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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy July 4th to all The Museum of the San Fernando Valley members, donors, Friends of The Museum and visitors.  How about a little holiday trivia?

Send us your answers and if you have these all correct, we will send you two passes to an upcoming Museum speaker or historic tour event ($20 value!)

Send answers to: themuseumsfv(at)gmail(dot)(com).

1) What historical event do Americans celebrate on the Fourth of July?

a) Official signing of the Declaration of Independence
b) George Washington's birthday
c) The first shots of the American Revolution
d) Formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence

2) How many founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence?

a) 13
b) 7
c) 32
d) 56

3) Which president first held a Fourth of July celebration at the White House?

a) George Washington
b) John Adams
c) Thomas Jefferson
d) James Madison

4) Which two U.S. presidents died on July 4th in the same year?

a) Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
b) James Monroe and Martin Van Buren
c) Millard Fillmore and Andrew Johnson
d) William Howard Taft and Warren G. Harding

5) Which U.S. president was born on Independence Day?

a) Calvin Coolidge
b) James Buchanan
c) Andrew Johnson
d) Ronald Reagan

6) What is the estimated number of people living in the 13 colonies on July 4, 1776?

a) 2.5 million
b) 9 million
c) 15 million
d) 30 million

7) Which of the following was not one of the original 13 American Colonies?

a) Vermont
b) Georgia
c) Massachusetts
d) North Carolina

Good luck!

Sources: Varied
The Museum SFV members and visitors... it's that time of the year when we ask you to consider voting for YOUR Museum of the San Fernando Valley as the BEST museum in the valley.

Please vote online at:

Deadline is August, Sunday, 30 2020.

You must vote for a minimum of five categories.

Thank you.

Carl Reiner, prolific comedy legend who created ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show,’ dead at 98

Carl Reiner, prolific comedy writer and legend who was most well-known for creating ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show,’ died on June 29, 2020 at the age of 98 in Beverly Hills.

His longtime writing partner Mel Brooks said he treasured Carl Reiner as a colleague and friend.

“Whether he wrote or performed or he was just your best friend — nobody could do it better,” Brooks said. “He’ll be greatly missed. A tired cliche in times like this, but in Carl Reiner’s case it’s absolutely true. He will be greatly missed."

The Bronx-born Reiner worked in a machine shop after high school as he took free acting classes sponsored by the Works Progress Administration. He made $1 a week for his first paid acting gig but had to promise not to brag about his good fortune to the other cast members at a Manhattan theater.

He first came to national attention in the 1950s on Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows,” where he wrote alongside Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and other comedy legends. He remained lifelong friends with Brooks; in their later years, the two often shared dinner and a movie at Reiner’s home.

Additional information can be read from article written by Steve Chawkins and Dennis McLellan of The Los Angeles Times by clicking HERE.

"I've done a lot in my life but have to say that show is what I'm most proud of," said Reiner. "We couldn't afford to shoot it originally in color and make a profit, but I'm so pleased with the colorized episodes – they look fantastic."

Reiner's 2017 HBO documentary, "If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast," was also recently released on DVD in which he narrates a series of interviews with active nonagenarians.

"In my opening section, I'm reading the newspaper obituary section and remark if I'm not in it, I'll have breakfast," he said. "They thought that would make a good title."

The documentary features 90+ year-old guests still active in areas such as sports, fashion, music, comedy and acting, such as Dick Van Dyke, Kirk Douglas, and Reiner's long-time cohort in comedy Mel Brooks. "Truly a collection of remarkable people," said Reiner.

 "Truly a collection of remarkable people," said Reiner.

His son, famous director and actor, Rob Reiner tweeted, "Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light."

Hugh Downs, television pioneer at ‘Today’ and ‘20/20,’ dies at 99

Hugh Downs, a television pioneer whose career spanned over five decades that included serving as Jack Paar’s late-night announcer-sidekick, hosting NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s news magazine “20/20,” died on July 2nd in Scottsdale, Arizona.

More than three decades later, the Guinness Book of Records certified that Downs held the Guinness Record for on-air national commercial television time, with nearly 10,000 as of 1985. His total of more than 15,000 hours was surpassed by Regis Philbin in 2004.

