January 22- The Story of Tarzana & Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzana Ranch

Local historian, Tarzana native and former President of the San Fernando Valley Historical Society, Ralph J. Herman, Sr., will present his unique perspective of life in the San Fernando Valley based on his family’s history and connection to "Tarzan of the Apes" author Edgar Rice Burroughs.

During his presentation, Herman will recount the history of the ranch, owned in 1911 by Los Angeles Times publisher General Harrison Gray Otis, who named it Rancho de Cabrillo. After Otis died, Edgar Rice Burroughs purchased the property and named it Tarzana Ranch. The Herman family has owned the majority of the 550-acre Tarzana Ranch since August 1943 to the present, and still leases the land occupied by the El Caballero Country Club.

Herman will also share a fascinating display of rare artifacts and memorabilia from the original ranch, which included a POW facility during World War II.

This meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the New Life Church in Porter Ranch on the corner of Chatsworth and Reseda. Refreshments will be served after the presentation and there will be a free door prize drawing. The event is free, but donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.

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Andres Pico Adobe

The Andres Pico Adobe is one of the oldest residences in the City of Los Angeles. It represents a bygone era and the rich historical past of the San Fernando Valley. Inside are museum displays of native American beads, Mission and Spanish-Mexican era artifacts, costumes and clothing that span more than a century, and furniture from the Victorian era, when the Adobe was home to members of the Pico family.

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