Winter 2013 ARC Update

by Julie Lugo Cerra, Vice President, Museum/ARC and City Historian

RESEARCH PROJECTS FOR STUDENTS AND A POPULAR TV SHOW

We have enjoyed assisting student researchers, from elementary through grad school, on a variety of topics. Special thanks to members Jean Barker, June Caldwell, and Maxine Mytar, whose movie industry background was invaluable to numerous film students. Movie studio strikes was the primary subject.

Also, staff from the Ricki Lake Show, which films at the Culver Studios, visited the ARC for background work on their Hallloween show.

SISTER CITY GUESTS FROM KAIZUKA JAPAN

Joy Jacobs and I were delighted to show off some early Sister City documents in October for the visiting Mayor of Kaizuka, our sister city in Japan. And we look forward to a special open Saturday on January 12, 2013, to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Culver City Sister City program. Join us from 1-3pm.

THOMAS INCE BIOGRAPHER BRIAN TAVES SPEAKS AT ARC

The ARC opened on December 8th for a “Meet and Greet” for Ince biographer, Brian Taves, who grew up in the southland, but has been working for the Library of Congress for many years. We were able to give Brian a tour around Culver City, which included a trip to Sony Pictures and The Culver Studios. (Special thanks to both.) Thomas Ince was instrumental in building those studios, both of which are still standing.

“TIGER” CUB SCOUTS ENJOY DOWNTOWN CITY TOUR

It was a real pleasure to take local “Tiger” Cub Scouts for a historic walk around downtown Culver City on Sunday, November 11th. Special thanks to the Culver Hotel for letting us drop in and show off the historic hotel built by our city founder. The boys posed for a photo at the bronze sculpture, “A Moment in Time” in front of the Culver Hotel.

“MADE IN CULVER CITY” SET FOR DECEMBER 29 AT VETS

A selection of our oversize movie photos are on permanent loan to the City of Culver City. They are up in time for the December 29 “Made in Culver City” screening, to be held in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, which honors the City’s 95th Anniversary.

The ARC will open that afternoon from 1-3pm before the screening.

ARC PROJECTS MOVING FORWARD

Our cataloging is a slow process but we are making good progress filling the flat files thanks to Bill Barnett.

Our Living History Committee is working with the CCUSD Asst. Supt., Educational Services, Eileen Carroll, to pull together some support for our local schools, like Living History and other options.

Displays in the ARC have been well received, especially the dress from Meet Me in St. Louis and the photos from Margaret O’Brien’s private collection. The invitations, designed by Kevin Lachoff were a nice background for the exhibit.

A new exhibit will be in place for the January annual meeting. Think Harry Culver’s birthday and … just come and see for yourselves!

A CALL FOR DOCENTS

We are beginning docent training. If you are interested in leading walking tours in the downtown area, or ARC tours, please contact Julie Lugo Cerra, with convenient days and times for practice. (310 558-3818). We need you!

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