Summer 2022 Message

Hello Members, Friends, and Neighbors, As we enter summer, lots has been going on! In May, the Historical Society accepted a proclamation from the City of Culver City, recognizing Historic Preservation Month and the work we continue to do in our community. We co-hosted our second event with Jim Shanman and the Culver City Walk […]

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Red Devil Memories

`As far back as I can remember, July 4 in Culver City was like a Norman Rockwell painting. The streets were lined with patriotic colors, American flags hung proudly from every home, and mouthwatering BBQ smells filled the air. Every year my sisters and I could not wait for Dad to drive us to the […]

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July 23 General Program at The Hobbit Houses

Please note that this program will be on Saturday, July 23, 5-7PM. Attendance is limited and pre-registration is required via Eventbrite. Address and parking details will be shared upon registration. Have you ever wondered about the storybook buildings tucked away behind the condo complex on Dunn Drive? Now is your chance! The Lawrence and Martha […]

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The Chamber Turned 100 and Honored Community Service

In early March, the Culver City Chamber of Commerce celebrated its first 100 years of support for local businesses while recognizing its many members and volunteers in the business community, and also installing a new chair. It was a wonderful event that included live music, and it was a real treat to see everyone dressed […]

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Spring 2022 Message

Hello Members, Friends, and Neighbors, As we spring forward and turn another corner with Covid, it is my hope that 2022 brings us more opportunities to be in-person again. Over the last two years, our community has faced many challenges, but hopefully we are moving toward the other side. We continue our growth with new […]

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April 19 General Meeting and Program

Up, Up and Away Before there was a Los Angeles International Airport, several small airports peppered the Southern California landscape, including one in Culver City.  By the late 1920s, Culver City was at the forefront of two pioneering and burgeoning industries: motion pictures and aviation. Did you know that the Culver City Airport was used […]

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The Archives Come Alive Again

The first official use of the historic movie backdrops obtained by the Culver City Historical Society from the Motion Picture Art Directors Guild occurred this past summer in a very public manner. Musical theater workshops are held year-round at Vets Auditorium by dee-Lightful Productions, Culver City’s own theater education program for kids ages 7-17. Involving […]

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Winter 2022 Message

Hello Members, Friends, and Neighbors, Here we are, December 2021, saying goodbye to another year! For me, 2021 in comparison to 2020 was so much better and I hope we continue on this path. 2021 was productive for your Historical Society. We are thrilled to have Madisen Matsuura join our Culver City High School internship […]

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The P.E. Camp

The first line of my father’s 2010 obituary reads, “Fred Heredia was born at the Pacific Electric Railway camp for track laborers in downtown Culver City in1938.”When I wrote that line, I assumed everyone in Culver City knew about the “PE Camp,” which was housing provided by the Pacific Electric to Mexican and Mexican American […]

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Fall 2021 Message

Hello Members, Friends, and Neighbors, Hard to believe that it is Fall 2021. I am not sure about you, but this year flew by! Even though we have not been open to the public, we have been very busy inside the Historical Society. I want to thank Clare Denk to aiding us in presenting our […]

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October 20 General Meeting and Program

Hollywood’s Trains & Trolleys presented by Marc WanamakerRotunda Room, Veterans Memorial Building, 7PM Have you started traveling again? Hop on board and travel, Hollywood-style, with film historian and author Marc Wanamaker as he shares stories from his and the late Josef Lesser’s new book Hollywood’s Trains & Trolleys. Learn about how the development of the […]

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UPDATE! The ARC is Reopening! Sunday, Sept. 19, 1-3pm

After 18 months, the Culver City Historical Society’s Archives and Resource Center will reopen to the public, resuming our bi-monthly Sunday afternoons starting Sunday, September 19 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Come see how we’ve spruced up the place! September 20 is the anniversary of Culver City’s incorporation, so we couldn’t think of a better weekend to […]

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Still Closed :(

As a (great!) tenant of the Veterans Memorial Building, we continue to adhere to their guidelines, so the Culver City Historical Society Archives and Resource Center remains closed. We have been (safely) working hard inside the ARC during the pandemic, refreshing our exhibition space. We canNOT wait to welcome you back on our Sundays as […]

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Ince Boulevard

The most iconic real-life Hollywood neighborhood to ever sprout up is located right here in Culver City. This street is named after film pioneer Thomas Ince. One hundred years later, this street is still the center of attention. Amazon is building a new state of the art studio complex on the footprint of this old […]

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The Rollerdrome is Marked!

Under a Covid veil our historic marker was set in cement. Because of the pandemic it was unveiled with little fanfare. Thankfully, our markers outlast the speeches and applause and have become vital and permanent narratives, communicating our city’s history. As has been printed in several articles of this newsletter over the last two years […]

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Spring 2021 Message

Dear Members and Friends: Happy Spring to all! It has been an exceptionally long year, and I am hopeful that we are moving toward some sort of normal and on a road to recovery. After reaching out to you in January, we named a few positions that needed to be filled so that we could […]

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April 28 General Meeting and Program

The Culver Theatre: From The Red Stallion to Kirk Douglas | Virtual Program Do you miss going to the movies? Go back in time as we revisit the Culver Theatre which still stands today! The Culver Theatre opened on August 13, 1947 with the film The Red Stallion. It was designed in the “Skouras style,” […]

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Classic Films Commemorative T-Shirt

The city motto of Culver City, California, is “The Heart of Screenland,” and this is not hyperbole. During the Golden Age of major movie studios in the 1930s more films were made in Culver City than in Hollywood. The Historical Society has memorialized this part of our city’s heritage by commissioning a tribute to classic […]

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Holiday Message 2020

Season’s Greetings, Members and Friends of the Culver City Historical Society! As we near the end of the year 2020, I find myself reflecting on how difficult this year has been. And, unfortunately, it is not over yet. We must all continue to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Many of us […]

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In Memoriam: Sharon Shore (1943-2020), Costume Chair 2012-2015

It is with great sadness that I report the untimely passing of my friend and colleague, Sharon, on September 26, 2020, from cancer. Many of you remember her as the Costume Chair before she moved to San Simeon. She also wrote a column in this newsletter from time to time.  I know she took pride […]

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Recent Acquisitions – Fall 2020

We have recently grown the Historical Society’s collection thanks to our amazing community of friends and members. Last year, The Culver Studios and Hackman Capital Partners began conversations with the Society to discuss the future of four cinematic historic windows that had been hidden away for 80 years at The Culver Studios. One was from […]

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Fall 2020 Message

Dear Members and Friends, It’s hard to believe that nine months have gone by since your Historical Society’s Archives and Resource Center (ARC) was last open to the public. We miss you! While Culver City (and Los Angeles County) slowly moves into next phases of reopening, Veterans Memorial Building remains closed to the public. While […]

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Marking Our Diverse History

Charles Reyes Lugo, my father, was the youngest of eight children born to Mercurial and Rita Reyes Lugo on the local Lugo Ranch. My little brother and I could count on visits annually to the LA County Museum to visit the early Californio exhibits that included a portrait of ancestors like Don Antonio Maria Lugo, […]

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That’s Entertainment

It was 1974 and I was 14 years old. I was visiting a security guard named Ken Hollywood, at MGM’s East Gate. He handed me a pencil and paper, saying “Two fellas will be coming out soon that you will want to meet!” And that was it. Growing up in Culver City, I spent almost […]

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Spring 2020 President’s Message

Dear Members and Friends: Spring is on its way! I want to introduce to you our 2020-2022 Board. If you missed the installation, the food was delicious and the evening was outstanding. I can’t thank Vice Mayor Göran Eriksson enough for his wonderful words that he spoke while installing us all. Yes, I am here […]

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The April 15, 2020 General Meeting and Program Has Been Cancelled

As we continue to monitor and adjust to the changing environment in our city and broader world, we are erring on the side of caution and minding the current city-wide recommendations for large gatherings. Unfortunately, we are cancelling our next General Meeting and Program on Wednesday, April 15. We are working on a program of […]

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Capturing the History of Our City’s Leadership in Images

There is always a story in history! I would like to share one with you and then ask for your help. Many years ago, two city employees rescued some of Culver City’s historic assets. Both men worked on the second floor of the previous city hall, which is still remembered by many who walk through […]

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The Rollerdrome Was My Neighbor

The Rollerdrome was my love. I lived only four houses from it on Bentley Avenue. I spent many, many hours meeting people and learning to skate. I took lessons every Saturday morning and had races with fellow skaters. My Friday nights were spent at the Rollerdrome with friends, going out afterward for a “Piece O’ […]

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Winter 2020 Message

Dear Members and Friends: As we close 2019, reflecting on the honor it is to volunteer for this society, I want to recognize the many individuals dedicating time to this museum. I need to thank all of you. This society’s growth is dependent on its memberships, longtime to our most recent. Dedicated volunteers, from our […]

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January 15 Installation of Officers

January 15, 2020 Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers The Historical Society’s Winter General Membership Meeting will be an Installation of Officers for 2020-2022, including dinner catered by Holy Cow, on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, from 7:00 to 8:30pm in the Rotunda Room of Veterans Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. This will […]

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The Evolution of Girls Basketball in Culver City Through a Player’s Eyes

When I was growing up, the mandatory school dress code for girls was dresses. It was hard to play sports in a dress and patent leather shoes on the playground blacktop. But where there was a will, there was a way. My friends, Marisa and Tami, and I would spend our recess watching the boys […]

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Marking #14

As a founding member of our Culver City Historical Society, it is hard to express the depth of my great pride as we plan the marking of Historic Site #14, the Rollerdrome. The Rollerdrome opened in 1928 on land annexed to Culver City in 1924, first inhabited by Tongva Native Americans. It could accommodate more […]

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Fall 2019 Message

Dear Members and Friends: My very best wishes to all of you as we approach fall and 2020!  We have had a great year!  As the Society continues to grow, we are involved with local and citywide events, requiring volunteers. Life is busy, and I know this firsthand. But for the Society to continue to […]

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October 16 General Meeting and Program

The Animation History of MGM The MGM Cartoon Department brought the world Tom & Jerry, Droopy, Barney Bear and many more characters loved the world over. Legends of hand-drawn animation including Hanna and Barbara, Tex Avery, and Chuck Jones were responsible for hours of animated shorts, some of which were filmed in 3-strip Technicolor, some […]

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Getting Ready to Mark History!

I admit I am feeling a little nostalgic! I remember a call from my mom, shortly after my dad, Captain Charles Reyes Lugo, retired from CCPD in 1979. After reading about the formation of a Culver City Historical Society, she realized that his Lugo family history could be a benefit to keeping him active with […]

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Summer 2019 Message

Summer Greetings to our newest members and to our loyal lifetime and annual members who support us each year! We had a busy Spring! In April, the Historical Society began work on a new collaboration with Culver City High School. We joined the Wende Museum and other local business at the Student Career Day. Our […]

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July 17 General Meeting and Program

The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop: A Presentation that Literally Goes Behind the Scenes The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop, a book by Richard M. Isackes and Karen L. Maness, is a large format book that includes sumptuous photos of movie backdrops, and the stories of the scenic artists that produced them. As revered film […]

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Our Newspaper Treasures

Culver City’s history always amazes me! From early times when our Native Americans traversed this area, using natural resources wisely, to our Spanish ancestors who shared their customs, to the continuing influx of amazing immigrants who expand our cultural wealth every day. Newspapers serve as incredible sources of information from early times on a daily […]

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Revisiting “Dream Street”

It was my great pleasure to meet the legendary director George Sidney just before the turn of the millennium, while I was program director for the American Cinematheque. I was concurrently the newsletter editor of our Society newsletter, Culver Historical Highlights. George was kind enough to write a piece for the Winter 2000 newsletter, entitled […]

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Spring 2019 Message

With so much rain, we are guaranteed a beautiful Spring! When I joined the Culver City Historical Society in 2008, I had no idea that I would be as involved as I have become. I needed a little something to do while I was recovering from back surgery. I was given some fun tasks to […]

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April 17 General Meeting and Program

From Barney Fife to Beats: Culver City’s 40 Acres Backlot From 1927-1976, the backlot known as 40 Acres played host to Tarzan, Superman, Rhett Butler, King Kong, Captain Kirk, Batman, and Gomer Pyle. It was roughly bordered by Higuera to the north, Lucerne to the west, and Ballona Creek and Jefferson to the south and […]

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An Unexpected Culver History Lesson, Part 3

I could write thousands of words of what I learned about Harry Culver and his family on my two recent trips to Nebraska over the last eight months. It all came into focus when I learned that Harry moved to Omaha in 1908. He became the manager for real estate developer George P. Bemis. Harry […]

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Winter 2019 Message

Happy New Year, Members and Friends! As we welcome in 2019, I would like to say that it has been my pleasure to be the Society’s President. My first year was busy and exciting. We discovered some wonderful items in the ARC, and some incredible items were donated to us this year. We closed the […]

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Marking and Preserving History

When our Culver City Historical Society formed, we knew we all shared an interest in local history and we learned about many options available to preserve that rich history! Charles Lugo chaired our first Historic Sites Committee, and it offered a learning experience for me to work with my dad and our Society “madrina” (godmother), […]

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January 16 Annual Business Meeting and General Membership Program

HISTORICAL ECOLOGY AND THE BALLONA WATERSHED    When you bike or walk along Ballona Creek you see a concrete-lined flood control channel. Once you go under the Marina Freeway overpass on the bike path you see fields that are called wetlands, but they don’t look very wet at all. But Ballona Creek was once a […]

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An Unexpected Culver History Lesson, Part 2

Last spring during my visit to Milford, NE, the birthplace of Harry Culver, I was drawn to a brick and stone building that used to be a hospital. Upon further investigation, I learned it was part of a larger campus of buildings that housed and supported unwed mothers at the latter part of the 19th […]

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“Living History”

Each year, Fiesta La Ballona reminds me of memories that spelled “fun.” I remember how hard our mother worked to outfit my brother, cousin, and me as “Early Settlers.” I liked the “señorita”dresses and learning about my ancestors, except one year when I had to wear a mustache (itchy!), and pull my little brother and […]

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Fall 2018 Message

Dear Members and Friends, Here comes fall, and I am glad it is finally cooling off! We spent June cleaning up around the ARC–(re)organizing storage sections of the collection, recording objects into the database, and installing new exhibits for you to enjoy. Check out some of the photos! You, our Historical Society members, know that […]

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October 17 General Meeting and Program

Early Culver City Movie Locations Then and Now From the early days of filmmaking, Culver City was at the epicenter. We can spot Culver City locations in recent movies and TV shows with ease. But it takes a lot more time and effort to identify locations from silent films and early talkies. Chris Bungo was […]

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2018 Founder’s Day Picnic

Santa Maria BBQ Lunch Music and laughs Archives open with new displays When: Sunday, September 16, 2018, 12noon-3pm Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 4117 Overland Ave. Who: YOU! And family, neighbors, friends who love Culver City as much as you… Cost: $25/person Society Members; $30/person non-members; $10/kid (4-10 y.o.); 3 y.o. and under are free. Online […]

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Marking the Rollerdrome Site

Located on a portion of Rancho La Ballona, the Rollerdrome was the earliest significant structure on that site. That area had been a part of Culver City’s Annexation #4, known as the 1924 “Bohemia Annexation.” The Rollerdrome, a very popular roller-skating rink, was dedicated in the late 1920s by Mayor Reve Houck. It was a […]

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Summer 2018 Message

Happy Summer, everyone! I would like to begin this letter by applauding our Programs VP, Ryan Vincent, for inviting LA84’s Wayne Wilson to present a wonderful program about our city’s involvement with the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games. If you missed it, you will be able to view it on our website soon, under “View […]

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July 18 General Meeting and Program

The History of Los Angeles Agriculture, Past and Present July General Meeting Features Authors of Book on Southern California Farming History In today’s concrete and asphalt-lined megalopolis, it’s sometimes hard to remember that Los Angeles was once the agricultural center of North America up until the 1950s, with Culver City having played a large part. […]

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3 Reasons Why Culver City Should Be Your Home

One of the great joys of being your city historian is the ability to share items like this vintage pamphlet. Many gifts to the Society bring our history into focus with pictures, which is “painless education” at its best! These scans from an early Culver City Chamber of Commerce brochure offer a look back to […]

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Please Pardon Our Dust!

