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 quality of our events, preserve and enlarge our archives, and expand our historic displays, as well as continuing our public service and outreach to the community. So again, let me say THANK YOU!

We have received many requests for reprints of photos in our archives, and are currently making arrangements to have a number of historic photos – such as the Meralta Theatre, the Culver Theatre, the Culver Hotel, the second La Ballona School and downtown Culver City – available for sale soon. More information to come.

Summer is here and that means that our annual CCHS picnic will soon be here as well. This year’s date is Wednesday, July 15, and will again be held at the Vets Park. So mark your calendars and come share the fun. And be sure to take the time to visit the ever-growing CC Historical Society Archives & Resource Center (ARC) as well.

We always look forward to seeing you, so please join us and discover what “old things are new again.”

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 at MGM and other studios made for a truly informative and fun evening. One of our best!

I would like to personally invite you and your friends to come to our Spring General Meeting on Wednesday, April 15th to hear railroad historian Ralph Cantos give a presentation on the Pacific Electric Red Car Line. Ralph is very knowledgeable and welcomes your questions and your memories. It should be a great evening.

This year marks the 70th Anniversary of two of the most popular movies of all time – both made here in Culver City – The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind. Be sure to drop by regularly to see our displays of memorabilia from these two great classics along with many of our other film artifacts in our ever-growing archives.

Come see and learn that old memories are new again at your Culver City Historical Society Archives & Resource Center (ARC).

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 compliments that you have so generously given us when you have visited the ARC. If you have not yet visited the Center, please put it on your 2009 to-do list. I’m sure that you will be happy that you did!

Beginning in December, we will be displaying terrific color photos of the beautiful floats that Culver City entered in the world-renowned Pasadena Rose Parades back in the 1980s. We also have a photo of the 1940 entry (see the “ARC Update” column, pg. 7). These photos are really something special and they reflect a part of our city’s wonderful film history, such as the float commemorating the classic comedy team of Laurel & Hardy.

Remember, this is your city’s archives so please come visit, come do research and come have a good time – we promise you’ll find some fascinating treasures and historic memorabilia!

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy holiday season and a great New Year – and thank you again for your continuing support!

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 Culver Hotel, many of our members went right to work preparing the ARC for its next event: hosting a conference for the Associated Historical Societies of Los Angeles County. It went very well and our presence is becoming more widely known among our many sister organizations.

Most recently, we celebrated the La Ballona Fiesta with a tremendous turnout of visitors and wonderful participation by our members. Thanks to you all!

We also introduced our new historic umbrella at the Fiesta. It features pictures of eight of our historic sites and is very good looking (a great item for gift-giving at $40 each – and don’t forget our popular throws!).

On October 18th, we will be participating with our neighbor, The Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum (located across the street from the Vets and the ARC) in presenting “Home Movie Day.” This is an annual worldwide event where you may show your 8mm, Super8 or 16mm home movies and have them evaluated for preservation. For more information, visit or call 323.669.0431. You may also contact the Society at or call 310.253.6941.

Looking forward to seeing you at the ARC soon!

Summer 2008 Message

Stu Freemanby 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 School named Logan Castleman who came with his father, Mike.

Logan was full of enthusiasm for our displays and he asked a lot of questions. One question turned out to be very significant: Could his teacher, Coco Kipa, come to the ARC museum to see what he had seen. I gave him my phone number to give to his teacher and the following week she called and we scheduled tours of the Archives for four 3rd grade classes. Two on May 27th and two on May 30th.

The format was simple but great fun for all. Julie Lugo Cerra, our City Historialn, put on a “history” program inside the ARC with one class, while Carole Gustin, Cathy Zermeno and I took the other class outside the Vets for a different program. These children did rubbings on some of the exterior plaques and drew pictures of the fountain, etc. Then the classes were rotated.

It was a wonderful experience that was the result of a simple question by 3rd grader, Logan Castleman. Thank you Logan!

I invite everyone to come share the City’s history in our beautiful new Archives at the rear of the Vets Auditorium Complex, (formerly, the Teen Center). Visiting is open on the first and third Saturday of the month, from 1-3pm, and by appointment. And we hope you’ll join us at our July 16th “Picnic in the Park” for lots of community fun – and the opportunity to see the ARC.