Tel: (818) 347-9665 PST

info@TheMuseumSFV.org

www.TheMuseumSFV.org




Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Tarzana Ranch Centennial - Join Safari Walk and other organizations

Please join Safari Walk committee, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Councilman Bob Blumenfield CD3, Theatre of Will, The Museum of the San Fernando Valley and others for this special series of events celebrating the Centennial of the Tarzana Ranch.

In 1919, with financial security assured, Edgar Rice Burroughs moved to California, where he purchased the 550-acre estate of General Harrison Gray Otis, renaming it ‘Tarzana Ranch’.  Please read Edgar Rice Burroughs fascinating bio HERE.

Three weekends- from approx. 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 7th and 8th
  • September 14th and 15th
  • September 21st and 22nd
There will be historical lectures and walking tours,Free, (some by former board member Willard Simms of Theatre of Will), one on each Saturday, and they all begin at 12:00 pm.  

Walking tours are supposed to start and end at the Tarzana Then And Now location on Ventura Blvd.  

There will be other activities such as drum circles, music, dance, and live animal show.

Come on out to Tarzana, celebrate this monumental occasion and enjoy - FREE to the public.  Spread the word about these special events.

On Ventura Blvd. - between Reseda Blvd. and Crebs/Burbank Blvd.




Michel Stevens, The Museum of the SFV

Los Angeles Archives Bazaar October 12, 2019 - join The Museum SFV

If you are a history buff or would like to learn more about various historical organizations, museums and societies.... well, place your lobster bib on and join The Museum SFV and about 80 other organizations at the 14th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar - Free Admission to general public (parking fees on or near campus).


14th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar
Saturday, October 12, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library
USC University Park Campus
The Museum will be exhibiting along with approx. 80 other historical organizations.
Free admission to the general public
Take Metro to USC




All Day. All in one Place.

Come and celebrate the diversity of stories that make Southern California such a place of discovery. At the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, presented by L.A. as Subject and the USC Libraries, anyone with an interest in the region’s history will find something of value. A broad array of institutions and archives will have experts on hand to show off their collections and answer questions.

In addition to the wealth of information on display from exhibitors, day-long programming will feature preservation workshops and enlightening presentations.

The USC Libraries serve as the host institution for L.A. as Subject, an alliance of libraries, museums, and other archival and cultural organizations. The relationship complements the USC libraries’ strong regional history collection and is a natural outgrowth of the libraries’ efforts to preserve and expand access to the primary sources of L.A. history.

USC is minutes from downtown Los Angeles and is easily accessible by major freeways and the Metro Expo line. Doheny Library is located in the center of campus, adjacent to Alumni Park and across from Bovard Auditorium, on Trousdale Avenue. For information regarding parking on campus, visit the Parking Services Website.




Michel Stevens, The Museum of the SFV

John Hendry’s Forgotten Suburbs - A Valley Song, or Poem Perhaps

Blog Two – A Valley Song, or Poem Perhaps
By John Hendry

A Valley song, or poem perhaps?  That is the odd topic I was given as a neighborhood council member from a group who didn’t even quite know who Isaac Van Nuys was – or why we live in a town named after him.

How does one actually know who we Valleyites are or how we live?

Try looking for our Valley song, or our poem – and you’ll find Bing Crosby singing “I’ll Make the San Fernando Valley My Home” (actually in the “Top Ten” on D-Day), – or Los Abandoned “Van Nuys es Very Nice” on the Internet as a “punk anthem” to Van Nuys gone bad, - or even Tom Waits’ “Frank’s Wild Years” depicting a San Fernando Road used furniture salesman’s insanity created by living in The Valley.  Go to Luis J. Rodriguez, former Poet Laureate of Los Angeles and his literary salon in far Sylmar, a coffee shop/bookstore in a declining shopping center, and ask him to offer us suggestions.

But recently I was struck by Amanda McBroom’s song “Errol Flynn” (who also wrote lyrics to “The Rose”) for offering a storyline about her father that seems so very “Valley”.  



The song starts –

In a hall, on a wall, in a house in Reseda
There’s a poster held up by two nails and a pin
It’s my Daddy, the actor, ‘bout to die with his boots on.
He’s the man standing up there, beside Errol Flynn.

