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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Spring 2016 Message

Dear Members and Friends,

Happy Spring! I shy away from commenting in print the lack of materialization that was supposed to be the El Niño, for fear of a deluge by the time this newsletter goes to print. But, our umbrellMichelle Bernardin, Presidentas are for sale (and 25% off!) should such an occasion arise!

Thank you to those who attended the Installation Dinner on January 20. I hope that you will have the chance to meet our newest board members very soon – Ellen and Arthur Litman, co-Vice Presidents of Museum/Archives; Janet Chabola, VP of Development; Ryan Vincent, a classmate of mine from Culver City High School and our new communications chair; and Denice Renteria, costumes chair.

You will also notice our first ad in this issue. At the end of last year, we began to offer space in this newsletter for our members to submit advertisements. 500 newsletters are printed each quarter and are widely distributed. Ads (printed in black and white) cost $150 for 1/6-page (horizontal or vertical, approximately 4-1/2” x 2-3/8”), one ad per issue will be featured, and are available on a first-come, first-reserved basis. Any questions on ad specifications or to make reservations, please contact me directly at michelle@culvercityhistoricalsociety.org. Placing an advertisement can enhance your visibility with our membership, and city at large.

I look forward to sharing more of our plans to celebrate our city’s centennial as they start to take shape. Visit our website and like or follow us on the social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to keep connected with us!

Thank you for your support of your Historical Society!

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Fall 2015 Message

Michelle Bernardin, PresidentDear Members,

This time next year, Culver City will commence a year-long celebration of its centennial. The Culver City Centennial Celebration Committee, headed by Councilmember Jim Clarke, was conceptualized almost two years to help plan, coordinate, and carry out events, activities, and projects by individuals and organizations that will celebrate Culver City. Culver City businesses, organizations, schools, and individuals are working on their plans now.

The Historical Society has no intention of overlooking this auspicious marker in our city’s history. I have called a few meetings of a working group, comprised of officers and society members, all of whom have an interest in how we as a society will celebrate the city’s centennial. After a few brainstorming sessions, current working ideas include marking our 14th historical site, a Centennial Founder’s Day Picnic, completing a project that will display all our city’s trustees and councilmembers in the Mike Balkman Council Chambers of City Hall, and a mobile walking tour of our marked historic sites.

The next time we blink, it will be 2016. This organization will enter its 35th year with a newly elected board of officers, who will carry out and build upon the direction we are working out now. I hope you’ll consider joining us in the celebration! As a member, you are always invited to attend an open meeting. Your opinions (and your help) are invaluable to the longevity and continued purpose of this organization.

Thank you for your support of YOUR Historical Society!

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Summer 2015 Message

Michelle Bernardin, PresidentDear Members,

Culver City during the summer is pretty idyllic – close enough to catch ocean breezes, not locked into the valley. Harry Culver definitely knew what he was doing!

In August, we will be the coolest place to hang out at Fiesta La Ballona, figuratively and literally, if past scorching temps have shown. The ARC will be open during the Fiesta from 12noon-4:00pm on Saturday (8/29) and Sunday (8/30).

We have moved our annual picnic (usually in July) to September, to coincide with the anniversary of the city’s incorporation. Sunday afternoon, September 20 will be our FOUNDER’S DAY PICNIC! Bring your family! No traffic getting to Vet’s Park! Also, the Archives will be open for everyone to explore our city’s history.

While we have an incredible amount of fun coming up, I would also like to encourage you to consider volunteering on one of our working committees. They are wonderful introductions into what we do! The Museum or Costumes committees are great ways to work with the collections up close. If organizing parties and events is your game, we can use your help for the Founder’s Day Picnic or our Centennial Committee.

Later in the summer, our Nominations Committee will begin meeting about the board for next term, starting January 2016. You have skills that you can contribute and I would encourage you to consider officially joining the team! This group only thrives and succeeds because of its volunteers. Your time is very valuable – we won’t waste it! I look forward to seeing you at our next General Meeting on Wednesday, July 15. Many of us have a special affinity for Johnnie’s Pastrami. (Meet me at Johnnie’s afterwards for a song from the juke box and a sandwich – with mustard!) As always, thank you for supporting your Culver City Historical Society!

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