2010 THE YEAR OF VALLEY ADVENTURES
The young man was alarmed at the crowd of people, he assumed were somehow after his car. Assertively he asked what The Museum walking tour was doing in front of the house in which he was living. Before he left, he said to me, "... historical importance? Guess rent will be going up here in the 'hood." (Humm, I thought, he just may be right. Appreciating historical value adds to an all-important 'sense of place'. And, that can add to property value.)
Museum "in-tourist" photographs a bail bondsman's limo. Check out the license plate.
Throughout the San Fernando Valley, Christian churches feature windows and other elements of symbolic art that demonstrate the religion's origins in Judaism. Here in the Van Nuys Methodist Church, a stained glass window shows Jesus at his bar mitzvah.
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Hidden in the shrubbery at the far left corner of the Old Van Nuys Post Office is this historic cornerstone. I wasn't in the situation on The Museum's historic walking tour to push the plants around, but this picture gives an idea of the information it contains. (click on the image to enlarge it.)
Henry Morgenthau Jr. was the Secretary of the United States Treasury under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. James A. Farley, dear friend and confidant of FDR was Post Master General. Hundreds of post offices and other federal building were constructed during Roosevelt's administration in an effort to pull the United States out of the Great Depression.
The Museum's tour group was able to see the renovated Van Nuys Public Library Building. I hadn't been inside the structure for 53 years, since I once did research for my term papers at Notre Dame High School. (click on this image to enlarge)