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Community: Fundraiser stems from a storied collaboration

July 05, 2013
  • Kay and Wesley Adams celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on June 25.
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The partnership between the Burbank Historical Society and Story Tavern continues to make history as the tavern will sponsor its second annual fundraiser for the society beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

The date, July 8, is significant for two reasons. It is the date the city was incorporated as well as the day the pub opened last year. Story Tavern now occupies the historic building at 150 S. San Fernando Blvd., which once housed Story Hardware, owned by Burbank's first mayor Thomas Story, at the time of the city's incorporation in 1911.

An interesting fact is that the fire bell was installed over the hardware store's entrance in the early days, and it would sound whenever there was a fire in town, said Sue Baldaseroni, president of the historical society.

When tavern owners were considering how to decorate the walls, the historical society came to the rescue, sharing copies of photographs in its vast collection stored in its museum files.

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The museum, located next door to the Burbank Creative Arts Center, has a collection of vintage automobiles, exhibits featuring Lockheed, Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Co. and historical memorabilia donated by residents present and past, including actress Debbie Reynolds.

All proceeds from the admission will be donated to the Burbank Historical Society.

“The money goes to the operation and maintenance at the museum,” Baldaseroni said. “In the past, we were able to restore the 1923 Moreland Bus. Last year, we were able to pay for rebuilding the engine in the 1927 Moreland truck. Our air-conditioning unit is about ready to be replaced. We are all volunteers at the museum; no one is paid, so every penny we get goes to the museum.”

The Moreland bus was built in Burbank at the Moreland factory at San Fernando Boulevard and Alameda Avenue in 1923. The museum has a tool chest filled with all the tools that were used to build it, Baldaseroni said. The bus has been used in films such as “The Artist,” which won five Academy Awards in 2012, including Best Picture.

This fundraiser has two purposes, said Ted Slaught, the tavern’s general partner.

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