Tel: (818) 347-9665 PST

info@TheMuseumSFV.org

www.TheMuseumSFV.org




Saturday, July 20, 2019

50th anniversary of Apollo 11 - buy Rod Pyle books - incredible read and collectible

Hello to all space fans...

Today is the historic 50th anniversary when Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.

The Museum had the pleasure of having space author and journalist Rod Pyle speak in May.

He has written about 15 books on space and we have two of his books in stock. We have some that have been signed too.

PLEASE come on over to The Museum SFV today or in the near future and purchase these books, enjoy and share with others for many years to come.



Please purchase this book for $29.99.


Please purchase this book for $21.99.

Rod Pyle was generous enough to donate all proceeds to The Museum.

The Museum would like to sell all of its existing inventory and purchase additional ones for space fans!

Thank you.





Friday, July 19, 2019

The Museum SFV VIP reception July 20th from 2:00 - 4:30 pm - 50th anniversary and Apollo 11 moon landing

The Museum SFV is cordially inviting you and a guest to a VIP reception on Saturday, July 20th from 2:00 - 4:30 pm to celebrate its 50th anniversary and Apollo 11 and the moon landing exhibit.

There will be a program on Saturday will now include viewing key portions of the Apollo 11 Mission with discussion and memories from all attendees:


2:10 - 2:45 pm  Viewing of entire JFK speech from on September 12, 1962 from Rice University, "We Choose to Go to the Moon." 

Followed by Q&A

3:00 - 3:30 pm - Viewing of Launch on CBS with Walter Cronkite


Followed by Q&A

3:45 - 4:15 pm  - Incredible, exciting Moon Landing 

Followed by Q&A

All attendees who remember that day as well as any other attendees that want to be interviewed for :30 or so can be added to The Museum SFV's archives. 

Reception will include food and beverages,  There will be docents for tours of The Museum too.

Free parking. Elevator and ADA access.

We request an RSVP on EVENTBRITE for this free, family event, so please register today.

You can also contact us at 818-347-9665 and leave us a message and number of people to attend as well as send us an email at info@TheMuseumSFV.org.




The Museum SFV
18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204
Northridge, CA 91324-3885
(XST SE corner of Wilbur Ave. & Nordhoff St.)

Thank you,

Michel Stevens
President

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

SAVE the ORANGE GROVE at Bothwell Estate

Hello to all fans of valley history, especially in the area of agriculture.

Did you hear about or read the article in the Los Angeles Daily News on the Bothwell Estate and orange grove?

Is there a wealthy entertainment executive, tech entrepreneur, or organization such as the Santa Monica Conservancy that can come up with approximately $14 million to save the 1,500 Valencia and Navel orange trees... and save a big part of valley history?

This is a revenue-generating operation.

Please spread the word about this potential sale - does the valley really need to have one more housing development?

SAVE THIS ORANGE GROVE!


Photo credit - Dean Musgrove
Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

John Hendry’s Forgotten Suburbs - Forgotten Ticket to the Suburbs

John Hendry came into The Museum of the San Fernando Valley one day in early June 2019 and said “I know a lot about the Valley.”  Jackie, Vice President of The Museum, immediately pounced – “Would you like to write for our blog?”
   
John Hendry is a Valley history buff, a UCLA graduate, Secretary of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, a docent at the LA Plaza and Olvera Street, AND a city crossing guard.  Says John, “Depends on what day it is.”
   
And so John Hendry’s Museum blog series begins...
  
Forgotten Ticket to the Suburbs

By John Hendry


If you inherited your parents’ 1947 tract home in Van Nuys – you’re likely to make some extraordinary discoveries; the self-portraits my parents painted of each other – the kind of “art class for newlyweds” popular after World War II - old checks made out to the Adohr milkman, the cloth diaper service, and one I didn’t quite understand.

I also found 6 small 5” x 7” Photostats of my father’s World War II “Honorable Discharge.”  Photostats were a trademarked type of photograph copy invented in the early 1900’s.  But what were these for?  I suddenly realized the reduced Photostats were the forgotten “tickets to the suburbs” – to the San Fernando Valley.




Suburban tracts of homes were for sale all over the Valley.  And so every Sunday, the World War II veterans and their wives – maybe tiny tots in tow as well – would go out looking for new homes.  Sometimes, as in Panorama City, hundreds of homes were either built, or on line, “Buy it now!” or wait for the next development.


This was one of the uses of the “Honorable Discharge” Photostats. They were the key to “qualifying” for a VA (Veterans’ Administration) home loan.  Visit 6 tracts, take 6 Photostat “Honorable Discharge” photos, and apply for all 6 tracts.  Who knew which house you might get?– you’d take any.

