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.

April 28th Speaker Meeting: Saving Rockhaven

Learn about efforts to save Rockhaven Sanitarium in Glendale, designed to care for women with mental illnesses and the last intact sanitarium in our Valley, from Joanna Linkchorst, President of Friends of Rockhaven, on Thursday, April 28th at 7 p.m. at the New Life Church (on the corner of Chatsworth and Reseda in Porter Ranch).

Rockhaven Sanitarium opened in 1923 for women with "mild mental and nervouse disorders"by psychiatric nurse Agnes Richards. She set out to create a haven where women could be treated with dignity and grace in a beautiful and serene environment. Richards ran the facility until 1967 when her granddaughter Patricia Traviss took over. It then became popular for care of elderly women with dementia. In 2001, Traviss sold Rockhaven to a large hospital corporation that in turn sold it to housing developers.

Demolition was stopped by a community effort and the City of Glendale purchased Rockhaven with the intent to make it a public park.  However, no funds have been allocated to rehabilitate Rockhaven, and the property sits empty. Friends of Rockhaven help educate the public on the importance of Rockhaven and help the city to restore the property. Mrs. Linkchorst is a lifelong Crescenta Valley Resident and a wife and mother of two.  She is one of the founders of the Friends of Rockhaven organization and an Autry docent. The program is free to the public with free refreshments and a free door prize drawing (although donations are gratefully accepted).

April 24th -Chatsworth Historical Society Garden Festival

The Chatsworth Historical Society will have annual Garden Festival on Sunday, April 24th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Homestead Acre (10385 Shadow Oak Drive, Chatsworth, CA).  Admission for adults is $5, children five and older $1, and those under the age of five for free.  In addition to vendors, crafts, and tours of the historic Minnie Palmer House, they are again having their Duchess Tea.  (The cost for the tea is $10 per person.)  For more information, go to http://www.historicalsocieties.net/newsflash.shtml.  If you would like to volunteer at our SFVHS booth, call us at 818-365-7810.

April 17th - Open House and Textile Work Party 

Our monthly Open House will be on Sunday, April 17th from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Andres Pico Adobe.  We are continuing our textile work parties at this event.  Anyone who is interested in spending the afternoon with other textile enthusiasts is welcome to join us and bring their latest projects.  More advanced textile artists who don’t have an ongoing project – come talk to us…we can give you a project to work on for the SFVHS. 

May 30th - Pioneer Cemetery Hosts Memorial Day Observance

A free Memorial Day Observance will be held at the historic San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery in Sylmar from 11 a.m. to Noon on Monday, May 30, with a special dedication to the Civil War veterans buried at the 142-year-old graveyard. The cemetery is located at 14451 Bledsoe Street at the corner of Foothill Boulevard (halfway between the Roxford and Polk exits off the 210 Freeway.) The observance will include a rifle salute, U.S. flag-raising, and “Taps,” plus the unveiling of a new monument dedicated to the five Civil War veterans buried at the old burial ground. The monument is being placed by the Ancient & Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, Platrix Chapter No. 2, a fraternal society known for fun activities as well as historic preservation. 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 additional information, call 818-970-1286.

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Activities at the Andres Pico Adobe Park are presented in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks