuys Airport, Public and Community Relations will be the speaker for this event.




Also, a short viewing of One Six Right, an exhilarating documentary film that celebrates the unsung hero of aviation - the local airport - by tracing the life, history, and struggles of an airport icon: Southern California's Van Nuys Airport. Featuring thrilling aerial photography and a sweeping original score, the film dispels common misconceptions on the history of Van Nuys Airport.

Historic Overview - a little teaser...

On Dec. 17, 1928, the 25th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight – VNY was born as Metropolitan Airport through the establishment of a corporation by a small group of citizens.

With the outbreak of World War II, in 1942 the U.S. government purchased Metropolitan Airport and converted it into a military base to help protect the West Coast. The military also purchased an additional 163 acres of land for the construction of the Van Nuys Army Airfield, using new runways to train hundreds of P-38 Lightning pilots.

The 1950s brought substantial growth to general aviation at the airport and local industries. By 1957, the annual payroll of airport companies reached an impressive $43 million and the airport experienced its final name change to Van Nuys Airport. Residential growth also continued. The City of Los Angeles Zoning Commission allowed developers to build 150 new homes in areas surrounding the airport. In 1959, completion of the Sherman Way underpass enabled extension of the main runway from 6,000 to 8,000 feet as VNY ranked 25th in operations nationwide.

Please RSVP on EventBrite today. Cost: $10/person.



Free parking.  Elevator access.

Light snacks and refreshments served.

Walk-ins are okay too, but we would appreciate registering in advance.




The Museum is located at 18860 Nordhoff St. Suite 204
Northridge, CA 91324-3885.


Thank you.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

8-11 Walking tour of William Mellenthin Ranch-Style Homes - Sherman Oaks

Please join us for a fun morning on August 11th as we explore beyond the book and physically view and discuss the homes of builder William Mellenthin.

Saturday, August 11, 2018
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$10/pp - RSVP in advance on EVENTBRITE (okay to show up on 8/11, but we would like to know you are attending- send us an email at info@themuseumsfv.org).


Please bring a hat, wear walking shoes and sunscreen. Water will be provided to all attendees. Light refreshments will also be provided at home at end of tour.


Docent Michel Stevens will take attendees on a fun and educational walk through a Sherman Oaks neighborhood that has a cluster of southern California builder William Mellenthin’s ranch style “Birdhouse” homes.

Cost: $10/pp; PLEASE RSVP and pay in advance via EVENTBRITE.  Walk-in attendees welcome, but we would appreciate advance notice by calling 818-347-9665 or info@TheMuseumSFV.org and let us know you will be attending.

At the end of the walk, we will enter one of the homes for a more in-depth discussion and an opportunity for attendees to meet author Chris Lukather and to purchase a signed copy of his book. Cost of the book is $30.  He spent three years researching in order to create this terrific book. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Museum.

In the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s housing developments began peppering the available land outside of Los Angeles. Affordable, family-friendly communities like the San Fernando Valley initiated an exodus to the suburbs. It was in the Valley that designer-builder William Mellenthin developed his singular brand of cozy, charming home which became known as the Mellenthin Birdhouse ranch home—so called because they featured a cupola or dovecote built prominently into the roof.

Directions to the walking tour:
Meet at NE corner of Addison St. & Ethel Ave. in Sherman Oaks at 9:55 am
Park at north end of Riverside Elementary School on Ethel Ave. & Huston St. (just two blocks south)





Google Map - click HERE:


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Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Museum's newest exhibit a big hit - The Hollywood Shorties

Museum members, invited guests and VIP's all gathered at The Museum last night for the official reception of Small Lens Big Lives...The Hollywood Shorties exhibit.

Attendees enjoyed meeting several original Hollywood Shorties, actors and stuntmen that offered up some stories about their careers.


A video loop shows many of the charitable events that were played on the basketball court and baseball diamond.