It really happened just that way.  In Panorama City, one sales agent for the Kaiser homes, Herb Lightfoot (who handled real estate in the Valley for years), actually “closed” 64 homes on a Sunday afternoon.  A whole block of Valley homes – sold on one Sunday afternoon – on the basis of those little postcards.

A lost story of the Valley and how it grew.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

8/8 The Museum SFV - VIP Reception; Free; Centennial of Tarzana Ranch along with The Museum's Tarzan® and Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Museum SFV is cordially inviting you and a guest to a VIP reception on Thursday, August 8th from 5:00 - 7:30 pm to celebrate the Centennial of Tarzana Ranch along with The Museum's Tarzan® and Edgar Rice Burroughs exhibit.


There will be a program with special guest speaking beginning at 6:00 pm.

Reception will include food and beverages.  There will be docents for tours of The Museum.

We request an RSVP on EVENTBRITE as free tickets are limited. Please register today.

You can also contact us at 818-347-9665 and leave us a message and number of people to attend and email us at info@TheMuseumSFV.org.

The Museum SFV
18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204
Northridge, CA 91324-3885
(XST SE corner of Wilbur Ave. & Nordhoff St.)

 
Free parking. Elevator and ADA access.

Thank you,

David Lustig

Secretary

7-20-19 The Museum SFV VIP Reception 2:00 - 4:30 pm -Free- 50th anniversary and Apollo 11 and the moon landing exhibit.

The Museum SFV is cordially inviting you and a guest to a VIP reception on Saturday, July 20th from 2:00 - 4:30 pm to celebrate its 50th anniversary and Apollo 11 and the moon landing exhibit.

There will be a program with special guest speaking beginning at 2:30 pm.  



Reception will include food and beverages,  There will be docents for tours of The Museum as well.

Free parking. Elevator and ADA access.

We request an RSVP on EVENTBRITE for this free, family event, so please register today.

You can also contact us at 818-347-9665 and leave us a message and number of people to attend as well as send us an email at info@TheMuseumSFV.org.

The Museum SFV
18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204
Northridge, CA 91324-3885
(XST SE corner of Wilbur Ave. & Nordhoff St.)

Thank you,

Michel Stevens

President

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

7-11-19 The Museum SFV VIP Reception 5:00 - 7:30 pm -Free- Tuna Canyon Detention Station


The Museum SFV is cordially inviting you and a guest to a VIP reception on Thursday, July 11th from 5:00 - 7:30 pm to celebrate its Tuna Canyon Detention Station exhibit.

There will be a program with special guest speaking beginning at 5:30 pm. 

Learn about the history of where up to 2,000 Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants, and Japanese taken from Peru, at the Tuna Canyon Detention Station which was operated by the Department of Justice during World War II in the City of Los Angeles from 1941-1943.


This mobile exhibit that has been touring throughout California will provide an excellent history which will garner your attention and the emotions of this era and part of local history.

Reception will include food and beverages,  There will be docents for tours of The Museum as well.

Free parking. Elevator and ADA access.

We request an RSVP on EVENTBRITE for this free event, so please register today. 


You can also contact us at 818-347-9665 and leave us a message and number of people to attend as well as send us an email at info@TheMuseumSFV.org.

The Museum SFV
18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204
Northridge, CA 91324-3885
(XST SE corner of Wilbur Ave. & Nordhoff St.)


Free parking. Elevator and ADA access.

Thank you,

Michel Stevens

President

7-24 - 4:00-7:00 pm - VIP Reception -free-Powerhouse Women of the SFV - please join us

The Museum SFV is cordially inviting you and a guest to a VIP reception on Wednesday, July 24th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm to celebrate its Powerhouse Women of the SFV exhibit at The Museum SFV in Northridge.

There will be a program with special guest Joy Picus speaking beginning at 5:00 pm.  Several local leaders and dignitaries have been invited.

The first exhibit in this series centers around Government, one of many Valley sectors The Museum SFV intends to highlight. 




We will feature two special San Fernando Valley Powerhouse Women - Joy Picus and Leah Cartabruno.  Although each woman's path to success was different, both women have been influencers, first for their gender in their fields and an inspiration to other men and women.

In 1977, Joy was the first woman elected to the Los Angeles City Council from the San Fernando Valley.  She was a wife, mother of three, and civically active from childhood, but did not run for political office until 1973 in her 40's. 



In 1969, Leah Cartabruno was the first woman ever professionally hired by the California State Legislature as a Committee Consultant. Through her non-civil service position, she worked with various state senators and assemblymen to help research and write bills in Committee.