He got third or fourth billing at the end of each picture.
“But that doesn’t mean much”, he would say with a grin.
But he’d hold my hand tight as he pointed his name out
Only four or five names down below Errol Flynn.


Now this could be our “Valley song” – so many of us have lived our lives thinking we are “only four or five names down below Errol Flynn” – or know those who are.” Birth of a Nation” filmed just below the Pacoima Dam, 9 movie ranches throughout the Valley for Errol Flynn to ride through, charging the “Light Brigade”, or was it fending off “hostiles” with the 7th cavalry one day in that canyon behind Calabasas as General Custer with his men died “with their boots on” – a whirling dervish of excitement throughout our Valley home. 

As a USPS letter carrier for over 40 years, it was all around me.  I saw all of them – just around.  From Yakima Canutt, rodeo star of the 1930’s and the guy who actually rode Charlton Heston’s chariot in “Ben Hur”, to all the lesser actors -  “four or five names down below Errol Flynn”.  The day I surprised one of my actor friends – I had been watching a video – and there she was – one scene with Robert DiNiro – and I couldn’t believe I saw her. “That’s her!”…and then she was gone.

The Valley has such a remarkable heritage.  One day in Canoga Park, riding by the Madrid Theater, I saw a hundred people dressed in “Western wear”, the “best of cowboy culture”.  It was a memorial service for Dale Evans, Roy Rogers’ wife, and here were a hundred people who “kept the West alive” – from the movies – the horse handlers, the saddlers, the armorers, the mule skinners, the construction gang – all the people who made the movies – who would have had duller prosaic lives except for the Errol Flynn’s among us.

A Valley song, or poem perhaps?  A bit closer to reality than Bing Crosby’s version.

But he’d hold my hand tight as he pointed his name out –
Only four or five names down below Errol Flynn.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

8-25-19 Historic Walking Tour of Van Nuys - 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Sunday, August 25th
Historic walking tour of Van Nuys
2:00- 3:30 pm
$10/pp
RSVP in advance (appreciated) on EVENTBRITE.
Okay to pay on site




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 Fa├žade      
•    Van Nuys Post Office
•    Van Nuys Fire Station
•    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.

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

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

Please consider inviting a family member, colleague or friend.

Attendees will meet at 1:50 pm under the "Bridge/Archway" of the Braude Constituent Center, 6262 Van Nuys


www.TheMuseumSFV.org


 

9-22-19 Historic Walking Tour of NoHo - 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

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




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) - see amazing statues; take photos next to some of your favorite movie stars, directors, producers and characters!
  •         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.




When:  September 22, 2019

Time:    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost:        $10 per person      

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

Tour meets promptly at 1:50 pm -

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 (Michael) Stevens
President


Bill Carpenter
Director of Historic Walking Tours




Friday, August 9, 2019

8-25-19 Rancho de la Cordillera Foundation -New Mission Theatre - Concert of the August Moon

Elisabeth Waldo, Composer and the Rancho de la Cordillera Foundation present...





Please come on out to the Rancho de la Cordillera in Northridge for a wonderful evening.

What: Rancho de la Cordillera

When: Sunday, August 25, 2019

Time:  5:00 pm Reception
           6:00 pm  Concert

Admission by donation:  $40/person General Admission
$30/person, Members, Students and Seniors

Tickets available through Reservation or on site.


Where:
Rancho de la Cordillera
9015 Wilbur Ave.
Northridge, CA 91324

Info:  818-349-3400
manager@elisabethwaldomusic.com
www.elisabethwaldomusic.com

FREE Parking

August 25th - Fundraiser for The Museum SFV at Wilkinson -Square Dancing - Fun

Hello all fans of Square Dancing!



Please come on out to Wilkinson Recreation Center in Northridge to support YOUR Museum SFV.

What: Farmers & Charmers Square Dance Club

When: Sunday, August 25, 2019

Time:  5:30 - 9:00 pm

Cost:  $10/person

Where: Wilkinson Center
8956 Vanalden Ave.
Northridge, CA 91324

Info:  Terry Parks, 818-996-0974

Thank you to the Club for their support.

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.

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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