Video interview with Nancy (Van Bergen) Brigham

March 22, 2012 in videos

I did several hours of taped interviews with John Van Bergen’s daughter, Nancy, in 1999 in Santa Barbara.

Here are a couple of excerpts from some video that will be running at the exhibit. In this excert, Nancy is talking about her father’s last meeting with Frank Lloyd Wright:

Other memories of her father:

Here she talks about how nature was so important to her father and his architecure:

I am forever grateful for the friendship of Nancy (Van Bergen) Brigham. Nancy grew up in the house at 234 Cedar in Highland Park. She died in 2008 at the age of 88. Most of the family documents in this collection were donated by her. Those documents, and several hours of recorded oral history formed the foundation on which I re-discovered her father’s outstanding career.I tracked Nancy down with some difficulty — the only evidence I had of her existence was a 1920 newclipping announcing her birth, in an old Oak Park newspaper — and was richly rewarded for my efforts.

I know the process was sometimes challenging, but also know that it was highly rewarding for her. She gave of herself unconditionally and her father’s posterity lives on only because of her.

Thank you Nancy.