Searching History: Digital Newspapers

Alex King, a noted researcher/genealogist, led one of our “Conversation” series in the Archives and Resource Center - Culver City Historical SocietyOn Sunday, July 5, Society member Alex King, a noted researcher/genealogist, led one of our “Conversation” series in the Archives and Resource Center. Alex showcased resources like the University of California, Riverside digital library, from which he shared 1800’s era articles that offer insight into La Ballona School’s operation in 1875, and political meetings hosted by Jose de la Luz Machado.

Following are several links he suggested for online archives of digital newspaper images. Some are free, others have a fee to see the images. All are searchable.

Installation of Officers, January 15, 2014

Michelle Bernardin - Culver City Historical SocietyYou are cordially invited to attend the Culver City Historical Society’s Installation honoring the Society’s 13th president, Michelle Bernardin, and officers for 2014-2016 in the Sony Pictures Plaza (SPP) Atrium Museum.

The event will take place on Wednesday evening, January 15, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 pm. The 2014-2016 officers will be:

  • Michelle Bernardin, President
  • Tami Eskridge, VP, Development
  • Julie Lugo Cerra, VP, Museum
  • Hope Parrish and Dennis Parrish, VP Programs
  • Adrienne Bernardin, Secretary
  • Linda Forman, Treasurer

Mayor Jeffrey Cooper will act as the installing officer. Reservations are a must, so please download and complete the form found here, and your tickets will be held at the door. Parking will be provided onsite at no charge.

There will also be a special auction of a vintage movie camera chair from the Historic Culver Hotel (bring your checkbook or credit card!).

Due to limited seating, reservations must be made by Sunday, January 10, 2014. No tickets will be sold at the event. Tickets can also be purchased at the Culver City Historical Society Archives and Resource Center (ARC) on Sunday, January 5, 2014 between 1:00 PM -3:00 PM.

For more information, call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or email us.

All proceeds benefit the Culver City Historical Society

See you there!

“The Kirk Douglas Theatre and its Metamorphosis”

Eric Sims, Operations Manager of the Kirk Douglas Theatre - Culver City Historical SocietyEric Sims, Operations Manager of the Kirk Douglas Theatre and President of the Culver City Downtown Business Association will be the featured speaker at the Culver City Historical Society’s general meeting on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s Multi-Purpose Room, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, 90230.

Sims, who is closely involved with the development and programs of the Kirk Douglas Theatre, will describe its metamorphosis from the former Culver Theater, a motion picture house, into today’s beautiful and intimate venue for experimental theatrical productions. He will explain how the theatre was transformed and describe the planning and technical work that went into this renovation.

Kirk Douglas Theatre - Culver City Historical SocietySims will also disclose how the Centre Theater Group views and plans for its productions. His discussion will be illustrated with pictures and documents relating to the theatre’s history, renovation, and its landmark productions.

There will be a brief discussion of upcoming programs and projects, a report from the Society’s Nominating Committee, as well as updates on the activities and exhibits in the Archives and Resource Center (ARC), which will be opened following the meeting.

All members of the Culver City Historical Society and the public are welcome to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend. 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.

For more information, please call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or e-mail us.

New Public Hours for the ARC

Entrance to the ARC - Culver City Historical SocietyThe Culver City Historical Society has changed the days of operation of its Archives and Resource Center (ARC), located behind the Veterans Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City, from the first and third Saturday of each month to the first and third Sunday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m, or by appointment.

This change goes into effect Sunday, September 1, 2013.

According to Society President Michelle Bernardin, the change of days has been made to give visitors easier access to the ARC and more parking in the surrounding lots. “Sunday is a day when families are looking for places to visit and the ARC offers wonderful displays of Culver City history at no charge,” said Bernardin.

Culver City Historical Society Events During the Fiesta La Ballona 2013

A Fiesta La Ballona parade from the 1950s - Culver City Historical SocietyCostume Competition

The Culver City Historical Society is sponsoring a Costume Contest during the Fiesta La Ballona to commemorate Culver City’s early California heritage. The competition, which will be held on Sunday, August 25, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. near the staging area in Veterans Park, encourages contestants to dress as Native Americans, Spanish colonials, rancheros, or pioneers. Costumes will be judged on authenticity, creativity, and representation of the period, and winners in all divisions will be awarded prizes.

The competition categories include:

  • Boys, 12 years old and under
  • Girls, 12 years old and under
  • Men
  • Women

Visit the Archives and Resource Center

The Archives and Resource Center (ARC) located behind the Veterans Memorial Building, will be open Saturday, August 24, 2013, and Sunday, August 25, 2013, from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Here are 5 good reasons to visit the ARC:

  1. Visit with City Historian Julie Lugo Cerra who will be signing her new book, Chronicles of Culver City, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013. Bring your questions!
  2. See the debut of the new Culver City Historical Society Merchandise shop space and purchase unique gifts.
  3. Check out the wonderful display of historical Fiesta memorabilia.
  4. Take a look at the colorful costume worn by Jimmy Durante when he played “Pop Wonder” in Billy Rose’s Jumbo, filmed by MGM in 1962.
  5. It’s air conditioned!

For information about any of these activities, please call (310) 253-6941 or send your questions by e-mail.

Early fiesta crowd - Culver City Historical Society