by Julie Lugo Cerra, Vice President, Museum/ARC and City Historian
THE ARC SERVES LOCALS WITH RESEARCH AND MORE
This last quarter, we have been cataloging and reordering the ARC to better serve you. We have
assisted local residents on a number of inquiries, including research on Poinsettia Court, a quaint street off Higuera that was developed in the early 1920s by the Strickle McBain Construction Company. If you have any insights or stories about this street, please contact the Society, online or via phone, please.
ROBERT FROST AUDITORIUM A LANDMARK SINCE 1964
The Robert Frost Auditorium has held a broad scope of interest since it opened in 1964. In addition
to an architect’s rendering, the Society is preserving a wonderful student project, completed by
members of Culver High’s 1963 Olympian Yearbook staff: a photo journal mounted on display boards of the construction of Robert Frost Auditorium at Culver High.
Spearheaded by Tom Sparks, the yearbook photographer at the time, along with other yearbook staff, like John Yant, Jim Alexander and Bonnie Fishman.
• Do you remember Airport Village? The Hamburger Handout? Stop by the Archives to see an
oversize photo on canvas that will bring back happy memories! Special thanks to Jim Solomon
who arranged for this new acquisition from the Jim Collins family, who were responsible for many of our delicious hamburgers and The Sizzler Restaurants!
• We have two Police Benefit books (1927, 1928) that offer a priceless look into 1920s Culver City history. Special thanks to Bill Barnett and Jody Hall-Esser!
MAY – HISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH
The Historic Preservation Month of May offered many opportunities to focus on the story of Culver City. We appreciated the City Council’s proclamation, the opportunity to present a Historic Preservation program at the May Cultural Affairs Commission, and sharing local history with El Marino Students as we do annually.
We also offered an in-service credit for the Culver City students who will travel to Iksan City, Korea for a student exchange this summer.