PHS Board Members and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla during Pacoima History Day on October 6, 2018
(Pictured right to left) Lon Grandison, Alma Nava, Alex Padilla, PHS President Crystal Jackson, Stan Leandro, Suzanne Llamas, Jimmy Velarde
On Saturday, October 6, the Pacoima Historical Society hosted it's 2nd Annual Pacoima History Day at the Vaughn Family and Community Center. The event celebrated the historic legacy of the town and honored some of its most noteworthy community members and alumni.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, highlighted the ceremony accepting the PHS Award for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership. Also in attendance was Assemblywoman Luz Rivas, who addressed the History Day crowd.
Pacoima's amazing heritage was on full display through a rare photo exhibit that spanned 125 years of the town's history. This years exhibit also included a special tribute to Ritchie Valens and a tribute to World War II veterans from Pacoima.
PHS also presented it's annual community awards honors to outstanding individuals and businesses from Pacoima's past and present. This years recipients included:
Calif. Secretary of State Alex Padilla - "Outstanding Achievement and Leadership"
Tresierra's Market - "Historic Business Award"
Prudencio Gomez - "Pioneer Award"
James Tolliver - "Humanitarian Award"
Anita Zepeda - "Educational Leadership"
Stylesville - "Historic Business Award"
Special recognition was also given to Fernandino-Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, who were honored as the "Original Inhabitants of Pacoima" and Pacoima Elementary School, officially recognized as the oldest school in the San Fernando Valley.
The event also featured unique cultural performances, great food, vendor booths and a photo scan room where community members could bring their old photos and have them scanned for free.
"This was a very special day for the Pacoima community," stated PHS President Crystal Jackson. "We would like to thank everyone who helped to make it a success particularly Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez and Pacoima Neighborhood Council. Their support meant everything to us."
This year's Pacoima History Day was also covered by the Los Angeles Daily News, who wrote a great article in their Sunday, October 7 edition. (Read article here)
PHS also published a special Souvenir Program Book that featured rare photos, stories and historic facts about Pacoima. This one of a kind book is a collectors item. It can be purchased for just $5 on the PHS website.