ARC Update Fall 2009

An ARC Update .….

by Martha & Sol Sigall, Vice President, Archives


This past summer, the ARC has been visited by many special people and special groups, beginning with our Annual Picnic & Summer General Meeting. We had a large turnout for the picnic at Vets Park on July 15th, and most of those who attended also came to see our archives.

It was such a pleasure to host a group of students from our sister-city, Kaizuka, Japan, on July 28th. They were joined by host students from Culver City – totaling 23 students in all!

Vicky Mircheff Wells, who headed the 40th Reunion Committee of the Culver City High School class of ’69, brought her mother, Zena Mircheff, to see our archives. She also brought a $75 check, courtesy of the Reunion Committee, which we appreciated so much.


The Woman’s Club of Culver City held their own picnic in Vets Park on August 10th. Julie Lugo Cerra and Cathy Zermeno joined us to open the archives for these long-time residents to see and enjoy. There were so many favorable comments as well as wonderful shared recollections and memories.

Julie also took Myrna Rivera Cote, Superintendent of Culver City Schools, on a tour of the city which concluded at the ARC. And, on another occasion, she did the same for Gwenis Laura, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services. Our historical Society has a continuing relationship with the Culver City School District, and we hope to have more school students come and avail themselves of the unique history of Culver City.

To help celebrate the Fiesta La Ballona, we displayed some of our memorabilia commemorating past Fiestas, going back as far as 1951. We were so pleased that so many people who attended this year’s Fiesta visited the ARC and purchased so many of the items that we have for sale.

We also want to thank Paul Pitti for his generous donation of his collection of dolls based on the classic film, Gone With The Wind. These will be on display at the ARC.

And for those of you who were unable to view the Fred Parrish Collection of stills from Gone With The Wind at the CCHS “Celebration of the Movies II,” the collection will be on view at the ARC through December 13, 2009.

As you know, the ARC is open on the first and third Saturdays of each month, and by appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon – and, if you have some time to give, we need volunteers to sort and catalog our many treasures.

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