Tel: (818) 347-9665 PST

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Oct. 13th - 10:00 am; Walking tour of William Mellenthin Ranch-Style Homes - Sherman Oaks

Please join us for our third one of the year - a fun morning as we explore beyond the book and physically view and discuss the homes of builder William Mellenthin.

Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

$10/pp - RSVP in advance on EVENTBRITE (okay for walk-us, but we would like to know you are attending- call us at 818 .347 .9665 or send us an email at

Please bring a hat, wear walking shoes and sunscreen. Water will be provided to all attendees. Light refreshments will also be provided at home at end of tour.

Author and docent Chris Lukather will take attendees on a fun and educational walk through a Sherman Oaks neighborhood that has a cluster of southern California builder William Mellenthin’s ranch style “Birdhouse” homes.

At the end of the walk, we will enter one of the homes for a more in-depth discussion and an opportunity for attendees to meet author Chris Lukather and to purchase a signed copy of his book. Cost of the book is $30.  He spent three years researching in order to create this terrific book. .

In the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s housing developments began peppering the available land outside of Los Angeles. Affordable, family-friendly communities like the San Fernando Valley initiated an exodus to the suburbs. It was in the Valley that designer-builder William Mellenthin developed his singular brand of cozy, charming home which became known as the Mellenthin Birdhouse ranch home—so called because they featured a cupola or dovecote built prominently into the roof.

Directions to the walking tour:
Meet at 9:55 am at 5219 Longridge Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

NE corner of W. Magnolia Blvd. & Longridge Ave.    Tel: 818-347-9665   The Museum’s blog:

Parking: On Magnolia at Longridge; Near Fulton and Magnolia; possibly at Weddington & Longridge. Please respect parking in any residential neighborhoods regarding driveways.

Tell a friend. Bring a friend or two!


Thank you.

Sept 30th - North Hollywood "NoHo" Historic Walking Tour 2018

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

Due to our blurb in Westways magazine, we are staging the NoHo tour on back-to-back weekends.

Thank you to the many, many calls from readers expressing interest in this tour.

Please JOIN US and meet Sunday, 9/30 a little bit before 2:00 pm at the NW corner of Magnolia and Tujunga at the Amelia Earhart statue.

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)    
  • Commonwealth Savings & Loan Building
    Weddington Family History        
  • North Hollywood Masonic Temple Lodge 542
    Phil’s Diner                
  • Lankershim Elementary School (Marilyn Monroe attended)

1) Purchase tickets on EVENTBRITE

2) Walk-up okay, but please contact us at 1-818-347-9665 or email at to let us know you are attending and how many folks in your party.

Cost:        $10 per person        

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

Tour meets promptly at Amelia Earhart Statue; NW corner of
Tujunga St. & Magnolia Blvd. (at corner of North Hollywood Library)

Please visit us on the web at 

Visit The Museum’s blog too at

Tell a friend.  Bring a friend.

Thank you,

Michel Stevens

Friday, September 14, 2018

Speaker Series - Dr. Jessica Kim, CSUN; discusses book -Metropolis, Empire, and Revolution in the Los Angeles-Mexico Borderlands, 1865-1940

Dr. Jessica Kim, Assistant Professor of History California State University, Northridge specializes in the history of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, urban history, the history of Los Angeles, and public and digital history.

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, she will be discussing her book based on her dissertation.


Please join us for an interesting discussion and presentation on this topic.

Cost: $10/pp; PLEASE RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite.  Walk-in attendees welcome, but we would appreciate advance notice by calling 818-347-9665 or and let us know you will be attending. Advance copies of her book will be available for sale. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Museum.

FREE Parking. Elevator access to 2nd floor.  Raffle Prizes too!

Directions to The Museum:
18860 Nordhoff St. Northridge, CA 91324-3885
SE corner of Wilbur Ave. and Nordhoff St.

½ mile from CSUN (west) and 1/3 mile from the Northridge Fashion Mall (east)
Easy access from 118 Fwy.-Tampa exit; 101 Fwy.-Reseda exit; 405 Fwy.-Nordhoff exit    Tel: 818-347-9665  

The Museum’s blog:

Please bring a friend, colleague or family member and enjoy YOUR Museum.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Celebracion y Fiesta! 9/30; Fun event; Support Campo de Cahuenga

Celebracion y Fiesta!

Food, Fun, Fashion, Music and much more!

All to benefit UCNH and Campo de Cahuenga

11:00 am - 5:00 pm; $20/pp

Food and drink included.

A great time for a great cause; 

Located at Campo de Cahuenga
3919 Lankershim Blvd. 
Studio City, CA 91604

Right Across the street from Universal Studios.

Payment in advance only.   Click HERE for payment.

San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center (SFVACC) - Members Only Exhibit - September 5th - 29th

The San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center (SFVACC) is pleased to present, Members Only Exhibit from September 5th - 29th at the center in Tarzana.

Free event; Viewing, 11 am - 5:00 pm; Tues. - Sat.

Come view 108 works from 38 member artists.

Please support local artists and the SFVACC.

18312 Oxnard St, Tarzana, CA 91356 - Take the Metro Orange line to Reseda too!