2014 Picnic in the Park

2014 Picnic in the Park - Culver City Historical Society

Culver City Historical Society invites you to join us for

Picnic in the Park

Sunday, July 27, 2014

1pm – 4pm

Music * Trivia * Raffle * BBQ * soft drinks and water provided by Santa Maria BBQ

Society members: $25 in advance ($30 at the door)
Non-members: $30
Children age 6-12: $12.50 each

Mail your reservation and check, including names to:
Culver City Historical Society , PO Box 3428, Culver City, CA 90231-3428

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The Creation of Culver City High School and Its First Graduating Class ’53

Culver City High School - Culver City Historical SocietyCan it be 60 plus years since the first class graduated from Culver City High School in 1953? Yes, the class often called “the first class in and the first class out” is the topic for the next general meeting of the Culver City Historical Society on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 7pm in the Rotunda Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave. in Culver City.

Culver City High School - Culver City Historical SocietyA trip down memory lane to the early 1950s in a PowerPoint presentation will illustrate the creation of Culver City High School and how the course was set for it to become one of the foremost schools in the area. There also will be a panel featuring former teachers and administrators from those early times, which will be moderated by Drayton Marsh ’53, who will also describe the beginning of the sports program.

The panel includes:

  • Hank Blunt, teacher at the high school from 1951-1986
  • Dorothy Boyd, office administrator during the 1960s
  • BetteLyle Westbrook, teacher from 1954-1979
  • Robert Johnson, teacher, 1953-1987
  • Dylan Farris, currently principal of Culver City High School

Culver City High School - Culver City Historical SocietyDennis Parish, vice president of programs for the Society, will explain how earlier classes were required to go to Hamilton High as there was no high school in Culver City. The Culver Junior High school class of 1949 went on to create the senior high school one grade at a time until it became the first graduating class in 1953.

Alums and former teachers from that era have been invited to attend and add comments.

All members of the Culver City Historical Society and the public are welcome to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, please call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or inquire by e-mail at info@CulverCityHistoricalSociety.org.

Culver City High School - Culver City Historical Society

Author and Cinematographer to Discuss MGM Backlots at Next Culver City Historical Society Meeting

M-G-M Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot by Stephen Sylvester - Culver City Historical SocietyStephen Sylvester, co-author of M-G-M Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot, and Academy award winning cinematographer Fred Koenekamp will share the spotlight at the next general meeting of Culver City Historical Society on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s multi-purpose room.

Sylvester will present a short film and a PowerPoint presentation illustrating the history of the soundstages and outdoor sets where Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced many of the world’s most famous films. The book features candid, exclusive voices and photographs from the people who worked there, and includes hundreds of rare and unpublished photographs.  Sylvester will be selling and signing his book that night.

Koenekamp, known for his camera work on Patton, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Papillion, and The Towering Inferno, for which he won his Academy award, and many other fine films, will also share his memories of the MGM years.

There will be a brief discussion of upcoming programs and projects, as well as updates on the activities and exhibits in the Archives & Resource Center (ARC) which will be opened following the meeting.

All members of the Culver City Historical Society and the public are welcome to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend.  The entrance to the multi-purpose room is through the back of the building near the parking lot, and through the Archive & Resource Center space.

Julie Lugo Cerra Leads Genealogy Garage Workshop

Genealogy GarageFrom the Genealogy Garage press release:

If you are not acquainted with the historical society in your family’s hometown, then you are missing out on some valuable information—especially since all towns are proud of their heritage. Some societies have a museum, photograph files, a database, and are repositories for the town’s oldest records. Others are a website with historical information and lists of cemeteries, churches, etc. All are maintained by members of the community whose goal it is to preserve their town’s history and they are often thrilled to answer your questions.