Please, pardon our dust! We will use the month of June to do some organizational work in our permanent collection storage area, and we need a little wiggle room to do this, so we’ll be spreading out into our museum space. Because of all this, we will unfortunately NOT open the ARC during our June […]

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Spring 2018 Message

Dear Members and Friends, This is my first newsletter message as president of the Historical Society. I thank everyone who joined us at the installation in January—what a fun party Michelle threw! I am humbled and overwhelmed by the support and well wishes. Since 1980, there is a small group of people who have been […]

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April 18 General Meeting and Program

Catch the Olympic Spirit! April General Meeting to Highlight 1932, 1984, and 2028 Olympics with LA84 Foundation Culver City has played a part in the past Los Angeles Olympic Games, and we look forward to being involved in 2028 when the world’s athletes return to the region. During our Wednesday, April 18 (7 P.M.) General […]

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A Brief History of Culver City’s Major Houses of Worship

Culver City’s first house of worship, St. Augustine Church began when the Figueroa family donated land in 1883 in what was to become Culver City, when Washington Blvd. was just a dirt road. In 1887 a modest wood framed church that sat 200 was built, and in 1922 it was expanded to seat 500. On […]

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Our Centennial: A Recap

Culver City’s rich history encouraged and supported many activities in celebration of our first hundred years. Locals, under the umbrella of the Centennial Committee, planned a broad scope of events from the beginning of the year-long commemoration to the end: the kickoff at Sony Pictures; an old-fashioned community parade; a 5K Run through downtown, including […]

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Installation of Officers, January 17, 2018

You are cordially invited to attend the Culver City Historical Society’s Installation honoring the Society’s 14th president, Hope M. Parrish, and officers for 2018-2020 in the Crystal Dining Room of The Culver Hotel. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, January 17, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 pm. The 2018-2020 officers will be: Hope M. Parrish, […]

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Preserving History

The Culver City Historical Society, like most non-profits, was established for all the right reasons! The effort was led by former Fire Chief and Mrs. John Kearney, Parks and Recreation Director Syd Kronenthal, and many others like Clarita Marquez Young, (our Madrina), Frank McCann, Cathy Zermeno, (first president), Charles Lugo, Rusty Kostick, Esther Tarn, and […]

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Our Equine Past

Amidst today’s hustle, bustle, and gridlock, it is nice to think back to a time before cars, when there were clopping hooves instead of purring engines, and the only horns were for music, or a bugle’s call.   Reveille would have been the morning clarion call at Camp Latham, the Civil War encampment near Overland […]

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October 18 General Meeting and Program

In Search of Family History with Steven Rose Multipurpose Room, Veterans Memorial Building, 7PM   If you have not already heard, Steven Rose is retiring as President/CEO of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce. What will he do with his free time? At our next general meeting, Steve will explain his plans to dive deep […]

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Fall 2017 Message

Dear Members and Friends, Happy Autumn! I have thoroughly delighted in the programs that we brought to you during the course of the city’s celebration of our Centennial. From highlighting Culver City families, their businesses, and history, to exploring our city’s history by bringing back our Historical Bus Tours, we hope you have equally enjoyed […]

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Culver City Finds Itself

As we celebrate Culver City’s Centennial, it’s natural to wonder how the city came to be, and what it was like before 1917. A quick history of pre-incorporated Culver City: Home to the Gabrieliños (nee Tongva) native peoples, it was part of the ranchos that subdivided present-day Los Angeles County in the early 1800s. Barley, […]

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The Culver CityBus Will Celebrate 90 Years

Although Harry Culver’s early ads boasted “All Roads lead to Culver City,” one needed transportation around the town, after arrival.  By the late 1920s, the Evening Star News pointed out a drawback in the system as the “burdensome rates charged by the Pacific Electric.” Mayor Reve Houck, after exploring options, announced that the city, under […]

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A Very Generous Gift

While we “suffered” through a cold winter, I received a most interesting email (which, after the holidays, was usually a 50% off code from the Gap). Former mayor Paul Jacobs recently met someone whom he wanted us to meet, a collector of letters. This gentleman had a letter that he thought would be of interest […]

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July 19 General Meeting and Program

The History of the Culver City Fire Department Multipurpose Room, Veterans Memorial Building, 7 PM   Very soon after Culver City was incorporated in 1917, the Culver City Fire Department was created to protect the city’s citizens and their property. Our program will feature Culver City’s Fire Chief David L. White who will speak about […]

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Summer 2017 Message

Dear Members and Friends, Happy Summer! I haven’t shared many personal moments through this public letter, but since our last newsletter was published, I became a homeowner. This does not amount to much for the purposes of typical President Messages, other than the pathways of homeownership and historic preservation intersected with this purchase and it […]

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From Abraham to the Sepúlvedas

You can always tell who’s new to Culver City by their mispronunciations of two of our most important streets: Duquesne (Doo-KEZ-nee, instead of Doo-cane, which is the proper French pronunciation) and Sepulveda (Sep-pull-VEE-duh, instead of Seh-PUL-vih-duh, which is the proper Spanish pronunciation). Duquesne Avenue runs through the heart of Downtown Culver City, and Sepulveda Boulevard […]

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Notes From Your City Historian: Spring 2017

Looking Back Culver City’s Centennial year presents a wonderful opportunity for nostalgic looks back into our rich history. The last big celebration was the 75th Anniversary. Coordinated by the office of Syd Kronenthal, director of Parks and Recreation, the city formed a steering committee. It included Paul Jacobs, chair, Charles McCain, vice-chair, Susan Berg, secretary, […]

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April 19 General Meeting and Program

This month our program takes us on a trip from Latvia to Culver City where Stu Freeman, a local businessman and past president of the Culver City Historical Society, pays tribute to his grandparents and family. Molly and Louis Freeman opened Freeman’s Market in downtown Culver City in the 1920s. They serviced many country clubs, […]

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Spring 2017 Message

Dear Members and Friends, Happy Spring! In an effort last spring to promote our historic photos umbrella, I tempted fate by scoffing at the El Niño that never materialized… Who’s laughing now? (But our umbrella is still the best and available at 25% off for these rains that will not end!) One of our great […]

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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, […]

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Culver City Centennial video

Featuring Julie Lugo Cerra, city historian and Society Historic Sites chair, filmed in the Society Archives and Resource Center, and produced by the Culver City Centennial Celebration Committee. Enjoy!

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Notes From Your City Historian: Winter 2017

Looking Back As a new year emerges full of promise, it also sends us back in time to think about accomplishments, our city’s first hundred years, and its future. My interest in local history began with the Lugo Ranch, and was enhanced by a plea from my mother to “take your father to the new […]

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A View From the Top

In June 1960, when Rich Langsford was 12 years old, he got to do what many Culver City residents only dream of doing — go up in the tower of the Veterans Memorial Building. Fortunately for us, he brought a movie camera. In town for his Culver City High School 50th class reunion in September, […]

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Winter 2017 Message

Dear Members and Friends, This is the time of year when we remind you, our members, to renew your membership with the Society. As you may know, the Society Board is comprised only of volunteers, so there are no staff salaries to pay. At our January 18 General Meeting and Program, the membership will be […]

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Shop Our New Products!

We have produced two LIMITED EDITION products celebrating the centennial – our historic sites throw has been redesigned to highlight 100 years and is available in the three blanket colors of yesteryear – cranberry, forest green and navy ($50). AND we have a new centennial coffee mug ($15) to keep your beverage of choice warm. […]

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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. Renteria, a […]

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Notes From Your City Historian: Fall 2016

Walk With a Doc As you may be aware, “Walk with a Doc” started in Columbus, Ohio, and we are privileged to have an active program in Culver City thanks to Vice-Mayor Jeff Cooper, Jeffrey Penso, MD, Sarah Carpenter, MD, and Grace Elliot. The walks have traditionally taken place on the third Saturday of the […]

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Barbecue Sauce Lost

With Labor Day having signaled the unofficial end of barbecue season, we wanted to take a look back at much loved and much missed Stern’s Famous Barbecue. Located at 12658 West Washington Blvd., Stern’s attracted fans from far and wide. Opened in 1922 by Isidor Stern, a Texas butcher, Stern’s eventually included a 32-room motel […]

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Fall 2016 Message

Dear Members and Friends, The year-long celebration of our city’s centennial has commenced! The Historical Society has no intention of overlooking this auspicious marker in our city’s history. We can’t wait to share activities with you as we roll them out over the course of the next year! If you are interested in joining the […]

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Notes From Your City Historian: Summer 2016

Think Fabric!  Think Conservation! There is no doubt that Culver City has an interesting history! We receive inquiries continuously asking about people, places and things. Did you know that one of the most appreciated areas of our collection is often made of fabric? Yes, first, you probably think of the MGM costume collection for which […]

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National Night Out 2016 | August 2, 5-7pm

Veterans Memorial Park | Sponsored by Culver City Police Department   Bring the family!

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Happy Birthday to our City Seal

You’ve seen it all over town. On buildings, municipal vehicles, City Council Chambers, official city documents, city flags, and even on the stainless steel sculpture “Filmstrip U.S.A.” in front of the Veterans Memorial Building. But did you know that this seal has been used for 80 years?                                                                                On August 3, 1936, by Ordinance No. […]

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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 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 […]

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Memory Lane: Culver City’s Fireworks Stands

Culver City’s fireworks stands became a memory by the late 1980s. Although fireworks are illegal to set off in city neighborhoods today, the Exchange Club still sponsors an annual community fireworks show the evening of Monday, July 4, to be held this year at West Los Angeles College. For more info, go to http://culvercityfireworksshow.com/. Stay […]

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Summer 2016 Message

Dear Members and Friends, Many of you know “Uncle Syd” Kronenthal passed away last October. His contributions to this city and our Historical Society were vast, and his legacy will continue beyond his physical presence. The Historical Society was among a handful of organizations that Syd designated in his will as testamentary beneficiaries. This transformative […]

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Video posted from April 20, 2016 General Meeting and Program

If you missed our General Meeting and Program on April 20, 2016, featuring Craig Hodgetts, FAIA, of Hodgetts + Fung, and his presentation on the proposed interior renovations of Culver High’s Robert Frost Auditorium, we have posted the video on our YouTube page. Click here!

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May is Historic Preservation Month

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 […]

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Teach, Love, Dig

As a friend of the Historical Society, you have repeatedly heard our important message about the need for support, primarily though membership and volunteerism. Here, we highlight another way to donate – the transformative gift. At the end of 2015, the Society was given a sizable and generous gift by noted anthropologist, archeologist, and Historical […]

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Notes From Your City Historian: Spring 2016

The first “historic marker” to commemorate a historic site in Culver City, was placed on the colonnade entry of Thomas Ince’s first studio (now Sony Pictures) by the Native Daughters of the Golden West.  Our own Clarita Marquez Young was a part of that, years before our historical society was established. The next marking took […]

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Spring 2016 Message

Dear Members and Friends, Happy Spring! I shy away from commenting in print the lack of materialization that was supposed to be the El Niño, for fear of a deluge by the time this newsletter goes to print. But, our umbrellas are for sale (and 25% off!) should such an occasion arise! Thank you to […]

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April 2016 General Meeting: Robert Frost Auditorium Renovation Architects

Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture Firm to Join April 20 General Meeting and Program The Culver City Historical Society invites its members and the community to learn about the exciting changes planned for Culver City High School’s landmark Robert Frost Auditorium at the Society’s April General Meeting and Program. Robert Frost Auditorium, designed by […]

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Culver City Historical Society To Install New Officers

The Culver City Historical Society’s Winter General Membership Meeting will be an Installation of Officers for 2016-2018, including an hors d’oeuvres reception catered by Holy Cow, on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Lethbridge Garden Room of Veterans Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. This will be the […]

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Notes From Your City Historian: Fall 2015

Your Archives At Work by Julie Lugo Cerra Our historical society fields some interesting calls and emails and these two are worth sharing! In July, an inquiry came in from a woman afar looking for information about a 1920s restaurant called “The Ham Tree Inn,” at 6139 Washington Boulevard. Her grandmother worked there as a […]

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Fall 2015 Message

Dear Members, This time next year, Culver City will commence a year-long celebration of its centennial. The Culver City Centennial Celebration Committee, headed by Councilmember Jim Clarke, was conceptualized almost two years to help plan, coordinate, and carry out events, activities, and projects by individuals and organizations that will celebrate Culver City. Culver City businesses, […]

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

The 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 […]

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

The 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 […]

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Searching History: Digital Newspapers

On 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 […]

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News from the Costume Chair: Summer 2015

An Old Costume Finds a New Home by: Sharon Shore, Costumes Chair When Culver City native Carol Ball attended the MGM auctions in 1970, she was a teenager looking for costumes to wear for Halloween. Among her purchases was a two-piece dress worn by Marjorie Main in MGM’s 1946 production of The Harvey Girls. The […]

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Notes From Your City Historian: Summer 2015

An Independence Day Treat from the Archives by Julie Lugo Cerra It seems like most Culver City natives have a story to tell about “going to the movies.” After all, when you grow up in the “Heart of Screenland,” not only were movies made in our studios and on city streets, but we viewed them […]

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Summer 2015 Message

Dear Members, Culver City during the summer is pretty idyllic – close enough to catch ocean breezes, not locked into the valley. Harry Culver definitely knew what he was doing! In August, we will be the coolest place to hang out at Fiesta La Ballona, figuratively and literally, if past scorching temps have shown. The […]

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The Story of Johnnie’s Pastrami

The Culver City Historical Society invites you to hear the story of Johnnie’s Pastrami on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Rotunda Room in the Veterans Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Do you remember where you were in 1952? The favorite TV program was “The Jackie Gleason Show,” the […]

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A Great Loss… Our Sol and Martha Sigall

Martha Sigall passed away in December 2014, preceded by her Sol. Martha Sigall, an energetic longtime Culver City resident began her career in animation in 1936 as an apprentice painter with Leon Schlesinger Productions, which was located at Warner Bros. on Sunset Boulevard. She took part in the development of characters like Daffy Duck, Bugs […]

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Spring 2015 President’s Message

Dear Members, Happy Spring! Your Historical Society volunteers have been making great use of the “cold” months. Sharon Shore and Mo de Koff have completed the gargantuan task of digitally cataloguing the collection’s costumes. One of Harry Culver’s grandsons, Chris Wilde, was a guest speaker at our January 18 open Sunday. We had a great […]

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The Sorrento Market Story and the Story of Albert Vera

Albert Vera, Jr. will tell the story of his father, Albert Vera, the founder of the Sorrento Market, at the general meeting of the Culver City Historical Society, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Albert Vera, an immigrant who […]

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Notes from From your City Historian: Spring 2015

Notes from From your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra Culver City’s upcoming Centennial (2017) offers a little time to delve back into our city history. We are fortunate to have access to some incredible documents, ads, and family history on Harry H. Culver, our city founder. Culver, who was born in Milford, Nebraska in […]

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Culver City, Where Hollywood Movies Are Made!

