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Friday, November 17, 2017

Annual After Thanksgiving - Walk It Off Tour


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.

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. 

RSVP: 1-818-347-9665 or email at
Time: 2:00 - 3:30PM

Cost: $10 per person 
Van Nuys Tour meets at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd. at Sylvan and Van Nuys Blvd., under arch, which is southeast corner of the street.
Parking: Free Lot on Vesper Ave & Sylvan St. Meter and Street parking also available.
Tour Repeats Monthly on the 4th Sunday (with exceptions)
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Sunday. November 26, 2017


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Jodi Bonassi Visits The Museum 11/28/17 - RSVP Today

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley invites you to meet featured artist Jodi Bonassi.

Jodi Bonassi creates works that lead the viewer into a dialogue about the connections and differences between people in contemporary times. The rich cultural diversity in Los Angeles leads her to produce images describing the sometimes momentary, but intense relationships experienced by individuals passing through an urban environment. Using public transportation to experience a world with millions of residents, she utilizes countless sketches and photographs for painterly portraits in an urban milieu.



All proceeds help support The Museum.

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
18860 Nordhoff St, Suite 204, Northridge, CA 91324
Following the speaker series presentation, join us for complimentary light refreshments and snacks while shopping at the new gift store where you can purchase art from the presenter, as well as prints, crafts, books and other merchandise. Also, you are welcomed to explore The Museum's current exhibitions: Mid Century Modern, The Westmore: First Family of Hollywood Makeup, Hollywood at Home, Mexican American Community Baseball, Two Centuries of San Fernando Valley Architecture and the current art exhibit. 

(There may be video and/or photography at this event that can be used for marketing purposes. Please notify staff you do not want your image used. Thank you.)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bothwell Ranch Collection - Bonhams Auction This Weekend

A portion of the famed Bothwell Ranch Antique Car Collection is up for auction in Woodland Hills this weekend via Bonhams.

It is a bit sad that the collection will be broken up. This auction will generate millions of dollars from collectors.

However, you can have a rare opportunity to view the collection. Entry to the Preview and Auction is by the purchase of an auction catalogue, $50. One catalogue permits two people entry for all three days of preview and auction. For additional Bonhams Auction info click HERE.

Several of the cars — a 1913 Indianapolis Peugeot, 1908 Prinz Heinrich Benz and 1908 Mercedes Simplex — were on display at Bonhams’ recent auction at The Quail Lodge on the Monterey Peninsula.

Lindley Bothwell was a charter member of the Horseless Carriage Club of America and with his wife, Ann, assembled what Bonhams termed “one of the largest private collections of automobiles in the country.”

Bonhams has stated the Bothwell Collection is without equal.

Lindley and Ann Bothwell - what a life.

Lindley Bothwell (1901— 1986) was a prosperous southern California orange grower, a consulting citrus agriculturalist from his Lindley Bothwell Ranch in the San Fernando Valley, and an antique automobile collector and racer.

He is well known for being a founding member of the Trojan Knights, as well as a Yell Leader at the University of Southern California (USC) and for his invention of moving card stunts in stadiums' bleachers. He was the volunteer coach of the USC Yell Leaders and Song Girls for 60 years.

To learn more about Lindley Bothwell, click HERE.

Helen (Ann) Bothwell passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, September 17, 2016, with her family at her side. Ann was a strong and loving woman who carried on the "Bothwell Tradition" after the passing of her husband, Lindley F. Bothwell, Sr., in 1986. Ann is survived by her 4 grandchildren,12 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. She was an active member in many vintage car clubs, USC and the Florence Crittenton Home.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Veterans Day Parades in San Fernando Valley

Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11th 

Many cities in the San Fernando Valley honor Veterans with a parade. How are you honoring and saying thank you to Veterans this year?

City of San Fernando Veterans Day Parade 11/11/17 at 11:11am
The San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade Committee Present:

"Honoring Those Who Served Past and Present"

The parade will begin at the corner of Laurel Canyon Blvd and San Fernando Mission Blvd, proceed down Laurel Canyon Blvd for 1.1 miles and culminate at the Ritchie Valens Recreation Center and Park (10736 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331). There will be a carnival at the Ritchie Valens Recreation Center. Information for Veterans and hotdogs at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center following the parade.

In the past,  the parade has involved more than 120 veterans groups, numerous high school marching bands and the San Diego-based Navy Band Southwest.  All wartime eras will be specifically represented.

San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Event In Canoga Park 11/11/17 10am - 3pm

Veterans Day event brings together more than 100 local veterans from all branches of military to show gratitude, respect and honor to our local Mexican-American Veterans from Canoga Park and the West San Fernando Valley. Veterans bring war mementos, metals, flags, uniforms, old photos of themselves, and of those who have passed away while in the service, and all things near and dear to their hearts to help pay tribute to those who served our country.
WHERE: Metrolink Station (Lot B) Deering/Sherman Way, Canoga Park
Open to the public. All are welcome. FREE.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Thank You HOME DEPOT in Woodland Hills!

We would like to give a huge thank you to Home Depot - Woodland Hills for helping Museum Board Member Jackie Langa build a folding exhibit display for use during the Van Nuys Arts Festival

Jackie Langa Representing The Museum at the Van Nuys Arts Festival

The Home Depot employees we would like to especially recognized are Jyoti Alagh, Julio Monzon, Jonathan Delgado, and Sal Olivo.

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is an all-volunteer non-profit museum whose primary focus is on the history, art, and culture of the San Fernando Valley. The limited funds raised through museum donations, memberships, and events are used for rent, supplies and developing Museum exhibits.

Home Depot Woodland Hills not only built the folding display but also donated the material and labor. 

We used the folding display to feature historic photos and text regarding various places across the San Fernando Valley showing what they looked like before and now. 

Julio Monzon enthusiastically began the process of getting permission to build it for us. Jyoti Alagh approved and coordinated the project with Jonathan and Sal, and ultimately donated the resulting folding display to The Museum.

Thanks again for the support Home Depot!