Your workshop leader will be Julie Lugo Cerra, who is a 6th generation Californian, and a descendant of Francisco Salvador Lugo. Julie, a native of Culver City, where her father was born on the Lugo Ranch, is a founding member and past president of the Culver City Historical Society, and a member of many others. She has served as the Council-appointed City Historian in Culver City since 1996, was appointed to the Historic State Capitol Commission, and was honored to act as the first chair of the Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission. As a researcher, and the author of five books and more than 500 published articles, Cerra believes historical societies can be invaluable to researchers. And she loves to share her methods.

When: Saturday, November 16, 2013 • 11 am – 1 pm
Where: Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL), Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • History & Genealogy Dept., Lower Level 4

Whether you are a beginner or have been researching for years, here is an opportunity to “tune-up” your current research skills or learn something new about family history research. Genealogy Garage workshops are held at the Central Library of the LAPL in the History & Genealogy Dept. on Lower Level 4 and accessible by escalator or elevator. To RSVP: CALL Central Library Info: 213-228-7000, then ask for the History and Genealogy Dept. Tell them you are making a reservation for the Genealogy Garage workshop on [give the specific date]. Leave your name and an e-mail address or phone number so you can be notified in case the workshop is cancelled.

Julie Lugo Cerra, HistorianWorkshop leaders focus on one topic per workshop and the topics are announced on the LAPL calendar of events and via e-mail. Genealogy Garage is designed to be interactive, so bring your questions! Other items to bring: pedigree charts, family group sheets, pens/pencils, paper, and/or your laptop computer. At the end of each workshop there will be a tour of the Genealogy dept. conducted by Charlotte Bocage. Stay and we will help you research afterward. Genealogy Garage workshops are limited to 12 attendees, so please RSVP to Central Library Info: 213-228-7000, then ask for the History and Genealogy Dept. Tell them you are making a reservation for the Genealogy Garage workshop on [give the specific date]. Leave your name and an e-mail address or phone number so you can be notified in case the workshop is cancelled Directions to Central Library and parking info available at www.LAPL.org/central.

Park UNDER the library, entering at 524 Flower St. just off 5 Street. You need a LAPL card to receive the $1.00 Saturday parking rate. Apply for the card at the LAPL Circulation Desk when you arrive or at your local LAPL branch. Just bring identification. Show your library card to get your parking ticket validated at the Information Desk before returning to your car.

Questions? Or, if you would like to be a workshop leader, please contact:

Charlotte Bocage/SCGS Education Chair: 323-669-1982 or rubymoon01@yahoo.com
Donie Nelson/GSHA-SC Outreach Chair: 310-204-6808 or doniegsha@earthlink.net

Workshops sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS), the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-Southern California (GSHA-SC), and the Los Angeles Public Library, Richard Riordan Central Library, Genealogy & History Department

“The Kirk Douglas Theatre and its Metamorphosis”

Eric Sims, Operations Manager of the Kirk Douglas Theatre - Culver City Historical SocietyEric Sims, Operations Manager of the Kirk Douglas Theatre and President of the Culver City Downtown Business Association will be the featured speaker at the Culver City Historical Society’s general meeting on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s Multi-Purpose Room, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, 90230.

Sims, who is closely involved with the development and programs of the Kirk Douglas Theatre, will describe its metamorphosis from the former Culver Theater, a motion picture house, into today’s beautiful and intimate venue for experimental theatrical productions. He will explain how the theatre was transformed and describe the planning and technical work that went into this renovation.

Kirk Douglas Theatre - Culver City Historical SocietySims will also disclose how the Centre Theater Group views and plans for its productions. His discussion will be illustrated with pictures and documents relating to the theatre’s history, renovation, and its landmark productions.

There will be a brief discussion of upcoming programs and projects, a report from the Society’s Nominating Committee, as well as updates on the activities and exhibits in the Archives and Resource Center (ARC), which will be opened following the meeting.

All members of the Culver City Historical Society and the public are welcome to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend. The entrance to the Multi-Purpose Room is through the back of the building near the parking lot, and through the Archive & Resource Center space.

For more information, please call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or e-mail us.