Reception will include food and beverages,  There will be docents for tours of The Museum as well.


Please RSVP for this for this event on EVENTBRITE as limited free tickets will be offered, so please register today.


You can also contact us at 818-347-9665 and leave us a message and number of people to attend.

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

(XST SE corner of Wilbur Ave. & Nordhoff St.)

Free parking. Elevator and ADA access.

Thank you,

Jackie Langa
Vice President

Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Museum SFV June events - please join us Today, Tomorrow and on June 29th




Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Museum SFV Speaker Series
Shel Weisbach, Historian


Valley Buildings (& more)
That Make Us Smile Wonder and Appreciate

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$10/pp
RSVP in advance at EVENTBRITE

Or okay to walk-in - please call us at 818-347-9665 to let us know you are attending.

Hold on as we take a rollercoaster journey to imaginative and harshly real SFV sites that lead to emotion-and-thought-provoking reactions with emphasis on roadside diners and vendors, public art and architecture, cultural and political correctness, humanity and poverty, coincidences, inconvenient spellings, the space age sci-fi, rails and sails.


Event at The Museum SFV
18860 Nordhoff St. #204
Northridge, CA 91324

Free parking
Elevator access


Saturday, June 23, 2019

The Museum SFV Historic Walking Tour - Van Nuys
Bill Carpenter, Docent


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$10/pp
RSVP in advance at EVENTBRITE

Or okay to walk-up - please call us at 818-347-9665 to let us know you are attending.

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.


Meet a little before 2:00 pm

6262 Van Nuys Blvd.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
Marvin Braude Constituency Center - Under Arch




Saturday, June 29, 2019


LA-96C Nike Missile Control Site Tour and Presentation

Franky Ortega, History Teacher

10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
$10/pp
RSVP in advance at EVENTBRITE

Or okay to walk-up - please call us at 818-347-9665 to let us know you are attending.

Meet a little before 10:00 am at:
San Vicente Mountain Park
17500 Mulholland Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Map and Directions

San Fernando Valley: Ventura Fwy (101) to Balboa Blvd exit. South (right) on Balboa Blvd. for 0.75 mile. East (left) onVentura Blvd for 0.5 mile and turn south (right) on Hayvenhurst Ave. for 1.5 miles then west (right) on Encino Hills Dr. Veer left on Mulholland Dr. Park is at the end of the road.

(With the park, it is in Brentwood - from the valley, folks call it in Encino - FYI)
Meet at 9:50
Presentation at 10:00 am plus Q&A -
The presentation will last one hour to 90 minutes with discussion and Q&A.


Please join us, bring a friend and enjoy The Museum SFV programming on behalf of Museum members, valley residents and visitors.


www.TheMuseumSFV.org
info@TheMuseumSFV.org
818-347-9665

Thank you.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

6-29-19 Tour-Presentation LA-96C Nike Missile Control Site- Encino

The Museum SFV is pleased to add this tour and presentation for Museum members and guests.

Franky Ortega, teacher, specialist on valley history related to the military and a The Museum SFV board member, will lead an interesting discussion at the location.

We are only going to provide a bit of history here so you will enjoy hearing the rest in person.





LA-96C was one of 16 Nike Missile Control Sites operated by the Army from the 1950s to the 1970s. These batteries circled the Los Angeles basin in what was called a “Ring of Supersonic Steel." The headquarters for the program was located in San Pedro’s Fort MacArthur. Few Angelenos were aware that many, many of nuclear missiles at military bases near their homes, their schools, and their parks, ready to be fired.

What's with the name Nike?  Well, the Army named their first anti-aircraft surface to air missile program after the Greek goddess of Victory, Nike.

Location:
San Vicente Mountain Park
17500 Mulholland Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Map and Directions

San Fernando Valley: Ventura Fwy (101) to Balboa Blvd exit. South (right) on Balboa Blvd. for 0.75 mile. East (left) onVentura Blvd for 0.5 mile and turn south (right) on Hayvenhurst Ave. for 1.5 miles then west (right) on Encino Hills Dr. Veer left on Mulholland Dr. Park is at the end of the road.

(With the park, it is in Brentwood - from the valley, folks call it in Encino - FYI)
Meet at 9:50 am
Presentation at 10:00 am plus Q&A -

 

The presentation will last one hour to 90 minutes with discussion and Q&A.

Please wear proper shoes, a hat and bring some water. The Museum will have some beverages/water available at the top.


(With the park, it is in Brentwood - from the valley, folks call it in Encino - FYI
On the other side, you will walk up fire road from Mandeville Canyon).


