Tel: (818) 347-9665 PST

info@TheMuseumSFV.org

www.TheMuseumSFV.org




Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Museum Speaker Series- Chris Lukather Cinderella book - a big hit

A big thank you to Chris Lukather regarding The Museum SFV's speaker event on November 2nd. Also, we had a special gues in Jean Vandruff's daughter was on hand and offered copies of 17 different home layouts.

The attendees really enjoyed Chris' personality and presentation.


Please consider purchasing his terrific book:

Cinderella Homes of the 1950s of Jean Vandruff.
Cost: $30 each. Chris will sign each book.

If you purchase through The Museum, a portion of proceeds will benefit our organiziation.


Please come on into The Museum or call us to reserve a book.

Thank you.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

11-9-19 The Museum Speaker Event - Birmingham General Hospital WWII & The San Fernando Valley History

Please join The Museum and veterans from various conflicts, especially WWII this      Saturday, November 9th at The Museum SFV.

Franky Ortega, History teacher, a National Board-Certified Teacher at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, returns as the presenter. He will discuss the history of Birmingham General Hospital, (with updated content), history of veterans in the San Fernando Valley. What was the valley like during WWII? Please attend and learn more about this interesting part of valley history. He will also tie in the current, amazing group of veterans that comprise Wings Over Wendy's.



Special Guests to appear!

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

FREE for Veterans and active military - FREE RSVP HERE


Guests: $10/pp;  Guest RSVP HERE
 

PLEASE RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite.
Walk-in attendees welcome. 
We would appreciate advance notice for this special event, please call 818-347-9665 or info@TheMuseumSFV.org and let us know how many will be attending.

FREE Parking in The Museum SFV parking lot.  Enter on northeast corner of the building.


Elevator access to 2nd floor.     Raffle Prizes too!

Directions to The Museum SFV:
18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204

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

www.TheMuseumSFV.org   
Tel: 818-347-9665
info@TheMuseumSFV.org 
The Museum’s blog: museumsanfernandovalley.blogspot.com





Friday, October 18, 2019

Magical Cinderella Ranch Homes of 1950s - Chris Lukather’s new book - The Museum SFV Speaker Series

Chris Lukather’s New Book Examines Life and Work of Jean Vandruff, the Designer and Builder of the Magical Cinderella Ranch Homes of 1950s

When: 11/2/19 


Time: 2:00-4:00 pm

Cost: $10/pp

The Museum SFV members - Free

Location: Rancho Cordillera del Norte located at 9015 Wilbur Ave.  (This is directly across the street of The Museum SFV).


Before Disneyland opened in Southern California, Jean Vandruff Created Iconic Fairytale Homes

Chris Lukather, founder and editor of the literary journal, The Writing Disorder, has released his latest book, The Cinderella Homes of Jean Vandruff – Fairy Tale Tracts in the Suburbs. 


In the 1950s, Southern California tract housing developments filled the need of a burgeoning population, but they often lacked innovation, imagination and quality. The ubiquitous, plain box-style home tracts featuring little ornamentation came to define the term “cookie cutter.” It’s no wonder that designer and builder Jean Vandruff’s charming homes skyrocketed to popularity, since they exemplified a visionary translation of storybook magic into appealing new homes most buyers could afford. Eventually, over 6,000 Cinderella Homes were built throughout Southern California and the United States. 

Mr. Vandruff began building houses in Southern California in the early 1950s, after serving as a decorated pilot in WWII. He enrolled in the USC School of Architecture, but eventually left the program to build custom homes with his brother, Shannon. His first Cinderella Home was a custom home built in Downey, CA, in 1953, creating a prototype for his wildly popular model home that was featured at the 1956 Los Angeles Home Show. The success and interest this model generated initiated his venture into tract home building and a subsequent franchise deal that facilitated his Cinderella Homes being built around the country. The style became an iconic mid-century design.


Today at 97 years old, Jean Vandruff still lives near Anaheim, CA. He is proud of the legacy of his work as a designer and builder and remains active in the community that still today celebrates his Cinderella homes. The book contains information that Chris Lukather compiled from interviews with Vandruff and family members, and from several fields trips to original Cinderella tracts in Anaheim, Tustin, Placentia, and the San Fernando Valley that Chris took with Mr. Vandruff. 