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra Harry H. Culver’s interest in the emerging movie industry paved the way for Culver City to host three major movie studios, smaller studios and support services. Moviemaking offered a source of employment and generated a significant part of the revenue stream for a balanced community. Many […]

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

Marc 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 […]

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Harry Culver’s 7 Rules of Success

by Harry Culver’s younger grandson, Chris Wilde Harry Culver’s dream that became Culver City is inspiring. Young Harry was not rich. But he had a plan. Many said it was risky starting a town in the middle of nowhere. But his idea became reality. Today, Culver City stands proud. As Harry Culver’s grandson, people ask […]

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Winter 2015 Message

President’s Message by Michelle Bernardin, President Dear Members, I hope this note finds you and your family enjoying the wonderful delights and scents of the holidays. Your Historical Society had a busy 2014, and we continue to acquire more wonderful pieces of our city’s history, catalogue the beautiful costumes collection with the help of awesome […]

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Walk With a Doc – THIS Saturday, December 20

Walk With a Doc is this coming Saturday morning, December 20! Julie Lugo Cerra, City Historian (and our Museum/Archives VP), has designed a walking route that is manageable, and jammed pack with history. The tour/script can be downloaded here or can be picked up when you join the group! This is a great opportunity to […]

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The Making of the Wizard of Oz to be discussed by Author Aljean Harmetz

Aljean Harmetz, author of The Making of the Wizard of Oz, will discuss her book and reveal facts about the classic movie made in Culver City, which is marking its 75th anniversary this year, at the next general meeting of the Culver City Historical Society, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Teen […]

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Car Rally and Scavenger Hunt

  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 […]

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Samitaur Tower free event

The Culver City Historical Society partnered with Samitaur Constructs on a public arts project involving some of our historic images, student artists, and their Samitaur Tower, located near the Culver City EXPO stop, at the corner of Hayden and National. Student artists from Savannah College of Art and Design and University of New Mexico were […]

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2014 Picnic in the Park

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 […]

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Summer 2014 Message

President’s Message by Michelle Bernardin, President Dear Members, Summer is here (not that we had much of a winter)! I look forward to seeing you at BOTH of our July events – the July 16 General Meeting and the Annual Picnic on Sunday, July 27! This is the first time that we are having the […]

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The Creation of Culver City High School and Its First Graduating Class ’53

Can it be 60 plus years since the first class graduated from Culver City High School in 1953? Yes, the class often called “the first class in and the first class out” is the topic for the next general meeting of the Culver City Historical Society on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 7pm in the […]

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Spring 2014 Message

President’s Message by Michelle Bernardin, President Dear Members, Happy Spring! It was lovely to see so many of you at the Installation of Officers. We have a few new board members, and some entering second terms in their current positions. I can attest that this is a very enthusiastic and excited new group, who are […]

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Author and Cinematographer to Discuss MGM Backlots at Next Culver City Historical Society Meeting

Stephen Sylvester, co-author of M-G-M Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot, and Academy award winning cinematographer Fred Koenekamp will share the spotlight at the next general meeting of Culver City Historical Society on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s multi-purpose room. Sylvester will present a short film and a PowerPoint presentation illustrating […]

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Happy New Year 2014

President’s Message by Michelle Bernardin, President Dear Members, I hope this note finds you and your family enjoying the wonderful delights and scents of the holidays. Your Historical Society had a busy 2013, and we hope you will enjoy our “Year in Review” section. Our annual picnic, the 100th Anniversary of Harry Culver’s speech at […]

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Installation of Officers, January 15, 2014

You 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, […]

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Julie Lugo Cerra Leads Genealogy Garage Workshop

From the Genealogy Garage press release: If you are not acquainted with the historical society in your family’s hometown, then you are missing out on some valuable information—especially since all towns are proud of their heritage. Some societies have a museum, photograph files, a database, and are repositories for the town’s oldest records. Others are […]

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Reel Culver City Fall 2013

REEL CULVER CITY by Marc Wanamaker REMEMBERING HARRY CULVER’S VISION OF THE “MOVIES” As we approach Culver City’s Centennial, it seems appropriate to look back to the early days of filmmaking in the city – the industry that Harry Culver first encouraged, and which led to the city’s motto of being the “Heart of Screenland.” […]

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Fall 2013 ARC Update

by Julie Lugo Cerra, Vice President, Museum/ARC and City Historian SOCIETY’S GIFT SHOP HAS NEW LOOK When you next visit the ARC you will see some changes in our display space. This is to accommodate the savvy new look accomplished by the Development Committee for our “Gift Shop.” In the process of re-arranging, we have […]

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Costumes Fall 2013

NEWS FROM THE COSTUME CHAIR . . . by Sharon Shore, Costumes Chair CATALOGUING THE COSTUME COLLECTION FOR THE FUTURE Beginning in the spring of this year, we continued a project to transfer handwritten costume catalog information from notebooks to the Society’s museum collection database. We hope to finish the transfer by the end of […]

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“The Kirk Douglas Theatre and its Metamorphosis”

Eric 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 […]

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New Public Hours for the ARC

The 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 […]

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Culver City Historical Society Events During the Fiesta La Ballona 2013

Costume 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, […]

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Annual Picnic and Gathering 7/17/2013

The Culver City Historical Society invites its members and the community to its annual picnic at Veterans Park on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with soft drinks and conversation in the picnic area. Dinner will be served from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. Bring your appetites and come watch Jim Rodrigues from […]

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Costumes Summer 2013

by Sharon Shore, Costumes Chair “ELEPHANTS” PARADE DOWN OVERLAND AVE FOR “JUMBO” Due to its unique history as home to several famous movie studios, Culver City has witnessed many intriguing events. Heads must have turned in 1962 when a small group of elephants, including Sidney the Elephant, strolled down Overland Avenue on location for the […]

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Society to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Harry Culver’s Dream Speech

On July 22, 1913, Harry H. Culver, then a young real estate developer, made an important announcement at the original California Club in Downtown, Los Angeles. He presented his vision for a new city before directors, stockholders, and friends of the newly formed Culver Investment Company with such enthusiasm that the enthralled group named it […]

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Memories Of A Visit To Culver City’s Famous "40-acres" Backlot In 1972

REEL CULVER CITY by Marc Wanamaker AFI REQUESTS DOCUMENTING OF FAMED STUDIO SITE In the summer of 1972 while working at the American Film Institute in Beverly Hills, I was asked by an AFI writer to be the photographer on a field trip to the famous “40 Acres” backlot in Culver City. The writer was […]

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Summer 2013 ARC Update

by Julie Lugo Cerra, Vice President, Museum/ARC and City Historian THE ARC SERVES LOCALS WITH RESEARCH AND MORE This last quarter, we have been cataloging and reordering the ARC to better serve you. We have assisted local residents on a number of inquiries, including research on Poinsettia Court, a quaint street off Higuera that was […]

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Michelle Bernardin New Culver City Historical Society President

Culver City native Michelle Bernardin has been named president of the Culver City Historical Society upon the resignation of former president Louise Coffey-Webb. Bernardin’s roots in Culver City go back to her father, Roger, whose family moved from Santa Monica to the west side of Culver City in 1956. She attended St. Augustine’s School and […]

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Summer 2013 Message

President’s Message by Michelle Bernardin, President Dear Historical Society Members, At the May 15, 2013 Historical Society board meeting, Louise Coffey-Webb submitted and distributed a letter of resignation for her position as President, effective immediately, citing family health issues and an immediate need to leave the country to attend to this situation. As outlined in […]

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The Society Celebrates Historic Preservation Month

May is always a special month for the Culver City Historical Society as it has been designated as the National Historic Preservation Month. This year’s theme is SEE! SAVE! CELEBRATE! What does this mean to Culver City? At the May 14, 2013 Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission meeting, City Historian Julie Lugo Cerra will offer […]

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Spring 2013 ARC Update

by Julie Lugo Cerra, Vice President, Museum/ARC and City Historian POSTCARD CAPTURES THE 1950s Look at this gem from our collection! The photo is an actual Culver City postcard circa 1960. How about those cars? On the left, note the Hull Building (now AKASHA Restaurant), one of the early sites marked by our Society. It […]

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Reel Culver City Spring 2013

REEL CULVER CITY by Marc Wanamaker FILMLAND CORPORATE CENTER CULVER CITY CULVER CITY RENEWAL IN THE 1980S The 1980s was a time for renewal in Culver City and the resident studios were already beginning to remodel and modernize their lots for the future of film and television production. It was also a time when the […]

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LANA TURNER PORTRAYS CAREER GIRL IN 1950 FILM

News from the Costume Chair by Sharon Shore, Costume Chair LANA TURNER PORTRAYS CAREER GIRL IN 1950 FILM In 1950, Lana Turner wore our Spring display costume portraying “Lily James” in the film, A Life of Her Own. George Cukor directed the film which was made at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in Culver City. In this postwar […]

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Spring 2013 Message

President’s Message by Louise Coffey-Webb, President Dear Members, Welcome Spring (and about time too!)… And welcome to all our new and renewing members! Just in case we’re not ready to say “goodbye” to cold weather, our next public program will be on the frosty theme of Ice Skating in Culver City , which has quite […]

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Society to Feature John Jackson, Owner-Manager of the Culver Ice Arena

The Culver City Historical Society is pleased to announce that John Jackson, the owner and manager of the Culver Ice Arena since 1982, will be the featured speaker at the Society’s general meeting, which will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s Multi-Purpose Room, 4117 Overland Avenue, […]

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The Historic Culver City Racing Scene

by Kevin Triplett Author’s note: For the past six months, the author spent his workweek in the west Los Angeles suburb of Culver City, which led him to research the rich racing history of the community. Certain areas of the country have always been automobile racing “hot spots,” such as the pre-war “Gasoline Alley” in […]

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Society to Feature Artist-Designer Jerome Ackerman

Long-time Culver City resident Jerome “Jerry” Ackerman, an artist-designer and a driving force in the Mid-Century Modern art movement in California, will be the featured speaker at the Culver City Historical Society’s general meeting on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s Multi-Purpose Room, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, 90230. […]

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Winter 2013 Message

President’s Message by Louise Coffey-Webb, President Dear Members, This Fall we enjoyed a fascinating presentation at our October General Meeting by Jim Lamm, President of the Ballona Creek Renaissance, who discussed the natural history of our communal "backyard” as well as the wonderful improvements to the “human” portion of the Creek, which is now quite […]

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Winter 2013 ARC Update

by Julie Lugo Cerra, Vice President, Museum/ARC and City Historian RESEARCH PROJECTS FOR STUDENTS AND A POPULAR TV SHOW We have enjoyed assisting student researchers, from elementary through grad school, on a variety of topics. Special thanks to members Jean Barker, June Caldwell, and Maxine Mytar, whose movie industry background was invaluable to numerous film […]

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Free Screening of A Night at the Opera

This year marks the 95th anniversary of Culver City’s incorporation. To celebrate, Made in Culver City, a free film program presented by the Culver City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, will screen A Night at the Opera starring The Marx Brothers, on December 29, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Auditorium at Veterans […]

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COSTUME IDENTIFICATION OFTEN DIFFICULT

News from the Costume Chair by Sharon Shore, Costume Chair COSTUME IDENTIFICATION OFTEN DIFFICULT As some of you might know that clues to the production history of many costumes in our MGM collection can be found in the hand written cloth tags that we find sewn inside. The tags are inscribed in ink with various […]

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Reel Culver City Winter 2013

REEL CULVER CITY by Marc Wanamaker A SHORT OVERVIEW OF HIS STUDIOS AND HIS HOMES At the recent Culver City Historical Society special program with author Brian Taves, there were questions about the chronology and specific studio facilities of film pioneer, Thomas H. Ince. Questions such as, which Thomas Ince studio was built first in […]

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CCHS to Host Brian Taves, Author of Thomas Ince Biography

A “Meet and Greet” with author Brian Taves, film archivist with the Library of Congress since 1990, will be hosted by the Culver City Historical Society on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Archives and Resource Center (ARC). Taves’ book, Thomas Ince: Hollywood’s Independent Pioneer, the first ever written about Ince’s life, […]

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ARC Closed December 1st

The ARC will be closed on Saturday, December 1 due to a lack of access to the building on that day. We will be open again on Saturday, December 15 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.! Please come by!

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Celebrating CC’s 95th Anniversary

The Culver City Historical Society presented “Meet Me in Culver City,” a celebration to honor Culver City’s 95th Anniversary, on Sunday, September 23, 2012, at the historic Culver Hotel. Margaret O’Brien, Oscar-winning icon from MGM, served as Honorary Chair of the event and was honored with a commendation from the Culver City Council. Miss O’Brien […]

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Society to Feature Ballona Creek Renaissance President

The Culver City Historical Society (CCHS) will feature Jim Lamm, president of the Ballona Creek Renaissance (BCR) at its general meeting on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s Multi-Purpose Room, located at 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, 90230. Lamm will narrate a virtual tour of the creek in his […]

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Fall 2012 Message

President’s Message by Louise Coffey-Webb, President Dear Members, Fall is upon us, and our annual fun “Picnic in the Park” seems a long happy time ago now. I am pleased to report that we had a record turn-out, were serenaded by our Steve Fry’s Dixieland band, “Razzmatazz,” while our City Historian Julie Lugo Cerra regaled […]

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Famed German WWI Hero Visits Culver City in 1927

REEL CULVER CITY by Marc Wanamaker COUNT FELIX VON LUCKMAN COMES TO AMERICA WITH PRAISE On July 11, 1927, the Los Angeles Times announced, “German Sea Raider Will Visit Here” Adventurer-journalist-writer Lowell Thomas said that Count Felix Von Luckner, German WWI hero, was coming to Los Angeles on an around the world sailing-lecture tour to […]

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“Meet Me At The ARC”!

