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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 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)

818-365-7810 or 818-970-1286

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

Come to the November Speaker Meeting THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (3RD THURSDAY, NOT THE 4TH)

7pm at the New Life Church (new location) 10650 Reseda Bl. Porter Ranch 91326 (at Chatsworth St.)

The Cinderella Homes of Jean Vandruff

Jean Valjean VandruffBefore Disneyland opened in Southern California, Jean Valjean Vandruff created iconic fairytale homes. Chris Lukather, our November speaker, will tell the history and development of these unique homes, many of which are in the Valley. He has recently published a book describing his work entitled, “The Cinderella Homes of Jean Vandruff – Fairy Tale Tracts in the Suburbs.

In the 1950s, Southern California tract housing often lacked innovation, imagination and quality. Designer and builder Jean Vandruff’s charming homes skyrocketed to popularity, since they injected a storybook magic into new homes most buyers could afford. Eventually, over 6,000 Cinderella Homes were built throughout California and the United States.

Chris Lukather is a Cal Arts graduate whose books are guided by his passion for art and design, California subculture and obscure Los Angeles history. Chris has discovered tidbits of local history and has developed his passion into projects like this, memorializing iconic homes through his books.

Cinderella HomeIf Chris’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he gave another presentation a while back on his earlier book, “A Birdhouse in Paradise: William Mellenthin and the San Fernando Valley Ranch Homes.”

We really appreciate what Chris is doing to research and publish information about the iconic architecture in the San Fernando Valley. Come to this fascinating program!

Note the new location and the special date!

Free Admission * Free Parking * Free Refreshments * Donations Appreciated

Wanted: Tour Guides

Do you love history? (Of course you do!) Would you like to share your enthusiasm with school children as they tour the Andres Pico Adobe? You may be the person we are looking for! We need folks to help with the tours for children and adults. Tours are typically in the morning during the week. You might show children how the wash was done back in the day with a washboard and wringer, or show them how kitchen gadgets were used. Or maybe you have an expertise to share like spinning or weaving? You can help as much or as little as your time allows. You need not be an expert, just willing to learn a bit at time. Come join us! Contact the SFVHS office for more information.

Curiouser and Curiouser: What Do You Want to Learn About?

Is there something in the Andres Pico Adobe or Pioneer Cemetery that piqued your curiosity? They are so full of interesting stories to tell and worthy of further investigation. Is there some aspect of Valley history you want to learn more about? We love researching and would enjoy providing you more information. Write us at sfvhistory@gmail.com and let us know.

Come Hold Your Next Party at the Beautiful Andres Pico Adobe Park

Are you looking for a lovely place to hold your next party or family reunion? Why not hold it at the Park at the Andres Pico Adobe. The trees provide lovely shade in the large grassy park. There is room for the kids to safely run around, and all at a reasonable price. The park is available Tuesdays through Saturdays (No Sundays or Mondays when the Adobe is open to the public) Contact us at 818-365-7810 or sfvhistory@gmail.com for more information. All that, and the proceeds benefit the San Fernando Valley Historical Society. What a deal!

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For those who want more of the SFVHS, we have an excellent online presence. We have a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/sfvhs) which currently has over 8,000 followers. On our Facebook page we have information about upcoming events, educational information, fun Valley facts, and it is a great place to connect with other people who love the Valley! We also have Twitter and Instagram pages. These pages are a great way to interact with us, or just get a "snack sized" version of all of our wonderful educational materials. We also provide updates of upcoming events and show what happened at past events

The Adobe is Now Open Every Sunday!

The Adobe is now open for tours every Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and every Monday 10-4 p.m. We always have something new for you. Every tour guide brings his or her own expertise and enthusiasm to the tour, so every tour is a little different. Have you seen the Native American Indian Gallery? Have you seen the Railroad Shanty? Bring your friends and visit again. And again!

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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