Please join us at the historic and beautiful Rancho Cordillera del Norte located at 9015 Wilbur Ave.  (This is directly across the street of The Museum SFV).


Author Chris Lukather will be signing copies of his latest book. The book costs $30 each and a portion of proceeds will benefit The Museum of the SFV.


Free parking - enter on Wilbur Ave.


Please RSVP in advance on FaceBook Events or EVENTBRITE.


Okay to walk up to event, but please call The Museum at 818-347-9665 or email to info@TheMuseumSFV.org to RSVP total attendees.

Please bring a family member or friend ... or two.


If you currently live in or have lived in a  Cinderella home, we would be interested interviewing you as well discussing participating in upcoming walking tours of these iconic neighborhoods.


For more information, please contact Michel (Michael) Stevens at 818-347-9665 or info@TheMuseumSFV.org.




Thank you.



Friday, October 4, 2019

Join us - Granada Hills Street Faire on Saturday, October 5, 2019

Please come on out to the Granada Hills Street Faire on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

FREE event -10:00 - 5:00 pm

The street will be blocked off on Chatsworth Street from Zelzah Ave. to White Oak Ave.
 

The Museum SFV will have a booth - come on over and let's chat about the History, Art and Culture of the Valley.

Learn more about The Museum SFV, its exhibits, programs and how to become a member, donor or volunteer.


10-19-19 FREE* Family Fun Day - Ice Cream Social - Speaker - Food Truck - Games

FUN FAMILY DAY AT YOUR MUSEUM!   

ICE CREAM SOCIAL - Yipee!


Bring out the family out for a fun day at The Museum SFV.

When:   Saturday, October 19, 2019
 

Time:   11:00 am – 3:00 pm 

Cost:  FREE Event*
 

Parking: Free Parking (some in parking lot; other free non-metered street parking)

18860 Nordhoff St. – Northridge, CA 91324 

(Cross Street SE Corner of Wilbur Ave. & Nordhoff St.)
Parking in lot and street parking (non-metered);

The Museum is on Nordhoff half way between CSUN and Northridge Fashion Center.

Please provide FREE RSVP on EVENTBRITE, email us at info@TheMuseumSFV.org or contact us 818-347-9665 to let us know how many people are coming.



Bring the family out for FREE Ice Cream from famous Handel’s Ice Cream** ( **FREE Ice Cream, first 200 people (maybe more!)




Arts & Crafts; Games for kids!



The famous The Grilled Cheese Food Truck (*charges for food); order and enjoy your favorite items from this very popular food truck first then you can have a scoop of ice cream. The food truck will be on site from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm.




Special Presentation
"First People of the San Fernando Valley"
Rudy Ortega, Jr.
Tribal President
Fernandeñio Tataviam Band of Mission Indians

 (Noon - 1:30 pm; outside or inside The Museum based on weather)


Small Car Show



Grey Save Greyhound Adopt-A-Pet - come out and visit with some Greyhound dogs and...maybe take one home with you!


California E-Waste will be on hand to collect all of your unwanted electronic equipment



Please your unwanted electronic waste to The Museum SFV event. 
Cal E-Waste accepts the following:
1. Televisions
2. Plasma TVs
3. Flat Screens
4. Computers
5. Laptops
6. Cell Phones
7. Printers
8. LCD Screens
9. Servers
10. All computer related electronic.

Cal E-Waste DOES NOT accept the following:
1. Batteries
2. Light Bulbs
3. Oils/Paints
4. Kitchen Electronics


www.TheMuseumSFV.org

10-27-19 Historic Walking Tour of Van Nuys - 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Historic walking tour of Van Nuys
2:00- 3:30 pm
$10/pp
RSVP in advance (appreciated) on EVENTBRITE.
Okay to pay on site


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 Façade     
•    Van Nuys Post Office
•    Van Nuys Fire Station
•    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  (Okay to walk-up and pay)
Cost:        $10 per person donation; Also, please visit  www.TheMuseumSFV.org
Parking:    Street & metered parking in area  museumsanfernandovalley.blogspot.com

RSVP:     1-818-347-9665, email at info@TheMuseumSFV.org.

Please consider inviting a family member, colleague or friend.

