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Millard Sheets is best known for his architecture and murals on the iconic Home Savings buildings (now Chase Bank) scattered across LA., but there is so much more to Sheets!
Some know Millard Sheets as a California regionalist artist whose watercolors and paintings won prizes and fame in the 1930's and '40's. Others are familiar with his epic mosaics and sleek mid-century Home Savings buildings that punctuate the west coast. But few are aware of the astonishing range of work and ideas generated by this charismatic artist- designer-entrepreneur. He not only influenced generations of artists, his own life was an almost cinematic adventure, as journalist Victoria Lautman discovered. In this talk, she takes a close look at the man and his many intriguing, lesser-known facets, and shows some of his amazing creations.
Victoria Lautman is a veteran journalist who recently relocated to Los Angeles from Chicago. She holds a B.A. in anthropology, an M.A. in art history, and worked for the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum before embarking on a career as a cultural journalist.
Step back 100 years in time, when traveling projectionists brought movies to towns too small to have a theater.
This program is free and brought to you by the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley and Los Angeles County Parks, with a very special thank you to Supervisor Kathryn Barger for saving this event from cancellation due to complications, which she quickly resolved.
Thank you, Kathryn!
We have all watched with anticipation as the Montrose icon, that was formerly Rocky Cola Cafe, has slowly been restored to its former glory. The new owner Tom Christopoulos has recreated the exterior to match the 1940s art deco facade of Montrose Pharmacy. It's almost ready to open and Tom has offered the HSCV a first peek at the interior. Tom will talk about the restoration process and what his new "retro-themed" restaurant will offer.
Join us as the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy (AFC) guides us on an exploration of Rubio Canyon. Discover the history of the Canyon from the Mt. Lowe Railway and Camp Huntington days, and explore the historic trails.
Directions to AFC's Rubio Canyon Trailhead: Take Lake Avenue North (towards the mountains); Turn right on Dolores Drive; Take a right on Rubio Canyon Road; Take a left on Rubio Crest Drive; Take a right on Rubio Vista Road; Trailhead is on the right, between 1351 Pleasantridge Drive and 1342 Rubio Vista Road, Altadena 91001.
The trail is about a mile long in distance to the waterfalls, but we won't be going that far. We will begin by walking along the old right-of-way of the Mount Lowe Railway to the ruins of the Rubio Pavilion. That stretch of trail is relatively flat. Still, Rubio Canyon itself is steep and rugged. This is a moderate hike, and may be partly in full-sun. Highly recommend to bring water and trail snacks, sun hat, good footwear, hiking poles, sunscreen, etc.... No RSVP is required, just show up by 9 a.m.
We have two offerings for your viewing pleasure this month, but it may be a bit more challenging to access, bear with us. Check GlendaleParksAtHome.com for the Plants of Deukmejian talk, and check eaglerockhistory.org for the Historic Transportation talk and live panel. We will update as we get more info. Both look very interesting and both are not under our control, so we hope all who want to attend will be able to "zoom-in".
This is a topographic map of the Crescenta Valley from 1928. The ore cart tracks for the Hostetter Graphite Mine can be seen on the far right of the map, about midway down.
In the 1940s and 50s, when the new Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible. The book (based on extensive research and interviews with all the living members of the team) tells the stories of these women--known as "human computers"--who broke the boundaries of both gender and science.
This beautiful sanctuary, allows a small portion of our valley's natural history to flourish (plants, animals, ecology...), and invites us to observe this natural history as it renews itself and thrives. We plan to have a monthly featured photo.
Rosemont Preserve - 8 acres of natural open space at the base of Goss Canyon, acquired for conservation by the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy in 2012. Stewarded, with the natural habitat fully restored, by the Friends of the Rosemont Preserve, a volunteer group that develops and hosts community programs on the property. Photo by Althea Edwards.
The Rosemont Preserve can be visited on Open Gate days. Docents will be on site.
The next Open Gate Days: Sunday Feb 21st and Saturday March 6th, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
No RSVP is required.
The Rosemont Preserve is located in La Crescenta, at the north end of Rosemont Avenue, just inside the chain link fence. Directions from La Crescenta Avenue and Foothill Blvd (the original City Center as designated by Dr. Benjamin Briggs); proceed east on Foothill Blvd., turn left up Rosemont Ave. Parking is available at Two Strike Park, on the west side of Rosemont Avenue, 2 blocks before you get to the Preserve (5107 Rosemont Ave). If there are mobility issues that require a closer parking spot, please email AFC at firstname.lastname@example.org. As with all hikes, wear sturdy shoes, a sun hat, and bring water. Sorry, no dogs are allowed in the Preserve (to keep the wildlife safe).
Arroyo & Foothills Conservancy and videographer, Denis Callet, has put up wildlife videos from the Rosemont Preserve online. Here are just two of their videos to check out:
Hollywood has long relied on our area for filming location shots. Craig Durst has made another wonderful video in which he shows clips from movies and gives you the exact location where it was filmed. From film classics such as "It Happened One Night" and "It's A Wonderful Life" to more recent films such as "Terminator 3" and "Chinatown", you'll be amazed at the iconic scenes that were filmed in our backyard.
It Happened One Night and It's A Wonderful Life
How many of you have visited the monument to the New Year Flood of 1934? Here's a chance to get out of your house and see something local without the danger of exposure to the virus.
The monument was built and dedicated by the historical society in 2004. It has somewhat recently been refurbished by a local scout. It features a plaque describing the tragic events of the 1934 flood, along with a bench to sit on and a variety of plants.
The monument is located on the northeast corner of Rosemont and Fairway. There is parking on Rosemont right next to the monument.
You will find an interview with flood survivor Marcie Warfield who was on this very spot in 1934. Her house was one block above the monument site, directly in the center of where the flood control channel runs today. Listen to her description of that night before you make your visit to the monument. Then take a drive by the American Legion Hall at 4011 La Crescenta Avenue. This is the same building that sat on the site of the monument. It was moved to this location after the flood.
An entertaining video from Tujunga historian Craig Durst about the local Native Americans.
A wonderful video about two guys in Sunland Tujunga who recently installed a flagpole on the San Gabriel Mountains. Contains some spectacular drone shots, as well as some local history.
The first is about a local stained-glass shop.
Interview with Wally Anderson, whose family has built many homes in the area.
The McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga.
The American Heritage Library and Museum in Glendale, a museum concentrating on the American Revolution.
Le Mesnager Barn at Deukmejian Wilderness Park with Marc Stirdivant.
Montrose Christmas Parade – 2017
La Crescenta Woman's Club
Mount Lowe Railway
Once Upon a Time Bookstore
Montrose Shopping Park in the Movies
Sister Elsie's Well in Tujunga
Bolton Hall, Tujunga
La Crescenta Library Stained Glass
And here are a couple of videos about Rockhaven Sanitarium. The first was produced by the City of Glendale over a decade ago (back when they were still enthusiastic about the property). This one actually won an Emmy!
Rockhaven: A Sanctuary from Glendale's Past
This one was produced recently by a group that does paranormal investigations.
A few videos were produced by local historian John Drayman
The Glendale & Montrose Railway
Great Montrose Flood of 1934
The Montrose Rodeo 1947
Here are several clips from John Newcombe's beautiful feature documentary "Rancho La Canada: Then and Now"
Early California Winery History - La Canada
American Nazi: Rare footage
Japanese Internment in La Crescenta, California
And lastly, from the 1950 movie "Gun Crazy", the famous bank robbery scene, which was filmed in Montrose.