ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER 90TH ANNIVERSARY: St. Francis Dam Newsreels, Documentaries

Date: March 10, 2018

Time: 7 pm

Location: Hart Hall, William S. Hart Park


A Night of St. Francis Dam Newsreels and Documentaries

Presented by Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society

Hosted by Phil Scorza

Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7 pm

Location: Hart Hall, William S. Hart Park in Newhall

Admission: Free

As part of the 90th anniversary commemoration of the St. Francis Dam disaster, Santa Clarita historian Phil Scorza, host of SCVTV series “Points of Interest”, will show an exciting series of vintage newsreels from the period of the disaster, and more recent documentaries about the disaster and water history of Los Angeles.

Program will include:

Live performance by Katy Moffatt of her song “The St. Francis Dam Disaster”.

Katy Moffatt is an internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter from Ft. Worth, Texas, now living in California. With 19 albums, appearances in 4 major motion pictures, and consistent live touring, her career has spanned 4 decades, garnering numerous rave reviews (Rolling Stone, Mojo), nominations and awards (Academy of Country Music).

“If ever there was the perfect singer-songwriter it is Katy Moffatt. Her songs are drenched in emotion, her voice perhaps the most searingly beautiful thing you’ll ever hear.” London Daily Express

“In all her albums and her appearances, Katy Moffatt is indeed a storyteller. Her voice has many shades of meaning as well as memory. She illuminates-in natural light-the characters and the places in her songs…her passion is the abiding force in her music.” Nat Hentoff, Wall Street Journal

2017 – Drone Video: St. Francis Dam Site

2016 – Philip Scorza: L.A. Water Story and the St. Francis Dam Disaster

1913 – Construction & Opening of L.A. Aqueduct


1928 – British Pathe Newsreel: St. Francis Dam Disaster

1928 – Fillmore and Santa Paula After The Flood

1928 – Fox Newsreel: Nighttime Recovery of Bodies

1928 – Fox Newsreel: Carrying Bodies into Newhall Morgue

1929 – Fox Newsreel: Setting Charges to Blow Up the Tombstone and Wing Dyke of St. Francis Dam



John Bergstrom: St. Francis Music Video

Survivors Stories of the St. Francis Dam Disaster,  Including Ivan Dorsett

AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!  (stay tuned…)