News from the Costume Chair by Sharon Shore, Costume Chair Visitors to the ARC are in for a treat from the golden age of musicals! Our costume display features a one-piece worn in Meet Me in St. Louis, a film made by MGM in 1944.  This romantic musical starring Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien portrays […]

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Fall 2012 ARC Update

by Julie Lugo Cerra, Vice President, Museum/ARC and City Historian A Busy Summer At The Arc First, let us say that this simmer has not been without its challenges, but we are now very “cool” in many ways! We are back in business with air conditioning in “the West Wing” which is so important for […]

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Margaret O’Brien is Honorary Event Chair for “Meet Me In Culver City” Event

The Culver City Historical Society will present “Meet Me In Culver City,” a celebration to honor Culver City’s 95th anniversary, on Sunday, September 23, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Historic Culver Hotel, 9400 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, 90232. Margaret O’Brien, legendary Oscar-winning icon from MGM, is serving as Honorary Chair of the event […]

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CCHS To Host Noted Anthropologist at Special Meeting

The Culver City Historical Society will host noted anthropologist and archeologist Dr. Charles Rozaire at a special meeting on Saturday, August 18, 2012, in the society’s Archive and Resource Center (ARC) from 1-3 p.m. Dr. Rozaire grew up in Culver City, attended Culver City Grammar School, and received his BA, MA and PhD at UCLA. […]

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ARC closed Saturday, July 21

The ARC will be closed on Saturday, July 21. Parking at Veteran’s Memorial Complex will be impacted due to the Los Angeles Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique and Bikini Championships that day.

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Save the Date: The Culver City Historical Society’s Fall Fundraiser

Come join us in celebrating Culver City’s 95th Birthday! The Culver City Historical Society’s Fall Fundraiser will be held at the Historic Culver Hotel on Sunday, September, 23, 2012 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Check back soon for more details.

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Reel Culver City Summer 2012

REEL CULVER CITY by Marc Wanamaker STUDIO RESEARCH LIBRARIES & THE BISON ARCHIVES COLLECTION 40 YEARS OF DEDICATION PRODUCES AN EXTRAORDINARY FILM ARCHIVE Bison Archives – named in tribute to the Bison Film Company, an early motion picture studio (formed in 1909) that produced Westerns featuring Native American casts – was collected by this author […]

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Summer 2012 Message

President’s Message by Louise Coffey-Webb, President Dear Members, First of all, a warm welcome to all the new members, as well as those of you who renewed. It was fun to meet new faces at our last program of Broadway Melody: The Songs & Stories with tenor Winston Gieseke and accompanist Steve Fry. It was […]

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RSVP Now For the CCHS Annual Picnic on July 18!

Once again by popular demand, this year’s annual Culver City Historical Society Picnic and meeting — taking place Wednesday, July 18, 2012 — will be catered by Santa Maria BBQ. A savory dinner will be cooked in the picnic area in Veterans Memorial Park by Jim Rodrigues, who will demonstrate the special techniques that have […]

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Summer 2012 ARC Update

by Julie Lugo Cerra, Vice President, Museum/ARC and City Historian NEW FLAT FILES WILL PRESERVE RARE ITEMS The acquisition of new flat files has augmented our ability to safely store many precious items, including the oversize book on City Founder Harry Culver’s trip across the country in 1929-30. It contains an amazing collection of HHC’s […]

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Summer 2012 Costumes Message

News from the Costume Chair by Sharon Shore, Costume Chair Rare Esther Williams Costume When you stop by the ARC this summer be sure to see the body suit worn by Esther Williams in the film Neptune’s Daughter, produced by MGM in 1949. This might be the one and only opportunity we have to display […]

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Broadway Melodies Come to Life in Culver City

The Culver City Historical Society will feature the history, music, songs and stories from MGM’s Broadway Melody musical movies produced between 1929 and 1944 at its general meeting on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s Multipurpose Room, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, 90230 The program, presented by tenor Winston […]

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Reel Culver City Spring 2012

REEL CULVER CITY by Marc Wanamaker CULVER CITY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AND THE MARGARET PERRY AIRPORT One of the most important industries that helped the Los Angeles area develop into one of the world’s major cities was the aviation industry. Beginning at the turn of the last century with ballooning in 1903, private airports were created […]

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Spring 2012 Message

President’s Message by Louise Coffey-Webb, President Dear Members, I am still glowing from the warm welcome and fun celebration we had at the installation in January. Held at the historic Culver Studios, we were captivated with the pertinent and humorous talk given by installing officer Dr. Janet Fireman, editor of the California History journal and […]

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Join CCHS in Celebrating City Tavern’s One Year Anniversary!

Be a part of Culver City history and join us this Tuesday, April 3, 2012 for a very special evening as City Tavern celebrates the 1st of many anniversary parties to come while benefitting the Culver City Historical Society! 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – by invitation passed appetizers & cocktails hosted by City Tavern […]

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New displays, Women’s History and Spring Cleaning

by Sharon Shore, Costume Committee Chair Our latest costume display is an homage to women’s history in the West represented by many diverse items. One special display included photos and historic references to a little known “woman behind the man.” Lillian Roberts Culver, an actress who married our city founder, Harry Culver in 1916. Also […]

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Spring 2012 ARC Update

by Julie Lugo Cerra , Vice President, Museum/ARC and City Historian THE ARC/MUSEUM COMMITTEE BEGINS ITS WORK First, let me thank all of the folks who have expressed interest in the Museum Committee. We had our first meeting in January with Bill Barnett, Louise Coffey-Webb, Sharon Shore, Michelle Bernardin, Carol Schwab, Steve Rose and David […]

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Join us at the Annual Mayor’s Luncheon

The 32nd Annual Mayor’s Luncheon will be held on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, at 6161 Centinela Blvd. in Culver City. Outgoing Mayor Mehaul O’Leary will give the State of the City address and you will learn about the accomplishments of Culver City over the last year. If you would like […]

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General Membership Meeting & Dinner on January 18th

The Culver City Historical Society’s Winter General Membership Dinner-Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18th at 6:30 pm in the Dining Room of the historic Culver Studios in downtown Culver City at 9336 West Washington Boulevard. This will be the Installation of President-Elect Louise Coffey-Webb and her Board as well as a thank you […]

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Winter 2012 Message

President’s Message by Stu Freeman, President Dear Members, This will be my last message as President of your Culver City Historical Society. It has been four wonderful years of learning and working with a group of dedicated members (now friends) who together have improved and moved our Archives & Resource Center (ARC) significantly forward. Movies […]

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Winter 2012 ARC Update

by Winston Gieseke, Vice President, Museum/ARC IT’S BEEN A WONDERFUL YEAR AT THE ARC From screening classic films made in Culver City to showing off pieces from our collection of priceless Fiesta costumes and fabulous wardrobe gems from the MGM vaults, it’s been a memorable year at the Archives & Resource Center (ARC). SONY’S DONATION […]

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Fundraising, Gwen Verdon and a New Costumes Chair

by Louise Coffee-Webb, Costume Committee Chair Some of you may have been aware that Debbie Reynolds has been auctioning her famous “Hollywood” collection this year, at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio). She began collecting in 1970 at the time of the famed MGM auctions. I was working […]

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Willat Studios in Early Culver City

REEL CULVER CITY by Marc Wanamaker WILLAT BROTHERS OPEN OWN INDEPENDENT STUDIO Built from 1920-1921, the brothers, Carl and Irvin Willat, opened their own independent studio in Culver City at what is now Washington Boulevard, Willat and Hoke Streets. Carl ‘Doc’ Willat, a former Technicolor executive and studio owner/builder in Fort Lee, New Jersey, arranged […]

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History of Culver City Police Department

The Culver City Police Department’s (CCPD) Public Information Officer, Lieutenant Ronald Iizuka is the featured speaker at the Culver City Historical Society’s general meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s Multipurpose Room, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, 90230. Lt. Iizuka will give a history of the department with […]

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Fall 2011 Message

President’s Message by Stu Freeman, President Dear Members, As my second and final term as President of your Culver City Historical Society will conclude at the end of this year, I want to tell you all how proud I’ve been to represent the Society and how much I’ve enjoyed the past four years. It has […]

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Save the Date: Membership Program 10/19

The next membership meeting program for the Culver City Historical Society will take place October 19, 2011. The topic will be The History of the Culver City Police Department. Check back for more information.

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A Doozy of a Do That Did

More than 80 people, many dressed to the nines in 1920s finery, filled the lobby of the Culver Hotel to celebrate Culver City’s 94th anniversary at the Culver City Historical Society’s Doozy of a Do fundraising event on Sunday, September 18. Setting the mood with sentimental tunes, Doozy, a band playing sounds of the 1920s […]

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Free Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Screening September 17

Made in Culver City, a free film program presented by the City of Culver City, will feature Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring Spencer Tracy on September 17, 2011 at 7:30pm in Culver City’s City Hall Courtyard. Culver City City Hall is located at 9770 Culver Boulevard and parking and dining are available in Downtown […]

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Don’t Miss: A “Doozy” of A Do

The Culver City Historical Society will present a celebration of the city’s 94-year history that promises to be a real doozy at the newly-renovated Historic Culver Hotel at 9400 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, on Sunday, September 18, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Festivities will include music and dancing to the music of “Doozy,” a band […]

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Don’t miss the Fiesta La Ballona this weekend; ARC open Sat. & Sun.

This weekend, August 26, 27, & 28, come out and celebrate Culver City’s annual Fiesta La Ballona. Browse through the booths, taste the food, hang out in the beer garden, listen to the bands, watch the presentations, go on the carnival rides, and have some fun! Also come by and check out the Archives & […]

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This Saturday at the ARC: North By Northwest

The Archives & Resource Center (ARC) will be open this Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00. Come by and enjoy a free screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic North By Northwest, which was shot in Culver City and stars Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason. Summary: A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for […]

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The Annual Costume Society of America Symposium

News from the Costume Chair by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair I have just returned from rainstorms in Boston where I was attending the annual Costume Society of America Symposium. I presented a lecture on Ganna Walska, a well-known Polish opera singer and socialite, whose designer of choice was the legendary Erté – famous for […]

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A Golden Costume on Display

News from the Costume Chair by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair Just in time for the holidays and a glitzy new year, we have a golden costume on display in the Archive Resource Center. Those of you who saw Visiting… with Huell Howser: Culver City this Fall, may remember when he looked at a sparkling […]

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El Marino Students Tour the Past to See the Future

Notes from Your City Historianby Julie Lugo Cerra Our children are our future – and how important it is to offer them a window into the past, to help them make grounded future-oriented decisions. Two days toward the end of the school year, we “shared” busloads of students from El Marino School with CCPD for […]

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Culver City Chamber of Commerce Expo June 22

Once again, the CC Historical Society, a proud member of the Chamber, was pleased to participate in the Culver City Chamber of Commerce Expo on June 22nd at Media Park. This year marks the Chamber’s 90th Anniversary! Pictured (L-R): Alan and Lydia Spiegelman, Steve Fry and CCHS Pres. Stu Freeman. Also working the CCHS booth […]

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Summer 2011 Message

President’s Message by Stu Freeman, President First, let me thank those of you who responded so enthusiastically to my article in our last newsletter. As you may recall, I requested that if you were doing some “spring cleaning” and happened to find anything that relates to Culver City history, to please consider donating it to […]

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Margaret Cruz at 100

Descendants of our Early Settlers give us wonderful “pieces” of history by sharing memories that describe our cultural landscape. We are lucky to have many stories of the founding families of Rancho La Ballona: brothers Agustin and Ygnacio Machado, Felipe Talamantes and his son, Tomas. Margaret Lamorie Cruz, a descendent of Felipe Talamantes, reached a […]

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Culver City Historical Society Receives Proclamation for “Historical Preservation”

As May is national “Historic Preservation Month,” it was most appropriate for the Culver City Council to present to the Culver City Historical Society at its May 2nd meeting a special Proclamation honoring the Society for its long history of historical preservation. President Stu Freeman accepted the proclamation with many of the CCHS Board and […]

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Visits to the ARC

Culver High Alum Dan Bloom (’63) [left] who built the “visually historic” screen for the Archives & Resource Center (ARC), visible behind, and Ron Crawford (’61) visited the ARC in June and were happy to see the growth. Danny lives in Dana Point and Ron was visiting from Folsom (the city, not the prison).

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Movie Studios of Culver City Book signing

At the April 19th General Membership Meeting, our special program featured a most unique event — the signing of a wonderful new book by two of our most prestigious members: Julie Lugo Cerra and Marc Wanamaker. Movie Studios of Culver City is the latest edition to the “Images of America” series and another focusing on […]

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Annual Picnic & Meeting July 20

Back by popular demand, this year’s annual Culver City Historical Society Picnic & meeting on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, will be catered by the city’s own Santa Maria Barbecue Co. A savory dinner will be cooked in the picnic area of Veterans Memorial Park (above) by the restaurant’s owner, Jim Rodrigues, who will demonstrate the […]

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Elections for New Officers in October

Attention CCHS Members: The October General Meeting will be elections for new officers. Based on the Culver City Historical Society’s By-Laws, Article IV, Section 1 which covers Nominations and Elections of new officers, in July, President Stu Freeman will form an Election Nominating Committee. This committee will make inquiry calls to members in good standing […]

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Original MGM Traffic Signal Finds new Home at ARC

by Winston Gieseke, Vice President, Museum/ARC Original MGM Traffic Signal Finds new Home at ARC One of the most exciting things about being Museum chair is seeing new and exciting artifacts from Culver City’s history. One item you won’t want to miss is an authentic MGM traffic signal, generously donated by former Culver City Mayor Richard […]

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ARC closed this Saturday, May 7

The Archives & Resource Center (ARC), which is normally open on the first and third Saturdays of each month, will be closed on Saturday, May 7, 2011, because the Car Show is taking place in downtown Culver City that day, as are several other events that members may wish to attend. The ARC will be […]

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A Special Guest Visits the ARC: Deborah Landis

News from the Costume Chair by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair I wanted to let you know about some very interesting visitors we had the pleasure of hosting at the ARC at the end of last year. Deborah Nadoolman Landis, and her assistant, Natasha Rubin, came to look at some of our MGM costumes. Why? […]

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New Book Released on the Movie Studios of Culver City

REEL CULVER CITY by Marc Wanamaker A new book has just been released that, I must confess, I believe is a wonderful addition to the history of “The Heart of Screenland.” Co-authored by Julie Lugo Cerra and myself, Marc Wanamaker, Movie Studios of Culver City was a project discussed many years ago and has now […]

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Local History Becoming Popular with All Ages!

