Spring 2012 Message

Louise Coffey-Webb - Culver City Historical SocietyPresident’s Message
by Louise Coffey-Webb, President

Dear Members,

I am still glowing from the warm welcome and fun celebration we had at the installation in January.

Held at the historic Culver Studios, we were captivated with the pertinent and humorous talk given by installing officer Dr. Janet Fireman, editor of the California History journal and former Head of the History Division at the Natural History Museum downtown.

While some Board members have stepped down from their offices, everyone is still involved in some way with our wonderful Society. I am delighted with such dedication and continuity of effort.

PLANS IN PROGRESS FOR MORE EVENTS & COMMUNITY OUTREACH
This year we are continuing to look more closely at our collections, explore our resources and discover our place in this fair city, as well as our place in the larger community.

We are planning to offer more events for you than our standard four public General Membership meetings each year, while increasing the information offered on our website.

We begin with a special fundraiser on Tuesday April 3rd, courtesy of the City Tavern, to celebrate its first anniversary. Just two weeks later, on April 18 that our Spring General Meeting, we will have as our program a “Broadway Melody” evening of songs and stories relating to the marvelous MGM musicals of the golden age of cinema. Please read the separate articles for more details on both these events, and be sure to come and join us!

You will be reading familiar contributors to our newsletter, such as Julie Lugo Cerra – but with her new “hat” as VP of the Museum/ARC – and Marc Wanamaker’s “Reel Culver City.” Watch for a column from the new Chair of Costumes: Sharon Shore.

At the end of April we will say a “physical” farewell to Winston Gieseke, our former VP of the Museum/ARC, as he moves to Berlin, Germany. However – and very happily for us – he will remain with us “virtually” as he becomes our official Webmaster, operating from abroad. So now our Society is becoming truly international!

We are extremely excited about the possibility of Culver City’s Wende Museum becoming our neighbor. What with the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum already our neighbor on the east side of Overland Avenue, we could become a veritable “Museum Corridor.”

Happy Spring to you all – and please remember to renew your membership! It’s still the best deal in town, supporting the many events we bring you, and helping to keep our history alive for generations to come.

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