Hugh Downs on The Today Show.  

Downs worked for five years on the “Tonight” show, 10 years hosting the game show “Concentration,” nine years hosting the “Today” show, four years hosting “Over Easy", and the first seven of his 21 years hosting “20/20.” 

Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters on the show 20/20.

To read entire Obit article written by Dennis McLellan, Stephen Battaglio of The Los Angeles Times, please click HERE.

Jack Paar, Hugh Downs and Jose Melis on the Tonight Show in 1960.

Hugh Downs on the show Concentration. 

Friday, June 19, 2020

7-11 Zoom Speaker Series - Join us; Telling History Through Charms from artist, author and historian Phyllis Hansen

Please join us with The Museum's ongoing virtual speaker series on Zoom Saturday, July 11th, from 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm with author and historian Phyllis Hansen as she takes you on a journey, Telling History Through Charms.

We ask for a $10 donation to support The Museum SFV.  RSVP HERE.

Upon reservation, we will send you the Zoom link a couple of days before the event.

Several years ago Phyllis authored a book on charms, “Charming: Jewelry with a Message” written for Brighton, the accessories company.

This led Phyllis down the rabbit hole into a wonderland learning where and when charms began, what stories they tell, how they are made, who wore them and why and how, even “what’s it all got to do with love.” She and the art team created some ideas of their own, too, on how to use, collect, and design with them, be it an old celluloid charm from a Crackerjack box or an heirloom that tells family history.

She has also collected charming stories from her audiences who brought their own remarkable bracelets to the programs. Now it’s your turn. 

Interactive portion of the meeting
- After the PowerPoint on Zoom, members who have vintage or contemporary charm bracelets and stories to show and tell can share with the rest of us, too.

Come bring your charming self and bracelets to the Zoom!

Phyllis is also a private collector, maintaining archives of several historic artists whose focus was on early California and its ranchos, pioneering figures and stories. Her love of research, combined with her passion for collecting, led her down new and quite surprising paths into the world of early California history herself. Meeting many remarkable, interesting people and making many exciting discoveries along the way, she now finds herself deeply immersed in the activities of a number of historical organizations and writing/editing on related topics. In free moments she does some art herself.

Presently Phyllis serves as Executive Committee Member, Programming & Education Lead with LA as Subject, Board member, Campo de Cahuenga Historical Memorial Association, concentrating on building the library and archives for this organization, Board member, San Fernando Valley Historical Society and was a founding member/director and officer of (and now advisor to) The Museum of the San Fernando Valley. She is a “Wikipedian,” volunteering on through local edit-a-thons to grow and expand the story of greater Los Angeles on the online encyclopedia site as well as helping balance the gender gap of Wikipedia’s contributors and content. In the past she has also been on the steering committee for Los Angeles’ Heritage Day. 

Please join us for a charming and engaging presentation!

RSVP and pay in advance HERE.

Thank you.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day 2020 - trivia challenge

Can you guess the actual dates of each of the major wars since the Civil War?

A.  Civil War
B.  Spanish American War
E.  Korean War
F.  Vietnam War
G.  Iraq War
H.  Afghanistan War

1.  June 25, 1950 – July 27, 1953

2.  April 21, 1898 – August 13, 1898

3.  November 1, 1955 – April 30, 1975

4.  July 28, 1914 – November 11, 1918

5.  September 1, 1939 – September 2, 1945

6.  Oct 7, 2001 - Present

7.  April 12, 1861 – April 9, 1865

8.  Mar 20, 2003 – Dec 18, 2011

To play trivia:
Please send us your tally by calling  out one letter and one number such as A1 or C3 (just examples).

If you guess all correctly, we will send you two passes to an upcoming historic walking tour or speaker event ($20 value).

Please send in your guess to:

Leave us your name and email address you want us to respond to and we will notify you if you are a winner.

Thank you.

Michel Stevens -post

Memorial Day 2020 - to be remembered

The Museum SFV extends wishes to all military families and veterans of all wars on this Memorial Day 2020.

Here are some Memorial Day tidbits with an image from various wars.

When the first versions of Memorial Day were celebrated after the Civil War, the event went by the name Decoration Day, when flowers were laid on graves.