There was an unveiling of a bust created by artist and sculptor, one-time valley resident, Howard Lazar. Howard provided an overview on the making of the bust, the challenges and enjoyment in creating this nice piece of artwork that he donated to The Museum.


Special guests included Howard Lazar, Ryan Steven Green, filmmaker and creator of the documentary The Hollywood Shorties, Braden Barty, son of Billy Barty (and his family) and Mark Povinelli, President of the Little People of America.

Attendees also enjoyed walking through The Museum along with plenty of food to enjoy.


A great time was had by all!

Much thanks to all board members and especially Jackie Langa that worked tirelessly on the creation of this exhibit and Ryan Steven Green who has provided the artifacts on loan to The Museum for this exhibit.

Michel Stevens

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

ABC7 News - In the Neighborhood: Dave Kunz offers tour of hometown Northridge

Thanks to Dave Kunz of ABC7 news for his segment on his hometown of Northridge. 

Since I too grew up in Northridge and we are the same age, we had to cross paths at Nobel Junior High, on the field at Northridge Little League, sitting in a booth eating pizza at Shakey's after a Granada football game shopping at Dale's market and maybe engulfing a Trough at the Farrell's on Reseda Blvd.

We appreciated his enthusiasm for his childhood memories in Northridge and he really enjoyed touring The Museum.


Here are excerpts from the video copy - Enjoy!

The massive earthquake of 1994 put Northridge on the worldwide map.

But long before that, Northridge was the center of my world. Happy times, growing up in a very different time.

"You'd leave in the morning, and be gone all day. You might hear your parents ringing a cow bell or something and realize it's time to go home for dinner. Today we won't let kids out of our sight," said Michel Stevens, the president of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, who grew up in Northridge.

This community in the far northern reaches of the city of Los Angeles is a fitting place for The Museum of the San Fernando Valley. The museum's various rooms hold lots of artifacts that chronicle a simpler era in the San Fernando Valley, and in Northridge.

Which was an ideal place for my parents to raise two boys, with good schools, like Darby Avenue Elementary. Darby is still a good school today, winning numerous awards and being named a California Distinguished School.

After Darby, I attended Nobel Middle School, Granada Hills High School, Pierce College, and Cal State Northridge. You could say I loved being in the San Fernando Valley!

And since I got around Northridge on two wheels in my early days, I decided to do a tour via pedal power! My old Schwinn Varsity is long gone, but riding any kind of bicycle around your old neighborhood is a great way to revisit memories of childhood.

Not far from our house on Reseda Boulevard was the intersection of Devonshire and Reseda, a sort of "center of my universe," starting with a growing kid's favorites for food. The McDonald's restaurant of my childhood was torn down a few years ago, replaced with a modern rendition in the same spot.

But right next door, Shakey's Pizza still looks exactly the same.

Well, on the outside anyway. The Shakey's interior has changed a bit with remodels over the years. But this is essentially the place where generations of Northridge families ate pizza, celebrated the weekend, and listened to the player piano. The piano is still there, plinking out favorite tunes to the delight of children who love watching the keys move up and down by themselves.

"A majority of our customers tell us they came here as a kid. And they now bring their children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren here," said Kasim Idrees, whose family operates the Shakey's, after taking over for the long-time operator who ran it for over 50 years.

"While a lot of things have changed, Shakey's stays the same," added Idrees.

Continuing my bicycle tour down memory lane, I made a familiar stop at the showroom of Baher Chevrolet on Devonshire to peek inside at the new models. Actually, it used to be Baher Chevrolet, but now it's Rydell Chevrolet in the exact same location. Any chance I got, I'd stop by there to daydream. And if I was lucky, I'd score some brochures for new Corvettes and Camaros, and then hop back on my bike to go home and plan for the day I'd have my own car.

But I knew I could forget about a new Corvette as a teenager. I had to set my sights a bit lower.

And If I wanted to buy any kind of car, I'd need to earn some money. Dale's Supermarket was right across the street, and it was there that I landed my first real job bagging groceries.

