Thursday, July 2, 2009

Historic Walking Tour of NoHo

From the Museum of the San Fernando Valley...

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is pleased to announce its July walking tour of the historic NoHo district of North Hollywood, on Saturday, July 11th from 10:00a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Following the tour, participants can enjoy one of the area’s many restaurants.

The tour begins at the corner of Magnolia Blvd. and Tujunga St. at the statue of Amelia Earhart in NorthHollywood Park. Tour highlights include: a walk through St. Paul’s First Lutheran Church with its beautiful stained glass windows, past the 1886 Southern Pacific Depot, the El Portal Theatre (1926), the NoHo ArtsDistrict, the Lankershim Arts Center (designed by theatre architect, S. Charles Lee), and the Lankershim Elementary school where Marilyn Monroe once attended. Tourists will learn about real cowboys, pioneer families, movie television and recording stars, the Spanish conquest, Mexican ranchos, great steam trains,vast ranches and orchards, land barons, wars, and much more.

The July walking tour will be led by historian Richard Hilton. Aside from his work as a board member of The Museum, Hilton is a long time docent of the Los Angeles Conservancy. “North Hollywood has a long,fascinating history with many hidden gems,” said Richard Hilton, Board Member, Docent, The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

Reservations for the tour are on a first-come, first-served basis. Tourists may reserve a place by leaving their names, addresses, and emails at either or by calling 1-(818) 609-1665. A$10 donation is requested at the onset of the tour. Street and metered parking is available in the area.The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is currently developing historic walking tours for other areas of the Valley.

“Mr. Hilton’s walking tours are of genuine importance. They promote a hands-on experience with the history and culture of a Valley that is the heart of the Creative Center of the World. The tours directly infuse money into the local economy, and provide an impetus to return for a theater performance, a casual dinner, or shopping, said Dr. Gerald Fecht, President, The Museum of The San Fernando Valley.”

About The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is in its developmental stage; obtaining input and gathering support from valley residents, gaining support from the business, public, private, and non-profit sectors.The Museum’s organizational goals and objectives will always be a work-in-progress; to meet the changing needs of a dynamic society. At the present, the San Fernando Valley has no significant museum of history and culture, which serves the entire Valley residential population.

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is an educational and cultural institution. Its purpose is to acquire, display, and preserve artifacts, documents and records related to the San Fernando Valley and its residents. It strives to accomplish this through interactive exhibits, an interactive website, tours for schools and organizations, performances, lectures and an artifact loan program for San Fernando Valley.
The Museum's collections of art and historical items exist for scholarly research and for public enjoyment.The Museum collects, preserves, and shares with the entire San Fernando Valley important works of art as well as folk art and crafts.

Dr. Gerald Fecht, President; Tel: (818) 437-1665; email:
Michel Stevens, Vice President, Development; Tel: (310) 890-9182; Fax: (818) 276-1547;email:

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