The Culver City Historical Society To Feature The History of the Culver City Police Department

The Culver City Historical Society To Feature The History of the Culver City Police DepartmentThe Culver City Historical Society’s Fall General Meeting and Program will be held on Wednesday, October 21, at 7 pm in the Multipurpose Room in the Veterans Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City.

The program will feature Culver City’s Chief of Police Scott Bixby and Captain Ron Iizuka who will speak about today’s Police Department and offer a PowerPoint presentation about its history. Special guests retired police Lieutenants Norman Traub, Frank Augusta and Tom Kendra (who also served as Chief of the Sierra Madre and Palm Springs Police Departments), will share their experiences as members of the Culver City Police Department in the 1950s and speak about the progress in the department over the years.

The public is invited to enjoy this free program. For information call (310) 253-6941 or send an e-mail message to info@CulverCityHistoricalSociety.org. 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.

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Lieutenants Traub, Augusta, and Kendra all sent in brief biographies, which we share here:

TOM KENDRA

Tom Kendra was raised in Culver City and was a member of the first graduating class of Culver City High School in 1953. He earned an A.A. degree from El Camino College, a B.S. degree from Pepperdine University, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from USC.

He joined the Culver City Police Department in 1957. He worked a variety of assignments and was promoted to Sergeant and Lieutenant. He left the department in 1971 to accept a position as Chief of Police with the City of Sierra Madre. He returned to Culver City as Assistant Chief in 1974, and resigned in 1977 to accept a position as Chief of Police with the City of Palm Springs. He remained there until his retirement in 1989. Following retirement, he managed a private security firm in Palm Springs and served as Executive Director of the United Way of the Desert before fully retiring in 2000.

He married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Putnam in 1953. They presently live in Oceanside, California.

FRANK AUGUSTA

I graduated from Culver High School, class of 1955.
I was first employed by the City of Culver City in 1956, delivering mail in City Hall and later working in the tool shed at the City Yard.
In April 1960 I was hired by the Culver City Police Department. During my tenure there, I worked many different assignments including the Detective Bureau, Juvenile Section, Traffic Section, Personnel and Training, South Bay Burglary Team and my last assignment was the initiation of the D.A.R.E. Program in the Culver City elementary schools.
I retired in 1988 having earned the rank of Lieutenant.
Following my retirement, I worked 14 years for GTE/Verizon Communications, managing the workplace Drug Program and later managing the National Fraud Investigations unit.

NORMAN A. TRAUB

After graduating from Venice High School he completed an enlistment in the Air Force before joining the Culver City Police Department in 1954. He worked a variety of assignments and rose quickly through the ranks to Lieutenant. He resigned from Culver City after sixteen years to accept a position as Chief of Police of the City of Placentia in Orange County. After ten years in Placentia he resigned to be appointed Chief of Police of the City of Orange. He retired after serving for five years with Orange and subsequently served as Interim Chief of Police and Acting City Manager of several cities throughout Southern California.

He received an A.A. Degree from Santa Monica City College, a B.S. Degree from Pepperdine University and an MPA Degree from the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and numerous executive development courses.

Since retirement from law enforcement, he has been the President of Norman A. Traub Associates, an organization specializing in workplace investigations. He presently lives in Yorba Linda with his wife, Robin.

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Join the Culver City Historical Society’s At Its Founder’s Day Picnic

Join the Culver City Historical Society’s At Its Founder’s Day PicnicThe Culver City Historical Society invites its members and the community to its first annual Founder’s Day Picnic celebrating the 98th anniversary of the incorporation of Culver City, Sunday, September 20, 2015, from 12noon to 3 pm at the picnic area in Veterans Park, 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City.

Bring your hearty appetites because a delicious lunch catered by Santa Maria BBQ will offer tender tri-tips, plump juicy chickens, tasty chili beans, potato salad, green salad, garlic bread, soft drinks and a surprise dessert.

Formerly known as our annual “Picnic in the Park,” picnic-goers will be serenaded by Steve Lage. A 50/50 raffle will be held and there will fun for the entire family.

The price for everything is $30 per person for Historical Society Members; $35 for non-members; $10 for children 4-10 years old. Please RSVP by September 17. Checks should be sent to the Culver City Historical Society, P.O. Box 3428, Culver City, CA 90231-3428. Please include the names of all guests. Tickets will be held at the picnic site.

The Archives and Resource Center (ARC) will be open after lunch, and visitors will be able to view displays and exhibits of local history.

For additional information, or to purchase tickets online, go to www.CulverCityHistoricalSociety.org/2015picnic

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Renown Historian Marc Wanamaker will reveal how Gone With the Wind Was Made

Marc Wanamaker - Culver City Historical SocietyMarc Wanamaker will present a unique “behind-the-scenes” view on the making of the film Gone With The Wind, which marked its 75th anniversary in 2014, at the general meeting of the Culver City Historical Society, Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 7:00pm in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Ave.

From David O. Selznick to the technical advisors brought from Atlanta, Wanamaker will explain through a chronological presentation of rare and interesting photos, how the film was made and the people who made it from pre-production, to production, post production, and exhibition. Wanamaker is a renown historian, archivist, and lecturer in film history. In 1971, he founded Bison Archives in Los Angeles, a leading repository of research and photographs of motion picture history. He assisted in forming the American Film Institute facilities in Beverly Hills in 1969 and was an AFI staff member for seven years.

His extensive list of publications includes over a dozen books as well as articles in the Los Angeles Times and interviews in numerous documentaries related to motion picture history.

The public is invited to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend.

Gone With The Wind - Culver City Historical Society

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Car Rally and Scavenger Hunt

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Where else but in “The Heart of Screenland” can you drive around the city, search for specific locations and learn about Culver City history all at the same time? The Culver City Historical Society invites you to join the fun when it presents its Scavenger Hunt/Car Rally fundraiser on Sunday, September 21, 2014, from 3-6 pm.

Participants will start at the Society’s Archives and Resource Center in back of the Veterans Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Avenue, check in, receive their tickets and first set of directions. From there, you will have a fun-filled adventure driving from one place to another to receive their next set of clues, learning facts about local history along the way. The final checkpoint will feature tacos, a no-host bar, and a 50/50 raffle for all who attend.

The cost for this fun-filled adventure is $30 for Historical Society members; $35 for non-members and $10 for children from 6 to 12 years. Reservations must be pre-paid and all RSVPs and checks (payable to the Culver City Historical Society) must be sent by September 15 and sent to Culver City Historical Society, P.O. Box 3428, Culver City, CA, 90231-3428. Click here for a printable Scavenger Hunt reservation form, and reservations will be accepted on our next open Sunday, September 7.

For safety, groups /cars of more than one person are encouraged. The ARC will be open for viewing from 1 to 3 p.m. that day. For questions, call 310-253-6941 or send an email to info@culvercityhistoricalsociety.org.

All proceeds benefit the Culver City Historical Society.

 

 

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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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