The building that was Dale's store #31 is still there, but it's now Smart and Final Extra. In between, it was a Lucky Market, then Albertson's. The store is still a hallmark of my old neighborhood, and still a great place for a first job.

Just ask Sanestina Hunter, a recent CSUN graduate who works at Smart and Final. She and I chatted quite a bit about working in retail as a young person, and agree that doing so adds great life skills.

"You want to build customer service experience. These are life skills, which you can take with you, and they can teach you a lot," she said.

Other staples of the intersection of Devonshire and Reseda were Bob's Big Boy (turned into a Carrow's years ago; now that's gone too, replaced by a Chick Fil-A), The Fox Northridge Theatre, the Peppertree Three Theatre, Northridge Little League, and the huge ice cream parlor called Farrell's

For playtime, kids like me learned that hot Valley summers meant trying to find a cool spot, so Northridge Park often came to the rescue. It always had lots of shade, and a huge pool, which was upgraded in 2008 to become the Northridge Aquatic Center.

For those triple-digit Northridge summer days, it's still a solution to cooling off. "Nothing like getting into a nice cool pool when it's 110-plus outside," said Dwayne Finley, the director of Northridge Recreation Center.

Northridge: it was a great place to grow up.

And it still is a great place, all these years later.


Michel Stevens

Monday, July 16, 2018

Celebrating 90 Years of Flight at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) (1928–2018)

Kudos is in store for Van Nuys Airport (VNY) that will be commemorating its 90th anniversary this year.

VNY and LAWA will also being paying tribute to aviation pioneers and visionaries who first introduced the San Fernando Valley to the freedom of flight.
 

 VNY was dedicated on December 18, 1928, marking the 25th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight. From that day forward, VNY attracted legendary pilots such as Amelia Earhart.

She lived and worked in the valley from 1928 until her disappearance in the Pacific Ocean in 1937.

Over the years, the valley and airport had a steady stream of aerospace leaders, business entrepreneurs and some Hollywood filmmakers to propel its innovation.

VNY is identified as Los Angeles’ business airport and has been one of the world’s busiest general airports for decades. A vital economic engine, it contributes approximately $2 billion to the Southern California economy and supports over 10,000 jobs annually.


For more information on Van Nuys Airport, please click HERE.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

New Museum Exhibit: Small Lens on Big Lives...and the Hollywood Shorties.

The Museum SFV is pleased to announce a new exhibit called Small Lens on Big Lives...and the Hollywood Shorties.

In the late 1930’s, an international casting call brought talented dwarves from around the world to Los Angeles to make “The Wizard of Oz” and a lot of them stayed.  Often in Burbank, groups of little people would socialize at the original Bob’s Big Boy and hold events in the surrounding areas and parks.


This exhibit, inspired by Ryan Steven Green, who created a documentary called “The Hollywood Shorties,” explores through photos, artifacts and film clips the joy, excitement, poignancy and societal contributions of the players of the first professional sports team ever created entirely of little people. 



Billy Barty (vaudeville entertainer, film actor, LPA activist) and Jerry Maren (the “Lollipop Kid” The Wizard of Oz”) formed The Hollywood Shorties baseball team in 1949, just after WWII.


The Hollywood Shorties was originally a team of actors and stuntman ranging from 3’5’’ and 4’9” who played charitable baseball games against celebrities and faculties of high schools primarily across the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. In the 1970’s The Shorties introduced basketball to their fans and found themselves in great demand by NBA teams, often playing mini-games for the NBA game crowds at half-time.  

The exhibit opens on June 28th and there will be a VIP reception on Saturday, July 21st from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Some members of the Hollywood Shorties and executives of the Little People of America are expected to attend. RSVP on EventBrite or by contacting Jackie Langa at The Museum at 818-347-9665 or jackie.langa@TheMuseumSFV.org.


The Museum is located at 18860 Nordhoff St., Ste. 204, Northridge, CA 91324. For more information, please visit www.TheMuseumSFV.org.