Civil War image

For more than 100 years, Memorial Day was reserved for honoring the lives of Civil War soldiers. The holiday didn’t expand to casualties of all American wars until after World War I.

WWI image

Although there has been debate on the birthplace of Memorial Day, the U.S. government has given Waterloo, New York, the official title.

WWII image

In 1868, about 5,000 people decorated graves at Arlington National Cemetery’s first Memorial Day ceremony. About the same number of people still gather there annually.

Korean War image

Until 1971, when Memorial Day became an official federal holiday, the annual commemoration stayed on May 30, no matter what day of the week.

Vietnam War

Federal guidelines say the flag should be displayed at half-staff only until noon, then go up to full-staff until sundown.

Iraq War

Congress passed a law in December of 2000 that requires Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to honor the fallen soldiers.

Some of this trivia collected from Reader's Digest.

Michel Stevens -post

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

6-13-20 Speaker Series Event - David Coscia - author; The Southern Pacific in the SFV; Zoom presentation

The Museum SFV is very pleased to announce the return of author David Coscia with another fascinating book on the the history of the railroad in the San Fernando Valley - please join us for this special ZOOM presentation/ event. 

NOTE: With The Museum currently closed, we are moving our speaker series online - more people, members and guests will be able to enjoy our diverse and educational programming.

You will receive the Zoom meeting info the week before the event.

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in 1998, David Coscia began researching the railroad history of the San Fernando Valley. This culminated twenty years later with the publication of the book, Southern Pacific in the San Fernando Valley: 1876-1996. 

This massive tome focuses on the history of the Southern Pacific, and also has information on Amtrak, Metrolink, industrial railroads, and little known railroads such as the monorail that operated at Busch Gardens. 

Come learn about the beginnings of the railroads and the changes to the valley due their presence. We begin with small steam locomotives, graduate to giant steam locomotives, and close with more modern diesel locomotives. 

Born and raised in the community of Granada Hills, David has had a life-long love of history. In December 1993, he graduated with a B. S. in History from California State University, Northridge. 

Copies of his book will be available for purchase afterwards and David will be signing books. The retail price is $90, but copies will available for a significant discount. Please bring cash or a check, no credit cards accepted. We hope to see you there. 

RSVP: 1-818-347-9665 or email at

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (presentation, 2:00-3:30 and then Q&A)

Cost: $10 per person

Free for Museum members (emails us for link)

Please pay in advance via EVENTBRITE or PayPal you can pay via check sent to The Museum SFV.

Location of Speaker Event:

ZOOM Meeting - details/dial-in/log-in to be sent in early June

Please forward this to a family member, colleague or friend. This will be a terrific presentation and event. These type of events are to educate and will also allow The Museum to raise some needed funds during these coronavirus times.

Thank you.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

50th anniversary of Kent State shootings -where were you?

Tomorrow is the 50th Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970.

If you are old enough to remember that day, time and experience... please tell us about it.

Were you a college student at the time?

A parent with school-age children?

Were you in or did you have family in Vietnam at the time?

Help us educate valley residents and guests about this moment in history.

Enjoy an excerpt from an article in the OC Register via Daily News:

Kent State’s perpetual wound still painful after 50 years
Half a century after four students were killed on campus by military troops during an anti-war protest, some questions may never be answered

By | | Orange County Register

Dean R. Kahler’s first college semester was nearing an end when he went home for the weekend 50 years ago this month to celebrate his 20th birthday.
Kent State University student Dean Kahler, who was paralyzed from the waist down by a National Guardsman’s bullet on May 4, l1970, eads a candlelight procession in September of 1970. s. (© Akron Beacon Journal/TNS/

The northeast Ohio country boy had worked in the Republic Steel melt shop in Canton to help pay for school and got a late start on college. He had a high draft number, so he didn’t worry about going to Vietnam. He looked forward to four years of academics to launch his chosen career in public service.

When he returned to campus Sunday afternoon, everything had changed. Two days of anti-war demonstrations culminated in the torching of a campus military building. The governor came to town vowing to restore order and called in the Ohio National Guard. Curfews were set and armed troops patrolled the grounds.