Cost: $10/pp; PLEASE RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite


Walk-up attendees are welcome. Canines are free to listen in too...

We would appreciate advance notice for this special event by calling 818-347-9665 or info@TheMuseumSFV.org and let us you will be attending.

Please bring a friend or two to this interesting place and bit of Cold War history in the valley and southern CA.

Monday, June 10, 2019

In 1969, a three-day festival that drew almost 200,000 fans of rock, folk and blues music descended upon Northridge when California State University, Northridge (CSUN) was the San Fernando Valley State College. 

Concert performers included Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Jethro Tull, Ike & Tina Turner, Three Dog Night and many others. This significant San Fernando Valley event, the precursor to Woodstock, was unfortunately overshadowed by other artistic, political and social events of that historical summer. This event was the Newport ’69 Pop Festival at Devonshire Downs.

In remembrance of this festival and in honor of its 50th anniversary, The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center and CSUN are hosting a project which will include an exhibition of photos, artifacts and oral histories of the time and event, as well as a possible concert and pre-concert events. 

To that end, The Museum is asking its patrons for photographs, videos, and/or artifacts of or from the Newport ’69 Pop Festival at Devonshire Downs or stories of individuals who attended the event to help us develop a comprehensive exhibit as a remembrance for the public.  This will include identifying individuals who wish to participate in The Museum’s oral history program by documenting their story on video.

If you have any such photos, artifacts or contacts to help us develop this extraordinary exhibit, please contact The Museum’s Vice President, Jackie Langa, and send her an email at Jackie.Langa@TheMuseumSFV.org or call her at The Museum (818) 347-9665 and leave a message and she will return your call as soon as possible.

We appreciate your continued patronage of The Museum and hope we can serve your needs to celebrate San Fernando Valley history, arts and culture in an educational and enjoyable form.

Thank you.

Jackie Langa
Vice President
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley




The Museum SFV
18860 Nordhoff St. #204
Northridge, CA 91324-3885

SE corner of Wilbur Ave. & Nordhoff St.

Tel: 818-347-9665

info@TheMuseumSFV.org

Hours:
Tuesday - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday - 1:00 pm -5:00 pm
Saturday - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free Admission.  Free Parking.  Elevator Access.

Friday, June 7, 2019

75th Anniversary of D-Day - Always Remember the Sacrifice

During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. 

Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning. Prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target. By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.

Preparing for D-Day

After World War II began, Germany invaded and occupied northwestern France beginning in May 1940. The Americans entered the war in December 1941, and by 1942 they and the British (who had been evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk in May 1940 after being cut off by the Germans in the Battle of France) were considering the possibility of a major Allied invasion across the English Channel. The following year, Allied plans for a cross-Channel invasion began to ramp up. In November 1943, Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), who was aware of the threat of an invasion along France’s northern coast, put Erwin Rommel (1891-1944) in charge of spearheading defense operations in the region, even though the Germans did not know exactly where the Allies would strike. Hitler charged Rommel with finishing the Atlantic Wall, a 2,400-mile fortification of bunkers, landmines and beach and water obstacles.

In January 1944, General Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969) was appointed commander of Operation Overlord. In the months and weeks before D-Day, the Allies carried out a massive deception operation intended to make the Germans think the main invasion target was Pas-de-Calais (the narrowest point between Britain and France) rather than Normandy. In addition, they led the Germans to believe that Norway and other locations were also potential invasion targets. Many tactics were used to carry out the deception, including fake equipment; a phantom army commanded by George Patton and supposedly based in England, across from Pas-de-Calais; double agents; and fraudulent radio transmissions.





A Weather Delay: June 5, 1944
 
Eisenhower selected June 5, 1944, as the date for the invasion; however, bad weather on the days leading up to the operation caused it to be delayed for 24 hours. On the morning of June 5, after his meteorologist predicted improved conditions for the following day, Eisenhower gave the go-ahead for Operation Overlord. He told the troops: “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.”

Later that day, more than 5,000 ships and landing craft carrying troops and supplies left England for the trip across the Channel to France, while more than 11,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion.


D-Day Landings: June 6, 1944

By dawn on June 6, thousands of paratroopers and glider troops were already on the ground behind enemy lines, securing bridges and exit roads. The amphibious invasions began at 6:30 a.m. The British and Canadians overcame light opposition to capture beaches codenamed Gold, Juno and Sword, as did the Americans at Utah Beach. U.S. forces faced heavy resistance at Omaha Beach, where there were over 2,000 American casualties. However, by day’s end, approximately 156,000 Allied troops had successfully stormed Normandy’s beaches. According to some estimates, more than 4,000 Allied troops lost their lives in the D-Day invasion, with thousands more wounded or missing.




