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Monday, October 27, 2014

Celebrate Pacoima! Dia De Los Muertos Festival - Nov. 1 & Nov. 2

In Latin America, many people believe that the souls of the dead return each year on Dia de los Muertos (November 1st) to visit loved ones. To welcome them back, the living prepare commemorative altars with symbolic ofrendas. Often, people also decorate gravesites and an area in the home to remember and welcome the souls back. 

Photo Credit: Manny Velazquez
Ofrendas are items that the deceased enjoyed while alive and that will entice the soul to return (for example a favorite drink, food or game); other things that invite them back are items that represent earth, wind, fire and water (four elements in nature). Earth is usually represented by a fruit, plants or clay. Wind usually is represented by papel picado. Candles are used to represent fire. Cups are left with water to quench the souls thirst after a long journey back. 

Marigolds are also often included in altars because they are believed to light the way for the dead with their bright color and fragrance. Sugar skulls, photos, and even articles about the person being commemorated are also part of a typical altar. 

This year the Museum's Public Art Committee is commemorating fallen artists at the Celebrate Pacoima! Dia De Los Muertos Festival on Saturday, Nov. 1st from 1pm to 9pm and Sunday, Nov. 2nd from 1pm to 5pm. Come channel Rivera, Siqueiros and Orozco and help paint a mural. Bring some food and eat at our picnic style altar or enjoy food outdoors at a local restaurant.

Also decorate paper skulls, enjoy artwork from local artists, listen to live music, face painting and take a free mural walking tour. You can also commemorate anyone by bringing a picture or item to add to the community altar. FAMILY FRIENDLY FREE EVENT!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


The Museum and the entire San Fernando Valley lost a kind man and a community leader. Our thoughts and wishes go out to Diane and the entire Weddington McCreary family. Guy and Diane were early advisors to The Museum.

Guy Weddington McCreary, devoted husband, loving father, philanthropist, community leader and historian, left this earth on October 12th at the age of 77 years, after a brave battle with cancer.   Guy leaves behind his loving wife Diane, his son Jon and many devoted friends.

Guy was the venerable patriarch of the historic Weddington family, who owned and developed much of North Hollywood, Toluca Lake and Studio City.  Guy’s family came to present day North Hollywood in 1886.  In 1892, Wilson Weddington, Guy’s Great Grandfather, was appointed the first Postmaster of the town of Toluca.  He was also Constable of that same community.  The Weddington’s original farm included most of today’s North Hollywood business district.  Their first family farm house remains today on Weddington Street.   

Throughout their 128 year history in the San Fernando Valley, the Weddington family provided the land or built the first area school (Lankershim school), the first jail, the first and then current North Hollywood fire stations, the Southern Pacific train depot, the North Hollywood Post Office, the El Portal Theater (which the family built in 1926), the Bank of Lankershim, the Weddington Brothers General Store (later Rathbun’s Department Store and the Valley’s first modern department store) and the North Hollywood Library.   

During the 1920’s the family helped create and dedicate North Hollywood Park, and in later years Weddington Park on land previously farmed by the family.  In 1895 the family sold The Southern Pacific land for a train depot (which remains today), and beginning in 1897 the family operated the Bonner Packing Company, which produced and shipped San Fernando Valley fruit across the Nation and around the world.  By 1907 Bonner Packing was the largest employer in the area with more than 250 employees.   

In 1910 the Weddington Investment Company was formed and, in partnership with Harry Chandler, Moses Sherman and H J Whitley, they were successful in bringing the Pacific Electric Red Car to the Valley.  In the 1950’s the family lead the fight to build the 101 freeway through the Cahuenga Pass and later, under Guy’s leadership, they would fight to bring the MTA Red Line subway to the Valley.   In the 1970’s, as North Hollywood was in decline, Guy McCreary lead the fight to bring redevelopment to the community his family had built.  Guy helped envision and bring about what is today the thriving “NoHo” community.  

Guy was a graduate of North Hollywood High School, Whittier College and he earned a post-graduate degree in Government from the Claremont Colleges.  He served as President of the Weddington Investment Companies from 1984 to his death.  Among his many accomplishments, he served as a Commissioner on the L A County Commission for Public Social Services and he was Executive Director of the Republican Central Committee of Los Angeles County.  Guy’s commitment to the community was demonstrated through his leadership and activities with the North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Jaycee’s, Toluca Little League, the Kiwanis Club of North Hollywood, the Key Club and his beloved Campo de Cahuenga; the birthplace of California.   Guy was an accomplished historian and in 1974 his highly-acclaimed history of the Mexican revolution “From Glory to Oblivion” was published.  

Funeral services for Guy will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 17th, at the First Christian Church of North Hollywood (4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City), followed by a reception celebrating Guy’s life.  The family requests that remembrances of Guy be made to The Campo de Cahuenga Historical Memorial Association at P.O. Box 956, North Hollywood, CA 91603-0956.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Los Angeles Valley College's LA Fellows Program: Combining Professional Development and Volunteerism as a Meaningful Pathway to Employment.

As a result of the pilot LA Fellows program, program attendees each receive 140 hours of training over the course of seven weeks and will then volunteer 100 hours. The volunteer time will be used to meet the specialized needs of the local non-profit organizations by utilizing the experience and expertise of the individuals.
The Museum is pleased to have secured two recent graduates of this year's LA Fellows Program, Jackie Langa and David Pollison.  Both Jackie and David possess years of experience with several companies and industries and have become terrific assets to The Museum.

Jackie is assisting with The Museum's public art program, Horses Across The Valley.  David is assisting with overall Museum operations, the upcoming Grand Opening event and additional programming.

Michel Stevens, The Museum board member(left); Jackie (center) and David, (right).  Michel represented The Museum at the LA Fellows Graduation on September 19, 2014.

Welcome and Thank You for joining The Museum team!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Come take a stroll down Mural Mile in Pacoima on Sunday, October 12th to celebrate LA Mural Day with Los Angeles Walks and the Public Art Initiative SFV

The walk will feature 10 murals and a special guest speaker.

Time:10am - 12pm

This family friendly walk is FREE, but donations are welcome. 
This round trip walk is just under 2 miles and starts and ends at the Pacoima Neighborhood City Hall at 13520 Van Nuys Blvd. 
Street parking is available if coming by car.

Check for transit directions. 
The Metro 233 Bus (Towards Pacoima/Lake View Terrace) stops at Kewen Ave/Van Nuys Blvd right by our meet spot. 

RSVP for the walk through Eventbrite.

For more information about Los Angeles Walks, please visit:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


The October North Hollywood Historic Walking Tour has been canceled. 

We are focusing our energy on large number of upcoming events including getting ready for The Museum's Grand Opening on November 8th. 

The North Hollywood Historic Walking Tour hopes to return Saturday, January 10, 2015. 
We apologize for any inconvenience. 


10/4/14 - Inaugural Art Show - 6pm to 10pm

10/5/14 - Mural Unveiling - 2pm to 4pm

10/12/14 - Celebrate LA Mural Day! Walk - 10am to 12pm

10/31/14 - 11/2/14 - Pacoima's Day of the Dead Festival

11/8/14 - MUSEUM'S GRAND OPENING - 4pm to 8pm

11/15/14 - Pacoima Mural Walking Tour - 10am to 1pm

11/29/14 - Van Nuys Historic Walking Tour - 10am to 12pm