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Museum of the San Fernando Valley could herald 'cultural renaissance'
Museum of the San Fernando Valley could herald 'cultural renaissance'

The room is dim and ominous: Faded soldiers' uniforms and a frayed American flag flown over Iwo Jima in the mid-1940s hang on a wall above a binder listing nearly all the San Fernando Valley residents who died in World War II. Around the corner, it is bright and cheery, the citrus-colored walls lined with crisp black-and-white photographs. In one, a young Elizabeth Montgomery poses in her gleaming, mid-century Valley home, cradling a newly purchased Toulouse-Lautrec painting; in another, Jayne Mansfield sits, pinup style, on a diving board in the high noon sun, inaugurating a line of Dream Pools. The exhibits are on view at the new Museum of the San Fernando Valley, which opened...

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