Spring 2015 President’s Message

Dear Members,

Happy Spring! Your Historical Society volunteers have been making great use of the “cold” months. Sharon Shore and Mo de Koff have completed the gargantuan task of digitally cataloguing the collection’s costumes. One of Harry Culver’s grandsons, Chris Wilde, was a guest speaker at our January 18 open Sunday. We had a great crowd, who laughed at Chris’ stories and enjoyed the memorabilia he brought to share.

A few volunteers took up my call for help in the last newsletter issue and have been retyping articles from past newsletters, so that we continue to build our own history on our website. (Thanks to master typists Joan Jakubowski and Adrienne Bernardin! There’s still more to do, so email me if you would like to join the fun from the luxury of your home computer!) By the way, have you checked out the website recently? I think you should! We just completed a thorough section on our marked historic sites (including Google maps, so that you can find them), and moved the online store as part of our site.

I called the first meeting of a Centennial subcommittee to explore the ways we can, as the Historical Society, participate in this once-in-a-lifetime, year-long celebration. Many great ideas were brought up and there’s room for more. If you have any thoughts for events or projects that would be appropriate for us, please email me (michelle@culvercityhistoricalsociety.org).

Please note that the Archives will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 5, and will be open again on Sunday, April 19. Chris Wilde’s talk was only the beginning – check out the calendar on the back page for our next open Sunday guest speaker!

Thank you for your support of YOUR Historical Society! As you just read with Martha and Sol Sigall, and for countless others, it makes a difference!

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Winter 2015 Message

President’s Message
by Michelle Bernardin, President

Michelle Bernardin, PresidentDear Members,

I hope this note finds you and your family enjoying the wonderful delights and scents of the holidays.

Your Historical Society had a busy 2014, and we continue to acquire more wonderful pieces of our city’s history, catalogue the beautiful costumes collection with the help of awesome volunteers, and celebrate a few movie anniversary milestones! You will see a few photos on the back page from our October General Meeting, which featured noted author Aljean Harmetz, her reflections on the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, and a surprise visit from a very wicked witch. Our upcoming January General Meeting will highlight another movie from that grand year of 1939, Gone with the Wind, and our own Marc Wanamaker. I look forward to seeing you there!

An area that I hope we can continue to build on and grow is in the area of content for our website. I announced in our Fall 2014 newsletter that we re-launched our website (www.CulverCityHistoricalSociety.org) with a new look and new features. Because our organization is over 30 years old, some of our newsletters were printed before the time of Microsoft Word. We want to put as many of those articles on the web, so they can be searched by historians, history buffs, and students alike. This is where we need your help! From wherever you sit at your computer, we can send you a PDF of an article that we need retyped in Word. You type, send it back to us, and we will then put it up on the web! If you would like to assist us with this ongoing project, please email me directly at michelle@CulverCityHistoricalSociety.org.

Speaking of our newsletter, as you will read below, Judy Stangler has resigned her post as the Society’s longtime editor. I want to personally thank her for 17 years of service. While I have not been with the Historical Society nearly as long, I have truly appreciated her breadth of and enthusiastic zest for our city’s history.

To close, I send you my very best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year, and as always, thank you for supporting your Culver City Historical Society!

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Summer 2014 Message

Michelle Bernardin - Culver City Historical SocietyPresident’s Message
by Michelle Bernardin, President

Dear Members,

Summer is here (not that we had much of a winter)!

I look forward to seeing you at BOTH of our July events – the July 16 General Meeting and the Annual Picnic on Sunday, July 27! This is the first time that we are having the picnic separately on a Sunday, so that our members can bring their families and don’t have to fight traffic to get to the park! In August, we will be the coolest place to hang out at Fiesta La Ballona, figuratively and literally, if past scorching temperatures have shown. The ARC will be open during the Fiesta from 12noon-4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. And in September, get your scavenger team together because we are bringing back the Car Rally!

While we have an incredible amount of fun coming up, I would also like to encourage you to consider volunteering one hour a month on one of our working committees. The Museum or Costumes committees are great ways to work with the collection up close. If you are interested in interacting with school groups or putting your typing skills to good use, we have ways that you can help us. If you have attended our fundraisers over the last few years and like what we have done, our Development committee has very open ears for new ideas of fundraisers or merchandise.

This group only thrives and succeeds because of its volunteers. Your time is very valuable – we won’t waste it!

As always, thank you for supporting your Culver City Historical Society!

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Spring 2014 Message

Michelle Bernadin - Culver City Historical SocietyPresident’s Message
by Michelle Bernardin, President

Dear Members,

Happy Spring! It was lovely to see so many of you at the Installation of Officers. We have a few new board members, and some entering second terms in their current positions. I can attest that this is a very enthusiastic and excited new group, who are going to bring you interesting topics for General Meeting programs, a new look to our website, and much more!

As a friendly reminder, you can support the Historical Society with your everyday shopping, and it won’t cost extra! Ralphs grocery store chain donates a portion of sales to the Historical Society, with a simple swipe of your club card. The next time you are at the ARC, pick up a Ralphs sheet with our dedicated bar code. Bring the sheet to Ralphs and show it to the cashier along with your club card. That’s it! We have already seen success with this program!

As you flip through this newsletter, you may notice there are not as many pages to turn. In an effort to decrease printing costs, we are exploring a more condensed publication, with the thought of putting more stories and information online. We hope that you appreciate our efforts in making the most of your annual membership to the Society.

I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming program, or during our open hours on the 1st and 3rd Sundays. As always, thank you for supporting your Culver City Historical Society!

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Happy New Year 2014

Michelle Bernardin - Culver City Historical SocietyPresident’s Message
by Michelle Bernardin, President

Dear Members,

I hope this note finds you and your family enjoying the wonderful delights and scents of the holidays.

Your Historical Society had a busy 2013, and we hope you will enjoy our “Year in Review” section. Our annual picnic, the 100th Anniversary of Harry Culver’s speech at the California Club, marker cleanings, Fiesta fun, and more!

We started a little experiment in September, changing our public open hours in the hopes of accommodating more of our members and the public, and not competing with Saturday parking congestion at Veterans Memorial Building. The experiment succeeded on every point, and the Museum Committee enthusiastically voted to change our hours permanently. Come visit us on the first and third Sundays from 1:00-3:00pm!

I hope to see you at the installation of new officers on Wednesday evening, January 15. While I have learned a lot in this “dry run,” being your president for the last six months to complete Louise Coffey-Webb’s term, I am looking forward to the next two years. As you may know, my family has lived in Culver City for several years and quite a few generations, so to be a part of this organization and contribute to its growth in any small way, is a privilege because this is my home.

To close, there are no words to properly to thank the 2012-14 board. I have truly appreciated its support, encouraging smiles, and individual talents. We have some folks who are rotating off, and new ones joining us in the upcoming term. All of them making lasting footprints with their important contributions, integral to this group’s growth, and I am very grateful.

Sending you my best for a happy New Year, and as always, thank you for supporting your Culver City Historical Society!

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