Less than a week later, on June 11, the beaches were fully secured and over 326,000 troops, more than 50,000 vehicles and some 100,000 tons of equipment had landed at Normandy.





For their part, the Germans suffered from confusion in the ranks and the absence of celebrated commander Rommel, who was away on leave. At first, Hitler, believing the invasion was a feint designed to distract the Germans from a coming attack north of the Seine River, refused to release nearby divisions to join the counterattack. Reinforcements had to be called from further afield, causing delays. He also hesitated in calling for armored divisions to help in the defense. Moreover, the Germans were hampered by effective Allied air support, which took out many key bridges and forced the Germans to take long detours, as well as efficient Allied naval support, which helped protect advancing Allied troops.

In the ensuing weeks, the Allies fought their way across the Normandy countryside in the face of determined German resistance, as well as a dense landscape of marshes and hedgerows. By the end of June, the Allies had seized the vital port of Cherbourg, landed approximately 850,000 men and 150,000 vehicles in Normandy, and were poised to continue their march across France.

Victory in Normandy


By the end of August 1944, the Allies had reached the Seine River, Paris was liberated and the Germans had been removed from northwestern France, effectively concluding the Battle of Normandy. The Allied forces then prepared to enter Germany, where they would meet up with Soviet troops moving in from the east.

The Normandy invasion began to turn the tide against the Nazis. A significant psychological blow, it also prevented Hitler from sending troops from France to build up his Eastern Front against the advancing Soviets. The following spring, on May 8, 1945, the Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. Hitler had committed suicide a week earlier, on April 30.

Credit: History Channel Editors









Friday, May 24, 2019

5/26 TMSFV NoHo Historic Walking Tour - 2:00 - 330 pm; please join us

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

Please join us this Sunday, May 26th from 2:00 pm - 3:30pm


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)  
  •         Weddington Family History      
  •         North Hollywood Masonic Temple Lodge 542
  •         Phil’s Diner              
  •         Lankershim Elementary School (Marilyn Monroe attended)
RSVP:   
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 how many will be attending.

Cost:        $10 per person      

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

Tour meets promptly at 1:55 pm -
North Hollywood Regional Library 

5211 Tujunga St.
North Hollywood, CA 91601


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





The tour is about a one mile, flat walk. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and bottle of water.


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.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Devonshire Downs, Northridge, CA 6/20-22-69 - Seeking artifacts

Hello Newport '69 fans...

The Museum has some groovy and far out plans for the 50th anniversary of this amazing concert. We are seeking your support in these areas:

Do you have any artifacts or memorabilia from this event?

Do you know of anyone that may have some items that can be a part of a program, event or exhibit?

If you attended the event, would you be interested in having The Museum SFV interview you as part of our archives?

If so, please contact Jackie Langa at 818-347-9665 or email at jackie.langa@themuseumsfv.org.


Devonshire Downs, Northridge, CA 6/20-22-69
 

Jimi Hendrix was the headline act for the Friday night opening, but he played so poorly - supposedly from an LSD-laced drink - that he returned to the stage on Sunday. His Sunday performance with Buddy Miles, Eric Burdon, and several others lasted more than two hours. The Sunday performance is now legendary and prompted Los Angeles Times critic Pete Johnson to write that the audience “may have heard the best performance of their lives.”

An estimated 200,000 people attended Newport ’69. Despite a poor sound system, a lack of food, water, and restrooms, and brutal security by the Hells’ Angels, it was deemed a resounding success by the attendees and musicians. 




The City Fathers of Northridge held a different view and banned any future music festivals. Newport ’69 made headlines around the country for a spell, but two months later, the phenomenon known as Woodstock made Newport seem like a picnic.
 

Performers included:
Albert Collins
Albert King
Booker T. & the MG's
Brenton Wood
Buffy St. Marie
Byrds
Chambers Brothers
Charity
Creedence Clearwater Revival (Creedance as it appears on poster)
Edwin Hawkins Singers
Eric Burdon
Flock
Friends of Distinction
Grass Roots
Ike & Tina Turner
Jethro Tull
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Joe Cocker
Johnny Winter
Lee Michaels
Love
Marvin Gaye
Mother Earth
Poco
Rascals
Southwind
Spirit
Steppenwolf
Sweetwater
Taj Mahal
Three Dog Night 





Tuesday, May 14, 2019

6-22 @ 2:00 pm; The Museum SFV - Speaker Series - Historian Shel Weisbach; Valley Buildings

The Museum SFV is pleased to have Historian Shel Weisbach return with another engaging presentation on 

Valley Buildings (& more) That Make Us
Smile Wonder and Appreciate



Hold on as we take a rollercoaster journey to imaginative and harshly real SFV sites that lead to emotion-and-thought-provoking reactions with emphasis on roadside diners and vendors, public art and architecture, cultural and political correctness, humanity and poverty, coincidences, inconvenient spellings, the space age sci-fi, rails and sails.


