Summer 2017 Message

Dear Members and Friends,Michelle Bernardin, President

Happy Summer!

I haven’t shared many personal moments through this public letter, but since our last newsletter was published, I became a homeowner. This does not amount to much for the purposes of typical President Messages, other than the pathways of homeownership and historic preservation intersected with this purchase and it was an interesting test of my beliefs. The irony does not go unnoticed that May was national Historic Preservation Month. If you are interested in hearing more of my tale, come sit by me, and I’ll have a story to share.

We hope you enjoy this expanded newsletter issue, celebrating our Centennial. Please enjoy the photos, and additional articles. (Extra points will be given if you notice the new subtle changes to our newsletter design.)

As we celebrate the 100th birthday of our city’s incorporation, please calendar Saturday afternoon, September 16. We will bring back the Society’s historic bus tours that used to happen during Fiesta La Ballona. While the Culver City Centennial Committee’s 100th Birthday Party in Vets Park will be going on from 11am to 3pm, we will have our tours at designated times. Tickets will be free, and there might be surprise guests! Check back on our website for ticket information and reservations. We are grateful to partner with the city’s Transportation Department to bring this tour back for the birthday party.

Visit our website and like or follow us on the social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to stay connected with us!

As always, thank you for supporting your Historical Society! We cannot do this without you.

#ThisPlaceMatters

In early May, the Society accepted a proclamation from the Culver City Council in recognition of Historic Preservation Month. The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s theme this year is “This Place Matters,” which perfectly describes our feelings about “The Heart of Screenland” as we celebrate our Centennial year. (Jeremy Green)

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Spring 2017 Message

Dear Members and Friends,

Happy Spring! In an effort last spring to promote our historic photos umbrella, I Michelle Bernardin, Presidenttempted fate by scoffing at the El Niño that never materialized… Who’s laughing now? (But our umbrella is still the best and available at 25% off for these rains that will not end!)

One of our great pleasures in celebrating the Centennial has been to bring you programs that highlight several longtime families and their local businesses. As we saw with the Veras and the Eskridges, these are families who are indelibly quilted into our city’s fabric and history. Our April 19 General Meeting and Program will highlight another Culver City family and their businesses – that of Historical Society past president, Stu Freeman. If you have walked into Akasha, Goda Yoga, or Alandale’s, then look to property owner Stu… but you will learn so much more.

As I continue sharing more of our plans to celebrate our city’s Centennial, please visit our website and like or follow us on the social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to keep connected with us!

As always, thank you for supporting your Historical Society! We cannot do this without you.

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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!

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Fall 2016 Message

Dear Members and Friends,

The year-long celebration of our city’s centennial has commenced! The Historical Society has no intention of overlooking this auspicious marker in our city’s history. Michelle Bernardin, PresidentWe can’t wait to share activities with you as we roll them out over the course of the next year! If you are interested in joining the working group and participating in any of the subcommittees for the various activities, please reach out!

The next time we blink, it will be 2017. This organization will enter its 37th year, poised with excitement for this milestone in our city’s history. As a member, you are always invited to attend a general meeting. Your opinions (and your help) are invaluable to the longevity and continued purpose of this organization.

As the temperatures start to “dip,” it’s also not too early to think about your holiday gift giving! Consider the Historical Society as your one-stop shopping destination. Visit the gift shop at the Archives or online at www.CCHSstore.com. Also, if you shop on Amazon anytime through our dedicated link (it’s on our website – look for the Amazon logo), a percentage of your purchase comes to the Society. Shop and support!

I encourage you to follow us on the various social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), as we share plans for partnerships, events, and programs that will celebrate Culver City and its rich history. If you are not on social media, we understand. Keep us updated with your email address, so we can update you! (We will not share it with others.)
I look forward to seeing you at our October 19 General Meeting and Program.

As always, thank you for supporting your Historical Society!

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Summer 2016 Message

Michelle Bernardin, PresidentDear Members and Friends,

Many of you know “Uncle Syd” Kronenthal passed away last October. His contributions to this city and our Historical Society were vast, and his legacy will continue beyond his physical presence. The Historical Society was among a handful of organizations that Syd designated in his will as testamentary beneficiaries. This transformative gift will go far to continue our work that Syd was integral in helping to build.

If scorching temps over previous summers have shown, we will be the coolest place to hang out at Fiesta La Ballona, literally and figuratively. The Archives and Resource Center will be open during the Fiesta from 12:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday (August 27) and Sunday (August 28).

As you may remember, last year we moved our annual picnic to September, to coincide with the anniversary of the city’s incorporation. Mark your calendar for Sunday afternoon, September 18 for our FOUNDER’S DAY PICNIC! This will be our way to kick off the city’s celebration of our centennial year (begins on September 20), so bring your family and join us in celebrating! The ARC will be open for everyone to explore our city’s first 100 years.

I encourage you to follow us on the various social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), as we start to share plans for partnerships, events and programs that will celebrate Culver City and its rich history over the coming year. If you are not on social media, we understand. Keep us updated with your email address, so we can update you! (We will not share it with others.)

As always, thank you for supporting your Historical Society!

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