And within 24 hours, on May 4, 1970, Kahler’s world would forever change amid a violent combustion that put a hard time stamp on the end of the1960s and delivered the war to the doorstep of America’s heartland.

That’s when guardsmen opened fire on a crowd of students at Kent State University, killing four and wounding nine, including Kahler, who suffered a spinal-cord injury that permanently paralyzed him from the chest down. 

Please click HERE to read the rest of the article.

Also, enjoy the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song, written by Neil Young, OHIO

Click link here:  OHIO

OHIO: an iconic song written by Neil young in response to the Ohio, Kent state shooting.. listen to this  powerful Time capsule edition and experience the crisp nostalgic sound that would have once been heard ringing throughout Streets in Vietnam protests following the release of four beautiful souls in cold blood by the ONG on Kent state campus grounds in Kent, Ohio May 4, 1970

Please add a comment below or email us.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

The Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation - learn, grow, support

The Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation

Preserving and sharing Southern California railroads past and present
through public outreach, photographic collections and adventure.

The Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation is built on three elements: preservation, adventure, and education. Read about our exciting programs below.

Founded in 1999 by Josef Lesser and Ron Gustafson, the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation (LARHF) preserves, shares, and celebrates the history of railroading throughout the Los Angeles and Southern California.

We are sorry to inform The Museum SFV followers that Josef Lesser, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away peacefully in his Los  Angeles home at 9:48 am on Friday, February 28, 2020. He was 83 years old. 

The organization continues to educate via satellite exhibits across the Southland, by sharing our archive of historic photography and memorabilia, by hosting member field trips and special events, by holding Scouting classes on railroad safety, and with our book publishing series. We employ our resources and expertise to support media, researchers, authors, heritage groups, and local communities.

The Museum SFV has been asked to locate a valley location and we hope to do so in the near future.

Also, upon opening up again, the LARHF had agreed to participate in our 2020 speaker series.

To learn more, please visit the LARHF website at

Mailing Address:
Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation
825 Colorado Blvd Ste 242
Los Angeles, CA 90041-1714

Friday, May 1, 2020

GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity - May 5, 2020

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

This new day is organized by GivingTuesday, and is being held in addition to the annually scheduled GivingTuesday event that will still take place on December 1, 2020. In partnership with GivingTuesday’s global network of leaders, partners, communities and generous individuals, this event is set to spark an increase in grassroots generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

People can show their generosity in a variety of ways to participate in #GivingTuesdayNow–whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity counts. The movement is currently focused on opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection and kindness even while practicing physical distancing.

#GivingTuesdayNow is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity–to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal.

Ideas for May 5, 2020

  • Give money, goods, PPE supplies—anything you can to organizations on the front lines of this pandemic. Remember to also show your support for local nonprofits, who despite COVID-19 are continuing to provide much needed services to the community.
  • Clap for your healthcare workers, thank your post officer, delivery driver, and other essential workers. Write thank you cards, post on social media, and share your appreciation for the people and organizations who are helping your community.
  • Safely volunteer virtually from your home. Give your voice to help raise awareness, lend your talents to give pro bono hours to a nonprofit who needs your expertise, or take an hour to call a senior who may be alone.
  • Support your local community by buying from small businesses and raising awareness for organizations that are getting hit the hardest by this pandemic. Celebrate members of your community who are giving back.
  • Kindness is contagious. Buy flowers or groceries for a neighbor, offer to walk a neighbor's pets, call a friend, hang a heart or sign in your window, host a concert from your balcony.
  • Help with response efforts by bringing groceries to at-risk individuals, sewing masks for nurses and doctors, donating excess food items to shelters and food banks, or giving blood.

Donate to The Museum of The San Fernando Valley

Get Involved.

Make a Difference in Your Community

Thank you.

Boris Yaro, Times photographer who took iconic image of mortally wounded RFK, dies at 81

March 12, 2020

As every adult American can recall, on June 5, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was leaving the Ambassador Hotel following his victory in that year’s California Democratic Presidential primary, was shot and killed.

A part-time Los Angeles Times photographer, working on his own time, in hopes of catching a shot for his wall, followed.

