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“Living History” Still a Hit!

Notes From Your City Historian
by Julie Lugo Cerra

Enjoy this photo of the last of the “Living History” performances for this school year.

We featured pictures of the “Machado Brothers” in the Spring newsletter. Since then, high school student volunteers went out to third grade classes at each elementary school with two presentations. The first was an adapted skit on the Tongva/ Gabrielino Indians, performed by Rezwan Kabir and Ashley Guerrero. The second, a “Pat Culver Battle” skit, had rotating stars and you can see their warm reception at Linwood E. Howe School, with 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Kita (center).

Linwood E. Howe parent, Angela Dyborn, has been working with the students to produce a DVD on the history of our community. The school received an Education Foundation grant to do a mural, focusing on local history. It was dedicated June 21st.

We had the pleasure of taking six classes of El Marino students on an historic walk of downtown Culver City, on two Thursday mornings in May. They began by doing a marker rubbing of the plaque for Historic Site No. 1 – our 1928 City Hall. Splitting the groups, half of the students toured downtown, while the others visited the CC Police Department with Lt. Dean Williams. We then switched groups – and directions – at the site of the plaque on Culver and Duquesne. The students were amazingly aware of their community history!

Memories… Much of the fun in preserving history lies in the collection of memories. If you or someone you know worked at The Culver Studios, (aka Desilu, RKO-Pathe, Laird Intl., Culver City Studios, De Mille Studios, Selznick Intl., but originally Thomas Ince Studios). Please contact me, via email or phone. (Julie@CerraEnterprises.com, or 310 558-3818).

With all the interest in local history, I have again agreed to write a weekly column in the Culver City News. The first installment of “Looking Back…with Julie Lugo Cerra” was published on June 22nd. At the end of each article, there will be information on the CC Historical Society.

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