January 18 General Meeting and Program

Our City Founder, Harry H. Culver

Multipurpose Room, Veterans Memorial Building, 7PM


In celebration of our city founder, Harry H. Culver’s January 22, 1880, birthday, City Historian Julie Lugo Cerra will offer a look back into Culver’s dream city. Many of us remember the Culvers’ only child, Patricia, helping out at the annual fiestas, and even taking our bus tours as a special guest! We enjoy a wonderful tie to our founding family, which continues with Pat Culver Battle’s tradition of being a ready resource for photos and records of Harry Culver’s life and plans. Cerra will give a visual presentation and discussion using many of these materials.


Harry H. Culver (1913)

Take time to visit our Archives and Resource Center that evening as well, to view special Culver-related items, like the original ads that Mr. Culver designed to draw residents and businesses to Culver City.


Members and the public are invited to enjoy this free program. Entry is through the ARC from the back parking lot.

Winter 2017 Message

Dear Members and Friends,Michelle Bernardin, President

This is the time of year when we remind you, our members, to renew your membership with the Society. As you may know, the Society Board is comprised only of volunteers, so there are no staff salaries to pay. At our January 18 General Meeting and Program, the membership will be presented with our 2017 budget. You will see every line item where money is spent and earned. Your dues keep this organization’s doors open for students, researchers, and the public. We cannot do this without you, and your support is appreciated.

Dues and dedicated, wonderful PEOPLE keep our Society plugging away. We are looking for a few good men and women to plug away with us. If you have skills with WordPress websites, digital video editing, or librarian knowledge – we want to know you! If you’re a wiz with parliamentary procedure (a lost art!), we’re very interested in knowing you. Please email me michelle@culvercityhistoricalsociety.org if you are interested in learning more about helping us.

I look forward to seeing you at our January 18 General Meeting and Program, highlighting the life and work of the man himself, Harry H. Culver. No centennial would be complete without this Culver City history primer. As we close the door on 2016, I wish you and yours a very happy New Year and, as always, thank you for supporting your Historical Society!

Shop Our New Products!

We have produced two LIMITED EDITION products celebrating the centennial – our historicdownload sites throw has been redesigned to highlight 100 years and is available in the three blanket colors of yesteryear – cranberry, forest green cchs_mug_page_2and navy ($50). AND we have a new centennial coffee mug ($15) to keep your beverage of choice warm. Visit our Archives and Resource Center gift shop during open hours, or we’re always open online.

October 19 General Meeting and Program

Costumes Galore…MGM and More

Multipurpose Room, Veterans Memorial Building, 7PM


The Culver City Historical Society will present a special multi-faceted program featuring the care and display of Culver City’s MGM costume collection by Denice Renteria, Costume Chair, and Sharon Shore, past Costume Chair, plus a presentation by Louise Coffey-Webb, former Society President.



Renteria, a prop maker for Knott’s Berry Farm, and Shore, an internationally and nationally known conservator of textiles, will begin with a visual presentation and discussion about the costume collection held in the




Archives and Resource Center (ARC), and will show several costumes. Coffey-Webb, costume historian Project Manager for the James G. Gallanos Foundation, and author of Managing Costume Collections: An Essential Primer, will give a lively illustrated introduction to the joys and trials of costume collections of all shapes and sizes.

Coffey-Webb will be selling her book at a special price and will sign them.

The ARC will be open after the meeting where additional costumes will be on


Louise Coffey-Webb



Members and the public are invited to enjoy this free program. Entry is through the ARC from the back parking lot.