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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Jan 23rd - Speaker Event: Author Chris Lukather - William Mellenthin "birdhouse homes"

Since The Museum engaged with author Chris Lukather back in 2018, had tours of William Mellenthin homes in the San Fernando Valley, we have had ongoing interest in his books and history on the builder.

You are in for a treat this year as Chris will return speaking virtually this month and will return in the spring live or virtually at The Museum SFV too.

WHAT:     Speaker Event: Author Chris Lukather

WHEN:    Saturday, January 23, 2022 

TIME:     5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

COST:     $10/pp - RSVP on Eventbrite HERE


Chris Lukather, founder, and editor of the literary journal, The Writing Disorder, will discuss his book, A Birdhouse in Paradise: William Mellenthin and the San Fernando Valley Ranch Homes. In the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s housing developments began peppering the available land outside of Los Angeles. 

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.  

little information published about his life, Chris gathered information from original Mellenthin homeowners, articles, brochures, as well as the Mellenthin family to complete the book.  This will be a fascinating, enjoyable conversation about an interesting part of development in the San Fernando Valley.

Presented by Elanor Schrader and Beyond Architecture and Art Tours.

Spread the word, invites friends, have family join in the event, support local authors and enjoy.

RSVP on Eventbrite HERE


 Thank you.


Thursday, January 6, 2022

The Museum SFV - Public Art Initiative - Artist Speaker Series Jan 15th - Artist Richard Cryer - please join us

The Public Art Initiative, a program of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is pleased to present its first Artist Speaker Series event of 2022 with artist Richard Cryer.

You are in for a treat as Richard will educate on this form of art, will display some of his artwork and some of his pieces will be for sale (please support valley-based artists and art itself).

What: Artist Speaker Series

When:  Saturday, January 15, 2022

Time:   12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

 Cost:    $10/person   (FREE for students)

RSVP:   HERE (and pay in advance if you can; okay to pay in person too)

This event will be live at The Museum SFV, in The Theatre on the grounds of the historic Rancho Cordillera del Norte.

This event will also be available via Zoom virtual program. Attendance live and virtually is still $10/ person.   

Students can send us an email, let us know which school they are attending and then a Zoom link will be sent within 24 hours of the event.

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Richard Cryer is an up and coming Fractal Artist.

He fell in love with the camera, and Photography, while working with film, and in the dark room James Monroe High School.

This knowledge and passion transferred over to the digital realm and is why and how he was introduced to fractals.

His technique is the mixing of textures in nature, as well as other art mediums and then bring them into the Digital realm to create His style.

In this artist speaker series Richard Cryer will explain and educate on:

What are Fractals? 

What is Fractal art?

What is the practice and methodology for this form of artwork?

He will also explain some of his techniques and inspiration for this fascinating art form.

Please join us on the 15th, bring a friend live or attend, learn and enjoy online.


Tours of The Museum SFV will be held following the presentation.

Please RSVP by:

Calling The Museum SFV at 818-347-9665 and leaving us your name and email address for Zoom link.

RSVP on Eventbrite HERE.

email The Museum SFV at TheMuseumSFV@

City of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles COVID-19 protocol in place. All attendees will have to show proof of vaccination and or negative test within 72 to 24 hours (per latest protocol).  Masks are to be worn in The Theatre.  Social distancing will be possible during the presentation.

Again, please  join us, bring a friend, an artist, fellow artist, tell a student student interested in art to attend.

Thank you.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Happy New Year from YOUR Museum of History - Art and Culture - please become involved in the new year

Hello and Happy New Year to all of our Museum SFV members, donors, Museum Associates, neighbors and visitors.

2022 is going to be an amazing year for YOUR museum of history, art and culture.

You are in for a treat with a new Museum space, an enormous exterior area that we are in the process of building with exhibits, art and sculptures and plans for events for youth and adults and a return of our popular artist series, history of series, special events and historic walking tours.

The Museum SFV is open in the new year beginning January 4th and here are our new days and hours of operation:

Tuesdays:     1:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Saturdays: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sundays:   11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Admission is FREE.   Parking is FREE.

The Museum SFV has moved across the street to the historic grounds of the Rancho Cordillera del Norte at:

18904 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91324
(SW corner of Nordhoff St. & Wilbur Ave.)
The Museum is located approx. mid-way between CSUN and Northridge Fashion Center.

Parking during the week and for non-events may be inside our gates with the primary entrance on Nordhoff, just before the corner of Nordhoff St. and Wilbur Ave.  (Please watch out for traffic and turn on your indicator well in advance of entering The Museum SFV grounds).

Secondary entrance is on Wilbur Ave., quite close to the corner and again, (Please watch out for traffic and turn on your indicator well in advance of entering The Museum SFV grounds).

On the weekends or if the lot is full of cars, we ask you kindly to park for free at our previous location, 18860 Nordhoff St. in the rear parking area and walk, carefully, across the street - on the SE corner of Nordhoff St. and Wilbur Ave - the Spanish-style office building.

Please feel free to contact us at 818-347-9665 or

We look forward to having you over to our new location, where we have a goal to turn YOUR museum into a cultural destination for all.

The Museum primarily is funded via donations and membership.  Please become a Member or Donor by clicking HERE.

Thank you.