“The idea went further than I had expected,” Boris Yaro would write more than 40 years later in a reminiscence of the night he became one of the world’s celebrated photographers.

In the pandemonium of the hotel’s pantry following Kennedy’s shooting by Sirhan B. Sirhan, as the crowd parted from the fallen candidate, Yaro snapped the enduring black-and-white image of a distraught busboy trying to console a mortally wounded hero.

Yaro, who shot news photos for The Times for more than 40 years and along the way tutored the actor who played the news photographer on the TV series “Lou Grant,” died Wednesday at his home in Northridge of natural causes. He was 81.

Although Yaro’s career became defined by the Kennedy photo, he was known to colleagues as a hard-driving but dapper news hound.

In his 2010 recollection of the night of the Kennedy assassination, Yaro said he did not take photos during the shooting.

“It was dark, and I think I was afraid,” he wrote.

When he saw Kennedy sinking to the floor, he realized, “I had better make pictures.”

Then a woman grabbed his sleeve and pleaded with him to stop.

“My response was, ‘Dammit, lady, this is history,’ ” Yaro wrote. “I pulled my coat sleeve loose from her grasp but lost some visual space because people began crowding around the fallen Kennedy.”

The photo, which is part of the permanent collections of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and Museum of Modern Art in New York, did not win the Pulizer Prize, which went that year to an equally enduring shot of the execution of a Viet Cong prisoner in Saigon.

Pulitzer Prize-winning former Times photographer Don Bartletti said he thought two Pulizers should have been given that year.

“When you look at Boris’ picture of Kennedy from head to foot, with the kitchen worker leaning over him, that is a completely perfect composition with all the necessary elements,” Bartletti said. “His picture is and will remain fantastic.”

Besides his two children, Yaro is survived by his wife, Jill, and a brother.

To read the rest of the article by Los Angeles Times reporter Doug Smith, click HERE.


NASA Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Apollo 13, ‘A Successful Failure’

NASA marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission – which has become known as “a successful failure” that saw the safe return of its crew in spite of a catastrophic explosion – the agency is sharing a variety of resources, recognizing the triumph of the mission control team and the astronauts, and looking at how those lessons learned can be applied to its lunar Artemis program.

“Our goal 50 years ago was to save our valiant crew after sending them around the Moon and return them safely to Earth,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “Our goal now is to return to the Moon to stay, in a sustainable way. We are working hard to ensure that we don’t need to respond to this kind of emergency in Artemis, but to be ready to respond to any problems we don’t anticipate.”

 S70-35614 (17 April 1970) --- The crewmembers of the Apollo 13 mission, step aboard the USS Iwo Jima, prime recovery ship for the mission, following splashdown and recovery operations in the South Pacific Ocean. Exiting the helicopter which made the pick-up some four miles from the Iwo Jima are (from left) astronauts Fred W. Haise Jr., lunar module pilot; James A. Lovell Jr., commander; and John L. Swigert Jr., command module pilot. The crippled Apollo 13 spacecraft splashed down at 12:07:44 p.m. (CST), April 17, 1970.  Credits: NASA

The crew of Apollo 13 consisted of Commander James (Jim) Lovell Jr., Command Module Pilot John Swigert Jr. and Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise Jr. Their Saturn V rocket launched at 2:13 p.m. EST on April 11,1970, from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The command module was named Odyssey, and the lunar module was named Aquarius.

While en route to the Moon on April 13, an oxygen tank in the Apollo service module ruptured. The lunar landing and moonwalks, which would have been executed by Lovell and Haise, were aborted as a dedicated team of flight controllers and engineering experts in the Apollo Mission Control Center devoted their efforts to developing a plan to shelter the crew in the lunar module as a “lifeboat” and retain sufficient resources to bring the spacecraft and its crew back home safely. Splashdown occurred in the Pacific Ocean at 1:07 p.m. April 17, after a flight that lasted five days, 22 hours and 54 minutes.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Lyle Waggoner, foil on ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’ dies at 84

March 17, 2020

Lyle Waggoner, who used his good looks to comic effect on “The Carol Burnett Show,” partnered with a superhero on “Wonder Woman” and was the first centerfold for Playgirl magazine, died Tuesday. He was 84.

