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.

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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.

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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.

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Denice

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

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Sharon

 

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

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Louise Coffey-Webb

display.

 

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

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July 20 General Meeting and Program

Exploring Culver City Families and Their Businesses:
The Tinger-Eskridges and Culver City Flowers

Multipurpose Room, Veterans Memorial Building, 7 pm

Earl and Virgie Eskridge 1946 (bottom of page)As we approach our city’s 100th year, it is only fitting to share with you the story of another of our longtime family-owned businesses, Culver City Flowers. Earl and Virgie (Tinger) Eskridge’s family has a long history of flower shops in Culver City, beginning in 1934. Earl and Virgie have together and individually been members and given countess hours to the Soroptimists, the Exchange Club, the Elks, and the Historical Society. Earl continues to work with his son, Mike, member of the Lions Club, at Culver Flowers to brighten our community with beautiful flowers and a friendly smile. They raised three sons in Culver City and continue to be a supportive presence.

Join us on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, to explore the history of this family through a PowerPoint presentation, learn about their dedication and how they are woven into the fabric of this city.

All are welcome to enjoy this free program. Entry is through the Archives and Resource Center from the parking area in the back of the building.

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May is Historic Preservation Month

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May is National Historic Preservation Month. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has themed this year “This Place Matters,” and given that Culver City is about to celebrate our centennial year, we couldn’t agree more!

Please join us in representing the Culver City Historical Society as we accept a proclamation from our City Council designating May as Historic Preservation Month this coming Monday:

Monday, May 23, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Mike Balkman Council Chambers
City of Culver City – City Hall
9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 90232

The presentation is at the top of the agenda, brief with a quick group photo. Showing your presence and passion for preserving our city’s history will go far!

With the upcoming celebration of our city’s centennial year, we are also looking for suggestions for a centennial marking, and members to serve on the committee. To learn more about each site already marked, you can search the marked sites section of our website. The site should be at least 50 years old and hold architectural or cultural significance to the city. Send us an email with your suggestions!

If you’re on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), share your favorite Culver City photos. Use the hashtag #ThisPlaceMatters and tag us!

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