Saturday, June 22, 2019

2:00pm - 4:00 pm

Cost: $10/pp


Location: The Museum SFV, Northridge
(see directions below)

PLEASE RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite.

Walk-in attendees welcome.  We would appreciate advance notice for this special event by calling 818-347-9665 or info@TheMuseumSFV.org and let us know you will be attending.

FREE Parking in The Museum SFV parking lot. 

Enter on northeast corner of the building.

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 west from CSUN and 1/3 mile east from the Northridge Fashion Mall
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 invite a family member, friend or colleague.



Thank you.

Tim Conway passes at age 85

Funny man Tim Conway was born on December 15th, 1933 in Willoughby, Ohio. He was a fraternity man at Bowling Green State University, served in the army, and started his career working for a radio station.

Conway got into comedy when he started writing and performing comedy skits between morning movies on CBS. Later, Rose Marie "discovered" him and he became a regular performer on The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1956). However, Conway would not earn true fame until starring as "Ensign Charles Parker" on McHale's Navy (1962). Conway sought further success in several shows that were failures, including the embarrassingly short-lived, Turn-On (1969), with only one episode. The producers did not even want it back on after the commercial break! Even his own show, The Tim Conway Show (1970) flopped, with only 12 episodes.





Conway starred in the Disney film, The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975), and also the films, The Prize Fighter (1979) and The Private Eyes (1980).

Conway became a comical performer on The Carol Burnett Show (1967), with characters such as "The Old Man" and "Mr. Tudball". Even though it is widely thought he was always a regular performer throughout the whole show, he only became a regular performer in 1975. He was a hysterical addition to the team and memorably made co-star Harvey Korman laugh on-screen live many times.

Conway had continued comedic roles such as "Dorf", and also in many more television appearances and films.




Tim Conway died on May 14, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. He was 85.

Source: IMDb

Doris Day passes away at age 97

One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who died before she was born and Paul, a few years older.

Her parents divorced while she was still a child, and she lived with her mother. Like most little girls, Doris liked to dance. At fourteen, she formed a dance act with a boy, Jerry Doherty, and they won $500 in a local talent contest. She and Jerry took a brief trip to Hollywood to test the waters. They felt they could succeed, so she and Jerry returned to Cincinnati with the intention of packing and making a permanent move to Hollywood. Tragically, the night before she was to move to Hollywood, she was injured riding in a car hit by a train, ending the possibility of a dancing career.

It was a terrible setback, but after taking singing lessons she found a new vocation, and at age 17, she began touring with the Les Brown Band. She met trombonist Al Jorden, whom she married in 1941. Jorden was prone to violence and they divorced after two years, not long after the birth of their son Terry. In 1946, Doris married George Weidler, but this union lasted less than a year. Day's agent talked her into taking a screen test at Warner Bros. The executives there liked what they saw and signed her to a contract (her early credits are often confused with those of another actress named Doris Day, who appeared mainly in B westerns in the 1930s and 1940s).




Her first starring movie role was in Romance on the High Seas (1948). The next year, she made two more films, My Dream Is Yours (1949) and It's a Great Feeling (1949). Audiences took to her beauty, terrific singing voice and bubbly personality, and she turned in fine performances in the movies she made (in addition to several hit records). She made three films for Warner Bros. in 1950 and five more in 1951. In that year, she met and married Martin Melcher, who adopted her young son Terry, who later grew up to become Terry Melcher, a successful record producer.

In 1953, Doris starred in Calamity Jane (1953), which was a major hit, and several more followed: Lucky Me (1954), Love Me or Leave Me (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and what is probably her best-known film, Pillow Talk (1959). She began to slow down her filmmaking pace in the 1960s, even though she started out the decade with a hit, Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960).