Waggoner, who was battling cancer, died peacefully at his Los Angeles-area home with his wife of 60 years, Sharon, at his side, according to a family statement.

A household name in the 1970s, Waggoner went on to become a successful entrepreneur. He built a behind-the-scenes business that provides custom trailers that keep stars comfortable during production breaks. Playing on his surname, he called it Star Waggons.

In the mid-1960s, the Kansas-born Waggoner was appearing in run-of-the-mill movies such as “Swamp Country” and “The Catalina Caper” and was a finalist to play “Batman” in the campy TV series that eventually starred Adam West. Then he was called to audition for Burnett’s variety show.

To read the rest of the article, please click HERE.

COVID-19 State of CA - order - updated March 23, 2020 at 6:00 pm

The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

Frequently asked questions

When does the stay at home order go into effect and how long will we stay home? What areas of the state are covered?

The order went into effect on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The order is in place until further notice. It covers the whole state of California, and it exempts activity as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.
What can I do? What’s open?

Essential services will remain open, such as:

    Gas stations
    Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
    Laundromats/laundry services
    Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

What’s closed

    Dine-in restaurants
    Bars and nightclubs
    Entertainment venues
    Gyms and fitness studios
    Public events and gatherings
    Convention Centers
    Hair and nail salons

Can the Order be changed?

Yes. The State Public Health Officer may issue orders as needed – for example if more information emerges about the public health situation – and issue new orders and directives as conditions warrant.

How does this order interact with local orders to shelter in place? Does it supersede them?

This is a statewide order.

Business and taxes
What businesses and organizations are exempt?

Businesses and organizations that provide critical infrastructure for the state are exempted, including health care and public health, public safety, food and agriculture and media. See the full list of exempt sectors (pdf). 

I run/work at an exempted business or organization, as defined by the Order. Do I need to get an official letter of authorization from the state to operate?

No. If your business or organization is in the list of exempt sectors, it may still operate. You do not need to obtain any specific authorization from the state to do so.

Do I need to pay my taxes?

Yes, state and federal deadlines have been extended. All state taxes are now due on July 15.

Schools and childcare
My school is providing free grab-and-go meals and childcare. Are those still open?

Yes. It is essential to keep children fed and educated. School employees should report to work and focus on distance learning, school meals, and childcare/supervision. 

Are daycares still open? Can my babysitter still come to the house?

Yes. Daycares are still open, but only for children of parents working in essential sectors. Daycare centers that remain open should employ heightened cleaning and distancing requirements. Babysitters may

Health care and helping sick relatives

What if I need to visit a health care provider?

If you are feeling sick with flu-like symptoms, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center.

If you need to go to the hospital, call ahead so they can prepare for your arrival. If you need to call 911, tell the 911 operator the exact symptoms you are experiencing so the ambulance provider can prepare to treat you safely.

What about routine, elective or non-urgent medical appointments?

Non-essential medical care like eye exams, teeth cleaning, and elective procedures must/should be cancelled or rescheduled. If possible, health care visits should be done remotely.

Contact your health care provider to see what services they are providing.
May I still go out to get my prescriptions?

Yes. You may leave their homes to obtain prescriptions or get cannabis from a licensed cannabis retailer.

Can I leave home to care for my elderly parents or friends who require assistance to care for themselves? Or a friend or family member who has disabilities?

Yes. Be sure that you protect them and yourself by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least six feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue and then washing your hands. If you have early signs of a cold, please stay away from your older loved ones.

Can I visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility?

Generally no. There are limited exceptions, such as if you are going to the hospital with a minor who is under 18 or someone who is developmentally disabled and needs assistance. For most other situations, the order prohibits non-necessary visitation to these kinds of facilities except at the end-of-life. This is difficult, but necessary to protect hospital staff and other patients.

Outdoor recreation
Can I still exercise? Take my kids to the park for fresh air? Take a walk around the block? Walk my dog?

Yes. So long as you are maintaining a safe social distance of six feet from people who aren’t part of your household, it is ok to go outside for exercise, a walk or fresh air. Gyms are closed.

Can people still go hiking or visit State Parks?

