Installation of Officers, January 15, 2014

Michelle Bernardin - Culver City Historical SocietyYou are cordially invited to attend the Culver City Historical Society’s Installation honoring the Society’s 13th president, Michelle Bernardin, and officers for 2014-2016 in the Sony Pictures Plaza (SPP) Atrium Museum.

The event will take place on Wednesday evening, January 15, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 pm. The 2014-2016 officers will be:

  • Michelle Bernardin, President
  • Tami Eskridge, VP, Development
  • Julie Lugo Cerra, VP, Museum
  • Hope Parrish and Dennis Parrish, VP Programs
  • Adrienne Bernardin, Secretary
  • Linda Forman, Treasurer

Mayor Jeffrey Cooper will act as the installing officer. Reservations are a must, so please download and complete the form found here, and your tickets will be held at the door. Parking will be provided onsite at no charge.

There will also be a special auction of a vintage movie camera chair from the Historic Culver Hotel (bring your checkbook or credit card!).

Due to limited seating, reservations must be made by Sunday, January 10, 2014. No tickets will be sold at the event. Tickets can also be purchased at the Culver City Historical Society Archives and Resource Center (ARC) on Sunday, January 5, 2014 between 1:00 PM -3:00 PM.

For more information, call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or email us.

All proceeds benefit the Culver City Historical Society

See you there!

Julie Lugo Cerra Leads Genealogy Garage Workshop

Genealogy GarageFrom the Genealogy Garage press release:

If you are not acquainted with the historical society in your family’s hometown, then you are missing out on some valuable information—especially since all towns are proud of their heritage. Some societies have a museum, photograph files, a database, and are repositories for the town’s oldest records. Others are a website with historical information and lists of cemeteries, churches, etc. All are maintained by members of the community whose goal it is to preserve their town’s history and they are often thrilled to answer your questions.

Your workshop leader will be Julie Lugo Cerra, who is a 6th generation Californian, and a descendant of Francisco Salvador Lugo. Julie, a native of Culver City, where her father was born on the Lugo Ranch, is a founding member and past president of the Culver City Historical Society, and a member of many others. She has served as the Council-appointed City Historian in Culver City since 1996, was appointed to the Historic State Capitol Commission, and was honored to act as the first chair of the Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission. As a researcher, and the author of five books and more than 500 published articles, Cerra believes historical societies can be invaluable to researchers. And she loves to share her methods.

When: Saturday, November 16, 2013 • 11 am – 1 pm
Where: Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL), Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • History & Genealogy Dept., Lower Level 4

Whether you are a beginner or have been researching for years, here is an opportunity to “tune-up” your current research skills or learn something new about family history research. Genealogy Garage workshops are held at the Central Library of the LAPL in the History & Genealogy Dept. on Lower Level 4 and accessible by escalator or elevator. To RSVP: CALL Central Library Info: 213-228-7000, then ask for the History and Genealogy Dept. Tell them you are making a reservation for the Genealogy Garage workshop on [give the specific date]. Leave your name and an e-mail address or phone number so you can be notified in case the workshop is cancelled.

Julie Lugo Cerra, HistorianWorkshop leaders focus on one topic per workshop and the topics are announced on the LAPL calendar of events and via e-mail. Genealogy Garage is designed to be interactive, so bring your questions! Other items to bring: pedigree charts, family group sheets, pens/pencils, paper, and/or your laptop computer. At the end of each workshop there will be a tour of the Genealogy dept. conducted by Charlotte Bocage. Stay and we will help you research afterward. Genealogy Garage workshops are limited to 12 attendees, so please RSVP to Central Library Info: 213-228-7000, then ask for the History and Genealogy Dept. Tell them you are making a reservation for the Genealogy Garage workshop on [give the specific date]. Leave your name and an e-mail address or phone number so you can be notified in case the workshop is cancelled Directions to Central Library and parking info available at

Park UNDER the library, entering at 524 Flower St. just off 5 Street. You need a LAPL card to receive the $1.00 Saturday parking rate. Apply for the card at the LAPL Circulation Desk when you arrive or at your local LAPL branch. Just bring identification. Show your library card to get your parking ticket validated at the Information Desk before returning to your car.

