Society to Feature Artist-Designer Jerome Ackerman

A.-Jerry-Ackerman (Medium)Long-time Culver City resident Jerome “Jerry” Ackerman, an artist-designer and a driving force in the Mid-Century Modern art movement in California, will be the featured speaker at the Culver City Historical Society’s general meeting on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s Multi-Purpose Room, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, 90230.

Ackerman will discuss his life with his late wife and collaborator, Evelyn Ackerman, in conversation with gallery director Gerard Brien of Reform Gallery.

The Ackermans’ works have been exhibited at LACMA, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, and the Mingei International Museum in San Diego. Their ERA Industries Inc. is a still a register business in Culver City where it has been since 1956. Evelyn one of the founding Culver City Arts Committee members and was responsible for placing the Cougars artwork by Gwynn Murrill at the corner of Hannum and Slauson.

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

Ceramics by Jerry Ackerman - Culver City Historical Society

All members of the CCHS 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, and through the Archive & Resource Center space.

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

CCHS to Host Brian Taves, Author of Thomas Ince Biography

A “Meet and Greet” with author Brian Taves, film archivist with the Library of Congress since 1990, will be hosted by the Culver City Historical Society on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Archives and Resource Center (ARC).

Taves’ book, Thomas Ince: Hollywood’s Independent Pioneer, the first ever written about Ince’s life, describes how he revolutionized the motion picture industry through developing the role of the producer. Taves will show a DVD of a tour of the former Thomas Ince Studios (now Culver Studios), will describe the writing of this work, and will sign books (which are available in book stores) for those who Continue reading

Celebrating CC’s 95th Anniversary

Ms. O’Brien with CC Mayor Andy Weissman - Culver City Historical SocietyThe Culver City Historical Society presented “Meet Me in Culver City,” a celebration to honor Culver City’s 95th Anniversary, on Sunday, September 23, 2012, at the historic Culver Hotel.

Margaret O’Brien, Oscar-winning icon from MGM, served as Honorary Chair of the event and was honored with a commendation from the Culver City Council.

Miss O’Brien was the biggest child star throughout the 1940s and a number one box office attraction. Her unforgettable performance as Tootie Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis (MGM, 1944) with Judy Garland as her co-star, earned her an Academy Award and the position of the highest paid entertainer in the nation.

Her movie credits include Babes on Broadway, Journey For Margaret, The Canterville Ghost, and Unfinished Dance. Her brilliant work in The Secret Garden and Little Women immortalized her in tear-filled audiences worldwide. Today, she continues to receive film and television offers. She has guest-starred on Murder, She Wrote and Tales From the Darkside.

A Great Turnout of Members, City Officials and Friends

Among the many happy guests were CC Mayor Andy Weissman and his wife Doneil, Vice Mayor Jeff Cooper, and Councilmembers Meghan Sahli-Wells and Jim Clarke, who shares his birthday of September 20 with our fair city! Also enjoying the afternoon were former CC Mayors Steven J. Rose and Paul Jacobs, whose wife Joy (CCHS Communications Chair) won several of the special raffle gifts!

Entrance to the Historic Culver Hotel - Culver City Historical Society

The table of wonderful raffle treasures - Culver City Historical Society

Other notable city officials included David Hauptman and his wife Diana, their Commissioners John Kuechle and wife Nancy, Kevin Lachoff with wife Michele (both on the CCHS Board), with 3-year-old son Nicholas (who helped sell many raffle tickets!). The Cultural Affairs Commission was well represented by Regina Klein who brought new CCHS member Bob Wayne, Michelle Bernardin and her fabulous family who so expertly handled the raffle items, and Christine Byers. City Manager John Nachbar and wife Patti attended, along with City Attorney Carol Schwab (one of the Society’s most dedicated volunteers!) with her husband David Warshaw.

Society's spectacular duo, Tami Eskridge & Jeanne Conklin- Culver City Historical Society

Guest of Honor Margaret O’Brien Receives City Commendation

The City of Culver City presented a Commendation to our very special Guest of Honor, Miss Margaret O’Brien. Her dear friend Randal Malone was recognized by the Society for his many years in the film industry, a ready source of movie history which includes his local experience with the Game Show Network among many other activities. It was also a delight to have actor Joey Luft join us, the son of the great Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft.

Miss O’Brien with Joey Luft- Culver City Historical Society

City’s Anniversary Celebration Raises Awareness & Funds For the CCHS & ARC

“Meet Me in Culver City” celebrated Culver City’s history while raising awareness and funds for the Culver City Historical Society, which was founded in 1980 as a non-profit membership organization created for the purpose of collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the history of the Culver City area and its cultural and civic accomplishments.

The Culver City Historical Society’s Archives and Resource Center (ARC) supports the vision and goals of the Society. All proceeds from this event will benefit the ARC and support its mission in the community.

The ARC exhibits historical photos and memorabilia, raises awareness of local history through educational programs, and is a free resource catering to researchers of historical photos and information at universities, the film industry, and the public.

Judy Stangler with Sharon Shore - Culver City Historical Society

Louise Coffey-Webb - Culver City Historical Society

Michelle Bernardin, Michele Cerra-Lachoff, Julie Lugo Cerra - Culver City Historical Society

[All photos by Kevin Lachoff]

Society to Feature Ballona Creek Renaissance President

Jim Lamm (center) with volunteers - Culver City Historical SocietyThe Culver City Historical Society (CCHS) will feature Jim Lamm, president of the Ballona Creek Renaissance (BCR) at its general meeting on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building’s Multi-Purpose Room, located at 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, 90230.

Lamm will narrate a virtual tour of the creek in his presentation, “Connecting Creek and Community, Ballona Creek and its Watershed — Past, Present and Future,” a multifaceted story about people, places, and processes that will include his own personal reflections.

Lamm, who has been president of BCR since 1998, teaches ecology at Antioch University-Los Angeles. He co-founded and participates in the Ballona Creek Watershed Task Force and Assembly District 47’s Environmental Cabinet; has served as a Culver City Planning Commissioner; an Historical Society board member; as an elder, deacon, and choir member at St. John’s Presbyterian Church; and with his wife Cathi, was a Peace Corps volunteer in Iran.

La Ballona Creek then... - Culver City Historical SocietyThe Ballona Creek Renaissance is a Culver City-based non-profit organization dedicated to renewing Ballona Creek and its watershed for a healthier, more sustainable environment and community. More can be read about the organization on its website at

La Ballona Creek now... - Culver City Historical Society

All members of the CCHS 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, and through the Archive & Resource Center space.

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

CCHS To Host Noted Anthropologist at Special Meeting

The Culver City Historical Society will host noted anthropologist and archeologist Dr. Charles Rozaire at a special meeting on Saturday, August 18, 2012, in the society’s Archive and Resource Center (ARC) from 1-3 p.m.

Dr. Rozaire grew up in Culver City, attended Culver City Grammar School, and received his BA, MA and PhD at UCLA. He will share his perspective on Native Americans and the early history of the  Continue reading