Attendees will meet at 1:50 pm under the "Bridge/Archway" of the Braude Constituent Center, 6262 Van Nuys

www.TheMuseumSFV.org




Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Tarzana Ranch Centennial - Join Safari Walk and other organizations

Please join Safari Walk committee, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Councilman Bob Blumenfield CD3, Theatre of Will, The Museum of the San Fernando Valley and others for this special series of events celebrating the Centennial of the Tarzana Ranch.

In 1919, with financial security assured, Edgar Rice Burroughs moved to California, where he purchased the 550-acre estate of General Harrison Gray Otis, renaming it ‘Tarzana Ranch’.  Please read Edgar Rice Burroughs fascinating bio HERE.

Three weekends- from approx. 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 7th and 8th
  • September 14th and 15th
  • September 21st and 22nd
There will be historical lectures and walking tours,Free, (some by former board member Willard Simms of Theatre of Will), one on each Saturday, and they all begin at 12:00 pm.  

Walking tours are supposed to start and end at the Tarzana Then And Now location on Ventura Blvd.  

There will be other activities such as drum circles, music, dance, and live animal show.

Come on out to Tarzana, celebrate this monumental occasion and enjoy - FREE to the public.  Spread the word about these special events.

On Ventura Blvd. - between Reseda Blvd. and Crebs/Burbank Blvd.




Michel Stevens, The Museum of the SFV

Los Angeles Archives Bazaar October 12, 2019 - join The Museum SFV

If you are a history buff or would like to learn more about various historical organizations, museums and societies.... well, place your lobster bib on and join The Museum SFV and about 80 other organizations at the 14th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar - Free Admission to general public (parking fees on or near campus).


14th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar
Saturday, October 12, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library
USC University Park Campus
The Museum will be exhibiting along with approx. 80 other historical organizations.
Free admission to the general public
Take Metro to USC




All Day. All in one Place.

Come and celebrate the diversity of stories that make Southern California such a place of discovery. At the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, presented by L.A. as Subject and the USC Libraries, anyone with an interest in the region’s history will find something of value. A broad array of institutions and archives will have experts on hand to show off their collections and answer questions.

In addition to the wealth of information on display from exhibitors, day-long programming will feature preservation workshops and enlightening presentations.

The USC Libraries serve as the host institution for L.A. as Subject, an alliance of libraries, museums, and other archival and cultural organizations. The relationship complements the USC libraries’ strong regional history collection and is a natural outgrowth of the libraries’ efforts to preserve and expand access to the primary sources of L.A. history.

USC is minutes from downtown Los Angeles and is easily accessible by major freeways and the Metro Expo line. Doheny Library is located in the center of campus, adjacent to Alumni Park and across from Bovard Auditorium, on Trousdale Avenue. For information regarding parking on campus, visit the Parking Services Website.




Michel Stevens, The Museum of the SFV

John Hendry’s Forgotten Suburbs - A Valley Song, or Poem Perhaps

Blog Two – A Valley Song, or Poem Perhaps
By John Hendry

A Valley song, or poem perhaps?  That is the odd topic I was given as a neighborhood council member from a group who didn’t even quite know who Isaac Van Nuys was – or why we live in a town named after him.

How does one actually know who we Valleyites are or how we live?

Try looking for our Valley song, or our poem – and you’ll find Bing Crosby singing “I’ll Make the San Fernando Valley My Home” (actually in the “Top Ten” on D-Day), – or Los Abandoned “Van Nuys es Very Nice” on the Internet as a “punk anthem” to Van Nuys gone bad, - or even Tom Waits’ “Frank’s Wild Years” depicting a San Fernando Road used furniture salesman’s insanity created by living in The Valley.  Go to Luis J. Rodriguez, former Poet Laureate of Los Angeles and his literary salon in far Sylmar, a coffee shop/bookstore in a declining shopping center, and ask him to offer us suggestions.

But recently I was struck by Amanda McBroom’s song “Errol Flynn” (who also wrote lyrics to “The Rose”) for offering a storyline about her father that seems so very “Valley”.  



The song starts –

In a hall, on a wall, in a house in Reseda
There’s a poster held up by two nails and a pin
It’s my Daddy, the actor, ‘bout to die with his boots on.
He’s the man standing up there, beside Errol Flynn.