Californians can walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods as long as they continue to practice social distancing of 6 feet. This means avoiding crowded trails & parking lots. To help reduce crowds, State Parks is modifying operations at some parks, including closing vehicular access and parking lots to reduce density of visitors. A list of closures can be found at Everyone has the responsibility to “Flatten the COVID-19 Curve at Parks” by maintaining a social distance of 6 feet or more when recreating in the outdoors, and staying home if they are sick. If visitors cannot maintain social distancing, they need to leave the park.


Can I walk my dog? Take my pet to the vet?

You can walk your dog. You can go to the vet or pet hospital if your pet is sick. Remember to distance yourself at least six feet from other pets and owners.

Friday, March 13, 2020

The Museum SFV - temporary closure due to Coronavirus until Thursday, May 15, 2020

Hello to all Museum Members, Donors, Visitors, Advisors and Community at large.

The Museum of the SFV and its Executive Board has decided close temporarily until Thursday, May 15, 2020. This will also include cancelling our monthly tours and speaker events for March and early April. 

The Museum SFV is researching digital programming in the form of our speaker series and special tours.

We will evaluate the overall local environment for Coronavirus and make a determination on whether to open at this time or to extend the temporary closure.

At this time, there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases associated with The Museum SFV. However, out of an abundance of caution, these preventive measures are being taken to ensure the well-being of Museum board, volunteers and the general public.

During this time, YOUR museum will be working on creating on the next phase of our evergreen exhibit on Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan.  Stay tuned, you are going to really enjoy this next exhibit.

Our next Historic Walking Tours are currently set to return on April 25th, from 10:00am - Noon, with our tour of Van Nuys.  

Please RSVP HERE. (4/25/20 Van Nuys Tour)

Our March speaker event on the Southern Pacific in the Valley has been moved to Saturday, May 23rd from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at The Museum SFV.  

Please RSVP HERE. (5/23/20 David Coscia Speaker Event)

Our Historic Walking Tours will continue in May with our tour of North Hollywood (NoHo) tour on May 23, 2020 from 10:00am - Noon.  

lease RSVP HERE. (5/23/20 NoHo Tour)

Thank you,

Michel (Michael) Stevens

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Below is an excerpt from the Mayor of Los Angeles regarding COVID-19.

Here are steps you should take:
  • Know the symptoms: COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath — and may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Person-to-person spread mainly occurs via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, like the flu. A less common form of transmission can take place from objects or surfaces that become infected.
  • Take precautions: If you are sick, stay home. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Cover your cough or sneeze. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. If you have recently traveled in an area with COVID-19 infections or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 and are showing symptoms, monitor your health and contact your doctor.
  • Plan ahead: Make sure you have extra food, medical supplies, and emergency kits in your home. Talk to your family, friends, and neighbors to develop emergency plans — particularly for children, seniors, and anyone with chronic medical conditions that may make them particularly susceptible to illness. And remember, L.A. City tap water continues to be of the highest quality and is 100-percent safe to drink. LADWP’s treatment processes are specifically designed to protect the public from all viruses and harmful bacteria. 
  • Stay informed: Stick with trusted and official sources for accurate and timely updates, including,, and And don’t forget to sign up for NotifyLA, our city’s emergency notification system. For more questions, you can call 211, the County’s hotline, which is available 24/7.
Share this information with your family, friends, and colleagues, so we can all do our part to protect our community and our city.

This is a moment for preparation, not panic. A moment to be kind and generous and to show the very best of the Angeleno spirit. And I know that each of us will do our part to stay vigilant, stay informed, and help limit the spread of this virus.

We will get through this together –– in Los Angeles, we always do.

Eric Garcetti
Your Mayor

Monday, February 17, 2020

2-22 10:00am-11:30 am Historic Walking Tour of Van Nuys

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
  • 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  

Cost:        $10 per person 

(Okay to walk-up and pay)

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Parking:    Street & metered parking in area

RSVP:     1-818-347-9665, email at

Please consider inviting a family member, colleague or friend.

Attendees will meet at 9:50 am under the "Bridge/Archway" 
Braude Constituent Center
6262 Van Nuys Blvd. 
Van Nuys, CA 91401

(SE corner of  Sylvan Street and Van Nuys Blvd.)