Notes from Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra There seems to be a lot of interest in local history, which is very encouraging! New businesses even call to learn about the story of their site (often some fun surprises there!) Children are especially great fun on tours. We are scheduled to work with students […]

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A Reminder: Renew CCHS Memberships!

by Lydia Spiegelman Membership Chair The CCHS Membership renewals are due at the beginning of the year. This is a great Historical Society, wonderful things are happening and we want you all to be a part of it! Please consider becoming a Patron, a Lifetime Member, a Corporate Sponsor or a Benefactor. Being a member […]

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Don’t Miss the General Membership Meeting

Special Program: “Movie Studios of Culver City” The Culver City Historical Society’s Spring General Membership Meeting will be held this Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue. Please park and enter from the rear of the building. Co-authors, Julie Lugo Cerra and Marc Wanamaker […]

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“Spring Cleaning” Update, Spring 2011 Message

President’s Message by Stu Freeman, President Have you recently cleaned out a closet, an attic or a garage? Has any of your family or friends? Did you find something that relates to the history of Culver City and/or your family’s history to the city? For example: Ticket stubs from the Culver or Meralta theatres Order […]

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Sony Pictures Donation Kicks Off Free Screenings with Easter Parade

A warm and hearty thanks goes out to our friends at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) for their generous donation of a new 40” flat screen Sony Bravia Television and a Blu-ray/DVD player to the Archives & Resource Center (ARC). Not only has SPE, which came to Culver City in January of 1990, taken historic preservation […]

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Culver City Historian and Film Industry Expert To Present New Book: Movie Studios of Culver City

Julie Lugo Cerra, official Culver City historian, and Marc Wanamaker, noted film industry author and consultant, will present images and commentary based on their recently published book, Movie Studios of Culver City at the Culver City Historical Society’s general meeting Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, […]

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Items in the ARC

An ARC Updateby Winston Gieseke, Vice President, Museum/ARC I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are working hard to keep your New Years resolutions! Cecil B. DeMille: Special CC Police Officer! I hope one of your goals for the new year was to seep yourself in Culver City history, and I invite […]

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Profile: The Wende Museum

In the early 1990s, the Cold War came to a dramatic end. Since then, historical landmarks have been torn down, statues have been vandalized and documents have been destroyed throughout Eastern Europe. Founder and Executive Director Justinian Jampol established The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War as a non-profit organization in 2002. His […]

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Historic Site #13 – Veterans Memorial Building

The Culver City Historical Society (CCHS) designated the Veterans Memorial Building as Historic Site #13 at 10am on Saturday, December 10, 2011. The building, located at Culver Boulevard and Overland Avenue (4117 Overland Avenue), one of the most often-used structures in the city, has had a vibrant history, which is noted on the bronze plaque […]

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Legion Building Update

Notes from Your City Historianby Julie Lugo Cerra The Jewish Home for the Aging held a second community meeting in November to share their plans for a project on Hughes Avenue – the first was held in Dec., 2009. Three Historical Society members attended, Stu Freeman, Catherine Yanda and myself. The plans which will be […]

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Bob Wayne and the Sunburst Recording Studio

Bob Wayne, founder, director and chief engineer of Culver City’s premier recording studio – Sunburst Recording – enthralled an audience of more than 50 Historical Society members and friends on Wednesday evening, October 20, 2010, with his exploits as a performer and in recording the celebrities of Los Angeles for more than 30 years. His […]

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Ceremony Remembers Congressman Julian Dixon

Library Ceremony Commemorates Namesake Julian Dixon devoted himself to public service for almost forty years. After graduating from UCLA, he was elected to the California State Assembly as a Democrat in 1972, and, after serving in that body for three terms, he was then elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from California’s 28th and […]

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Do you remember this?

It’s a speaker from the old Studio Drive-In!

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Hal Roach Studios’ “Our Gang” Comedies On Location At Palms Station

REEL CULVER CITY by Marc Wanamaker Since the founding of Culver City, the motion picture industry, which helped found the small city’s location filmmaking in and around the town, was the closest option for location managers. The Culver City Pacific Electric Station on Washington Boulevard had been used on-and-off for many years by the nearby […]

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CCHS Works Toward Long-term Historical Preservation

For over thirty years, the Culver City Historical Society has focused on safeguarding the unique heritage of our city through designation of specific Historic Sites as well as collecting, maintaining and displaying our wonderful trove of memorabilia and historic documents. The Society has long been an advocate for preservation programs and measures to ensure that […]

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General Membership Meeting – Wednesday, January 19th

The Culver City Historical Society’s Winter General Membership Meeting will be held tomorrow night, Wednesday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue. Please park and enter from the rear of the building. Justinian Jampol, founder and Executive Director of the Wende Museum and Archive of […]

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Winter 2011 Message

President’s Message by Stu Freeman, President As 2010 fades into the past, I am very happy to report that it was an especially good year for your Historical Society. We gained many new members, had outstanding attendance at our quarterly programs–and this year’s annual summer picnic was called the best ever! We’ve also enhanced the […]

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Society features Founder of Local Cold War Museum

Justinian Jampol, Founder and Director of the Culver City based Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War, is the featured speaker at the Culver City Historical Society’s general meeting on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room in Veterans Auditorium. The Wende Museum preserves the cultural artifacts and personal histories […]

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A Special Message from the Society’s First President

by Cathy Zermeno I am very proud of how the Culver City Historical Society was officially organized in 1980 and to see how it’s grown into a strong and vital organization, respected by our community and our sister historical societies as well. It was not an easy task to persuade the City Officials to support […]

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Sony Pictures Entertainment Website Earns Prestigious Award

Good news from our friends, and corporate sponsor, Sony Pictures Entertainment: The Sony Pictures online museum won multiple awards in three prestigious website competitions in 2010. The museum was selected as an Official Honoree for the Movie and Film category in the 14th Annual Webby Awards, the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet […]

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Fall 2010 ARC Update

by Winston Gieseke, Vice President, Museum/ARC 2010: Busy & Productive It has been a busy and productive summer at the Archives & Resource Center (ARC), and an exciting one. We had a terrific turnout at the museum during the Fiesta La Ballona, and I’d like to thank all of those who were able to stop by […]

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Preservation imperative for costumes and people

News from the Costume Chair by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair Costumes are similar to people in that, from the moment they are created, they begin to deteriorate! In other words, preservation becomes of vital importance. Gone With the Wind & The Harry Ransom Center On that note, a happy story appeared in The Hollywood […]

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30 Years and Still Moving Evolving!

Notes from Your City Historianby Julie Lugo Cerra After 30 years, it is still gratifying to see our CC Historic Society continue to grow and become more of a resource. Our physical site and collections are always improving, and we now have our own website, thanks to Winston Gieseke, VP, Museum/ARC. We will be linking […]

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Laurel and Hardy On Location In Culver City

  by Marc Wanamaker Early Filming Used CC as “Background” Before filmmaking became a big industry in Culver City, early film companies used the area as backgrounds for a variety of geographical areas. First City & Open Areas, then “Backlots” When producer/director Thomas Ince first sent a unit to the Culver City area around 1913, […]

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Fall 2010 Message

President’s Message by Stu Freeman, President In our last newsletter, I mentioned that we have acquired many of the wonderful Our Gang comedies as well as numerous Laurel & Hardy comedies on DVDs for screening at the CCHS Archives & Research Center. We have now added another 80 Our Gang DVDs and we are presently […]

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CCHS Adopts New Logo

by Stephen M. Fry VP for Programs One of the Society’s most exciting projects – and one that has been in review for some time – is its newly created logo. In Board meeting discussions about how the Society might develop an appropriate logo, several avenues were open, including having Society members contribute designs, hiring […]

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Recording Studio Owner Will Share Insights at Society General Meeting

Bob Wayne, owner, director and chief engineer of Sunburst Recording Studio in Culver City, will share his experiences in the music and recording business at the general meeting of the Culver City Historical Society on Wednesday, October 20, at 7 p.m. Wayne’s work encompasses a wide array of media (music, film, television, spoken word) and […]

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Culver City High School Senior Creates Film About Culver City History

Are you interested in the history of Culver City? Do you wonder why our city is called “The Heart of Screenland”? Come to a special film screening of “History is Gold: An Oral History of Culver City” on Saturday, October 9, in the Culver City Historical Society’s ARC (Archive and Resource Center) in the back […]

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Early Fiestas: Recollections of Julie Lugo Cerra

by Julie Lugo Cerra Fiesta La Ballona Days began in 1951 as a weeklong celebration of local heritage. There was something happening daily during this festive week. Led by the Chamber of Commerce, activities were patterned to appeal to every sector of the community. They included contests for the Queen and her court, a “little […]

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Original Fiesta gown on display

by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair In celebration of next week’s 49th anniversary of the Fiesta La Ballona, we are displaying an original “Queen’s” gown from the 1951 Fiesta in the Culver City Archives & Resource Center (ARC). This white satin dress with lace-covered bodice and coordinating mantilla was designed and constructed by Rosalie Utterback […]

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Culver Center Street turned back to 1940s

REEL Culver City by Marc Wanamaker MGM Studios used the Culver Center shopping district for the political drama, Ada, starring Dean Martin as gubernatorial candidate “Bo Gillis” and Susan Hayward as his supportive wife, “Ada.” Although the film took place in a small town in the Deep South in the late 1940s (and was loosely […]

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Huell Howser visits the ARC

On July 21st, Huell Howser visited Culver City to film a segment on the Culver Hotel and the ARC. This photo, taken by Mr.  Howser’s cameraman Cameron in front of Gene Kelly’s striped jacket from Take Me Out To the Ball Game, features (from left) City Historian Julie Lugo Cerra, Howser, Immediate Past President Cathy […]

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2010 Annual Picnic Total Success!

Santa Maria Barbeque Grills For The Culver City Historical Society’s Annual Picnic Jim Rodrigues, owner of Culver City’s Santa Maria Barbeque restaurant (9552 Washington Blvd), prepared a genuine Santa Maria style barbeque for this year’s Annual CCHS Picnic which was held at the Vets Park picnic area, on Wednesday evening, July 21st.

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Projects Completed for Summer Visitors to Enjoy

by Winston Gieseke, Vice President, Museum/ARC Things are shaping up nicely this summer at the Archives & Resource Center (ARC). Martha & Sol Sigall have recently completed an extensive project organizing the Society’s collection of MGM production photos. Extra special thanks go to Society member David Pelayo for providing an important piece of this puzzle […]

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Annual Picnic Meeting & Gala!

Wednesday Evening, July 21, 2010Veterans Memorial Park picnic area Soft drinks and conversation: 5:30 p.m.Catered dinner served: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Annual Culver City Historical Society meeting and picnic will be catered on-site by Culver City’s own Santa Maria BBQ restaurant. Dinner includes tender Choice-Grade tri-tip beef and plump Grade A chickens, their tasty […]

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Research Demands Accuracy

Notes from Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra There are so many avenues to travel while gathering information. Accuracy is paramount, but not so easy to achieve. This is why we use multiple sources of information. In earlier times, we had publications, public records — and people. Library visits were made in person… When […]

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Summer 2010 Message

President’s Message by Stu Freeman, President Under the guidance of our VP, Museum/ARC, Winston Gieseke, and the help of our great volunteers, we have uncovered many interesting and unique items in our Archives. I’d like to tell you about a very remarkable document that is currently on display at the ARC: a publication of the […]

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Historic Site 12: Culver City’s First Park

by Julie Lugo Cerra The unveiling of the marker at our first park in Culver City was supported by the attendance of more than 100 locals, including local officials, members, neighbors and city staff. Mrs. Lois Carlson Bridges, the widow of Dr. Paul Carlson, made the trip from her home in the San Diego area, […]

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Walking Tour for L.A. County Bicycle Coalition

In May, at the request of CCHS member Laura Siegel, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition asked the Society for a guided walking tour of the city which began at the Culver Hotel with Doug Newton (above photo, back to camera). Julie Lugo Cerra led the tour of about 30 members with help from Winston […]

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Time to Clean Out Your Closets & Garages!

by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair Summer is upon us and I, for one, am trying to clean out the quantities of “stuff” that seem to multiply mysteriously over the years in my garage. I unpack my summer clothes and look at them once more. Do they still fit? Are they representative of who I […]

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Culver City Council presents Society with Proclamation

At last night’s meeting of the Culver City Council, the Historical Society was presented with a Proclamation in honor of May being “Historic Preservation Month,” and for the Society’s continued work in this area. It was significant too that the presentation ceremony also honored the Society’s 30th Anniversary.

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Cali Rose pays tribute to Culver City

The entertainment at last night’s General Program Meeting was a wonderful musical tribute to the “Heart of Screenland,” energetically performed by special guest, multi-talented singer/songwriter (and Culver City resident), Cali Rose. Toes were certainly tapping throughout the performance, and many joined in a general sing-along! Whether at her keyboard or on her ukulele, Cali performed […]

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Society presence at L.A. Heritage Day

The 3rd Annual L.A. Heritage Day was held this past Sunday at the Heritage Square Museum in Pasadena. Once again, the Culver City Historical Society had a table along with 75 heritage organizations – manned by our special events gurus, Karen Coyle and Fred Yglesias. It was another great outreach opportunity for the Society.

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ARC Update Spring 2010

by Winston Gieseke, Vice President, Museum/ARC 2010: A NEW YEAR AHEAD! As the new year races to the midway mark, it continues to be an exciting time at the CCHS Archives & Resource Center (ARC), and as the new Vice President, Museum/Archives, I’m thrilled to have joined the roster of hardworking and dedicated people seeking […]

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CULVER CITY AIR-LAW OF 1929

by Marc Wanamaker AVIATION & MOTION PICTURES – EARLY PARTNERS Aviation in the Los Angeles area was pioneered with a partnership between the aviation and motion picture industries. As early as 1914 when aviation became a primary interest of the U.S. Government and commerce, the motion picture industry also took great interest and produced films […]

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Spring 2010 Message

This year is shaping up to be a lot of fun and we want you to join us. On the Saturdays that the ARC is open – the first and third of each month – we will be screening DVDs of some of your favorite Laurel & Hardy and Our Gang comedies which were made […]

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Notes From Your City Historian: Spring 2010

by Julie Lugo Cerra CELEBRATING OUR FIRST 30 YEARS As we celebrate our first thirty years as the Culver City Historical Society in April, it brings back a lot of memories. I am so proud to be a part of this august group of people! Everyone brings something to the table and you see evidence […]

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Costumes Spring 2010

by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair MGM COSTUMES ARCHIVED! March 6th was a red-letter day for the costume collection at the Archives & Research Center (ARC), because it was the day that we finally completed the re-boxing of all 70-odd costumes from the famous MGM studio auction in 1970! Why was re-boxing so significant? Well, […]

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Costumes Winter 2010

by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair A BUSY & PRODUCTIVE 2009! This has been a busy, full and very productive year for the ARC and the costume collections we have been able to display for the public. We began the year with a display of the “candy cane” jacket that the great Gene Kelly wore […]

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Notes From Your City Historian: Winter 2010

by Julie Lugo Cerra A CHRISTMAS MEMORY RESEARCHED! Some time ago, CCHS member Bill Hahn shared a special holiday memory from his youth. He remembered a big “shoe” in downtown Culver City in the mid-1930s, where kids got a “sock full of candy” handed out by Santa. He even recalled riding with “neighbors in their […]

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Reel Culver City Winter 2010

REEL CULVER CITY by Marc Wanamaker “ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT” SHOT IN PART IN CULVER CITY AVIATION & MOTION PICTURES – EARLY PARTNERS CECIL B. DEMILLE CREATES “40 ACRES” BACKLOT/RANCH Recently, I have been researching the history of the RKO-Pathé “40 Acres” back lot in Culver City for a new website: “40 Acres: […]

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Winter 2010 Message

2009 has rapidly come to an end and what a great year it was for your Historical Society. The programs at our quarterly General Meetings saw overflow attendance, bringing a good deal of history to life with wonderful speakers and presentations. The September 20th “Celebration of the Movies II” was a huge success, allowing our […]

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2009: A VERY GOOD YEAR!

by Martha & Sol Sigall, Vice President, Museum/ARC As the year 2009 comes to a close, we wish to thank all of our members who have added to the stature and growth of the CCHS Archives & Resource Center (ARC). We have been so fortunate to have had many interesting visitors throughout the year, and […]

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ARC Update Fall 2009

An ARC Update .…. by Martha & Sol Sigall, Vice President, Archives A BUSY SUMMER AT THE ARC! 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 […]

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Fall 2009 Message

by Stu Freeman I hope you were among the many happy “film buffs” who attended the Culver City Historical Society’s “Celebration of the Movies II” on Sunday, September 20th – which was also the 92nd Anniversary of Culver City’s Incorporation. It was a great afternoon due to the tremendous amount of time and planning given […]

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SELZNICK INTERNATIONAL STUDIOS, CULVER CITY

Reel Culver City by Marc Wanamaker   SELZNICK INTERNATIONAL STUDIOS, CULVER CITY In 1935, the major studios in the Los Angeles area were MGM, Columbia, Paramount, RKO, Warner Bros., United Artists and Universal. Along with the majors there were many small studios producing either for the major companies or for the independent market. SELZNICK GATHERS […]

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CULVER CITY’S “FIRST PARK”

Notes from Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra   CULVER CITY’S “FIRST PARK” One of the ways the society preserves history is by marking historic sites. I am pleased to announce that the CCHS Board has approved marking the site of our first park (Victory, now Dr. Paul Carlson Park) as Historic Site #12. […]

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FIESTA TIME AGAIN!

