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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Sat. 8/29 Noon - 2:00 pm; FREE Zoom presentation; Preserving the San Fernando Valley: SurveyLA as a Springboard to Preservation Action

Preserving the San Fernando Valley: SurveyLA as a Springboard to Preservation Action

Please join The Museum of the San Fernando Valley on its ongoing "History of" speaker series, now virtual, as we continue to educate Museum members, donors and guests on the History, Art and Culture of the SFV.

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020

Time: Noon - 2:00 pm

Cost: Free


(The Museum would appreciate a $10 donation via website, PayPal, Zelle to support our ongoing operations and to edit these presentations)

In 2017, the City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources completed SurveyLA, Los Angeles' first-ever citywide survey of its historic resources, in collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Trust. All of the data from the completed survey is now part of the City's comprehensive inventory of historic resources, HistoricPlacesLA. 

The survey is meant to inform the City's long-range planning and development project reviews, as well as to guide City decisions on future historic preservation protections.

However, important San Fernando Valley sites that have been identified in SurveyLA, such as Jue Joe Ranch, have been demolished or remain threatened because they lack formal historic designation. What were some of the key "discoveries" from the San Fernando Valley from SurveyLA and how can Valley leaders and residents best take the follow-up steps necessary to protect this important architectural and cultural heritage?

Join Ken Bernstein, Principal City Planner for Los Angeles City Planning's Office of Historic Resources for a visual tour of some of the Valley's most significant historic resources identified in SurveyLA -- and a discussion of how each of us can use this information to help preserve the buildings and places that we care about around the Valley.

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For more information, please contact:
Michel (Michael) Stevens
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Museum SFV Speaker Series - History of Jue Joe Ranch - Sat. August 8th - Noon - 2:00 pm; Free

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, as part of its History of Speaker Series is pleased to present The History of Jue Joe Ranch.

Date:  Saturday, August 8, 2020

Time:  Noon - 2:00 pm   (Learn about history during lunch!)

Cost:   Free  (we would appreciate a $10 donation)

“Descendant of the 2nd emperor of the Song Dynasty (Zhao Gunagyi), Jue Joe was born and raised in a chicken coop, in 1860. He grew up dirt poor and vowed that his descendants would never suffer as he had. So at the age of 14 he sailed alone to California, working as a cabin boy, and jumped ship in San Francisco. He sailed with 16 lbs of rice and landed with 1/4 lb left. So he went to the Chinese Six Companies for help. They sent him to St. Helena and Marysville to work the vineyards. Then he found work on the Southern Pacific Railroad. In the Mojave Desert he met Otto Brant who was hoboing his way to L.A. They became friends and together hoboed to that destination. According to San Tong, Jue Joe learned business from Otto Brant and what land and water would mean to future settlers of the L.A. Basin. “ – written by Auntie Soo-Yin.

In 1913, California passed a law that forbid aliens (Non-Americans) from purchasing land in the state. The openly racist ALIEN LAND ACT was aimed at a growing and prosperous Asian population whose success threatened white hegemony in the Golden State.

But Chinese born Jue Joe was friends with the very powerful Otto Brant. The fascinating story of how Otto Brant helped his Asian friend purchase land, in spite of the restrictive law.

Franky Ortega, educator and historian of the SFV and WWII history tying in the valley will present.

Unfortunately, the Jue Joe Ranch is in the process of being demolished. It is historic but was not protected as an historic building by the City of Los Angeles. Franky has been out to the ranch and will provide an update on the latest with The Ranch.

Free to all Museum members and guests.

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Presentation and Q&A session to follow.

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