Winter 2012 Message

Stu Freeman - Culver City Historical SocietyPresident’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 that were made here in Culver City are shown at the ARC on the first and third Saturdays of the month; MGM costumes are displayed on a regular rotation; and personalized tours for our Sister Cities, school children, other historical societies and city employees are only part of the programs and events we now offer.

On January 18, 2012, we will be installing our newly-elected Board of Directors for a two-year term with a festive Installation dinner at the historic Culver Studios. I hope that you will all join us (see pg. 1 for more information).

We have elected some terrific people to serve and I know that with your continued support, your Culver City Historical Society will thrive.

I personally thank you all for your past support throughout my terms as President.

Fall 2011 Message

Stu Freeman - Culver City Historical SocietyPresident’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 been an honor and a privilege to work with so many wonderful people who share the passion for the history of our great city. So many unique opportunities have come along with our members and with our many sister historical societies.

I have made a lot of new friends and have also learned a lot about our city that, as a long-term Culver City-ite, I previously didn’t know. I especially owe a debt of gratitude to our City Historian, Julie Lugo Cerra, who always seemed to get me the facts I needed!

Our Archives and Resource Center (ARC) continues to grow in scope and distinction largely due to the help and support of our members and visitors, along with so many wonderful historic donations and contributions. I’m certain that our new Board will work hard to continue to make it a place that you’ll love to visit often and to bring your family and friends to enjoy.

I plan to stay actively involved and I hope that you will too.

Summer 2011 Message

Stu Freeman - Culver City Historical SocietyPresident’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 the CCHS Archives & Resource Center (ARC).

I’m very happy to report that we have had some wonderful items donated and we are most grateful. We will now be able to protect and display these items in our Archives for you and your families and for future visitors to enjoy and study.

As our collection grows, the ARC becomes an important destination for historic research as well as becoming a more interesting place to visit.

I encourage you to continue to support the Culver City Historical Society with your membership renewals as well as with your donations. You might consider giving a CCHS membership as a graduation gift to bring the unique history of Culver City to new generations to appreciate.

YOU are making our Archives & Resource Center better by your participation.

Thank you!

“Spring Cleaning” Update, Spring 2011 Message

Stu Freeman - Culver City Historical SocietyPresident’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 forms from the Helms Bakery
  • Anything from the MGM, Hal Roach or any other local studios
  • Pictures of local businesses that aren’t here any more
  • Photos of prominent citizens or Culver school teachers

PLEASE! Don’t throw them away!

I am calling on all Culver City-ites, current and past, to do some personal searching through your heritage — because the CC Historical Society can possibly provide a home for these items in our ever-enriching Archives (ARC). Your donations will help to ensure that your children and grandchildren will always have a place to view the items that their family has donated in their family name.

There is but one caveat and that is, due to the current limitations of space at the Archives, we have a process whereby the Board must approve of any donations before we can accept them. You may find some unexpected treasures!

It should prove to be fun for everyone!

Winter 2011 Message

Stu Freeman - Culver City Historical SocietyPresident’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 ARC, adding new display cabinets along with a movie-viewing section.

To the delight of our visitors, we’ve screened wonderful Laurel and Hardy movies and Our Gang features, all made right here in Culver City at the famous Hal Roach Studios (originally located at Washington & National Blvds.). Come and share the laughter. It’s great fun! And, we also have had photos from the 1950s of the popular Rollerdrome preserved on DVD for viewing as well.

I want to thank all of the Board members and Committee Chairs and volunteers who’ve worked so hard to make the CCHS ARC a destination for many to come and enjoy our city’s past, reminisce a bit of earlier days, and perhaps learn something new. It is also earning a reputation as a valuable and notable site for research needs from around the country.

We are all committed to making 2011 at the ARC an even more pleasurable and informative experience for you and your family.