He got third or fourth billing at the end of each picture.
“But that doesn’t mean much”, he would say with a grin.
But he’d hold my hand tight as he pointed his name out
Only four or five names down below Errol Flynn.


Now this could be our “Valley song” – so many of us have lived our lives thinking we are “only four or five names down below Errol Flynn” – or know those who are.” Birth of a Nation” filmed just below the Pacoima Dam, 9 movie ranches throughout the Valley for Errol Flynn to ride through, charging the “Light Brigade”, or was it fending off “hostiles” with the 7th cavalry one day in that canyon behind Calabasas as General Custer with his men died “with their boots on” – a whirling dervish of excitement throughout our Valley home. 

As a USPS letter carrier for over 40 years, it was all around me.  I saw all of them – just around.  From Yakima Canutt, rodeo star of the 1930’s and the guy who actually rode Charlton Heston’s chariot in “Ben Hur”, to all the lesser actors -  “four or five names down below Errol Flynn”.  The day I surprised one of my actor friends – I had been watching a video – and there she was – one scene with Robert DiNiro – and I couldn’t believe I saw her. “That’s her!”…and then she was gone.

The Valley has such a remarkable heritage.  One day in Canoga Park, riding by the Madrid Theater, I saw a hundred people dressed in “Western wear”, the “best of cowboy culture”.  It was a memorial service for Dale Evans, Roy Rogers’ wife, and here were a hundred people who “kept the West alive” – from the movies – the horse handlers, the saddlers, the armorers, the mule skinners, the construction gang – all the people who made the movies – who would have had duller prosaic lives except for the Errol Flynn’s among us.

A Valley song, or poem perhaps?  A bit closer to reality than Bing Crosby’s version.

But he’d hold my hand tight as he pointed his name out –
Only four or five names down below Errol Flynn.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

8-25-19 Historic Walking Tour of Van Nuys - 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Sunday, August 25th
Historic walking tour of Van Nuys
2:00- 3:30 pm
$10/pp
RSVP in advance (appreciated) on EVENTBRITE.
Okay to pay on site




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 Façade      
•    Van Nuys Post Office
•    Van Nuys Fire Station
•    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  (Okay to walk-up and pay)
Cost:        $10 per person donation; Also, please visit  www.TheMuseumSFV.org
Parking:    Street & metered parking in area  museumsanfernandovalley.blogspot.com

RSVP:     1-818-347-9665, email at info@TheMuseumSFV.org.

Please consider inviting a family member, colleague or friend.

Attendees will meet at 1:50 pm under the "Bridge/Archway" of the Braude Constituent Center, 6262 Van Nuys


www.TheMuseumSFV.org


 

9-22-19 Historic Walking Tour of NoHo - 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

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




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) - see amazing statues; take photos next to some of your favorite movie stars, directors, producers and characters!
  •         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)

R-S-V-P:   
1) Purchase tickets in advance on EVENTBRITE (we appreciate this)

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




When:  September 22, 2019

Time:    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost:        $10 per person      

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

Tour meets promptly at 1:50 pm -

5211 Tujunga St.
North Hollywood, CA 91601


Amelia Earhart Statue; NW corner of
Tujunga St. & Magnolia Blvd. (on corner of North Hollywood Regional Library)

Please visit us on the web at          www.TheMuseumSFV.org

Visit The Museum’s blog too at     museumsanfernandovalley.blogspot.com


Tell a friend.  Bring a friend.

Thank you,

Michel (Michael) Stevens
President


Bill Carpenter
Director of Historic Walking Tours




Friday, August 9, 2019

8-25-19 Rancho de la Cordillera Foundation -New Mission Theatre - Concert of the August Moon

Elisabeth Waldo, Composer and the Rancho de la Cordillera Foundation present...





Please come on out to the Rancho de la Cordillera in Northridge for a wonderful evening.

What: Rancho de la Cordillera

When: Sunday, August 25, 2019

Time:  5:00 pm Reception
           6:00 pm  Concert

Admission by donation:  $40/person General Admission
$30/person, Members, Students and Seniors

Tickets available through Reservation or on site.


