The Sorrento Market Story and the Story of Albert Vera

Albert Vera, JrAlbert 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 came to America to pursue the American Dream created the famous market on Sepulveda Boulevard and the Vera Family holdings. He served time in the military, raised his family in Culver City and eventually became a member of the Culver City Council and Mayor of the city. Albert Jr. will present a power point presentation and discussion of the family’s history with other members of the Vera family. Door prizes will be offered and there will be a drawing for Julie Lugo Cerra’s cookbook Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble. The public is invited to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend. Entry is through the Archives and Resource Center in the back parking lot.


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

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

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

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

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

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

The Making of the Wizard of Oz by Aljean Harmetz - Culver City Historical SocietyAljean 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 Center at 4153 Overland Avenue, Culver City.

The program will include songs from the film, a slide show narrated by Harmetz, a documentary with interviews and stories from many of the original cast, and a question and answer session.

Harmetz is the author of books about the making of classic The Making of the Wizard of Oz by Aljean Harmetz - Culver City Historical Societyfilms (The Making of Gone with the Wind; The Making of Casa Blanca and many others) as well as a novel. She spent 12 years as the Hollywood and West Coast cultural reporter at the New York Times.

A signed copy of Harmetz’s 75th anniversary edition of her book will be given by a drawing, and all attendees will have a chance to win. After the program, a book signing will take place in the Culver City Historical Society’s Archives and Resource Center (ARC), just steps away, where her book will be for sale for $19 (cash or checks only) while supplies last. Harmetz also will sign books for those who bring them that night. The ARC will have displays showing movie history in “The Heart of Screenland.”

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

For more information, please call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or inquire by e-mail at  Also, visit the CCHS website at: for updates.

Car Rally and Scavenger Hunt

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

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

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

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

All proceeds benefit the Culver City Historical Society.



Samitaur Tower free event

Samitaur TowerThe 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 given this “canvas” of 10 screens on the Samitaur Tower and asked to explore the question of how does an image make an impact in short amount of time in a non-traditional view (from a car, train). This was an experiment on how to display content to the public, and most of the work was done remotely. The Tower is like no other display system in the world — an amazing opportunity for these students. The students were told to interpret the images, but no manipulation. Our historical images are a part of the 20 minute segment that was created.

Samitaur is planning to run the show on the Tower for about one and a half hours on Thursday evening, July 31, beginning at sunset, around 8pm until 9:30pm. The show runs about 20 minutes, and they will loop it, so it will be viewed about six times.

There are several vantage points to view the project on the Tower — from the bike path, from the EXPO train, from the street. (By all means, stay safe!) Drive by, park and walk, hop on the EXPO and go for a ride!

Kurt Kratchman, from Samitaur, and who moderated the project, will be at the Tower on Thursday evening to answer questions.