NEWS FROM THE COSTUME CHAIR… by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair If you have been by the ARC (Archive Resource Center) lately, you will have noticed a new mannequin in the central display area. She is wearing another of our “Princess” costumes from the Fiesta La Ballona, circa 1951. The label inside states “Rosalie Utterback […]

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Summer 2009 Message

by Stu Freeman I want to thank each and every one of you for your continuing support of your Culver City Historical Society. I realize that these are challenging times which make your generosity all the more valued and appreciated. Know that your membership dues enable the Society to fulfill our commitment to improve the […]

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PRIMARY RESEARCH IS INVALUABLE

Notes from Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra PRIMARY RESEARCH IS INVALUABLE Not only does Culver City enjoy a rich and varied history, but since the city is relatively young, we have had the advantage of learning from the city’s leadership first hand. Primary research has also been possible through city records, the Society’s […]

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MICKEY ROONEY ~ A CULVER CITY TREASURE!

Reel Culver City by Marc Wanamaker MICKEY ROONEY ~ A CULVER CITY TREASURE! I can’t think of any living personality that so identifies with Culver City’s history as Mickey Rooney. He spent most of his childhood and young adult life at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, spanning over 26 years. Beginning with The Beast of the City […]

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WONDERFUL TRAVELS TO CHINA!

NEWS FROM THE COSTUME CHAIR . . . by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair   WONDERFUL TRAVELS TO CHINA! Summer is a time when many people travel abroad. For me, it’s time for a “Staycation” because, luckily, I have been traveling a lot this year – beginning with spending the new year in Brazil with […]

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ARC Update Summer 2009

by: Martha and Sol Sigall, Vice President, Archives THE ARC HOSTS SPECIAL VISITORS & EVENTS A very welcome and surprise guest was Culver City’s former Director of Parks and Recreation, Syd Kronenthal, who came with CCHS member Ross Hawkins. President Stu Freeman and Julie Lugo Cerra had the pleasure to greet him and hear his […]

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Reel Culver City Spring 2009

Reel Culver City by Marc Wanamaker CULVER CITY WAS HOST TO BELGIUM ROYALTY During World War I all of Hollywood was involved with helping President Woodrow Wilson in the war effort — from selling War Bonds to making motion pictures focusing on the morale of the American people, the armed forces and the Allies. At […]

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Costumes Spring 2009

NEWS FROM THE COSTUME CHAIR… by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair THE ARC TO CELEBRATE THE 70THANNIVERSARY OF 1939 FILMS This issue’s column will be a bit abbreviated as I’m off for what I’m sure will be an extraordinary trip to China with another professor from Woodbury University and two lucky fashion students. The Maxine […]

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Notes From Your City Historian: Spring 2009

Notes from Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra 2009 CELEBRATES 70THANNIVERSARY OF 1939 FILM CLASSICS This year brings great opportunities to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the classic movies of 1939. Remember the sold-out “Celebration of the Movies” event the Society put together in 1989? We are currently exploring a number of options, and […]

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ORAL HISTORIES ARE BEING TRANSCRIBED

An ARC Update… by Martha and Sol Sigall, Vice President, Archives ORAL HISTORIES ARE BEING TRANSCRIBED We’ve enjoyed a lot of activity in the ARC recently! CCHS Life Member Steve Fry has agreed to take over the duties associated with Oral Histories. He is transcribing some great tapes that tell the history of our community […]

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Spring 2009 Message

by Stu Freeman To all of you who came to our Winter General Meeting on January 21st at the Vets Auditorium, thank you for coming and thank you for participating in the crowd-pleasing “Parrish Family” presentation. Sharing the many wonderful stories of one of our long-time Culver City families and their work as Property Masters […]

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An ARC Update…

by Martha and Sol Sigall, Vice President, Archives SYMANTEC DONATION FROM FOX HLLS DEVELOPMENT SITE Thanks to our former ARC chair Robin Turner, we have a display of archeological finds from the Fox Hills site of the Symantec development. Robin facilitated the donation of 40 boxes of cataloged items. You can view examples of these […]

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Winter 2009 Message

by Stu Freeman January will mark the beginning of the third year of the Culver City Historical Society’s Archives & Resource Center (ARC), housed in the Veterans Memorial Building complex (on the corner of Overland Ave. & Culver Blvd.). We are very proud of the progress that we have made and grateful for the many […]

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Notes From Your City Historian: Winter 2009

Notes from Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra A GREAT 2009 AHEAD! This new year of 2009 is going to be filled with celebrations! First, it marks the 70th Anniversary of several 1939 classic films. Do you remember the beautiful stamps to commemorate some of those films? In 1990, The Culver Studios hosted an […]

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GENE KELLY’S “CANDY CANE” JACKET

NEWS FROM THE COSTUME CHAIR . . . by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair In honor of the season’s holidays, we have on display at the ARC the actual “candy cane” jacket worn by Gene Kelly in the musical Take Me Out to the Ball Game, 1949, directed by Busby Berkeley. Kelly played Eddie O’Brien […]

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CULVER CITY’S MERALTA THEATRE

Reel Culver City by Marc Wanamaker CULVER CITY’S MERALTA THEATRE The traveling female duo of ‘The large’ Pearl Merrill and ‘The Tiny’ Laura Peralta performed as “Ella Fant and Miss Kito” on the vaudeville circuit for many years, accumulating enough money to build their own theatre at 9632 Culver Boulevard, Culver City. FILM PREVIEWS LEADS […]

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Notes From Your City Historian: Fall 2008

Notes from Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra CULVER CITY TURNS 91! Culver City just turned 91 this past month, on September 20th. I was going through some of the early printed material and guess what they advertised? First, location, of course – between Los Angeles and the beach city of Venice. Some of […]

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ARC’S FIESTA GUESTS

An ARC Update by Martha and Sol Sigall, Vice President, Archives ARC’S FIESTA GUESTS 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 […]

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FIESTA TIME!

NEWS FROM THE COSTUME CHAIR by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair   FIESTA TIME! “Fiesta time” is always so much fun – everyone’s in a party mood! It’s especially fun to show off Fiesta items from the past at the ARC and this year was no different. So many visitors enjoyed the Fiesta memorabilia. They […]

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CULVER CITY TO BE CALLED “HOLLYWOOD?”

Reel Culver City by Marc Wanamaker   CULVER CITY TO BE CALLED “HOLLYWOOD?” The unthinkable happened in June of 1937 when the Culver City Chamber of Commerce sent out petitions to call for an election on the question of the city changing its name from Culver City to Hollywood! The president of the Culver City […]

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Summer Is Over

by Stu Freeman Can you believe it! Summer is officially OVER! I hope that it was a good one for you. It was a very good one for your CCHS – and we were very busy! After the May 2nd celebration of Historic Preservation Month which was kicked off with a great party at the […]

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ARC Update Summer 2008

An ARC Update .…. by Martha and Sol Sigall, Vice President, Archives OUR “ARC” IS UP AND RUNNING! While it continues to make progress, we are now open to our members and the community on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 1pm to 3pm, and also by appointment. So, please come by. […]

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WHO HAS MORE FUN THAN US?

Notes from Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra SPRING HAS BEEN BLOOMING WITH TOURS… Special thanks to Jeanne Conklin and Tami Eskridge who were amazingly lucid at 7am for the Downtown “training tours” – as was a USC grad student who came to learn with them! The Barris Car Show in May drew a […]

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THE ROYMANE STUDIOS OF CULVER CITY

Reel Culver City by Marc Wanamaker One of the forgotten small motion picture studios that once existed in the early days of Culver City was the Romayne Super Film Company owned by Henry Y. Romayne. Located on the northeast corner of Washington Boulevard and what is now Ince Boulevard, the film company was formed in […]

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OUR INTERN KARLA CONTRERAS GRADUATES!

NEWS FROM THE COSTUME CHAIR . . . by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair OUR INTERN KARLA CONTRERAS GRADUATES! Our Woodbury University intern, Karla Contreras, graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design last month. She is hoping to find a position in the field of costume design, beginning in a costume rental shop for the […]

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Summer 2008 Message

by Stu Freeman Happy summer! On Friday, May 2nd, the Society had a party at the Culver Hotel to kick off “Historic Preservation Month”. Many old friends attended and we made many new ones as well. Among the new friends who joined in the celebration was a bright, inquisitive 3rd grader from Linwood Howe Elementary […]

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Reel Culver City Spring 2008

Reel Culver City by Marc Wanamaker THE PLANTATION CAFÉ OF CULVER CITY Dan Coombs, one of Culver City’s first mayors and a prominent Culver City businessman, was instrumental in the construction of the Cotton Club near National Boulevard. He was then asked to re-open the Plantation Club near the MGM Studios on Washington Boulevard. The […]

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ANOTHER MGM COSTUME IDENTIFIED: #1608!

NEWS FROM THE COSTUME CHAIR… by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair ANOTHER MGM COSTUME IDENTIFIED: #1608! Currently on display in the ARC is a navy blue Renaissance-style costume from the original MGM cache belonging to the City, but now curated by the Historical Society (see photo). Until now, the only information available was what was […]

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SPRING 2008

An ARC Update .…. by Martha & Sol Sigall, Vice President, Archives WE’RE ON OUR WAY! It will be our goal to continue the impressive progress that Robin Turner made during her term as Vice President, Archives. She and her committee accomplished so much – we want to keep the momentum going! We especially appreciate […]

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Spring 2008 Message

by Stu Freeman Hello! With my first official “President’s Message,” I would like to begin by thanking everyone who made the January 16th Installation such a wonderful success – and it was great to see so many members (over 80!) and soon-to-be members come out to show their support. It was very gratifying. I’d especially […]

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CULVER BUS LINE: STATE’S 2ND OLDEST

Notes from Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra CULVER BUS LINE: STATE’S 2ND OLDEST In 1928, Mayor Reve Houck headed the trustees who rented buses to serve Culver City’s transportation needs. After a bond issue passed, we purchased our own. Now, the second oldest municipal bus line in the state, Culver City has a […]

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WOODBURY UNIVERSITY STUDENT BEGINS CCHS INTERNSHIP

NEWS FROM THE COSTUME CHAIR… by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair WOODBURY UNIVERSITY STUDENT BEGINS CCHS INTERNSHIP In November, Karla Contreras came to the ARC to help me photograph, assess and pack some costumes that had been on display. Who is Karla and why was she there? First of all, she is partaking in the […]

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Winter 2008 Message

by Cathy Zermeno The past two years have gone by so very fast! We have had so many wonderful things happen and I’m very proud of our accomplishments. First and foremost, we now have our Archive Research Center (ARC). I was privileged to sign a 5-year lease with the City of Culver City last January, […]

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2007: A BANNER YEAR!

An ARC Update… by Robin Turner, Vice President, Museum This has been an exciting year for the Culver City Historical Society! As your outgoing Archive & Resource Center (ARC) Chair, I want to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve this wonderful organization. I can’t believe I have been overseeing the development of […]

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THE IVY SUBSTATION IS 100 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR!

Notes from Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra THE IVY SUBSTATION IS 100 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR! You might remember that a CC Historical Society member – noted railroad historian David Cameron – was the driving force in saving the wonderful Ivy Substation from demolition. The Caltrans plan to widen Venice Boulevard for a […]

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Reel Culver City Winter 2008

Reel Culver City by Marc Wanamaker BEVERLY HILLS & CULVER CITY SPEEDWAYS The Culver City Speedway that was once located south of Culver Boulevard at Overland Avenue had its beginnings at Beverly Drive and Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. The mile-and-a-quarter wood board Speedway was originally constructed by the Speedway Association of Beverly Hills and […]

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An ARC Update…

by Robin Turner, Vice President, Museum THE ARC OPENS FOR THE FIESTA WOW!!! What an eventful few months we’ve had at the CC Historical Society ARC (Archive & Research Center) – especially during July and August! The Thursday ARC volunteer crew – which included Pat Bumpus, Jeff Sommar, George Garrigues and Fred Yglesias – has […]

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Fall 2007 Message

by Cathy Zermeno The Grand Opening of the Culver City Historical Society’s “ARC” – Archive & Research Center – was held during this year’s Fiesta La Ballona weekend on August 25 & 26. It was a huge success – lots of old and new friends came by to wish us well at our permanent home […]

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24th Annual Machado Reunion

Notes from Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra   24TH ANNUAL MACHADO REUNION! The 24th Annual Machado Reunion will take place at Chevron Park on October 6, 2007. If you are a Machado, or have an interest in participating, call Ronnie Mendez, at (310) 548-1818. It is a great family picnic at minimal cost, […]

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RARE HISTORICAL NEGATIVES OF EARLY CULVER CITY FOUND

Reel Culver City by Marc Wanamaker RARE HISTORICAL NEGATIVES OF EARLY CULVER CITY FOUND Recently I purchased a collection of old glass plate negatives from the Bruce Torrence Collection of Hollywood History. The collection was given to Mr. Torrence in the 1960s by Robert Spence of the Spence Aerial Photography Company. Though the Torrence collection […]

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HISTORY CAN BE A BUSY JOB!