Where:
Rancho de la Cordillera
9015 Wilbur Ave.
Northridge, CA 91324

Info:  818-349-3400
manager@elisabethwaldomusic.com
www.elisabethwaldomusic.com

FREE Parking

August 25th - Fundraiser for The Museum SFV at Wilkinson -Square Dancing - Fun

Hello all fans of Square Dancing!



Please come on out to Wilkinson Recreation Center in Northridge to support YOUR Museum SFV.

What: Farmers & Charmers Square Dance Club

When: Sunday, August 25, 2019

Time:  5:30 - 9:00 pm

Cost:  $10/person

Where: Wilkinson Center
8956 Vanalden Ave.
Northridge, CA 91324

Info:  Terry Parks, 818-996-0974

Thank you to the Club for their support.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

50th anniversary of Apollo 11 - buy Rod Pyle books - incredible read and collectible

Hello to all space fans...

Today is the historic 50th anniversary when Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.

The Museum had the pleasure of having space author and journalist Rod Pyle speak in May.

He has written about 15 books on space and we have two of his books in stock. We have some that have been signed too.

PLEASE come on over to The Museum SFV today or in the near future and purchase these books, enjoy and share with others for many years to come.



Please purchase this book for $29.99.


Please purchase this book for $21.99.

Rod Pyle was generous enough to donate all proceeds to The Museum.

The Museum would like to sell all of its existing inventory and purchase additional ones for space fans!

Thank you.





Friday, July 19, 2019

The Museum SFV VIP reception July 20th from 2:00 - 4:30 pm - 50th anniversary and Apollo 11 moon landing

The Museum SFV is cordially inviting you and a guest to a VIP reception on Saturday, July 20th from 2:00 - 4:30 pm to celebrate its 50th anniversary and Apollo 11 and the moon landing exhibit.

There will be a program on Saturday will now include viewing key portions of the Apollo 11 Mission with discussion and memories from all attendees:


2:10 - 2:45 pm  Viewing of entire JFK speech from on September 12, 1962 from Rice University, "We Choose to Go to the Moon." 

Followed by Q&A

3:00 - 3:30 pm - Viewing of Launch on CBS with Walter Cronkite


Followed by Q&A

3:45 - 4:15 pm  - Incredible, exciting Moon Landing 

Followed by Q&A

All attendees who remember that day as well as any other attendees that want to be interviewed for :30 or so can be added to The Museum SFV's archives. 

Reception will include food and beverages,  There will be docents for tours of The Museum too.

Free parking. Elevator and ADA access.

We request an RSVP on EVENTBRITE for this free, family event, so please register today.

You can also contact us at 818-347-9665 and leave us a message and number of people to attend as well as send us an email at info@TheMuseumSFV.org.




The Museum SFV
18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204
Northridge, CA 91324-3885
(XST SE corner of Wilbur Ave. & Nordhoff St.)

Thank you,

Michel Stevens
President

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

SAVE the ORANGE GROVE at Bothwell Estate

Hello to all fans of valley history, especially in the area of agriculture.

Did you hear about or read the article in the Los Angeles Daily News on the Bothwell Estate and orange grove?

Is there a wealthy entertainment executive, tech entrepreneur, or organization such as the Santa Monica Conservancy that can come up with approximately $14 million to save the 1,500 Valencia and Navel orange trees... and save a big part of valley history?

This is a revenue-generating operation.

Please spread the word about this potential sale - does the valley really need to have one more housing development?

SAVE THIS ORANGE GROVE!


Photo credit - Dean Musgrove
Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

John Hendry’s Forgotten Suburbs - Forgotten Ticket to the Suburbs

John Hendry came into The Museum of the San Fernando Valley one day in early June 2019 and said “I know a lot about the Valley.”  Jackie, Vice President of The Museum, immediately pounced – “Would you like to write for our blog?”
   
John Hendry is a Valley history buff, a UCLA graduate, Secretary of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, a docent at the LA Plaza and Olvera Street, AND a city crossing guard.  Says John, “Depends on what day it is.”
   
And so John Hendry’s Museum blog series begins...
  
Forgotten Ticket to the Suburbs

By John Hendry


If you inherited your parents’ 1947 tract home in Van Nuys – you’re likely to make some extraordinary discoveries; the self-portraits my parents painted of each other – the kind of “art class for newlyweds” popular after World War II - old checks made out to the Adohr milkman, the cloth diaper service, and one I didn’t quite understand.

