“Harry and Mary Jane Strickland have been a great gift to Burbank,” said Emily Gabel-Luddy, the woman who, barring any unforeseen surprise, will by this afternoon have joined the ranks of 58 other men and women who over the past century have served as the city’s mayor.
“They have made sure our proud history is a part of our present and, more importantly, our future,” she added.
An assemblage of more than 130 people joined Gabel-Ludy in showing their appreciation for the Stricklands’ work in establishing the Burbank Historical Society at the Gordon R. Howard Museum this past Saturday evening.
From the city’s days of melon farms to its transformation into the world’s media capital, the Stricklands have been committed to collecting, preserving and displaying Burbank’s rich history. Burbank Historical Society President Sue Baldaseroni, who served as the evening’s hostess, lauded the Stricklands for their long-time commitment to historical preservation and thanked Mary Jane for her foresight. “If it weren’t for (the) idea you came up with 40 years ago, we wouldn't be here tonight reminiscing,” said Baldaseroni. “So we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”