Questions? Or, if you would like to be a workshop leader, please contact:

Charlotte Bocage/SCGS Education Chair: 323-669-1982 or
Donie Nelson/GSHA-SC Outreach Chair: 310-204-6808 or

Workshops sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS), the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-Southern California (GSHA-SC), and the Los Angeles Public Library, Richard Riordan Central Library, Genealogy & History Department

Culver City Historical Society Events During the Fiesta La Ballona 2013

A Fiesta La Ballona parade from the 1950s - Culver City Historical SocietyCostume Competition

The Culver City Historical Society is sponsoring a Costume Contest during the Fiesta La Ballona to commemorate Culver City’s early California heritage. The competition, which will be held on Sunday, August 25, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. near the staging area in Veterans Park, encourages contestants to dress as Native Americans, Spanish colonials, rancheros, or pioneers. Costumes will be judged on authenticity, creativity, and representation of the period, and winners in all divisions will be awarded prizes.

The competition categories include:

  • Boys, 12 years old and under
  • Girls, 12 years old and under
  • Men
  • Women

Visit the Archives and Resource Center

The Archives and Resource Center (ARC) located behind the Veterans Memorial Building, will be open Saturday, August 24, 2013, and Sunday, August 25, 2013, from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Here are 5 good reasons to visit the ARC:

  1. Visit with City Historian Julie Lugo Cerra who will be signing her new book, Chronicles of Culver City, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013. Bring your questions!
  2. See the debut of the new Culver City Historical Society Merchandise shop space and purchase unique gifts.
  3. Check out the wonderful display of historical Fiesta memorabilia.
  4. Take a look at the colorful costume worn by Jimmy Durante when he played “Pop Wonder” in Billy Rose’s Jumbo, filmed by MGM in 1962.
  5. It’s air conditioned!

For information about any of these activities, please call (310) 253-6941 or send your questions by e-mail.

Early fiesta crowd - Culver City Historical Society

Michelle Bernardin New Culver City Historical Society President

Michelle Bernardin

Michelle Bernardin

Culver City native Michelle Bernardin has been named president of the Culver City Historical Society upon the resignation of former president Louise Coffey-Webb.

Bernardin’s roots in Culver City go back to her father, Roger, whose family moved from Santa Monica to the west side of Culver City in 1956. She attended St. Augustine’s School and then followed her dad’s steps to Culver City High School. She is a Bruin, studied art history at UCLA, and continued her graduate work in art history and museum studies at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

She has been at Loyola Marymount University for the last three years as Associate Director of Development of Women and Philanthropy, and the program director of the LMU Women’s Leadership Council. Prior to that, she spent ten years at the Museum of Contemporary Art, managing the museum’s two volunteer support councils and the internal logistics for the annual fundraising events.

For the past three years, she has been a member of Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of Culver City.

She is an avid foodie, enjoys baking in the kitchen, and loves sharing the exploits of both on social media.

Society to Feature John Jackson, Owner-Manager of the Culver Ice Arena

Culver Ice Arena - Culver City Historical SocietyThe Culver City Historical Society is pleased to announce that John Jackson, the owner and manager of the Culver Ice Arena since 1982, will be the featured speaker at the Society’s general meeting, which will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s Multi-Purpose Room, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, 90230.

In addition to discussing how the ice arena was created and how hockey and figure skating training developed there, Jackson will share stories about Wayne Gretsky, Scott Hamilton, Dorothy Hamill, Michelle Kwan, and the many local skaters who learned or honed their skills at the facility.

John Jackson (Medium)Jackson (pictured, right) is a former Marine Captain and a former football coach at USC, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and the University of Illinois. He is also the owner/promoter of Forum Boxing. In addition, he served as assistant to Jerry Buss, the former owner of the Lakers Basketball team and the Kings Hockey team.

Several former local Olympians and professional skating stars drawn from the teaching staff at the Ice Arena will be on hand and will share their early experiences as skaters in Culver City, including Cathy Machado (first U.S. Latina Olympian, Olympic medalist, World Professional Ice Skating Champion, U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame); Josselyn Baumgartner (Double National Medalist in figure skating); and Crystalrose Guerra (five-time National Kathy Machado - Culver City Historical SocietyShowcase Champion).

See videos of Machado (pictured, left) and Guerra below.

There will be a brief discussion of upcoming programs and projects, as well as updates on the activities and exhibits in the Archives & Resource Center (ARC), and the Center will be opened following the meeting.

All members of the Culver City Historical Society and the public are welcome to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend. The entrance to the Multi-Purpose Room is through the back of the building near the parking lot, as well as through the Archive & Resource Center space.

For more information, please call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or e-mail us.

Cathy Machado – Ice Capades 1963, Fantasia Mexicana


Crystalrose Guerra Showcase 2011 Light