I also found 6 small 5” x 7” Photostats of my father’s World War II “Honorable Discharge.”  Photostats were a trademarked type of photograph copy invented in the early 1900’s.  But what were these for?  I suddenly realized the reduced Photostats were the forgotten “tickets to the suburbs” – to the San Fernando Valley.




Suburban tracts of homes were for sale all over the Valley.  And so every Sunday, the World War II veterans and their wives – maybe tiny tots in tow as well – would go out looking for new homes.  Sometimes, as in Panorama City, hundreds of homes were either built, or on line, “Buy it now!” or wait for the next development.


This was one of the uses of the “Honorable Discharge” Photostats. They were the key to “qualifying” for a VA (Veterans’ Administration) home loan.  Visit 6 tracts, take 6 Photostat “Honorable Discharge” photos, and apply for all 6 tracts.  Who knew which house you might get?– you’d take any.

It really happened just that way.  In Panorama City, one sales agent for the Kaiser homes, Herb Lightfoot (who handled real estate in the Valley for years), actually “closed” 64 homes on a Sunday afternoon.  A whole block of Valley homes – sold on one Sunday afternoon – on the basis of those little postcards.

A lost story of the Valley and how it grew.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

8/8 The Museum SFV - VIP Reception; Free; Centennial of Tarzana Ranch along with The Museum's Tarzan® and Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Museum SFV is cordially inviting you and a guest to a VIP reception on Thursday, August 8th from 5:00 - 7:30 pm to celebrate the Centennial of Tarzana Ranch along with The Museum's Tarzan® and Edgar Rice Burroughs exhibit.


There will be a program with special guest speaking beginning at 6:00 pm.

Reception will include food and beverages.  There will be docents for tours of The Museum.

We request an RSVP on EVENTBRITE as free tickets are limited. Please register today.

You can also contact us at 818-347-9665 and leave us a message and number of people to attend and email us at info@TheMuseumSFV.org.

The Museum SFV
18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204
Northridge, CA 91324-3885
(XST SE corner of Wilbur Ave. & Nordhoff St.)

 
Free parking. Elevator and ADA access.

Thank you,

David Lustig

Secretary

7-20-19 The Museum SFV VIP Reception 2:00 - 4:30 pm -Free- 50th anniversary and Apollo 11 and the moon landing exhibit.

The Museum SFV is cordially inviting you and a guest to a VIP reception on Saturday, July 20th from 2:00 - 4:30 pm to celebrate its 50th anniversary and Apollo 11 and the moon landing exhibit.

There will be a program with special guest speaking beginning at 2:30 pm.  



Reception will include food and beverages,  There will be docents for tours of The Museum as well.

Free parking. Elevator and ADA access.

We request an RSVP on EVENTBRITE for this free, family event, so please register today.

You can also contact us at 818-347-9665 and leave us a message and number of people to attend as well as send us an email at info@TheMuseumSFV.org.

The Museum SFV
18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204
Northridge, CA 91324-3885
(XST SE corner of Wilbur Ave. & Nordhoff St.)

Thank you,

Michel Stevens

President

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

7-11-19 The Museum SFV VIP Reception 5:00 - 7:30 pm -Free- Tuna Canyon Detention Station


The Museum SFV is cordially inviting you and a guest to a VIP reception on Thursday, July 11th from 5:00 - 7:30 pm to celebrate its Tuna Canyon Detention Station exhibit.

There will be a program with special guest speaking beginning at 5:30 pm. 

Learn about the history of where up to 2,000 Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants, and Japanese taken from Peru, at the Tuna Canyon Detention Station which was operated by the Department of Justice during World War II in the City of Los Angeles from 1941-1943.


This mobile exhibit that has been touring throughout California will provide an excellent history which will garner your attention and the emotions of this era and part of local history.

Reception will include food and beverages,  There will be docents for tours of The Museum as well.

Free parking. Elevator and ADA access.

We request an RSVP on EVENTBRITE for this free event, so please register today. 


You can also contact us at 818-347-9665 and leave us a message and number of people to attend as well as send us an email at info@TheMuseumSFV.org.

