San Fernando Valley Historical Society

Andres Pico Adobe

Andres Pico Adobe

10940 Sepulveda Blvd.
Mission Hills, CA  91346

818-365-7810

Hours:
Monday, 10:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Except holidays)
Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Available daily for group and private tours by
appointment, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lankershim Reading Room

Lankershim Reading Room

10940 Sepulveda Blvd.
Mission Hills, CA  91346

818-365-7810

Hours:
Monday, 10:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Except holidays)
Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Available daily for group and private tours by
appointment, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Pioneer Cemetery

Pioneer Memorial Cemetery

14451 Bledsoe Street,
Sylmar 91342 (Corner of Foothill & Bledsoe)

818-365-5860 or 818-970-1286

Hours:
Third Saturdays of every month, 9 a.m. - Noon (rain or shine)
Group tours & historical research are by appointment.

President Abraham Lincoln to Visit Pioneer Cemetery in Sylmar for Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 25

May 18, 2015

Labor Day 2015For the 14th consecutive year, the San Fernando Valley Historical Society will host a free Memorial Day Observance at the historic San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery in Sylmar, with a special tribute dedicated to the five Civil War veterans buried at the 141-year-old graveyard.

The event will commence at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 25. This year's program celebrates the final year of our nation's sesquicentennial observance of the epic war between North and South. It will include songs and vignettes from "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory-Reflections on the Civil War" with President Abraham Lincoln, soldiers, civilians and other spirits of the era performed by Living Literature Theatricals featuring David Aaron, JC Henning, Amanda McManus, David Pinion, and Marbry Steward.

There will be limited parking at the rear of the cemetery, so please carpool, if possible, and come early for the best seating. Gates open at 10 a.m. For more information, call 818-970-1286.

Thursday, May 28: Remembering the St. Francis Dam Disaster at Andres Pico Adobe

April 27, 2015

We welcome Ann Stansell, who recently completed her thesis for her M.A. in Public Archaeology at California State University, Northridge entitled Memorialization and Memory of Southern California’s St. Francis Dam Disaster of 1928. Ann’s thesis focuses on how the disaster and its victims have been remembered and commemorated within the 54-mile flood zone through ephemeral memorials, grave markers, museum displays, and community and state monuments (including a new movement to make the site a national monument).

Ann and her mother, Carol Hounsell, have been very involved in finding death certificates for our Pioneer Cemetery, and have located over 170 death certificates for the 214 gravesites at the graveyard. At one time, victims of the St. Francis Dam disaster were thought to be buried at Pioneer Cemetery, but those reports have not been proven and Ann’s thesis points to other burial locations for those unfortunate flood victims.

Ann was raised in Glendale, California and also earned an A.S. from Glendale Community College, and a B.S. in Forensic Science from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. In her spare time, Ann enjoys traveling and backpacking, and has worked on archaeological projects throughout Southern California. She is passionate about preparing archaeological collections for academic researchers, and is currently involved in this work at CSUN’s Anthropological Research Institute and the Autry National Center of the American West.

We are excited to be among the first to see Ann’s original research! The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Andres Pico Adobe. It is free and open to the public, although donations are gratefully accepted. Free refreshments will be served after the program and there will be a free door prize drawing.

Pioneer Cemetery Brick Special: 2 for $100 - Limited Time Offer

April 5, 2015

Back by Popular Demand! From now until May 31, 2015 engraved bricks will be available for the special price of 2-for-$100 when a minimum of two bricks are purchased. Additional bricks over the minimum of 2 would be $50 each. Please use the SPECIAL brick discount Form. All purchases by cash or check must be submitted by May 31, 2015 to be eligible for the special discount. We also have a new large 12 x 12 engraved brick available. If you’ve always wanted to support the cemetery, this is a great opportunity and a great deal!

LIMITED TIME: Special Brick Discount Form 

 

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