Thursday, March 24, 2011

BHS Teacher Mr. Fecht Now Museum President

Email from Bruce Keswick (BHS '66) which included the Museum newsletter - Thanks Bruce!

Hi Cathy, I am forwarding this to you because one of our BHS teachers, Jerry Fecht, aka the Frog is now heading the Museum of the San Fernando Valley. Some of his students might be interested. Bruce


This correspondence is to notify our members and friends of The Museum that we have some fun, educational and inspiring upcoming events in March and April 2011.

Please review the information below and be sure to check the Museum calendar regularly for The Museum and community events.

For more information about the Museum, please visit

Thank you.

Gerald Fecht, Ph.D.
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley

Upcoming Museum/Community Events...


What: The Museum of the San Fernando Valley & Campo de Cahuenga Association are pleased to invite the general public to visit the World Famous Campo de Caheunga site to shop for items at great discounted prices. Please join us for a fun day of shopping for interesting items and support worthwhile organizations.

When: Saturday, March 26th (rain or shine)

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Campo de Cahuenga
3919 Lankershim Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

What will be available for shoppers? Books, knick-knacks, costume like clothes, shoes, collectables, glassware and pottery, tools, etc. Good stuff.

Proceeds benefit The Museum of the San Fernando Valley & Campo de Cahuenga Association

The Museum's telephone number is 818-347-9665.

Early Deliveries of items:
Deliver contributions for Spring Parking Lot Sale on Friday, March 25th from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Campo site.

Easy transportation: Take the Metro red line station and across from Universal Studios.

Free parking at Campo or next door at the MTA lot.

For more information, please contact the Museum at

Historic Walking Tour of Van Nuys

On Saturday, April 9, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., attendees can prepare for a stroll back in time through the "Town That Was Started Right!"

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. Tour highlights include:

•Van Nuys Bungalow
•Women's Club
•Old Van Nuys Library (1927)
•United Methodist Church
•Municipal Building Fa├žade
•Van Nuys Post Office
•Abeles Map
•Fernando Statue, Crystal Plunge
•Bob's Big Boy, Busch Gardens
•Lankershim, Van Nuys, Whitsett, Whitley

To RSVP, please call 1-818-347-9665, email at

Cost: $10 per person suggested donation

Attendees can pay in advance on the Museum's website at; go to Events, then Tours; Scroll down to Donate button and order tickets.

Okay to pay at the beginning of the tour.

Parking: Street and metered parking in area

Thank you for Sponsor Universal City/North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

For more information and to RSVP, please go to or to the main website under Events, Tours, where attendees can pay in advance for the tour.

Narrating Lives - Oral Histories of the San Fernando Valley

Narrating Lives, sponsored through a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, is capturing interviews monthly of people from various walks of life, many with an entertainment and arts backgrounds.

Would you like to become involved in this exciting and worthwhile program?

For more information on how to become involved as an interviewer, be considered for an interview or to volunteer, please contact Scott Sterling, Chair, Oral Histories Program or Semee Park, Field Deputy, Councilman Greig Smith's office at (818) 756-8501 or

Thank you.

About the Museum of the San Fernando Valley

A museum that demonstrates how the Valley fits into, and influences, the world at large has been long overdue. Since our incorporation in 2005 as the Museum of the San Fernando Valley, we have strived to be that institution. It is our mission to document, preserve and celebrate the full scope of the collective history, culture and arts of this, the creative capital of the world.

It is expected the 2010 census will show the population of the Valley, including Los Angeles and its independent cities, exceeds 2,000,000. If it were a single city, the Valley would be the 5th largest in the nation. By exploring and recording the stories in the fields of aviation and aerospace, entertainment, the arts, music, film, agriculture, transportation, nature, religion and more, we seek to serve the entire Valley. We value your participation, and especially your support in achieving these goals.

The Museum Purpose

As an educational and cultural institution, we are here to acquire, display, and preserve the artifacts, documents and records of the San Fernando Valley. With the help of residents, businesses, organizations and societies we will build the Museum collections of historical items, the fine arts and the folk arts for the public to enjoy and for scholars to research.

Through interactive exhibits, our website, our daily blog, the social media, our tours for the public, schools and organizations, our lectures and performances, and soon a permanent home and exhibit space, Your Museum will share with the world what it means to be part and parcel of the great San Fernando Valley.


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