The Museum SFV
18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204
Northridge, CA 91324-3885
(XST SE corner of Wilbur Ave. & Nordhoff St.)


Free parking. Elevator and ADA access.

Thank you,

Michel Stevens

President

7-24 - 4:00-7:00 pm - VIP Reception -free-Powerhouse Women of the SFV - please join us

The Museum SFV is cordially inviting you and a guest to a VIP reception on Wednesday, July 24th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm to celebrate its Powerhouse Women of the SFV exhibit at The Museum SFV in Northridge.

There will be a program with special guest Joy Picus speaking beginning at 5:00 pm.  Several local leaders and dignitaries have been invited.

The first exhibit in this series centers around Government, one of many Valley sectors The Museum SFV intends to highlight. 




We will feature two special San Fernando Valley Powerhouse Women - Joy Picus and Leah Cartabruno.  Although each woman's path to success was different, both women have been influencers, first for their gender in their fields and an inspiration to other men and women.

In 1977, Joy was the first woman elected to the Los Angeles City Council from the San Fernando Valley.  She was a wife, mother of three, and civically active from childhood, but did not run for political office until 1973 in her 40's. 



In 1969, Leah Cartabruno was the first woman ever professionally hired by the California State Legislature as a Committee Consultant. Through her non-civil service position, she worked with various state senators and assemblymen to help research and write bills in Committee.

Reception will include food and beverages,  There will be docents for tours of The Museum as well.


Please RSVP for this for this event on EVENTBRITE as limited free tickets will be offered, so please register today.


You can also contact us at 818-347-9665 and leave us a message and number of people to attend.

The Museum SFV
18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204
Northridge, CA 91324-3885

(XST SE corner of Wilbur Ave. & Nordhoff St.)

Free parking. Elevator and ADA access.

Thank you,

Jackie Langa
Vice President

Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Museum SFV June events - please join us Today, Tomorrow and on June 29th




Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Museum SFV Speaker Series
Shel Weisbach, Historian


Valley Buildings (& more)
That Make Us Smile Wonder and Appreciate

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$10/pp
RSVP in advance at EVENTBRITE

Or okay to walk-in - please call us at 818-347-9665 to let us know you are attending.

Hold on as we take a rollercoaster journey to imaginative and harshly real SFV sites that lead to emotion-and-thought-provoking reactions with emphasis on roadside diners and vendors, public art and architecture, cultural and political correctness, humanity and poverty, coincidences, inconvenient spellings, the space age sci-fi, rails and sails.


Event at The Museum SFV
18860 Nordhoff St. #204
Northridge, CA 91324

Free parking
Elevator access


Saturday, June 23, 2019

The Museum SFV Historic Walking Tour - Van Nuys
Bill Carpenter, Docent


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$10/pp
RSVP in advance at EVENTBRITE

Or okay to walk-up - please call us at 818-347-9665 to let us know you are attending.

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.


Meet a little before 2:00 pm

6262 Van Nuys Blvd.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
Marvin Braude Constituency Center - Under Arch




Saturday, June 29, 2019


LA-96C Nike Missile Control Site Tour and Presentation

Franky Ortega, History Teacher

10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
$10/pp
RSVP in advance at EVENTBRITE

Or okay to walk-up - please call us at 818-347-9665 to let us know you are attending.

Meet a little before 10:00 am at:
San Vicente Mountain Park
17500 Mulholland Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Map and Directions

San Fernando Valley: Ventura Fwy (101) to Balboa Blvd exit. South (right) on Balboa Blvd. for 0.75 mile. East (left) onVentura Blvd for 0.5 mile and turn south (right) on Hayvenhurst Ave. for 1.5 miles then west (right) on Encino Hills Dr. Veer left on Mulholland Dr. Park is at the end of the road.

(With the park, it is in Brentwood - from the valley, folks call it in Encino - FYI)
Meet at 9:50
Presentation at 10:00 am plus Q&A -
The presentation will last one hour to 90 minutes with discussion and Q&A.


Please join us, bring a friend and enjoy The Museum SFV programming on behalf of Museum members, valley residents and visitors.


www.TheMuseumSFV.org
info@TheMuseumSFV.org
818-347-9665

Thank you.