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. 

Sharon at Hearst Castle copyI know she took pride in helping the Historical Society with the costume collection, and I was so grateful that she was there for you all when I had to return to England in 2013. Before COVID-19, she enjoyed her jaunts to Los Angeles, and walking and knitting with Julie Lugo Cerra.

In San Simeon, Sharon created a beautiful home by the sea and a stunning studio in downtown Cambria, where she worked on all manner of creative projects. She was a revered textile conservator and mentor, and her clients were numerous, including the Getty Museum, the Broad Museum, Hearst Castle, the Fowler Museum, and the soon to open Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

I was honored to spend her last week with her in San Simeon, and Sharon’s last words to me were “No regrets.” Since most of her family is in Missouri, they will be holding their own celebration next year when they can gather. Sharon wished to be cremated. I am hoping to honor her on her birthday, March 1, 2021, if we are able to gather then.

Louise Coffey-Webb
Lifetime Member
Former President and former Costume Chair

Spring 2013 Message

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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 an illustrious history here. Please read more about that on our front page and the story on page 5.

The Society’s big news this February was the addition of a new Secretary to our Board: the wonderful Donie Nelson. Donie (which rhymes with “pony”) comes to us with copious experience in the world of film and television development for many local production companies, as well as being both a founding and board member of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, Southern California Chapter. Donie is also a professional entertainment industry speaker and has already brought her professionalism and cheery manner to our meetings. We’re so happy to have her on board!

We have just applied for a grant through the California Preservation Assessment Project. So keep your fingers crossed! Also this March, Julie Lugo Cerra is beginning her new Docent Training, preparing member volunteers to enlighten our visitors. Do give us a call or email if you’re interested in joining the group.

I look forward to seeing you all on April 17th at our program, if not before during our open hours at the ARC.

Winter 2013 Message

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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 the destination for hikers and cyclers.

Also in October, Costume Chair Sharon Shore and I had fun at the 7th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar. We saw many friends, old and new, and were fascinated by the number of interesting groups dedicated to reserving all manner of local Southern California phenomena. It was held in the stunningly beautiful Doheny Library on the USC campus. I recommend attending next year for sure.

Our "Reel Culver City" columnist Marc Wanamaker said goodbye to his sweet 96-year old mother, Edith, in December, and we all wish him well as he gathers back his own life again.

Culver City also lost a significant artist, Evelyn Ackerman, a long-time resident known to many in the Society, and a colleague from my LACMA days. It is fitting and special that her husband, Jerry Ackerman, will be our featured guest during our January program.

Every so often, it is incumbent upon a society to re-visit its By-laws. This Fall that is exactly what we have done, endeavoring to keep up-to-date and relevant. We have posted our updated By-laws on our website: www.culvercityhistoricalsociety.com and, if you do not have email, please contact us by telephone and we will gladly send you a copy by mail. All members are invited to approve the new By-laws at our January 16th annual business meeting. We look forward to seeing you then, if not before.

P.S. Please remember to renew your membership for 2013 as your dues help us to continue all our programs – our lectures, tours, meet-and-greets, and more..

Fall 2012 Message

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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 us with a nifty quiz all about our city’s history.

An array of local dignitaries were in attendance, including CC Mayor Andy Weissman, as well as those not so local: Harry Culver’s grandson, Chris Wilde, drove up from Long Beach. As usual, the splendid BBQ was catered by our extraordinary local talent, Jim Rodrigues, with his delicious traditional Santa Maria-style , mouth-watering BBQ. I am pleased to acknowledge his dedication and generosity to our historical society, year-in and year-out. You rock, Jim!

More recently, we had great fun at Fiesta La Ballona in Veterans Memorial Park during the last weekend in August, where we honored our founding president, Cathy Zermeno. A steady flow of first-time and repeat visitors stopped by our Archives & Resource Center (ARC) to see our displays, and we were proud to share our “new improved” air conditioning, thanks to the diligence of Culver City’s Parks & Recreation Department.

Our big fundraiser event this year – “Meet Me in Culver City” – took place at one of our favorite venues, the historic Culver Hotel. As a tribute to our special guest and legendary actress Margaret O’Brien, a costume from the MGM film classic “Meet Me in St. Louis” will be on display at the ARC under the guidance of our Costume Chair, Sharon Shore.

In the interests of documenting local living history, our Culver City Historian and VP of the ARC, Julie Lugo Cerra, arranged a video interview with Dr. Charles Rozaire, esteemed archaeologist, anthropologist and longtime resident, chatting with Culver City schoolmate Virgie Eskridge (and former owner of Culver Flowers and CCHS Treasurer).

We also hope to see you at our General Meeting on October 17th. Jim Lamm, President of the Ballona Creek Renaissance, will present a unique natural history of our communal “back yard.” So do come and learn about a fascinating resource and a wonderful place to take your kids or jaded out-of-town visitors.

Also in October, we will have a table at the 7th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar. This is a jam-packed free event on Southern California’s history held at the Doheny Memorial Library on the USC Campus: Saturday, October 27th, 9am-5pm. Come visit!

And one last thing… The NEW Culver City Visitors Map is now here! You may pick up a copy at the ARC.

Summer 2012 Message

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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 a superb program highlighting our ties to the early movie musicals and I know I wasn’t the only one singing and swaying along with the crowd!

Your membership dues cover the basic costs of keeping our ARC doors open, and our membership informed. Our four general meetings per year are usually accompanied with free entertainment – as with our annual Summer Picnic. Additional programs bring special experiences to our members as well as raise much-needed funds to help procure archival storage supplies and new displays. This past spring there has been a lot of activity in our Archive & Resource Center. Be sure to read Julie’s column for the latest news.

We are always looking for new ways to bring the fascinating history of Culver City to our ever-expanding population. For starters, we will be mentioned in the new Culver City Visitors Map (to be published later this year,) and by the time you read this, we will have taken part in the Culver Chamber Expo on June 27th.

Please come to our July 18th Picnic and BBQ at the Veterans Memorial Park. We welcome non-members too – and a little bird tells me that there will be some great raffle prizes…