An ARC Update

by Martha and Sol Sigall, Vice President, Archives


The ARC has been buzzing with activity – especially during Fiesta La Ballona 2008!

Our guests offered lots of positive comments, and we were delighted to see several busy members of the Fiesta Committee stop by. Of course, having our own CCHS VP, Programs, Fred Yglesias stationed at the Beer Garden did not hurt!

We welcomed Fiesta-goers on both days, Saturday and Sunday, August 23-24, and our guest book shows it. Stu’s surprise home footage from a very early Fiesta was a wonderful addition – even if his dad cut off his mother’s head in a few of the shots! Our Costume Chair, Louise Coffey-Webb, displayed a 1951 Fiesta Princess costume on one of our new mannequins, and two display cases were dedicated to this special Fiesta display. And, we sold numerous CCHS items and took several orders for our new, very well-received umbrella.


Huge “thank yous” to all the volunteers who help at the ARC regularly, attended the computer training class and who work at special events like the Fiesta: Carole Gustin, Lydia Spiegelman, Lou and Jeannette Block, Tami Eskridge, Jeanne Conklin, Cathy Zermeno, Fred Yglesias, Christina Machado-Essex, Stu Freeman, Louise Coffey-Webb, Julie Lugo Cerra, Steve Rose, Steve Newton, Doug Newton, Shana Newton, Vivian Matheson, Joy Jacobs, Karen Coyle and Winston Gieseke.


A new volunteer who has proven to be invaluable is Winston Gieseke. Winston has done a superb job with our new computer software, designing a template just for our purposes, with input from our members. We now have the ability to input all the information on items in our collection, with many fields and up to three pictures for each entry. In addition, Winston taught an introductory class for committee members who are eager to help – and let us know if you have time to join us.

We have a new display case donated by Steve Newton. Thanks, Steve, for all your work in refurbishing the case. It was especially useful for the Fiesta buttons and other items that fit well in a shallow case – something we really needed. Former CCHS Treasurer, Lynn Baril, who has retired and moved to Michigan, donated a number of office items, including a first-aid kit for the ARC before she left. Thanks, Lynn.

Remember, we are open the first and third Saturdays from 1-3 pm and by appointment. Please come in – and bring your friends!

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