Notes from Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra HISTORY CAN BE A BUSY JOB! Of late, historic activities have been varied and great fun! In addition to my usual column in the CC News each week, I have been out on the “talk circuit” quite a bit. It was my pleasure to speak to […]

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ARC Update Summer 2007

by: Robin Turner, Vice President, Museum Even though it seemed like moving into our new Culver City Historical Society Archive and Research Center (ARC) took forever to do, we are now moving quite quickly in getting tasks ready for volunteers to help start organizing parts of our collection. With a fantastic group led by CCHS […]

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“Dream Street”

Reel Culver City by Marc Wanamaker [Ed. Note: Marc Wanamaker is on assignment. In his absence, we are reprinting the wonderful article that famed director George Sidney wrote for the 2000 Millennium Winter issue of Culver Historical Highlights.] George Sidney, along with an extraordinary list of film credits, was a CCHS Patron member. Among his […]

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Summer 2007 Message

by Cathy Zermeno It’s “Picnic Time” again! Time to get together with longtime friends as well as welcome new ones to the Society’s annual picnic. And this year we have something very special to share – the opening of the “Culver City Historical Society Archives & Resource Center” (ARC). During the picnic, we will open […]

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CCHS & TRADER JOE’S

Notes from Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra CCHS & TRADER JOE’S Look for historic Culver City photos at Trader Joe’s soon. We provided the photos at a nominal charge – another way to sustain our ongoing preservation efforts. THE HULL BUILDING UNDERGOES RESTORATION The Society’s second marking of an historic site was the […]

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The CCHS Historical Costumes Collection

NEWS FROM THE COSTUME CHAIR Spring 2007 by: Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair March, 2007 saw the transfer of the MGM costume collection from temporary storage, into the new Culver City Historical Society “Archives and Resource Center” (ARC), housed in the Veteran’s Memorial Building. My “Spring Break” from teaching and curating at Woodbury University, was […]

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ARC Update Spring 2007

by: Robin Turner, Vice President, Museum LOTS OF HARD WORK & . . . WOW!!! Have the past few months been busy! The Historical Society was given two light-based tables (for tracing patterns or maps, or use just as counter space with drawers) by an individual that picked them up during the Getty Museum renovation. […]

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Harry Culver met Thomas Ince and history was made!

Reel Culver City by Marc Wanamaker HARRY CULVER MET THOMAS INCE AND HISTORY WAS MADE! After watching silent film producer Thomas Ince film a western on Ballona Creek, Culver City founder Harry Culver was so fascinated with the new medium and its PR possibilities that he convinced Ince to move his Inceville Studios from the […]

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Spring 2007 Message

by Cathy Zermeno By the time you receive this newsletter, we will have moved into our new Archives and Resource Center (ARC). It only took 26 years, but we did it! A hearty thanks to Julie Lugo Cerra – the Society’s Governmental Relations Representative, a past Society President and Culver City’s “City Historian” – whose […]

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Winter 2007 Message

President’s Message by: Cathy Zermeno My very best wishes to you all for a very Happy New Year – may all your days be happy ones in 2007! We had a wonderful 2006: ▪ The City granted us a space to house our memorabilia, to organize the archives, and to work on a great many […]

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Reel Culver City Winter 2007

REEL CULVER CITY by: Marc Wanamaker THOMAS INCE FIRE PREVENTION FILM BRINGS ATTENTION TO CULVER CITY Culver City film pioneer Thomas H. Ince was made an honorary Coast Fire Chief by the City of Los Angeles. Ince received this distinction by producing a fire prevention film at the Thomas Ince Studios and received a ecial […]

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Notes From Your City Historian: Winter 2007

by: Julie Lugo Cerra A NEW YEAR TO CELEBRATE! January always begins with a celebration of a fresh new year, but this year, we really have something to celebrate! This is the year that the CC Historical Society turns the corner. Soon we will be in our new “digs” – appropriately headed by our resident […]

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ARC Update Winter 2007

by: Robin Turner, Vice President, Museum HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL! What a great way to start the New Year. In December, the Museum Committee got together to work on the final wording of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) and the building lease agreement between the Culver City Historical Society and the City of Culver City. […]

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Fall 2006 Message

President’s Message by Cathy Zermeno While I had originally started my column by talking about summer events and our Annual Picnic (which was a huge success!) the BIG NEWS for the Society is the confirmation of a permanent site for our long-awaited Culver City Heritage Museum! On Monday, Sept. 25th, the City Council passed Agenda […]

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About the CCHS Historical Costumes Collection

by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair OVER 70 FILM COSTUMES The Culver City Historical Society is guardian of a unique collection of over 70 film costumes, acquired from the famous 1970 auction at MGM Studios (now Sony Pictures Entertainment). Many of the outfits were worn by stars such as Lucille Ball, Doris Day, Grace Kelly, […]

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The Culver City-Palms Pacific Electric Station

Reel Culver City by Marc Wanamaker Rail transportation was one of the major factors in the rapid growth of Culver City since 1915. The Pacific Electric’s depot on Venice Blvd. was just west of Bagley Avenue (which becomes Culver City’s Main Street on the south side of Venice). It was the transit stop for the […]

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Happy 89th, Culver City!

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra By the time you get this, Culver City will be 89 years old … and still in a “flourishing” mode! That’s a lot of candles. Just another reason the city seems to be shining these days! The exact date that the incorporation papers were recorded was […]

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Museum Notes: Fall 2006

Museum Notes by Robin Turner, Museum Chair A NEW DAY FOR THE SOCIETY! We are currently seeing history-in-the making regarding our Historical Society. As you read on the front page, the Culver City City Council has given us the opportunity, through a long term lease, to use the Multi-Purpose “overflow room” at the Veterans Memorial […]

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Summer 2006 Message

President’s Message by Cathy Zermeno Summer is here and it is a beautiful time of the year. Daylight Saving Time increases our “evening hours” and enables us to enjoy the many old and new attractions of our City. And, there are so many great things happening in our City: lots of fine restaurants, first-class movie […]

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Culver City’s “40-Acres” Studio Backlot Ranch

Reel Culver City by Marc Wanamaker One of Culver City’s most famous studio backlots was a 40-acre location property on the north bank of La Ballona Creek. INCE & DEMILLE The story begins with the creation of the Thomas H. Ince Studio in 1918, the second of two studios in the new town of Culver […]

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“Living History” Still a Hit!

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra Enjoy this photo of the last of the “Living History” performances for this school year. We featured pictures of the “Machado Brothers” in the Spring newsletter. Since then, high school student volunteers went out to third grade classes at each elementary school with two presentations. The […]

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Fox Hills “Trash Pit” Holds Culver City Memorabilia

Museum Notes by Robin Turner, Museum Chair As an archaeologist, I have the privilege of working all over Southern California – and, of course, I especially enjoy the opportunity to work in Culver City whenever possible. One of my current projects has brought me back home to the parcel in Fox Hills which was once […]

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Spring 2006 Message

President’s Message by Cathy Zermeno The January 18th Installation was a perfect evening and one I will never forget! A very special thanks goes to Event Chair Julie Lugo Cerra who not only did her usual outstanding job, but helped continue both the heritage of the Society and of Culver City. For the Society: 25 […]

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Remembering the Hal Roach Studios

Reel Culver City by Marc Wanamaker One of Culver City’s lost landmarks was the Hal Roach Studios, originally located at 8822 West Washington Blvd. (at the corner of Washington & National Blvds.). In 1980, the site was marked with an historical plaque as one of the City’s most famous and important studios. FORMED IN 1914 […]

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Historic Preservation

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra The Helms Building began the process for a Certificate of Appropriateness with the Cultural Affairs Commission on March 14. It then goes to the Planning Commission for approval. FROM THE JUNE ANDERSON CALDWELL ARCHIVES Every time CCHS member June Anderson Caldwell sifts through her personal photo […]

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Winter 2006 Message

President’s Message by Steven J. Rose The new year of 2006 starts off well with a new Society president, Cathy Zermeno. Having been the charter president of the Society in 1980, Cathy returns to lead the Society to new heights during the next two years. Her continued dedication and support throughout our 25-year history brings […]

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Culver Studios Poised for Growth

Reel Culver City by Marc Wanamaker The famed Culver Studios at Ince and Washington Boulevards is again slated for expansion, upgrading and renovation. The new owners, an investment firm, have been slowly repairing and maintaining the studio lot, but now there are plans for a larger program for expansion. The studio will continue to be […]

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Historical Society-Culver City Partnership

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra Although we should be pleased with our accomplishments over our “first” 25 years, it is not time to relax on the historic front. In that spirit, I am delighted to report that the Culver City Historical Society has begun discussions with the City of Culver City […]

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Moving Forward…

Museum Notes by Robin Turner, Museum Chair First, let me thank you for reelecting me as Museum Chair. I take this positron seriously, and appreciate the help and support as well as the historic knowledge all of you can give me to do my job well. We are still going through the process of getting […]

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Fall 2005 Message

President’s Message by Steven J. Rose Our October 19th General Meeting will be our bi-annual election of officers according to the by-laws of the Society. The Nominating Committee is appointed by the president and made up of three Society members a Board member, a committee chair and a member from the general membership. This year, […]

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Culver City Historic Structures List

Notes from your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra In the course of my research, I find that some additions to the list of historic structures in Culver City might be appropriate, and there is provision in the code for such action. First, let me say that at least we have a list! Culver City, […]

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Museum Notes: Fall 2005

Museum Notes by Robin Turner, Museum Chair I’ve been asked about the current status of our museum and wanted to let everyone know that we are indeed still moving forward. It all just takes more time than we’d like – so please take heart and stick with us! President Steve Rose has been working closely […]

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Summer 2005 Message

President’s Message by Steven J. Rose It’s Summertime and the Society has a lot of activities planned for your involvement! Our annual potluck dinner will be “Bar-B-Q-style” and is scheduled for July 20, the traditional third Wednesday in July. Just come on down and bring some of your fine cooking to share with six other […]

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A “25th Birthday” Gift!

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra It hardly seems possible that our Society is “25” this year! As a gift, I produced a free self-guided walking tour of Downtown CC with the design help of Geoff Maleman of Maleman Inc. It is available at several locations, including the Chamber of Commerce, CC […]

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The Woodcarvings of Robert Gragg

Museum Notes by Robin Turner, Museum Chair Further to my column in the last issue, here is more information on artist Robert Gragg and our exhibit in the CCHS display case at the eastside of the new downtown Pacific Culver Stadium 12 cinema complex. In 1928, Robert Gragg began working at the Hal Roach Studios […]

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Spring 2005 Message

President’s Message by Steven J. Rose Springtime has come at last and an historic winter seems finally over, leaving a record-breaking rainfall which caused millions of dollars of damage throughout Southern California. We too, here in Culver City, suffered damage to our beloved Culver Crest – along with hundreds of potholes in our streets. We […]

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Backlot of Film Festival Debuts in Culver City

  The first Backlot Film Festival celebrated “A Tribute to the Extraordinary Motion Pictures of 1939.” This was a fitting debut for a film festival created to cultivate an appreciation of the rich heritage of the motion picture industry and to bring greater understanding of the debut current filmmaking owes to the earlier pioneers. Held […]

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May is Historic Preservation Month – And We Have A Lot to Celebrate!

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra First, by May, all of the historic plaques should be placed on the Landmark and Significant designated structures in Culver City. The original historic survey took place in 1987, was published in final form in 1990, and the city council adopted the historic preservation ordinance and […]

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Museum Notes: Spring 2005

by Robin Turner, Museum Chair As many if you may know, we still do not yet have public access to the museum collections. Our industrious leader and president, Steve Rose, is working hard to iron out the kinks in getting our museum’s new home “habitable.” To insure proper safety and comfort codes, these things take […]

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Fall 2004 Message

President’s Message by Steven J. Rose The Culver Theatre is now officially the Kirk Douglas Theatre! The gala Grand Opening, held on Thursday, August 30th, 2004, was highlighted by the welcoming words of Mr. Kirk Douglas who accomplished what he said he would do at the 2002 ground-breaking ceremony on a cold Jan. day: to […]

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New Self-Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Culver City

Notes from Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Culver City was introduced at this year’s Fiesta La Ballona. It was very well attended, and although Robin Turner and I actually accompanied a couple of groups, others just picked it up and took off for a nice walk at […]

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Museum Notes: Fall 2004

Museum Notes by Robin Turner, Museum Chair We started the year out with a bang! Moving the museum’s artifacts and memorabilia from the West LA College site – and we thank the College for their continued support – to the Bank of the West building in downtown Culver City has begun another exciting chapter, for […]

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Summer 2004 Message

President’s Message by Steven J. Rose “It’s summertime and all is easy!” Though maybe not completely with your Culver City Historical Society where we are working on our new museum space at the Bank of the West in beautiful Downtown Culver City. We’re calling on all our members and friends for their help and support […]

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City Designates May as “Historic Preservation Month”

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra Historic Preservation Month (May) was filled with activities to reflect the city’s interest in our history. The City website was updated to include the Historic Preservation document, for example. The Cultural Affairs Commission offered a presentation at their May meeting showcasing all of the city’s Landmark […]

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Spring 2004 Message

President’s Message by Steven J. Rose April is here and with it comes Spring bringing a renewal of its beauty. Winter has ended and we will feel the sun’s warmth brightening our lives in the coming months! The Culver City Historical Society is embracing Spring with a new site for our archives and memorabilia in […]

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Community Cultural Plan Now In Place

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra Our Community Cultural Plan is in place and we are now in a position to get some real work done. The Cultural Affairs Commission is trying very hard to get the plaques on those properties designated Landmark right away. These include buildings like The Culver Theatre, […]

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Spring 2003 Message

President’s Message by Steven J. Rose Spring is here! And with it comes our April General Membership Meeting with special guest speaker, film and TV director, Joseph Newman. I know you’ll enjoy hearing about local filmmaking in the early days from someone who witnessed them firsthand! Your Board members are also looking forward to a […]

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Fiesta History Repeats Itself

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra The Fiesta La Ballona, which began in 1951, will once again return to a week-long summer event. This year, it will begin on August 18th with a kick-off at the City Council meeting where our elected representatives will declare “Fiesta La Ballona Week.” With longer daylight […]

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Winter 2003 Message

President’s Message by Steven J. Rose HAPPY 2003! As another year passes into history, we in the Culver City Historical Society are very proud of this pas year’s accomplishments and look forward to the events and programs planned for 2003. Many folks have given hours of dedicated time and deserve our thanks for all their […]

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Culver City website: www.culvercity.org

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra Culver City’s website offers a great deal of information on the history of the city (go to “City Information,” then “History”). New to the website is an opportunity to “Ask the Historian” questions. One of the first inquiries came from someone doing research on a small […]

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Fall 2002 Message

President’s Message by Steven J. Rose As the first anniversary of September 11, 2001 is commemorated in thousands of ways across America and the world, we all will look back at the changes it brought to the ways we live our lives. I can not forget how this event so close to all of us […]

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Culver City’s 85th Anniversary

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra On September 20, 1917 the City of Culver City was incorporated, so this month marks its 85th anniversary! In 1917, the city’s elected council was called a Board of Trustees and the following elected officials took office: R.P. Davidson, Dan F. Coombs, Walter Edwards, V.R. Day, […]

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Summer 2002 Message

President’s Message by Steven J. Rose Your Culver City Historical Society Board of Directors is working hard to bring new projects into working programs to advance the Society on many fronts. We are making plans for a collectible “roadshow” for the Fall that will allow the public to bring a collectible to be assessed. The […]

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Happenings

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra • The John Battle family, after the death of John’s mom Pat Culver Battle, have been working to catalog family photos of our favorite first city family. Pat’s grandson Robert is quite the technical guy, and he has sent me a disk with photos, from early […]

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Spring 2002 Message

President’s Message by Steven J. Rose As we begin the new Culver City Historical Society year, I first wish to thank Don Rogers for his hard work as president for the last two years along with everyone else that has made the historical society what it is today. Our past 22 years leaves us with […]

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Remembering Pat Culver Battle

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra Many of us enjoyed the friendship of Pat Culver Battle and I am sure we all appreciated the time she took to act as the Culver family emissary to Culver City. Pat’s death in December, 2001, left a great void in our lives. After a rain, […]

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Winter 2002 Message

President’s Message by Don Rogers It has been a pleasure to serve as your President for the past two years, and now it is time to pass the baton of leadership on to your newly elected President, Steve Rose. In the past two years there have been a number of significant programs and activities promoting […]

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Goals, Resources and Challenges for 2002

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra As 2001 melds into the new year, it seems like a good time to take stock of the Historical Society, its goals, resources and challenges. • The Society’s New Home After two years of negotiations, under the direction of President Don Rogers and with the help […]

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Culver City Adopts New Logo!

