Culver City Historical Society Events During the Fiesta La Ballona 2013

A Fiesta La Ballona parade from the 1950s - Culver City Historical SocietyCostume 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, or pioneers. Costumes will be judged on authenticity, creativity, and representation of the period, and winners in all divisions will be awarded prizes.

The competition categories include:

  • Boys, 12 years old and under
  • Girls, 12 years old and under
  • Men
  • Women

Visit the Archives and Resource Center

The Archives and Resource Center (ARC) located behind the Veterans Memorial Building, will be open Saturday, August 24, 2013, and Sunday, August 25, 2013, from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Here are 5 good reasons to visit the ARC:

  1. Visit with City Historian Julie Lugo Cerra who will be signing her new book, Chronicles of Culver City, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013. Bring your questions!
  2. See the debut of the new Culver City Historical Society Merchandise shop space and purchase unique gifts.
  3. Check out the wonderful display of historical Fiesta memorabilia.
  4. Take a look at the colorful costume worn by Jimmy Durante when he played “Pop Wonder” in Billy Rose’s Jumbo, filmed by MGM in 1962.
  5. It’s air conditioned!

For information about any of these activities, please call (310) 253-6941 or send your questions by e-mail.

Early fiesta crowd - Culver City Historical Society

Annual Picnic and Gathering 7/17/2013

Santa Maria BBQ - Culver City Historical SocietyThe 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 Santa Maria BBQ do his magic catering at the barbecue on-site. Choice Grade tri-tips and plump Grade A chickens will go on the grill at 5:00 p.m. Dinner also will include tasty chili beans, potato salad, green salad, garlic bread, Santa Maria’s special barbecue sauce, homemade-cookies, and soft drinks.

Enjoy this mid-summer night of fun and be serenaded by the famous local Razzmatazz Dixieland ensemble playing festive barbecue music.

Local celebrities and VIPs, free gifts, free door prizes, will add fun and glamour to this joyful event.

The price for everything is $25 per person (checks sent in advance) or $30 the night of the picnic. Please RSVP by July 15. Checks should be sent to the Culver City Historical Society, P.O. Box 3428, Culver City, CA 90231-3428. Please include the names of all guests. Tickets will be held at the picnic site.

The CCHS Board will hold a brief public meeting after dinner.

The Archives and Resource Center (ARC) will be open after dinner, and visitors will be able to view special summer exhibits, including part of the clown costume worn by Jimmy Durante in the 1962 MGM film , Jumbo, made in Culver City.

For additional information, call 310-253-6941 or email us.

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

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

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 “Culver City” by acclamation.

Culver City Councilman Jim B. Clarke - Culver City Historical SocietyThe Culver City Historical Society will present Culver’s exact dream speech, re-enacted by Councilman Jim B. Clarke, Saturday, July 20, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the exclusive California Club, 538 South Flower Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, 90071.

This fundraising event, the unofficial kick-off to the centennial in 2017 of Culver City’s incorporation, will include breakfast and valet parking, raffle, and a no-host bar. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $50 for Culver City Historical Society members, $60 for non-members.

Please RSVP by July 15. Checks should be sent to the Culver City Historical Society, P.O. Box 3428, Culver City, CA 90231-3428. Please include the names of all guests. Tickets will be held at the door.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Culver City Historical Society, a non-profit membership organization created in 1980 for the purpose of collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history of Culver City and its cultural and civic accomplishments.

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

Culver Ice Arena - Culver City Historical SocietyThe 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, Culver City, 90230.

In addition to discussing how the ice arena was created and how hockey and figure skating training developed there, Jackson will share stories about Wayne Gretsky, Scott Hamilton, Dorothy Hamill, Michelle Kwan, and the many local skaters who learned or honed their skills at the facility.

John Jackson (Medium)Jackson (pictured, right) is a former Marine Captain and a former football coach at USC, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and the University of Illinois. He is also the owner/promoter of Forum Boxing. In addition, he served as assistant to Jerry Buss, the former owner of the Lakers Basketball team and the Kings Hockey team.

Several former local Olympians and professional skating stars drawn from the teaching staff at the Ice Arena will be on hand and will share their early experiences as skaters in Culver City, including Cathy Machado (first U.S. Latina Olympian, Olympic medalist, World Professional Ice Skating Champion, U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame); Josselyn Baumgartner (Double National Medalist in figure skating); and Crystalrose Guerra (five-time National Kathy Machado - Culver City Historical SocietyShowcase Champion).

See videos of Machado (pictured, left) and Guerra below.

There will be a brief discussion of upcoming programs and projects, as well as updates on the activities and exhibits in the Archives & Resource Center (ARC), and the Center will be opened following the meeting.

All members of the Culver City Historical Society and the public are welcome to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend. The entrance to the Multi-Purpose Room is through the back of the building near the parking lot, as well as through the Archive & Resource Center space.

For more information, please call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or e-mail us.

Cathy Machado – Ice Capades 1963, Fantasia Mexicana

 

Crystalrose Guerra Showcase 2011 Light

Society to Feature Artist-Designer Jerome Ackerman

A.-Jerry-Ackerman (Medium)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.

Ackerman will discuss his life with his late wife and collaborator, Evelyn Ackerman, in conversation with gallery director Gerard Brien of Reform Gallery.

The Ackermans’ works have been exhibited at LACMA, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, and the Mingei International Museum in San Diego. Their ERA Industries Inc. is a still a register business in Culver City where it has been since 1956. Evelyn one of the founding Culver City Arts Committee members and was responsible for placing the Cougars artwork by Gwynn Murrill at the corner of Hannum and Slauson.

There also will be a brief discussion of upcoming programs and projects, as well as updates on the activities and exhibits in the Archives and Resource Center (ARC); the Center will be opened following the meeting.

Ceramics by Jerry Ackerman - Culver City Historical Society

All members of the CCHS and the public are welcome to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend. The entrance to the Multi-Purpose Room is through the back of the building near the parking lot, and through the Archive & Resource Center space.

For more information, please call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or e-mail us.