Winter 2015 Message

President’s Message
by Michelle Bernardin, President

Michelle Bernardin, PresidentDear Members,

I hope this note finds you and your family enjoying the wonderful delights and scents of the holidays.

Your Historical Society had a busy 2014, and we continue to acquire more wonderful pieces of our city’s history, catalogue the beautiful costumes collection with the help of awesome volunteers, and celebrate a few movie anniversary milestones! You will see a few photos on the back page from our October General Meeting, which featured noted author Aljean Harmetz, her reflections on the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, and a surprise visit from a very wicked witch. Our upcoming January General Meeting will highlight another movie from that grand year of 1939, Gone with the Wind, and our own Marc Wanamaker. I look forward to seeing you there!

An area that I hope we can continue to build on and grow is in the area of content for our website. I announced in our Fall 2014 newsletter that we re-launched our website ( with a new look and new features. Because our organization is over 30 years old, some of our newsletters were printed before the time of Microsoft Word. We want to put as many of those articles on the web, so they can be searched by historians, history buffs, and students alike. This is where we need your help! From wherever you sit at your computer, we can send you a PDF of an article that we need retyped in Word. You type, send it back to us, and we will then put it up on the web! If you would like to assist us with this ongoing project, please email me directly at

Speaking of our newsletter, as you will read below, Judy Stangler has resigned her post as the Society’s longtime editor. I want to personally thank her for 17 years of service. While I have not been with the Historical Society nearly as long, I have truly appreciated her breadth of and enthusiastic zest for our city’s history.

To close, I send you my very best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year, and as always, thank you for supporting your Culver City Historical Society!

The Making of the Wizard of Oz to be discussed by Author Aljean Harmetz

The Making of the Wizard of Oz by Aljean Harmetz - Culver City Historical SocietyAljean Harmetz, author of The Making of the Wizard of Oz, will discuss her book and reveal facts about the classic movie made in Culver City, which is marking its 75th anniversary this year, at the next general meeting of the Culver City Historical Society, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Teen Center at 4153 Overland Avenue, Culver City.

The program will include songs from the film, a slide show narrated by Harmetz, a documentary with interviews and stories from many of the original cast, and a question and answer session.

Harmetz is the author of books about the making of classic The Making of the Wizard of Oz by Aljean Harmetz - Culver City Historical Societyfilms (The Making of Gone with the Wind; The Making of Casa Blanca and many others) as well as a novel. She spent 12 years as the Hollywood and West Coast cultural reporter at the New York Times.

A signed copy of Harmetz’s 75th anniversary edition of her book will be given by a drawing, and all attendees will have a chance to win. After the program, a book signing will take place in the Culver City Historical Society’s Archives and Resource Center (ARC), just steps away, where her book will be for sale for $19 (cash or checks only) while supplies last. Harmetz also will sign books for those who bring them that night. The ARC will have displays showing movie history in “The Heart of Screenland.”

All members of the Culver City Historical Society and the public are welcome to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or inquire by e-mail at  Also, visit the CCHS website at: for updates.