Thursday, July 07, 2016
6:00pm to 8:00pm
History/Genealogy Dept. – LL4
Join us for food, fashion, and FUN as we celebrate the opening of our latest exhibit “Service, Society and Social Change: Post- War Clubs from the Valley Times Newspaper” with a reception and fashion show!
The post-War San Fernando Valley was the quintessential American suburb. With the availability of affordable housing and jobs from the thriving aerospace, aircraft, and manufacturing industries, the Valley’s population boomed. The promise of prosperity inspired new opportunities for leisure time, family life and civic engagement. Membership in social and service clubs soared. Whether people united through shared identities or shared interests in hobbies, civics or philanthropy, the prevalence of club life defined the Valley’s growing community. The Valley Times newspaper, published from 1946 to 1970, documented the changes to the Valley’s physical landscape through suburban development, but also revealed how social networks impacted society. This sampling of images from the Valley Times photo archive, now held at the Los Angeles Public Library, presents us with a unique visual history of the ways people connect to build a community.
Copies of an exhibition catalog will be available for purchase with proceeds going to Photo Friends, who support the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection.