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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.