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You're Invited to the LAVC Historical Museum Spring Open Houses

Did you know that there is an LAVC Historical Museum on campus? Established in 1975, it houses an amazing collection of treasures from San Fernando Valley's 100-year history including historical photos, artifacts, oral history recordings and more! The LAVC Historical Museum invites students, faculty, staff and the general public to its Spring Open Houses on February 28, April 25 and May 23 from 1-2 p.m. in LARC 204.

You're Invited to the LAVC Historical Museum Spring Open Houses

The Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) is home to the LAVC Historical Museum, which is focused on collecting and preserving historical artifacts from the history of the San Fernando Valley. The museum is located in Library and Academic Resource Center (LARC) 204.

Founded in 1975 by Dr. James Dobson, the LAVC Historical Museum houses a treasure trove of San Fernando Valley historical photos, artifacts, oral history recordings, as well as an LAVC time capsule.

"Our Historical Museum started with a vision by Dr. Dobson to document and preserve the history of the San Fernando Valley," said Xiaoyang Liu-Behlandorf, chair of the Library Department and director of the LAVC Historical Museum. "Our museum has grown from its humble beginnings in a bungalow that was the site of the college's first administrative offices, to a beautiful new facility in the LARC, where we have space to showcase and store our collection."

The museum's collection includes collections of turn-of-the-century agricultural tools used in the San Fernando Valley, period clothing, make-up and artwork from the 1930's, Mayor Tom Bradley's personal collection of photographs of the San Fernando Valley, a collection of books about San Fernando Valley history, as well as a number of lithographs and art by Salvador Dali. 

Most notably, the museum recieved a California Audiovisual Preservation Project grant in 2017 to digitize the museum's collection of oral interviews of early San Fernando Valley residents. These are one-of-a-kind primary audio material on the history of the San Fernando Valley. Other online collections include the Whitsett Photo Collection featuring photos of Van Nuys Co-Founder and Metropolitan Water District Emeritus Chair W.P. Whitsett, as well as a collection of LAVC photographs from the 1940s-1990s. The audio interviews and digital photo collections are now available online 24 hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week on the Museum's webpage.

During the Spring 2019 semester, the Historical Museum will be holding monthly open houses to the public an opportunity to see its collection of San Fernando Valley historical photographs and artifacts, and learn more about how the San Fernando Valley region has evolved over the last century.

"Many people aren't aware that there is even a historical museum on campus," notes Liu-Behlandorf. "Our hope is these open houses will help to spark more public interest, and students and the scholars, historians and students will use the LAVC Historical Museum's collection when doing research on San Fernando Valley history."

The LAVC Historial Museum open houses are being held on the fourth Thursday of every month during the Spring, and are open to students, faculty, staff, and the community. The Spring 2019 LAVC Historical Museum Open House dates are:

For more information on the LAVC Historical Museum or to schedule an appointment, visit the LAVC Historical Museum webpage.


Image: Photo of the DuPlessis family and their farm, which is the site where Los Angeles Valley College now stands. (Photo courtesey of the LAVC Historical Museum.)


Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 2/1/2019 5:00:03 PM