Fall 2022 Message

President Hope ParrishGreetings Members, Friends, Volunteers and Associates,

I hope all of you have had the great summer, that our Society has had! We are thrilled that our open Sundays are again busy. It has been wonderful visiting with our friends and members, who just popped by to say Hi and see what’s new. We also met a host of first-time visitors, many becoming new members. I would like to welcome and thank you all. This is exciting for our entire team!

This summer we also received from you many new donations to add to the Society’s Collection. Our growth as a resource center depends not just on your financial donations but items you have collected about Culver City and its past. We received, photos, yearbooks, movie props, and items from personal collections that are enriching our collection. We thank you.

This summer also brought some sadness. On July 3rd, our dear friend and past President Louise Coffey-Webb passed away from natural causes. Her sudden death was a huge blow to me and our Society. Louise (Loulou) volunteered with our Society for many years, bringing so much knowledge to our museum committees on proper preservation and handling of our costume collection and all items we are in trusted with. Six years ago, Louise began her work with Culver City’s Cultural Affairs division headed by Christine Byers. During this time Louise’s focus was on our City’s Public Art Program and Historic Preservation. She also created the “The Little Red Book,” which takes you on a personal walking tour through downtown, discussing Art in Public Places and our historic buildings.

Louise was an amazing woman who seemed to be everywhere and knew everyone. She was a huge advocate for our community and the Culver City Historical Society. She will be truly missed.

Best wishes to you all.

~ Hope

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