Original MGM Traffic Signal Finds new Home at ARC

by Winston Gieseke, Vice President, Museum/ARC

MGM's original Washington Blvd. entrance - Culver City Historical SocietyOriginal MGM Traffic Signal Finds new Home at ARC

One of the most exciting things about being Museum chair is seeing new and exciting artifacts from Culver City’s history. One item you won’t want to miss is an authentic MGM traffic signal, generously donated by former Culver City Mayor Richard R. Brundo and his wife Alida.

This signal, with its red and green flashing lights, once sat outside the studio’s original main entrance at Washington Boulevard near Motor Avenue (seen to the right of the far right column in the above-left photo).

Richard R. Brundo - Culver City Historical SocietyEnormous thanks go to Julie Lugo Cerra for using her connections to get the large and imposing signal safely installed in the museum.

The L.A. Marathon & Runners from our Sister Cities

We continue to have the privilege to host a number of groups, like the recent visit from the Andrus Center at USC.

A few days after the L.A. Marathon, Veronica Reyes, from our Sister City Committee, brought by one of the marathon runners and a translator.

Runners from our sister cities of Kaizuka and Uruapan participated in the LA Marathon. They were greeted at the ARC by Stu Freeman, Cathy Zermeno, Karen Coyle, and Julie Lugo Cerra, who showed them around the Archives, and then walked them out to the front of the Veterans Memorial Building to see the marker for the historic Western Hemisphere Marathon which runs across Overland Avenue mgm_signal (Large)where the Marathon started and ended for several decades!

Don’t forget, the museum is made possible in part by donations. If you have anything of historical significance that you’d like to donate to the Society, please bring them to the ARC during open hours.

And please be sure and bring yourself.

Come see the MGM signal, watch a free classic movie shot in Culver City (see schedule in the sidebar on the right), and see everything else that’s on display.

We’re open the first and third Sunday of every month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

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