In 1958, her brother Paul died. Around this time, her husband, who had also taken charge of her career, had made deals for her to star in films she didn't really care about, which led to a bout with exhaustion. The 1960s weren't to be a repeat of the previous busy decade. She didn't make as many films as she had in that decade, but the ones she did make were successful: Do Not Disturb (1965), The Glass Bottom Boat (1966), Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968) and With Six You Get Eggroll (1968). Martin Melcher died in 1968, and Doris never made another film, but she had been signed by Melcher to do her own TV series, The Doris Day Show (1968). That show, like her movies, was successful, lasting until 1973. After her series went off the air, she made only occasional TV appearances.

By the time Martin Melcher died, Doris discovered she was millions of dollars in debt. She learned that Melcher had squandered virtually all of her considerable earnings, but she was eventually awarded $22 million by the courts in a case against a man that Melcher had unwisely let invest her money. She married for the fourth time in 1976 and since her divorce in 1980 has devoted her life to animals.

Doris was a passionate animal rights activist. She ran Doris Day Animal League in Carmel, California, which advocates homes and proper care of household pets.

Doris Day died on May 13, 2019, in Carmel Valley Village, California. She was 97.

Source: IMDb

Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Museum SFV Speaker Series -Space author, historian and journalist Rod Pyle - not to be missed

The Museum of the SFV Speaker Series continues this year with Rod Pyle, space author, journalist and historian on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at The Museum's alliance partner location, San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center in Tarzana.

Rod will discuss his latest book “First On The Moon: The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Experience,” which sold out on the first day of its release but will be available to all attendees for signing by the author, as well as “Space 2.0,” about the coming new space age.
The cost of each of the books will vary. Proceeds from book sales are generously being donated by Mr. Pyle to go to The Museum of the SFV.

“The Museum of the SFV is incredibly excited to have space author and historian Rod Pyle as one of our speakers this year. His expertise and proven background as nationally-recognized in the area of spaceflight makes him ideally suited to discuss the monumental anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the first landing on the Moon,” said Michel Stevens, President of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

This multimedia presentation will include previously-unseen photo montages from the mission, as well as little-known facts about some of the dangers that faced the astronauts while on the Moon.

"It’s an honor to be able to discuss the first landing on the Moon with residents of Southern California, my home, especially in a region that hosted so many of the companies and individuals, such as Aerojet Rocketdyne, North American Rockwell, Boeing, and McDonnell Douglas, that made this historic feat possible. Los Angeles is also home to a number of companies, such as SpaceX and Northrop Grumman, that are playing pivotal roles in the new space age that is upon us, and these will be highlighted as well,” Pyle said.

He has written extensively for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech and authored the Apollo Executive Leadership program for the Johnson Space Center with The Conference Board.

Rod appears frequently on national radio and television, with regular slots on KFI/Los Angeles, WGN/Chicago, PBS’s “Between the Lines” and other venues. Rod holds an MA from Stanford University and a BFA from the Art Center College of Design. Prior to book authoring, Rod produced nonfiction programming for The History Channel, Discovery Communications and a number of educational program providers, as well as producing TV commercials for over a decade.

He additionally worked in visual effects on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and a number of sci-fi pilots for Paramount Television and ran the preliminary visual effects unit for the new Battlestar Galactica. A number of his books, including "Blueprint for a Battlestar," “Innovation the NASA Way,” “Destination Mars” and “The Space Race” have been adopted for STEM efforts as well as university textbooks.

 


The event will be held at The San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center (SFVACC). The SFVACC is located at 18312 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, CA 91356. Tel: 818.697.5525; www.SFVACC.org.

There is free parking in rear of building - take Oxnard East, then right on Etiwanda and then right into alley to enter parking lot. Also, please try to take mass transit in the form of the Metro Orange line. You can take the Metro Orange Line too - hop off at Reseda and walk just south to Oxnard and head east about a block and a half to the SFVACC.


The cost for the event is $10/pp.


Please RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite

Walk-in attendees are welcome, but please RSVP beforehand at 818-347-9665 or info@TheMuseumSFV.org. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

The Museum SFV is located at 18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204, Northridge, CA 91324-1654. www.TheMuseumSFV.org. The Museum offers free admission to exhibits, free parking and has elevator access.

This will be a very special event that also ties into the new Apollo 11 - 50th anniversary exhibit at The Museum that opens up in early May.

Please join us.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

4/27 The Museum Special Speaker event; 7:00-9:00 pm; Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan®, Tarzana Ranch- Scott Tracy Griffin at SFV Arts & Cultural Center

The Museum of the SFV Speaker Series continues and is fortunate to have historian, author and Director of Special Projects for Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Scott Tracy Griffin, to speak at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center in Tarzana.



Mr. Griffin will share the history, facts and stories on the centennial, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan® and the Centennial of the Tarzana Ranch.

