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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year’s Wishes - Donate today

Hello and Happy New Year to all Museum members, donors, board members, advisors, Museum Associates and visitors.

Let’s make it a wonderful 2020!

Please consider making your TMSFV member and donor pledge today.

You can also visit: www.The to Donate or to become a Member.

Thank you.

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley

Sunday, December 1, 2019

12-3-19 Giving Tuesday - please consider donating to YOUR Museum this year

As we approach all holidays, the non-profit world asks its members, donors, visitors and members of the general public to donate to worthy causes.

In a major city like Los Angeles, there are many choices to donate to worthwhile causes.
This Tuesday, December 3rd is Giving Tuesday which highlights non-profits and giving. If you can donate or join on this day, great! If not, please consider doing so by the end of the year. 

If you have not donated or become a member to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, ever, or recently, we are asking you to do so this year.

Unlike other organizations, 100% of proceeds go towards supporting programs, exhibits and events.

You can click HERE to donate via PayPal.

Our Giving Fuel Campaign - click HERE to donate.

On behalf of our entire board of directors and advisors, we appreciate the consideration for a donation or membership this year.


Michel (Michael) Stevens

12-14-19 Nike Missile Control Site tour - Cold War Era site -

For those that did not have a chance to make it to our June tour, we are offering the Nike Missile Control Site tour again on Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 9:30 am - 11:00 am.

In June, the ranger did not have the gate open. The Museum has contacted the City of LA and we have been told as long as it is not raining, the gate will be open. If it is raining, the event will be canceled.

LA-96C was one of 16 Nike Missile Control Sites operated by the Army from the 1950s to the 1970s. These batteries circled the Los Angeles basin in what was called a “Ring of Supersonic Steel." The headquarters for the program was located in San Pedro’s Fort MacArthur. Few Angelenos were aware that many, many of nuclear missiles at military bases near their homes, their schools, and their parks, ready to be fired.

Franky Ortega, teacher, specialist on valley history related to the military and The Museum SFV board member, returns to present the history of this site and lead discussion with attendees.

What's with the name Nike? Well, the Army named their first anti-aircraft surface to air missile program after the Greek goddess of Victory, Nike.

Location: 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) on Ventura 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 9:20 Presentation at 9:30 am plus Q&A - The presentation will last one hour to 90 minutes with discussion and Q&A.

Please wear proper shoes, clothing and bring some water.

(With the park, it is in Brentwood - from the valley, folks call it in Encino - FYI)
Cost: $10/pp; PLEASE RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite

RSVP on Facebook.

Walk-up attendees are welcome. Canines are free to listen in too...
We would appreciate advance notice for this special event by calling 818-347-9665 or and let us you will be attending.

Soldier stands guard over poised Nike guided missile. Four Nike bases form main line of defense for critical Valley area. September 8, 1960 (Courtesy: Los Angeles Public Library)
Posted by:

Michel (Michael) Stevens
The Museum SFV

12-7-19 Unmasking the San Fernando Valley art exhibit -reception-fundraiser - please join us FREE

On Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, The Museum of the San Fernando Valley will hold a Meet and Greet reception for participating SFV Artists and Museum supporters of its upcoming exhibit "Unmasking the San Fernando Valley."

This exhibit will offer one-of-a-kind collection of hand-made decorative masks, all created by some of SFV's most well-known and established artists. Each mask is connected to a SFV event and is designed to excite and engage the SFV history buff. Each mask is available for purchase, with a significant portion of the sales proceeds to be donated to The Museum.

The participating valley-based artists this year include: Earl Beard, Barbara Katz Bierman, Chloe Combow, Richard Cryer, Sarah Hage, Phyllis Hansen, Judy Heimlich, Michaela Hughes, Morgan Kari, Andrea Monroe, Akram Ighani Namdarian, Bronwyn Rubin, Ellen Rundle, Ingrid Elburg Shapiro, Jenn Sher, Charles Sherman, Debbie Wubben and Virginia Viera.

The event is free and RSVP is required. Refreshments will be available.

To RSVP, please email either or go to The Museum's Eventbrite page through this link.

The Museum is located in Northridge

18860 Nordhoff Street, Suite 204, 
Northridge 91324
SE corner of Nordhoff Street and Wilbur Avenue.  

The Museum's phone number is (818) 347-9665.  Free parking is available behind The Museum building.

The exhibition of "Unmasking the San Fernando Valley" will run from Tuesday, December 3, 2019 through Thursday, January 16, 2020.

Congrats to Canoga Park High School as Football Champions

Here is to valley local champions, Canoga Park High School Hunters - ending a 38-year football drought by beating Franklin High School 28-20 on Saturday evening at El Camino College.

The Hunters opened up four-touchdown lead that held until halftime. 

Franklin came roaring back with three-touchdowns in the third quarter to make the game more exciting as both teams reached for the crown in the Division II City championship.

Canoga Park L.A. City Section Division II final against Franklin High School at El Camino College (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer- Daily News)

TODAY 12-1-19 Historic Walking Tour of North Hollywood 2:00 - 3:00 pm; please join us rain or shine

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

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          
  •         The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) -see amazing statues at   TV  Hall of Fame Plaza; take photos next to some   of your favorite movie stars, directors, producers and characters!
  •         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)  
  •         Weddington Family History      
  •         North Hollywood Masonic Temple Lodge 542
  •         Phil’s Diner              
  •         Lankershim Elementary School (Marilyn Monroe attended)

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 to let us know you are attending and how many folks in your party.

When:  December 1, 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

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


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Tell a friend.  Bring a friend.

Thank you,

Michel (Michael) Stevens

Bill Carpenter
Director of Historic Walking Tours