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra The Culver City Council Redevelopment Agency adopted a new Culver City logo at their meeting on September 10, 2001. Designed by Sussaman/Prejza & Company, the word “Culver” (red) is said to be script typeface based on the marquee of the Culver Theatre which draws from Culver […]

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Fall 2001 Message

President’s Message by Don Rogers, President The next General Meeting of the Historical Society will be held on Tuesday, October 16th. This is a very important meeting because the Nominating Committee will be presenting a slate of officers to be elected for the next two years. Your vote is very important and I urge you […]

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Summer 2001 Message

President’s Message by Don Rogers May 22, 2001 is a date Society members will long remember because it marked the grand opening of the new Historical Society office site at West Los Angeles College. With a location from which to work and meet, we now must begin to sort and catalogue all of the wonderful […]

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It’s a Sign!

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra On Tuesday evening, June 26th, a beacon of light shining again from the historic Beacon Laundry Building. The neon lights alternately started flashing Beacon’s and Helms, under a rotating beacon above. The structure’s rehabilitation by Walter N. Marks Inc. is scheduled for completion in September. It […]

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Spring 2001 Message

President’s Message by Don Rogers I would like to take this opportunity to share with you a number of exciting things that are happening in the Culver City Historical Society. First of all, through a joint partnership with the Historical Society and West Los Angeles College, spearheaded by the efforts of the community-minded spirit of […]

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Culver, Indiana!

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra Is there another city named Culver? Indeed, there is a Culver, Indiana! It is located in Marshall County, 101 miles from Chicago, Illinois, and 107 miles from Indianapolis. Located along the shores of Indiana’s second largest lake, Lake Maxinkuckee, the 1990 census counted a population of […]

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Winter 2001 Message

President’s Message by Don Rogers As we reflect on the joy of the Holiday season and all that it means to us, it is also a reminder that a New Year is just around the corner. Your Board has come up with a fundraising program that we think ties the Holiday season and the New […]

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Culver High’s First Graduates in 1953

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra Did you know that 50 years ago, Culver High opened as a three-year high school? Next door, the Junior High accommodated students from 7th-9th grades. Plans for the secondary schools began in 1949, when we became a “unified” school district. The Titans were the first graduates, […]

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Summer 2000 Message

President’s Message by Don Rogers   In my first message, I announced that there were three primary goals I would concentrate on: increasing the membership of the Society, laying a firm foundation for the development of the Culver City Heritage Museum, and to bring more public attention to the City’s remarkable history. With the hard […]

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Questions, Questions!

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra The quest for knowledge is great fun! • Let me tell my Historical Society friends first, that we have finally pinned down the reason Blair Hills was named “Blair”. I was able to determine through city maps and records that the developers, Stone and Stone, first […]

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Spring 2000 Message

President’s Message by Don Rogers This new year got off to a great start with the recognition of outgoing President Lu Herrera and her Board for he outstanding job they did over the past two years with one of the largest installations in recent memory. As we begin to move into the year 2000, the […]

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Notes From Your City Historian: Spring 2000

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra Let me pass along some interesting correspondence that arrived recently. E. A. Kral, in Wilber, Nebraska, a former teacher now an historical researcher, notified me that he included Harry Culver in a new website. Log on to http://www.nsea.org and you will find Kral’s “Brief Bio-Bibliography” which […]

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Fall 1999 Message

President’s Message by Lou Herrera   Friday night, September 24, 1999 will live in the annals of the Historical Society as a luminous memory in the City’s history.  It was our honor to name Roger L. Mayer the first recipient of the Society’s “Heart of Screenland Star” Award for his contributions to preserving the City’s […]

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A Recap of the “Heart of Screenland Star” Award Event

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra The “Heart of Screenland Star” Award event was a wonderful nostalgic trip back to the glory days. In Culver City, in “the olden days,” the major employers were the studios, Helms Bakeries and Hughes Aircraft. In just my family alone, my grandfather, Aunt Jean, Uncle George, […]

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Notes From Your City Historian: Summer 1999

by Julie Lugo Cerra As the Honorary City Historian, I have a voicemail for historic inquiries. Please refer all inquiries to 310.253.6059. I will be checking it often. In the spirit of sharing information: • Did you know there was a tile manufacturer called the Valencia Spanish Tile Corp. on Elenda Street, just below Washington […]

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Summer 1999 Message

President’s Message by Lou Herrera   On behalf of the entire Board of the Culver City Historical Society, I am proud to announce our choice for the first presentation of the “Heart of Screenland Star” Award: Mr. Roger L. Mayer. Mr. Mayer who is President and COO of Turner Entertainment Company has long supported the […]

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Spring 1999 Message

President’s Message by Lou Herrera   In my first message as your new President, I shared with you my dream of establishing an Historical Museum.  This is the legacy I hope to leave with the Society, but progress has been slow, and, to date, the many leads and discussions has shown no tangible results.  We […]

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Culver City Goes International

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra • Culver City’s Main Street was featured in the March, 1999 edition of Furore, a magazine published in the Netherlands. The author, Piet Schreuders, used computer generated models to reconstruct Main Street over the years with clips from movies shot on location there as well. Copies […]

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History In the Making: New Year, New Streets

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra Four new streets will be carved out in the new development which is being constructed on what we remember as the old Studio Drive-In site. As a consultant on the project, I was asked to do some research to name the new residential streets. The following […]

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Winter 1999 Message

President’s Message by Lou Herrera A WONDERFUL AND PROSPEROUS 1999 TO EVERYONE! The new year will bring many challenges and we all hope it will close with much more accomplishment. The last General Membership Meeting in November was a wonderful success and a strong kick-off for the Museum Capital Campaign.  The panel discussion on “A […]

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Fall 1998 Message

President’s Message by Lu Herrera For my column this month, I thought a recent letter I wrote to Mayor Sandi Levin and Members of the City Council would tell you how strongly I feel about the importance of our having a Culver City Community Museum and how dedicated I am to making it a reality. […]

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Notes From Your City Historian: Fall 1998

by Julie Lugo Cerra • “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” – and that is why our Society’s Ways and Means guy, Stu Freeman, was out picking up speakers from the Studio Drive-In. The next day, how was seen going through rubble, with permission of course? None other than your Historic Sites Chair, Sam […]

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Summer 1998 Message

President’s Message by Lu Herrera It’s Summertime and the living should be easy and relaxed, filled with happy times and memories. The CCHS is doing its part with its Annual Potluck Picnic, this year to held at Carlson Park on Wednesday evening, August 26. I encourage you all to come out, relax on a summer’s […]

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Notes From Your City Historian: Summer 1998

by Julie Lugo Cerra   • It was clearly the “Heart of Screenland” when the Washington Streetscape Project was dedicated on May 30, 1998 (see photos on front page). Participating in festivities that included our own “Walk of Fame” tree surroundings inscribed with movies they made were Kathryn Grayson, Betty Garrett, Margaret O’Brien, Martin Landau, […]

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Spring 1998 Message

President’s Message by Lu Herrera First, may I say how honored I am to be the new President of the Culver City Historical Society. This new challenge and my love for this wonderful city have “reactivated” me from retirement. I look forward to many accomplishments in the next two years, and my first priority will […]

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“Daniel L. Patacchia” Conference Room Dedicated

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra “The Daniel L. Patacchia Conference Room” at City Hall was dedicated on Monday, April 6, 1998. The renaming of Conference Room 1A to honor Mayor Emeritus Patacchia was by action of the City Council. Dan Patacchia, a native of Pennsylvania, arrived in Los Angeles in 1941. […]

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Winter 1998 Message

President’s Message by Hal Horne It’s difficult to write about all the things that have happened in the past four years since I first became President of your Historical Society. I spent the last column talking about the future, so now’s the time to reflect on the past and to thank a lot of very […]

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A Goodbye & A Hello

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra • History repeats itself as Hal Horne becomes the second person to serve the Culver City Historical Society for two terms. Thanks, Hal, for your time and dedication! Four years is a real bite out of your volunteer life – hope we can still count on […]

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Fall 1997 Message

President’s Message by Hal Horne Well here it is: my penultimate President’s Message. Much has happened in the past four years, but I’ll focus more on that in February. Now, I want to focus on this month and the next two years. November 19 is our next General Membership Meeting and our biennial election of […]

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Helms Building Marked

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra On September 20, the 80th anniversary of Culver City’s incorporation, the CCHS unveiled a bronze marker commemorating the Helms Building at Historic Site #9, and in typically Helms style, members of the Helms family attended in support but declined to be introduced over their workers. It […]

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Summer 1997 Message

by Hal Horne Welcome to our new newsletter: You’ll notice the change in format, style and we’ve added pictures too! My thanks to our new Editor, Judy Stangler, our new Publisher, Lee Bixler and Contributing Editor, Ross Hawkins, for their efforts in putting together the brand new “Culver Historic Highlights,” and for their plans for […]

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Fiesta Bus Tours

Notes From Your City Historian by Julie Lugo Cerra I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our docents who toured the folks at the Fiesta La Ballona on the Historic Highlights Tour of Culver City. We always get some nice comments and we also use it as an opportunity to gather […]

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May 1995 Message

President’s Message by Hal Horne SMILE: During Fiesta La Ballona, our own Ross Hawkins and Mark Morris will be taping for a half-hour show about the Historical Society we are now producing for Continental Cable Television. Among the events to be video taped are highlights of the Historic City Tour and interviews of Society founding […]

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Museum Update February 1986

At a recent City Council Meeting the Council voted to authorize $8750 for a Museum Feasibility Study to be conducted by a Consulting firm selected by the City Visitor’s and Convention Bureau. This study is to look into the various aspects of building a “new” building or using an “existing” site.

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February 1986 Message

President’s Message by Julie Lugo Cerra Dear Friends, As I glance backwards, I see a lot of dedicated people, doing varied tasks, all converging into one road…the destination is preservation – the safe keeping of a Story. The Story begins with the Indians, continues on to the Ranchos: Rincon de los Bueyes & La Ballona, […]

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November 1985 Message

President’s Message by Julie Lugo Cerra Dear Friends, Seems like there’s never a dull moment in “Our Town”. The next four sites to mark were set at the August General Meeting (Main St., Washington-Flatiron Bldg., Laird Studio and Camp Latham). Dave Williams our Historic Sites Chairman is working on the wording for the markers. I […]

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Museum Update August 1985

by Cathy Zermeno, Chair Watch for new exhibit at Glendale Federal Savings…mid August the rendering of the “Helms Building”; local telephone directory – circa 1937; and a super photo record of the radio show “Night Watch” with Ron Perkins.

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August 1985 Message

President’s Message by Julie Lugo Cerra I hope you can join us the 28th for an enjoyable dinner meeting. We will accomplish a great deal, by also doing “rubbings” of all the markers at Vet’s Building, (They have lights, I hope…this may take a while!) I want to thank all the people who have been […]

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May 1985 Message

by Julie Lugo Cerra Dear Friends, May promises to be a truly exciting and busy month for the Historical Society, beginning: May 3, (Legislators Day) – Chamber of Commerce Luncheon May 8, Tournament of Roses Association; Luncheon, $12.50 ea. ($8.50 for Seniors over 60). May 11, “FIESTA LA BALLONA” All day in Veteran’s Park starting […]

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Museum Update February 1985

by Cathy Zermeno, Chair Stop in and see a display of Culver City memorabilia at: Glendale Federal Savings 5645 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City Our very special thanks to Manager Margaret Lopez for thinking of the Historical Society. Included in the display are aerial pictures of Culver City, circa 1921 and 1937; the “Brick” from the […]

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February 1985 Message

by Julie Lugo Cerra First, let me wish you all a happy, healthy New Year! This is the beginning of my fourth, (and last), year as your president. As the Culver City Historical Society grows, we are finding ourselves “bursting at the seams” with gifts of memorabilia and historically relevant data. It’s a pleasure to […]

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Museum Update October 1984

An item of interest to all should be the recent copy of the HERITAGE TASK FORCE Report…”A Report to the Legislature and People of California—Sacramento, California 1984” which we received recently. This report represents two years of hard work and we will enjoy using it and keeping it in our Library for reference. A special […]

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October 1984 Message

by Julie Lugo Cerra Dear Friends, What a lovely fundraiser! The LEGION BUILDING is a perfect setting for a festive event… I would like to use this space to acknowledge those who made our first “Museum Fundraiser” such a pleasant success: Cathy Zermeno, Chairman and her Co-chair Marti Diviac. Committee workers – Lupe Smith, Jo […]

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Museum Update May 1984

The office in the E.V. Roberts Bldg at the City Yard is now OPEN! If you have items to donate please call Cathy (839-7688) or Julie. Special thanks to the Chamber of Commerce…they have donated many items, including a safe, to the Historical Society. Extra special thanks to Mr. Burt Freeman, who allowed Cathy to […]

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May 1984 Message

by Julie Lugo Cerra I want to thank the membership for their support and faith in me. I can hardly believe two years have passed since I took the presidency, and it looks like the next two years are already starting to “move right along”. I see a lot of accomplishments in our near future; […]

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February 1984 Message

by Julie Lugo Cerra Our Culver City Historical Society is four years old, and showing continuing promise. I’m so glad to be a part of it, and want to thank the board and general membership for support these past two years. We marked two more sites, expanded our historic tours, gained space to house our […]

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