•    In 1911, one of the promoters of the Suburban Homes Co., General Harrison Gray Otis, purchased 550 acres of what is now the heart of Tarzana. General Otis was the founder and publisher of the Los Angeles Times. He took a very active part in the development of the Valley.
•    In 1915, water to the Valley was provided through the Owens River Aqueduct and the Valley was annexed to the City of Los Angeles. This secured the Valley's growth.
•    In 1919, Edgar Rice Burroughs purchased the Otis Ranch, built his home there and named it Tarzana Ranch.

The event will be held at The Museum’s alliance partner's location in Tarzana.
The San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center (SFVACC).
18312 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
Tel: 818.697.5525 

info@sfvacc.org
www.SFVACC.org


There is free parking in rear of building - take Oxnard East, then right on Etiwanda and then right into alley to enter parking lot. Also, please try to take mass transit in the form of the Metro Orange line. You can take the Orange Line - hop off at Reseda and walk just south to Oxnard and head east about a block and a half to the SFVACC.

The cost for the event is $10/pp; Please RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite


Walk-in attendees are welcome, but please RSVP beforehand at 818-347-9665 or info@TheMuseumSFV.org.  Light refreshments will be served.

Come on out and practice your best Tarzan voice!


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

5/19 Annual Bring Your Artifact Day; Speaker Series; Family Fun Day; FREE; Noon-4:00 pm

The Museum's popular annual Bring Your Favorite Artifact Day will be held on Sunday, May 19th from Noon - 4:00 pm

FREE event for the entire family.

We intend to have a small car show; food truck; arts and crafts for kids and ice cream offered by none other than Handel's Ice Cream of Northridge (just the best!) There will be a fee for food and ice cream.


The Museum SFV will also have a professor from CSUN speak about the history of objects and artifacts. The speaking event will begin at 2:00 pm

Over the last couple of years, local residents have brought over, shown and discussed varied artifacts from 1940s farming equipment, old family photos, elementary, junior high and high school memorabilia - all great stuff!


The Museum is interested in learning more about the history, art and culture of the San Fernando Valley.  

Some people can just bring over their items for a show and tell. Upon approval, we can take a photo and add the content to our archives.

Other folks have donated the items.  Either way, please join us!

The event will be held in The Museum's parking lot. The speaker event may be held outside or inside The Museum depending on the weather.

For more information, please contact Michel (Michael) Stevens at 818-347-9665 or info@TheMuseumSFV.org.

Come on out by yourself, with a friend or bring the entire family for a fun-filled afternoon.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

5/11 Daniel Pearl Magnet High School (DPMHS)- PearlCon IV- Board Game and ComicBook Convention

Daniel Pearl Magnet High School (DPMHS) is proud to announce PearlCon IV, the fourth annual Board Game and ComicBook Convention to be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Admission is $5. 

The school is located at:
6649 Balboa Blvd.
Lake Balboa, CA  91406
Tel: (818) 654-3775

The event is sponsored by the Daniel Pearl Magnet High School PTSA and Associated Student Body, and will be held on the DPMHS campus.The event is targeted for Middle School and High School students, and is intended to be a day of fun and enjoyment for both kids and parents. 

There will also be an added WWII segment for which The Museum SFV's own Franky Ortega will have special guests and booths educating attendees on the history of the Birmingham General Hospital and the school and areas involvement and history on WWII. Come, meet and learn from WWII veterans too!


The Museum SFV will h ave a booth at the event.

Local game stores and comic book stores will be on campus in the Dealers Room, and will running games, talks, and seminars throughout the day.

The school is using this event as a fundraiser for our school, since the majority of families do not have the means to help finance activities at the school. Our hope is to raise funds to support our basic operation as well as fund specific projects such as sending students to national journalism conventions, purchasing equipment for use by our newspaper and filmmaking students, and providing more resources in our library.

One of the traditional activities during PearlCon is a silent auction of materials that have been donated by local merchants. We are seeking distinctive items and baskets, such as toys, small appliances, tickets, gift certificates, or any services. Local businesses may make a monetary, product or service donation. If you choose to participate, your store will be recognized in a special supplement of The Pearl Post, our school’s nationally recognized award-winning newspaper.  If you wish to provide us with a banner, will be happy to display your banner during the Convention in a prominent location.

DPMHS is a the smallest comprehensive public high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, with an enrollment on only 360 students. Despite its small size, DPMHS is routinely recognized as one of the best schools in the nation by publications such as U. S. News and World Report, who include our school in the top 5% of all high schools. 

The school routinely achieves 100% graduation rates each June, and sends its students to colleges and universities throughout the nation.